The Ultimate Challenge is a Gran Fondo taking place on August 5th and hosted by the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. The ride follows the same Queen Stage route of the Tour of Utah, with approximately 64 miles and 7,600 feet of climbing. This year, the ride will also feature timing on the final climb up Little Cottonwood Canyon. This unique opportunity allows participants to ride the exact Stage 6 route as the pros, as well as offering riders a great spot to watch the finishing sprints of Stage 6 at Snowbird Resort. So, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss your opportunity to experience the high-adrenaline, incredibly challenging Queen Stage route exactly like the pros.

Will there be restrooms at the start and finish as well as on the course?

Yes, the start and finish area, as well as the feed zone stations, will be equipped with porta-pottys.

Are there mechanics on the course?

We highly encourage all participants to know basic repair skills and we advise everyone to come prepared with their own pump and extra tubes for their bike. However, if you are still unable to make a repair, support cars will be on course to assist you with minor mechanical issues.

Will the roads be closed to traffic?

NO! Roads will NOT be closed to traffic. Riders must always obey traffic laws and ride on the right-hand side of the road. Riders must also follow the instructions of police officers, course marshals, and volunteers at all times.

Are there aid stations on the course?

There will be multiple stations along the course stocked with food, water, mechanical, and medical supplies.

Is there a minimum age to ride?

There is no minimum age requirement; however, riders under age 18 will need to have a parent register them online and sign a waiver authorizing participation.

Is this a timed event?

Only the final climb up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird will be timed. Your time will be displayed as you cross the finish line. Your time will also be available to view online. In order to qualify to receive a time, you must cross the timing mat at the bottom of Little Cottonwood Canyon before 1:30 PM. You must also cross the timing mat at the bottom of the canyon to be considered for the award podium.

How fast do I have to ride?

Ride at your own pace!

What are the climbs like?

This is a course designed to challenge professional cyclists. The climbs will be demanding with about 7600ft of climbing in 64 miles. The course also features very technical descents—please keep safety at the forefront of your mind at all times.

Is this event only for racers?

No. The Ultimate Challenge is open to everyone, but as this is a Professional Cycling course, we recommend a robust training plan for all fitness levels to enjoy the event and beat the pros to Snowbird.

I can’t start. Can I get a refund or transfer my entry to another rider?

Unfortunately, we cannot refund your money after you have registered. For safety reasons, we also cannot transfer entry to another rider.

What if it rains?

The Ultimate Challenge will start rain or shine. However, in the event of a severe storm or extreme weather, authorities could decide to cancel the event—this decision could also be made at the last moment if authorities feel conditions affect rider safety.

Where do I pick up my registration packet?

Riders have a number of options available for packet pickup this year.

  1. University of Utah Health booth at the Harmon’s Healthy Living Expo (20 S MAIN ST, BOUNTIFUL) on  Friday, August 4th from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  2. Scheels (11282 State St, Sandy) on Friday, August 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  3. Check-in tent at Soldier Hollow (2002 Soldier Hollow Lane, Midway) on Saturday, August 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Included in your packet is your start number, timing chip, Ultimate Challenge t-shirt, DNA musette bag and other goodies.

Do I need a racing license to participate?

No, a racing license is not required.

What should I wear?

Helmets with buckled chin straps are a requirement for all riders and must be worn at all times. Headphones of any kind are not allowed. Make sure your bib number is pinned to the back of your jersey. Also, be sure to check weather and dress/pack gear accordingly.

Do you provide a bag drop?

Yes. There will be a bag drop near the Start Line. Please use the luggage tear-off tag from your bib number to identify your bag. While you are riding, your bag will be moved to Snowbird near the Finish Line Ultimate Challenge Hospitality. Bag Check Pick-up closes at 4pm ­ claim your bag!

What type of bike should I ride?

We suggest using a road bike as it is the best option for riding in groups. Recumbent bikes, tandem bikes, trailers, and bike seats are not allowed for safety reasons.

Where do I park?

Parking is located adjacent to Soldier Hollow Nordic Center (2002 Soldier Hollow Lane, Midway, UT 84049), to the East side; however, there will be signs and attendants nearby to direct you to the specific location.

Are there shuttle buses?

Big Rack Shuttles will be offering services for riders to be transported by shuttle from Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort back to Soldier Hollow. These shuttles will leave Snowbird at 4:00 PM, 4:15 PM, and 4:30 PM*. Below is a link to the Big Rack Shuttle website to reserve your spot for one of the available times. Spots are limited, so make sure to reserve your spot quickly.

https://book.peek.com/s/083a3840-e634-46de-8f7b-ff7ce39ece7e/N1gw–5943178f6255984de0000019 

*Times subject to change based on the finish of the pro race and availability.

What is the schedule for the Event?

The ride will start at 9:30am in Heber. Stay tuned for more details.

How do riders line up at the start?

Riders will line up on a first-come, first-served basis.

How fast do I have to ride?

Ride at your own pace but in order to receive a time up Little Cottonwood Canyon, you must cross the timing mat at the base of the canyon before 1:30 PM.