What is the Ultimate Challenge?

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is known as “America’s toughest stage race.” This event is your chance to get a taste of the action! The 2019 edition is set to be the most epic yet as it will be on the Stage 6 route of the Tour of Utah.

The NEW full course is approximately 98 miles and 9000 feet of climbing. Feeling less like riding and more like spectating? We are excited to announce for 2019 a short course! Skip the climbs and head back to the finish and start the watch party at Canyons Village at Park City.

There is also a race within the ride, as riders are timed on the private Wolf Creek Ranch Road and on Pine Canyon Road to Empire Pass. This is a course that cannot be ridden any other time or with this high prestige. Come preview Stage 6 and experience the Ultimate Challenge!

When is the Ultimate Challenge?

This epic Gran Fondo takes place on August 17th, 2019

What time does the ride start?

Official start time is – Coming Soon. Riders are encouraged to start lining up between – Coming Soon. Line up with your friends/teammates. Riders will line up on a first-come, first-served basis, with the exception of a few VIP call-ups to the front row.

Do I need a racing license to participate?

No, a racing license is not required.

When and how do I register?

Early bird registration ($115) April 1st – May 1st

Regular pricing ($140) May 1st – August 15th

You can register HERE

Where do I pick up my registration packet?

8/16: Friday night at the stage 4 expo in Salt Lake City at the Capitol
8/17: Saturday morning at the Cabriolet parking lot at the Canyons (time?)
* We highly encourage making a weekend of it all by staying at the Canyons Resort. There will be food, live music, and celebrity guest appearances (you’ll have to be there to find out who!).

What is included with my entry?

Each entrant will receive the following:
– Swag bag with your start number, timing chip, Ultimate Challenge t-shirt, DNA musette bag and other goodies.
– An unforgettable experience of riding with hundreds of other cycling friends on an incredible course
– A series of fully stocked rest stops with amazing food and friendly service
– Post-ride meal from local food vendors

Is there merchandise for purchase? Yes

You can add on as many jerseys as you want in check out at registration. If you want extra T-shirts or swag for purchase, contact [email protected]

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-potties.

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. The first few miles will be a NEUTRAL roll out, then the course officially starts. 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 climb up Wolf Creek Ranch Road and Pine Canyon Road to Empire Pass will be timed. In order to qualify to receive a time, you must cross the timing mat at the bottom of Wolf Creek Ranch.

Is there a time cut off?

If you for some reason are outside of the allotted time to finish in front of the pro race, there will be sweepers on the course that will ask you to pull over and let the race go by. You are welcome to get back on the road and finish at your own pace. The ride will not be supported by aid stations at that point so you may have to stop at gas stations for food/water.

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 ensure that you enjoy the ride.

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

If you have registered and are unable to attend the event, contact [email protected]

What type of climate should I expect? 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. Previous years have been known for hot and dry conditions so be prepared for anything and everything! It can be quite cold in the mountains at the start and blistering hot throughout the day. Most important is to be fueled and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

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 (see the FAQ on what climate to expect).

Do you provide a bag drop?

Yes. We will have a bag drop located by the Ultimate Challenge tent at the finish line. Please use the luggage tear-off tag from your bib number to identify 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 encouraged for safety reasons. However, if you have special requests or questions about equipment and/or bike choice email [email protected]

Where do I park?

All parking will be at the Cabriolet lot at the Canyons

4000 Canyons Resort Dr, Park City, UT 84098

You can leave your vehicle there for the duration of the events that day. If you stay the night at the Canyons, please use the parking offered for the hotel you choose.

Will there be breakfast provided before the start?

Not at this time. Details will be coming soon and updated if that changes at any time.

What about hotels/lodging?

We have discounted room rates at the Canyons Village at Park City! To book your stay before the event, follow this link:

If you want to stay up at Snowbird after the event and enjoy some deserved RnR, you get a special room rate at Snowbird Resort of $129. To book your stay at Snowbird, please call 800.453.3000 and refer to the Ultimate Challenge.

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