America's Toughest One Day Cycling Adventure

August 6, 2016

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ABOUT THE Ultimate ChallengeAmerica’s Toughest One Day Cycling Adventure—Laid At Your Feet

When we talk about America’s Toughest One Day Cycling Adventure, we mean it. Utah has some of the most forbidding terrain in the world and the Tour of Utah makes full use of it. The Ultimate Challenge is a chance for anyone to prove their mettle and see how they compare to top athletes from around the globe. It’s intimidating, yes, but it’s also a lot of fun and a great way to experience Utah in a new and exciting way.

  • Three courses of different lengths
  • The same route the professionals take
  • Feed and hydration stations throughout the route


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New For 2015Here’s a look at all of the new things we have lined up!

New Courses

For the first time, the Ultimate Challenge will have three different courses for different skill levels.

Tiered Pricing

Pricing for each course is different, allowing for every budget.

Capped Registrations

Only a certain number of riders can participate in the Ultimate Challenge. Register before it is too late!

Choose The Course That's Right For YouEach course complements a different skill level

Full Course

The Full Course covers the same route as the pros up to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. It is fully supported and includes a number of intense climbs. The first Hydration stop of the day, is modeled after a “feed zone” for the pros. You will be handed a “musette” a small lightweight cotton shoulder bag, containing food, drink and a special Ultimate Challenge water bottle. The bag is designed so that it can be easily grabbed by a moving rider. The shoulder strap is placed over the head and one shoulder, the contents are then removed and placed into jersey pockets.

The ride leaves at 6:30 a.m. Riders may not leave prior to 6:30. Any rider spotted with an Ultimate Challenge number on course prior to the 6:30 a.m. designated start time will be asked to terminate their ride.

It is important to remember that riders who are overtaken by the professional peloton will be unable to continue. Also, failure to reach Hydration Station #1 after 8:30 AM or passed Hydration Station #7 (Little Cottonwood Canyon) by 2:00 PM will be unable to continue.

Half Course

The course begins in Coalville, winding its way through the Coalville area to Wanship, passing by Rockport Reservoir where riders will discover the first of several major climbs of the day. The event begins at 7:15 AM, and it is important to note that those who are not passed Hydration Station #7 (Little Cottonwood Canyon) by 2:00 PM will be unable to continue.

Short Course

This route will leave from the SLC Stage 6 starting line at 7:30 AM and make its way up onto Wasatch Blvd. Designed to give riders the experience of the “Queen” Stage’s signature climb, you will climb up Little Cottonwood Canyon and to the finish line at Snowbird.

Swamp Lot

Evocative name aside, the Swamp Lot is basically the base camp for each Ultimate Challenge Course. It’s the location at the base of the canyon that serves as viewing area and hydration station. The press hangs out at the Swamp Lot, as do a number of event officials. In fact, there’s a party for those who couldn’t make it to the mouth of the canyon before the 2:00 PM mandatory closure, complete with a band, televisions tuned to the Tour of Utah, and more. The atmosphere is very festive and can be a great energy boost before heading up the canyon to the finish line at Snowbird.

OUR SPONSORSWe extend our sincere thanks to all of the people and organizations who make the Ultimate Challenge possible.

@ 2014 Tour of Utah