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Tour del Sol
March 28, 2015 - March 29, 2015
Register online with no fees!
Do you love to race and love competition?
The Annual Tour del Sol is your chance to show your stuff and test your mettle by competing against the region’s best riders! There are many different rider classes, from children to Pro—so you’re fairly matched against others in your skill level. The only thing you’ve got to do is register for the Tour del Sol, get a two-day USA Cycling license (you can get yours at packet pickup for about $30.00), and show up ready to ride!
The Tour del Sol takes advantage of the best Southern Utah offers and gives you the ultimate riding experience. The Time Trial is held at the new southern parkway in St. George—an unblemished road that grips rider’s tires perfectly. The Crit is held at St. George’s old airport runway, a nearly flat expanse of smooth concrete sitting atop a bluff with no traffic and amazing views. The Road Race—with scenery that will leave you awestruck—is held on the lightly traveled roads winding through Gunlock and Santa Clara.
As you realize, if you’re a serious cyclist the Tour del Sol is a must attend event!
• One of our fastest growing events
• Official times and standing are posted during the event
• Cash Prizes in Pro Categories
• Official USA Cycling Event
• Enjoy perfect spring riding conditions in scenic Southern Utah
• Only 4 hrs from Salt Lake City!
• Just 90 minutes north of Las Vegas!
The Tour del Sol Time Trial (TT) runs on St. George’s Southern Parkway. Still new and undamaged, the Parkway has a great surface for your wheels to grip as you rocket toward the finish. The Parkway also has wide shoulders, so you can ride without the worry of a narrow bike lane. On Saturday mornings Parkway traffic is very light, it’s nearly a vehicular ghost-town, so you can focus more on your TT run.
The Criterium is staged on the old St. George Airport runway. This spectator friendly course is 1.2 miles with 4 basic turns circulating in a counter-clockwise direction. With near perfect asphalt, no traffic, and amazing views, you can keep your focus on the race and those riding around you.
The Road Race (RR) starts in Ivins, UT, deep in the shadows of the Red Mountain. Spires of jagged sandstone stand like sentries of the sun. Resplendent in rose colored armor, they watch you ride through town, merge with old Highway 91, and race along the Santa Clara River until your winding path vanishes in the hills of the Paiute Indian Reservation.
Sun and shadow dapple the tarmac as you leave 91 and enter the nearly forgotten realm of Highway 301. Time flows differently in some parts of the world, while we march into the future those areas remain unchanged, timeless. You’ll experience this as you ride past Gunlock Reservoir and into Gunlock.
Outside of Gunlock you’ll hit the true test when you attack what locals call Heartbreak Hill—a 330 vertical ft. climb in under 1.73 miles. That’s where true champions are made! If you can spare the glance, make sure you take in the view when you near the top of the hill—you can thank us later.
After Heartbreak Hill your climb eases off and you’ll enter Veyo, turn South on Highway 18, and head back toward St. George. Between miles 26 and 27 you’re rewarded with a long downhill run. At the end of the downhill you’ll turn onto Snow Canyon Parkway and ride next to the rose peaks of Snow Canyon State Park—peaks that split sun and shadow like knives—as you head back toward Ivins and the Start/Finish.
That’s the end of the run for the 40 milers. The 80 milers get to run the loop twice—and take in twice the beauty. The 11 milers stay in Ivins, under the watchful gaze of Snow Canyon State Park. The 60 milers jog up Highway 91 near West Mountain Peak, then turn around, come back to Highway 301, and then finish the loop back to Ivins.
Detailed maps of each route are linked below.
9pm – Online Registration Closes
There is no late registration
Friday March 27th, 2015
4:00-8:00 p.m. Packet Pick-up
Red Rock Bicycle Co
Corner of 100 S and Bluff St
St. George, UT
Map to Red Rock Bicycle
Saturday March 28th, 2015
Late Packet Pickup
6:00 – 9:00 a.m. Southern Parkway East of I-15
Stage 1 Time Trial
7:30 a.m. Southern Parkway East of I-15
Stage 2 Criterium
2:00 p.m. 725 S. Airport road
Sunday March 29th, 2015
Stage 3 Road Race
8:00 a.m. Lava Ridge Intermediate School
Southern Utah’s climate features bright sunshine, low annual precipitation, clean air, and the wide daily temperature range only found in a desert. Best known for its mild winters and golf courses, St George is quickly becoming a hot spot for its diverse selection of outdoor activities including cycling, running, hiking, rock-climbing, swimming, & canyoneering.
Cycling has taken this once sleepy retirement community by storm and is now a vital form of tourism and recreation in the area. St George hosts a number of Road Races, Centuries, Gran Fondos, Mountain Bike Races, and Triathlons each year. SpinGeeks is proud to host many of these events.
Come on out to one of our Signature SpinGeeks Events and bring your whole family! When you’re done riding, top off your vacation with a spa treatment at one of the many spas, a quick drive to nearby Las Vegas, or just go outside and play!
Q: What is the weather like in March?
A: The average high is in the high 60′s with lows in the mid 40′s. Mornings can be cool but it warms up fast and there’s plenty of sunshine. However, it’s not uncommon for a day to reach well into the 70′s or even stay in the low 60′s so be sure to watch the weather.
Q: Are the courses relatively flat?
A: The Criterium course is a 1.45 KM loop with a total gain/loss of 7.88M. That’s nearly as flat as you can get.
A: The 10K TT Route has no rated climbs. (The climb rating system goes from 1 to 5 with 5 being the easiest). You’ll climb 136 ft. in the first 2 miles of the TT, and then it has a slight downhill until you reach the turnaround point—you’ll descend 105 ft. in just over 1.5 miles. Then your path reverses and you have the 1.5 mile climb followed by a nice downhill of nearly 2 miles.
A: The 20K TT Route has no rated climbs. You’ll have the same 136 ft. climb in the first 2 miles as the 10K TT riders. Then you’ll have a nice long downhill where you descend 275 ft. over the next 4.5 miles. After that your route reverses and you’ll have the gentle climb for 4.5 miles followed by the downhill sprint to the finish.
A: The 11Mile Road Race has no rated climbs. The race starts with a gently upslope—you’ll climb 370 ft. over the first 6 miles. Then it’s all downhill as you descend 369 ft. in the final 5 miles and race to the finish!
A: The 40Mile Road Race has 1 rated climb—a Level 1 climb at the beginning of the race. The 40 Miler isn’t for the faint of heart. With the exception of a few short downhill sections, the first 24 miles of your race are uphill. The crux of the climb is outside of Gunlock. Overall you’ll climb nearly 1750 ft. in the first 24 miles of the race. After that you have a relatively flat section for 3 miles and then you’re rewarded with a long downhill where you’ll descend 1776 ft. as you fly over the final 13 miles and cross the finish!
A: The 60 Mile Road Race has 2 rated climbs. Your route is identical to the 40 Milers until you pass the turnoff to Gunlock and follow Highway 91 up by West Mountain Peak. Your first climb is a Level 2. It begins at the starting line and ascends just over 1800 ft. in the first 14.5 miles. When you reach the turnaround point on Highway 91 you’re rewarded by a 8 mile downhill run—where you’ll descend over 1000 ft.! Make sure your breaks are good though because you need to slow enough to make the turn onto 301. That’s when you start your second climb, a Level 2 that ascends 1385 ft. over the next 16.5 miles with the crux just after Gunlock. Then you have same finish as the 40 Milers, a 3 mile flatter bit followed by a 13 mile downhill run.
A: The 80 Mile Road Race has 2 Level 1 rated climbs. The 80 Mile RR is where true champions are made. Your route is identical to the 40 milers x 2. You have the same long climb over the first 24 miles—with the crux just past Gunlock, followed by the 3 mile flatter section, and the 13 mile downhill. Then you get to do it all again!
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