A total of 16 teams will be racing at the 2011 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, which in its seventh edition is on the UCI America Tour calendar with a 2.1 ranking. Scheduled for August 9-14, the six-day stage race, is is one of just three 2.1-rated, or higher, stage races in the U.S.; the other two are the Amgen Tour of California and the UCI stage race in Colorado previously known at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
The 16 teams are divided into 5 ProTeams, 4 Pro Continental teams and 7 Continental teams. The final field for Tour of Utah includes 11 teams registered in the United States, and other teams represent Canada, Italy, Great Britain, New Zealand and Spain.
With its new UCI ranking, gone are the amateur teams such as Canyon Bicycles, Cole Sport, CalGiant and Hagens Berman. For a 2.1 stage race, the teams that can participate are ProTeams, Pro Conti, Continental teams and National teams.
It will be the first time that both RealCyclist.com and PureBlack Racing will participate in a UCI race in the USA. Both teams are first year Continental teams and both have been quite successful this year in NRC races. RealCyclist’s Francisco Mancebo leads the NRC Individual classification while the Kiwi team PureBlack have raced quite aggressively so far.
- BMC Racing Team (USA)
- HTC-Highroad (USA)
- Liquigas-Cannondale (ITA)
- Team Garmin-Cervélo (USA)
- Team RadioShack (USA)
4 Pro Continental Teams
- Geox-TMC (ESP)
- Team Spidertech Powered By C10 (CAN)
- Team Type 1-sanofi aventis (USA)
- UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (USA)
7 Continental Teams
- BISSELL Pro Cycling (USA)
- Endura Racing (GBR)
- Jamis-Sutter Home (USA)
- Kelly Benefit Strategies – Optum Health (USA)
- PureBlack Racing (NZL)
- RealCyclist.com Pro Cycling (USA)
- Trek-LIVESTRONG U23 (USA)
Teams new to the Tour of Utah include Liquigas-Cannondale, Geox-TMC, Endura Racing, RealCyclist.com and PureBlack.
Each team will be able to field a maximum of eight riders. The athletes will compete for six days across the mountains, buttes and plateaus of Utah, vying for UCI points, award jerseys and $116,000 in prize money. Professional teams competing in the Tour of Utah will announce their rosters later in the summer.
Similar to last year’s edition, the 2011 race is expected to cover over 400 miles and feature nearly 30,000 feet of climbing. Changes to the course this year, gone is the Prologue in Salt Lake City, gone is the Park City Criterium or any crit for that matter as they are not allowed in a UCI stage race. The race starts with a new opening Prologue in Park City on Tuesday, August 9. Next two days are two road stages each starting and ending in Ogden and Provo respectively. Miller Motorsports Park will host the Individual Time Trial for the fourth consecutive year. Saturday brings a new stage, a circuit race in Salt Lake City and the race ends with the Queen Stage, the epic Park City to Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort.