January 27, 2017

Know adventurous Southern Utah Tour

This 7 day adventure across the breathtaking Utah landscape presents an opportunity for cyclists to tour Southern Utah. The ride cover some major attractions including Cedar Breaks Monuments, the Grand Staircase, Zion National Park, popular Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park, Capital Reef National Park, and many other attractions. The Southern Utah Tour attracts many cyclists but only a minimum of 10 riders and maximum 30 riders is allowed. 10 riders must be registered 8 weeks prior to the event which normally takes place Sept 7th to 13th Sept 2015.

Utah Bicycle Tour Day 4
Photo Credit: PRODoug Goodenough on flickr

About the Tour

Southern Utah Tour targets cycling enthusiasts on vacation and is not a training camp. Most of the routes covered are short but strenuous in nature. They involve some long climbs as well as regular crossing. It is advisable that you do your own training 6 months before the tour. This should include a couple of doubles/centuries in addition to a couple of 200 and more mile practice weeks.

Terms and Package in Place

$1299 is required as entry fee that caters for the 7-day ride, 8 days hotel accommodation, snacks and lunch provided by support vehicles en route, and gear transport. The rooms provided are for two people and at times breakfast is available. For those seeking single rooms an extra $400 is charged. Those who sign up early enjoy discounted rates since by 14th July entry prices increases by $100. Other discounts are offered for early bookings. There is usually no breakfast and dinner since people have different preferences after a tiring day. Some even skip breakfast.

Planet Ultra facilitates the Southern Utah Tour and has put in place clear guidelines on booking and cancellations. Cancellation is made only if the minimum of 10 is not achieved by 30th June. A low gear of preferably 39 x 27 is preferred for most of the routes. However, a triple crank or 39 x 29 or 32 will be more effective for maneuvering some of the climbs. Carry along with you some hardy set of wheels since no repairs are available at the final part of the tour.

Order of Events

1. Rider checks in-all meet at Abbey Inn in St. George on Sunday evening. Cyclists check in at 7.30 pm to 8pm and a meeting is arranged to discuss details and address any concerns. Breakfast begins next day at 7am and riders should be ready by 8.30am since the tour takes off between 8am to 9am. Abbey Inn is situated 1129 s of Bluff Street. Those using flights can access shuttle services from Las Vegas International Airport 90 minutes south. No reservation is required for both before and after the tour.

2. Day 1-St. George through Zion National Park to Mt. Carmel. A distance of about 80 miles is covered and more than 5300’ of elevation is gained. Riders break at Zion where they can deep their feet in the cool river.

3. Day 2-Mt. Carmel to Bryce National Park. Later in the afternoon a ride to Rainbow Point. 60 miles is covered and 3700’ elevation is gained. The afternoon ride takes 38 miles and 2900’ of gain. You can enjoy short, long, easy or hard hikes on this day.

4. Day 3-ride to Escalante from Bryce national Park. You can hike or ride to the park on this day before embarking on the shorter ride to Escalante before noon. It is 48 miles from the park.

5. Day 4-best and hardest day of the tour. A ride through the amazing Capital Reef Drive. It takes about 66 miles and more than 6100’ elevation gain. The rest of the ride is approximately 36 miles and a gain of 2500’ elevation is achieved.

6. Day5-Torrey-Panguitch ride which is mostly flat and may be super windy. It is prudent to ride with another person on this route. In takes about 106 miles and a gain of elevation of 3400’ is attained. Of the 106 miles covered 27 miles mainly involves climbing.

7. Day 6-Panguitch-Brian Head-Cedar Breaks-Cedar City ride. The route marks the highest point of the tour a gain of about 10500’ elevation. The 57 mile ride will leave you short of breathe but the breathtaking scenery will intrigue you.

8. Day 7-Cedar City to St. George-this day marks the last day of the tour. You will cover 83 miles and attain 2500’ gain in elevation. It is time to take a big sigh and recapture the memories of the routes covered.

Southern Utah Tour gives you the opportunity to enjoy your favorite hobby (cycling) and you do this with a group of people that share a common interest. You will enjoy maneuvering every corner and the beautiful sceneries that unfold with every climb are awesome. The ride may be long but the adventure that comes with it makes the ride too short.

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April 29, 2010

St. George Utah Ironman Qualifer

St. George Ironman Qualifer- May 1st. Athletes swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and then run 26.2 miles. The iron man competition is a worldwide event that challenges competitors to complete three athletic events. The event, which consists of swimming, biking, and running, is held each year in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Competitors in the iron man competition must first complete a 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) swim across the Kailua Kona Bay. Then, they must bike 112 miles (180.2 kilometers) from Keauhou to Hawi and back again. Finally, the competitor must run 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometers) along the coast from Keauhou to Keahole Point and then to Kailua Kona

In order to compete in the iron man competition, the athlete must win one of the slots that are available in a number of domestic or international locations. Some locations that host the qualifying events include Japan, South Africa, the Canary Islands, Europe, and the United States(St. George, Utah). Each location has a different number of available slots, and the way they are won is different from one location to the next. Some slots are also made available through a lottery drawing.

The iron man competition was first run in 1978 and has been going ever since. It was born from a debate among athletes as to which were the most fit – swimmers, bicyclists, or runners. Although the iron man competition has been running every year, it was moved to October of every year rather than February, which is when it originally took place. The transition period was in 1982, and as a result, there were two iron man competitions that year.

From its humble beginnings, the iron man competition has grown dramatically. In fact, the first competition was host to only eleven competitors. The following year, approximately 50 competitors showed up for the chance to win the prestigious iron man title. Only fifteen of these athletes actually competed, however, as the competition was postponed due to inclement weather. Today, the iron man competition sees over 1,500 competitors annually.

The number of iron man competitors would be even greater if they did not have to first pass through the rigorous qualifying event. In fact, more than 3,000 hopefuls enter the iron man lottery every year in hopes of finding a slot. However, only 150 iron man spots are awarded through the lottery to United States citizens, and 50 are awarded internationally.

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April 12, 2010

St. George Kite Festival

The Dixie Escalante Kite Festival aims to promote reading as a habit and encourage students to engage in family-oriented physical activity. On the day of the event, qualifying students earn a high-quality kite or book for their reading efforts. Entrance to the festival is free. The festival is conveniently located at the SunRiver Golf Course off Exit 2 of I-15. From St. George, simply drive south on I-15 past Exit 4 (where the Bloomington Walmart is located) until you reach Exit 2. Parking and shuttles for the event is free and located just off the freeway. This event takes place on April 17, 2010 from 10am-9pm. Visit there website at http://www.dixiekitefestival.com

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March 25, 2010

St. George Art Festival

The St. George Art Festival began 30 years showcasing the many artists who call St. George their home. Over the years it has expanded to include over 110 artists juried from hundreds of entries from throughout the United States. This festival has regional appeal for both artists and festival goers. Displaying thousands of original works of art, the festival is punctuated with pageantry, music and food. Townsfolk and visitors from around the West converge in the beautiful town of St. George on Easter weekend, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. The festival takes place in the beautiful Town Square, the centerpiece of the Historic District. The Art Festival is known for consistently outstanding artwork, and does all it can to send the message to artists that they are appreciated and valued guests. http://www.sgcity.org/artfestival/

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Easter Car Show

The city of Hurricane, Utah features this Car Show every Easter Weekend(April 2 and 3, 2010). It Features more than 300 vehicles and over 10,000 people attend this event every year. It is located just a short drive from St. George – Located at the Hurricane High School(345 W. 100 S. Hurricane, UT 84737) Visit there website at www.eastercarshow.com

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February 18, 2010

St. George Area Parade of Homes

This year is the 20th Anniversary of the St. George Area Parade of Homes. Join us in St. George from February 12-21, 2010. Twenty-five homes ranging from 1,600 to 12,000 square feet. Designed by some of the most creative architects and builders. Open the unlimited possibilities in home design, interior decoration, and landscaping. You will be impressed and now is the time to buy. Also, visit a minimum of 12 homes and then take your ticket to Boulevard Home Furnishings to enter to win a 42″ LG HDTV. Visit www.paradehomes.com. Tickets may be purchased at Boulevard Home Furnishing – visit www.blvdhome.com

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