Snowbird, Utah – For the 30th straight year, some of Utah’s fastest bicyclists will be racing up Little Cottonwood Canyon in the Snowbird Bicycle Hill Climb. The event is the oldest bike race in Utah, challenging riders with a 10-mile course that ascends 3,500 vertical feet.
This year’s race, which takes place on Saturday, August 16, has been re-routed due to construction on 9400 South. Participants will begin at 8 a.m. at the Swamp Lot on 8099 South Wasatch Blvd. and ride along Wasatch Blvd. to North Little Cottonwood Canyon Road and the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon before continuing up to Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort.
“The Bicycle Hill Climb holds a special place in Snowbird’s history,” said Snowbird President Bob Bonar, who has ridden in the race numerous times. “It’s become a summer tradition for many riders and we look forward to carrying on this legacy for years to come.”
Participants who complete the Bicycle Hill Climb have the option of jumping on their mountain bikes and continuing up to Snowbird’s Hidden Peak to complete the Ultra-Widowmaker portion of the course. The Ultra-Widowmaker is a grueling 4-mile climb over 3,000 vertical feet to a peak elevation of 11,000 feet, offering spectacular views of the Wasatch Mountains and Salt Lake Valley. Both races will conclude with an awards ceremony at the base of Snowbird at 10:30 a.m., featuring prizes, a raffle and live music.
Later in the day, the Tour of Utah bike race will be concluding its fourth day of riding at Snowbird. Heralded as the most challenging portion of the five-day race, the Queen Stage starts in Park City and travels over five substantial climbs and a total of 98.1 miles before ending at Snowbird.
For registration information on the Bicycle Hill Climb and Ultra-Widowmaker, visit www.snowbird.com. Spectators are encouraged to come up to Snowbird to cheer on family and friends. Vehicle traffic in Little Cottonwood Canyon will be restricted beginning at 8 a.m.
Snowbird will also be offering a number of summer activities throughout the weekend, including Tram and Peruvian Chairlift rides, the new four-station climbing wall, ZipRider, Alpine Slide, Bungy Trampoline, Kid’s Inflatables, Mechanical Bull, horseback and ATV tours, biking and hiking. For more information, please visit www.snowbird.com