The Tour of Utah aka “America’s Toughest Stage Race™” makes its third start in the iconic red rock country of southern Utah

From Bicycling.com

SALT LAKE CITY (June 13, 2016) – Detailed race routes and stage maps were unveiled today for all seven days of the 2016 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah men’s professional cycling stage race, August 1-7. The 704-mile course will include 52,951 vertical feet of climbing for 16 of the best men’s cycling teams in the world, solidifying the event as “America’s Toughest Stage Race.™” The race will pass adjacent to or through two national parks, two national monuments, four national forests and two state parks, with the overall start at Zion Canyon Village in southern Utah and the overall finish in Park City to the north.

The Tour of Utah course will feature more than 700 miles of racing for the third time in its 12-year history. A 2.HC-rated stage race sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the Tour of Utah will give prominence to a total of 13 Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain climbs and 14 Utah Sports Commission Sprint lines. Detailed maps and videos for race week are now available at the official web site, www.tourofutah.com.

Returning to the Tour for the first time since 2013 is the Stage 3 summit of Mount Nebo, the highest mountain in the Wasatch Range at 11,928 feet. Two of the historically toughest climbs of the Tour are back, classified as hors category (HC, or beyond classification)—the six-mile ascent of Little Cottonwood Canyon on the Stage 6 “Queen” Stage and the epic seven-mile incline to Empire Pass, with pitches reaching more than 20 percent.