Elite Cycling Teams Confirmed for Two-Day Tour of Utah Women’s Edition
Criterium Classic to Feature Four UCI Women’s Teams in August
April 6, 2015
Organizers of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah have confirmed that 11 women’s professional and domestic elite cycling teams have accepted invitations to race at the Tour of Utah Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic on Aug. 3-4. The Criterium Classic is sanctioned by USA Cycling as part of the National Criterium Calendar (NCC).
The omnium-style competition will take place in Logan, Utah on Aug. 3 and Ogden, Utah on Aug. 4, held in conjunction with the first two days of the week-long Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah men’s stage race. The women will compete for prizes and a cash purse of nearly $20,000. The final field and details of the race courses will be announced in the coming weeks.
The top four teams on the current USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar have been confirmed to race in the field, including the 2014 series champion Colavita/Bianchi presented by Fine Cooking. Four internationally-sanctioned Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) teams are coming to Utah. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team, which captured the inaugural Tour of Utah Women’s Edition title in 2014, is the top-ranked NCC team and is ranked 11th on the UCI calendar.
Teams - Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic
BMW presented by Happy Tooth Dental (UCI)
Colavita/Bianchi presented by Fine Cooking (DE)
DNA Cycling presented by K4 (DE)
Fearless Femme presented by Haute Wheels Racing (DE)
ISCorp Cycling presented by Smart Choice MRI (DE)
JetCycling U25 Women’s Devo Team (DE)
Monster Media Elite Women’s Team (DE)
Pepper Palace Pro Cycling presented by The Happy Tooth (UCI)
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (UCI)
Visit Dallas Cycling presented by Noise4Good (DE)
For the second year, the Tour of Utah (August 3-9) will showcase women's professional cycling during race week. Last year, an elite field of more than 60 riders representing 12 teams raced at Miller Motorsports Park prior to Stage 3 of the Tour of Utah. American Coryn Rivera of UnitedHealthcare won the inaugural Women’s Edition in a sprint finish. It was the first win on American soil for the 24-year-old Californian after earning the Best Young Rider award jersey for her sixth-place finish at the inaugural La Course on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France.
“The Tour of Utah is very proud to provide a national spotlight for the best women’s cycling athletes again this year. The Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic is one of 17 events on the National Criterium Calendar, so it provides valuable points for the NCC standings,” said Alex Kim, race director for the Tour of Utah Women’s Edition.
The Tour of Utah Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic is one of the NCC events that offers two days of racing for women. The first NCC race of the season, the Sunny King Criterium, was completed March 28. UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling captured the top two spots for Pro 1/2 women behind Hannah Barnes and Rivera, respectively. All spots in the Top 10 were taken by Colavita/Bianchi p/b Fine Cooking, ISCorp Cycling p/b Smart Choice MRI, Pepper Palace Pro Cycling p/b The Happy Tooth and UHC. More information about the first teams confirmed can be found at tourofutah.com.
This year’s Tour of Utah will continue as the first internationally-sanctioned cycling competition in North America following the Tour de France. More information about the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah can be found by visiting tourofutah.com, as well as social channels Facebook (tourofutah), Twitter (@thetourofutah #TOU15, #TOUWE15), Instagram (thetourofutah) and YouTube (2014 Tour of Utah).
About the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, referred to as "America's Toughest Stage RaceTM," is a week-long, professional stage race for the best cycling teams in the world. The 2015 event, Aug. 3-9, has been elevated to a 2.HC-rated UCI stage race, making it one of the premier events in North America. For women’s professional and elite teams, a two-day Tour of Utah Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic, Aug. 3-4, is sanctioned by USA Cycling on the National Criterium Calendar. Host venues for 2015 are Logan, Tremonton, Ogden, Antelope Island State Park, Bountiful, Soldier Hollow in Heber Valley, Salt Lake City, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, and Park City. The 2014 Tour of Utah covered 753 miles of racing and 57,863 feet of climbing. A total of 16 men’s professional teams, including six from the Tour de France, competed in 2014, bringing 122 athletes from 24 countries. American Tom Danielson of Team Garmin-Sharp claimed the overall men’s title for the Tour of Utah for a second year in a row. The inaugural Tour of Utah Women’s Edition was won by American Coryn Rivera of UnitedHealthcare. For more information visit tourofutah.com.