Big Cottonwood Canyon
Wednesday, Aug 02
- Start 11:00am
- Estimated Finish 1:45pm
Start Address: Big Cottonwood Canyon – Donut Falls Trailhead Parking
Finish Address: 8183 S Brighton Loop Road
- Big Cottonwood Canyon – The Utah Transit Authority will operate its ski bus service route along Big Cottonwood Canyon on the day of the ITT. Buses will operate beginning at 7 a.m. from the Big Cottonwood Canyon Park & Ride lot at 6200 S. Wasatch. Bruges Waffles & Frites Food Truck will be set up at the start line of the ITT. The Expo will be located at the finish line at Brighton Resort and opens at 9 a.m.
- South Jordan City -- The night before the race start, Taste of South Jordan will be held at Heritage Park from 4-9 p.m. Entertainment includes a Kids Zone (speed pitch, bowling, bungee, etc.), Chalk Art Contest, photo opportunities and live music from Canadia (7 p.m.) and Cephas (8 p.m.).
Big Cottonwood Canyon closes at 9 am to vehicle traffic.
Making a return to the Tour of Utah from a six-year absence is the popular individual time trial known as the race against the clock. In 2011, American Tejay Van Garderen (riding for HTC-Highroad) won the Stage 3 ITT on his 23rd birthday at Miller Motorsports Park. The 2017 ITT will look nothing like the flat parcours of the race track. Starting at an elevation of 7,300 feet, the course provides a tough 5.6-mile ascent of Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, from the Donut Falls Trailhead parking at Reynolds Gulch to the front door of Brighton Ski Resort. The route passes Solitude Ski Resort and the turnoff to Guardsman Pass, flanked along the road by towering spruce trees and rock vistas that are part of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. With an average gradient of 5.5 percent, the course should favor a strong rider who excels at high altitude.