Day 1: Sunday, August 5 - Welcome to Utah (52 miles - 3,300' gain & 3,250' loss)
You’ve booked the trip, trained hard, and have taken time off of work. Meet the Black Sheep team this morning and relax - we’ve got you covered this week. Rendezvousing in Las Vegas, we’ll transfer to St. George, Utah and get the riding underway. For our inaugural spin, we set out around Snow Canyon State Park and take in the red rock splendor that rings this desert playground. Tonight we gather for a fabulous welcome dinner and raise a glass to what’s to come. It’s going to be one incredible week.
Meals Included: Lunch & Dinner
Day 2: Monday, August 6 - Stage 1 and Riding Zion National Park (74 miles - 3,850' gain & 2,950' loss)
An exciting day awaits our flock of Black Sheep riders and we’ll kick things off with a visit to the Tour of Utah race venue to catch Stage 1 festivities. As the event’s exclusive tour operator, we’ll garner VIP access and get up close for when the gun goes off. Then it’s time to saddle up ourselves on a point to point route that courses into the heart of Zion National Park. Experience the splendor of one of the US’ most cherished parks as you pedal along the Virgin River beneath massive sandstone cliffs. Tonight, enjoy lodging and cuisine in small-town Springdale before getting a good night’s rest. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3: Tuesday, August 7 - Cedar Breaks National Monument and the Stage 2 finish (62 miles - 2,000' gain & 5,900' loss)
While the gun goes off today for Stage 2 of the Tour of Utah, taking racers on a circuit around Cedar City, we’ll set out in our own mini-peloton with our sights on the same finish. The Black Sheep route takes us into the high elevation recesses of Brian Head where we’ll ride past the hoodoo spires of Cedar Breaks National Monument. A thrilling descent delivers our flock into Cedar City, where you’ll have time to absorb the high energy atmosphere, stroll the finish line festival, and cheer on your favorite pros as they ramp it up for the final sprint. A final van transfer brings us to our accommodations near Bryce Canyon, where you’re free to unwind and enjoy the evening independently. Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 4: Wednesday, August 8 - Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef National Park (102 miles - 8,850' gain & 9,700' loss)
We’ve got an epic ride to digest today that takes us from one impressive National Park to another. The journey begins in Bryce Canyon and descends into the confines of Escalante. You’ll want to keep your fuels topped off today as it’s a hefty climb along the famed Highway 12 "A Journey Through Time Scenic Byway". Our ride concludes will a much-anticipated descent through the small ranching community of Grover into Torrey, situated at the entrance to Capitol Reef National Park. Take a soak in the hotel pool and rejuvenate those legs after a day of earning your fair share of sweat equity, you certainly deserve it. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5: Thursday, August 9 - Capitol Reef National Park (25 miles - 1,350' gain & 2,750' loss)
We have all the time we need today as we won’t be rushed to join the ProTour. You can take the liberty to sleep in this morning before joining your guides for a short hike in Capitol Reef; a great opportunity to stretch out the legs and get the blood flowing after yesterday’s feat. Afterward, we enjoy lunch and then set off on a short out and back ride along Scenic Drive, the one arteries that cuts into the heart of Capitol Reef. Witness expanses of limitless sky and desert rock on this rolling tour that gives a glimpse into what life must have been like millions of years ago. Relax in the van this afternoon on our transfer north into Heber City, home for the next two nights. You’ll have the evening free yet again to dine independently and do as you see fit. Rest up, another stunner awaits tomorrow.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 6: Friday, August 10 - Cycling Alpine Loop (40 miles - 4,100' gain & loss)
We hope you’re ready for another stunning day spent in the saddle. Cycling the Alpine Loop may be one of Utah’s shorter mileage classics, but it makes up for it in grandeur and elevation. Filled with ascents and descents amongst groves of quaking aspen and evergreens, you’ll tackle this high-elevation journey that cuts through the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests and circumnavigates Mt Timpanogos. This afternoon, perhaps you’d consider opting for a massage to aid in the recovery of those well-worked muscles or simply entertain taking some time to stretch and relax. This evening, we reconvene to rehydrate and refuel at our team dinner and to discuss tomorrow’s reunion with the ProTour action. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7: Saturday, August 11 - The Ultimate Challenge (TBD - 2017 had 64 miles and 7,600' gain)
We reunite ourselves with the penultimate stage of the Tour of Utah and what is sure to be a phenomenal day of competition. Today we embark on the same route that the pros will tackle, an event shared with hundreds of others in L’etape fashion, known as the Ultimate Challenge. This route will traverse out to Provo Canyon before finishing with a civil climb up Little Cottonwood Canyon. What our route lacks for in distance is made up for in grade and mimics the length and steepness of the Alp D’ Huez, just without all those pesky switchbacks. Summiting at Snowbird after the 8.5 mile climb, enjoy a picnic lunch and watch the pros emerge from the pain cave as they cross the finish line. Coast back down Little Cottonwood before transferring to our hotel in Park City. Reuniting this evening as a group, we’ll enjoy our farewell dinner together and recollect the awesome times shared over the last week.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8: Sunday, August 12 - The Great Crescendo (23 miles - 1,200' gain & loss)
Waking up in Park City, we’ll set out one last time for a farewell circuit that traverses the Wasatch Back. The energy will be all-time this afternoon as folks from all over descend upon the town to experience the Tour of Utah excitement at the conclusion of a week spent duking it out across the great state of Utah. We’ll stick around and see who takes the stage and GC before blowing out the candle on this exclusive and action-packed cycling holiday. Your Black Sheep guides can assist with making transportation arrangements before bidding you and your friends, new and old, goodbye. It’s been a great week watching America’s Toughest Stage Race and we’re glad to have had you on America’s Sweetest Bike Tour! Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Inn on the Cliff in St George - 1 night
Offering a warm, contemporary style, with a cliff side view overlooking the quaint community of St. George and beautiful southern Utah scenery. Each room includes a WiFi and a 50" HD Plasma Smart TV.
Majestic View Lodge in Springdale - 1 night
Situated on a knoll at the entrance to Zion Canyon, less than three miles from the south entrance to the park, with outstanding amenities, the Majestic View Lodge is truly the place to stay when visiting Zion National Park.
Bryce Canyon Inn in Tropic - 1 night
Bryce Canyon Inn is your best choice for visiting the scenic wonders of southern Utah and northern Arizona. From their location below Bryce Canyon’s collection of hoodoos, spires, columns and arches, you can view both colorful sunrises to the east framed by Powell Point and spectacular sunsets to the west above Bryce Canyon.
Red Sands Hotel in Torrey - 1 night
Clean updated clean rooms, cozy remodeled lobby and a relaxing pool and hot tub make it the perfect home base. Enjoy the stars on the patio while warming up next to the fire pit.
Best Western Plus Heber Valley Hotel in Heber City - 2 nights
Clean. New. Exciting. The Best Western Plus Heber Valley Hotel is a modern upper-midscale hotel located in the heart of Heber Valley. This hotel features 82 tastefully designed rooms created to ensure complete relaxation in one the most beautiful and centrally located cities in Utah.
Hyatt Place in Park City - 1 night
Hit the 7,000-foot high-note of your trip at the Hyatt Place Park City. A premier outdoor recreation paradise. Enjoy Free Wi-Fi, free parking, and 24/7 fitness center access along with an outdoor pool, hot tub, business center and complimentary town shuttle.
Entering its 14th running, the Tour of Utah is returning bigger and bolder than ever. Serving as one of the most challenging and prestigious races in the USA, this UCI-ranked competition features some of the best teams from around the globe seeking glory in America’s Toughest Stage Race. Our Tour of Utah trip boasts a winning combination of riding and race spectating, and YOU can be there for an unmatched experience. Join Black Sheep Adventures this summer for an unforgettable ride across the great state of Utah, tackling superb rides across diverse alpine and desert landscapes, and watching the high energy excitement of an international peloton from the roadside.
As the exclusive Tour of Utah bike tour operator, we are able to offer you special access, including
select VIP passes and Ultimate Challenge gran fondo entry as part of your experience.
A $800 value per person.
DURATION: 8 days / 7 nights
LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced
TERRAIN: Rolling to Steep
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DATES: August 5 - 12, 2018
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $695