(May 2, 2012 – Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) and the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah (TOU) today revealed the details and application information for the 2012 CTS Tour of Utah Race Experience, a new and challenging way for amateur cycling fans to “race” the 6-day UCI-sanctioned stage race. This is one of the featured CTS Epic Endurance Bucket List events for 2012.
CTS Coaches will lead a team of amateur cyclists as they ride every stage of the TOU, August 7-12, 2012, with a head-start on the pro peloton. Working as a cohesive unit and with the support of professional mechanics and soigneurs, the CTS Team will attempt to reach the finish line before being caught by the chasing professional peloton. Tour of Utah organizers will provide the CTS Team with VIP Passes to all stage finishes and similar accommodations, meals, and amenities as the pro teams competing in the event. And just like the pros, riders will have professional mechanics on the route with them, and professional massage therapy after each stage.
“The Tour of Utah Race Experience is a unique opportunity for amateur cyclists to eat, sleep, and ride like the pros and really experience what it’s like on the inside of a major stage race,” said Chris Carmichael, Founder and CEO of Carmichael Training Systems. “The Tour of Utah has provided an unprecedented level of access to the race for CTS and helped us create a truly unique experience for our team.”
Due to the extreme physical requirements of the CTS TOU Race Experience, riders must apply in order to be accepted onto the 2012 CTS TOU Race Experience Team. Complete details and an application can be found at www.trainright.com/tou-2012. There is no cost for applying. The price for the TOU Race Experience is $8,500 per person. All meals, accommodations, and ground transportation during the race are included. Airfare is not included. Athletes must be at least 18 years old to participate.
“We’re excited to provide extraordinary access for the Carmichael Training Systems Race Experience at the 2012 Tour of Utah. For a hard-core cycling enthusiast, who really wants to know what it’s like to race, not ride, across 30,000 feet of climbing in one week, this truly is a bucket list item of a lifetime, ” commented Steve Miller, president of the Tour of Utah. “ The Tour of Utah has grown over eight years to become known as ‘America’s Toughest Stage Race’. This year we already have five ProTour Teams committed to racing and just announced live national coverage on FOX Sports Network. It’s going to be another exciting Tour and we’re pleased to bring in a world-class coaching company like CTS to create a one-of-a-kind Tour of Utah experience for a team of amateur athletes.”
The Tour of Utah Race Experience is one of six events on the 2012 CTS Epic Endurance Bucket List: Trans Andes Challenge, Amgen Tour of California, USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, Leadville 100, and La Ruta de los Conquistadores. Chris Carmichael created the Bucket List to offer athletes opportunities to step up to life-changing challenges, and the comprehensive support necessary to maximize their chances of success. More information: http://trainright.com/bucket-list/.
Founded by Olympian, US Olympic Committee Coach of the Year, and bestselling author, Chris Carmichael in 2000, Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) inspires and empowers the athlete in EVERY BODY to perform at their best. The company offers personal coaching, training camps, and performance testing services to athletes of all ability levels. CTS is the Official Coaching Partner of Ironman and Ironman 70.3. For more information on CTS, visit www.trainright.com.
About the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is a six-day, professional bicycle stage race along the Rocky Mountain's Wasatch Range. Known as "America's Toughest Stage RaceTM," it covers over 400 miles of racing through some of Utah's most beautiful and challenging terrain. Now in its eighth year, the 2012 Tour of Utah is scheduled to take place August 7-12 as a UCI 2.1 sanctioned stage race for the best professional cyclists in the world. The event is owned and operated by the Utah Cycling Partnership. Larry H. Miller Group of Companies continues as the title sponsor. Official Partners of the 2011 event included the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the Utah Office of Tourism, an agency of GOED, the Utah Sports Commission and Zions Bank. www.tourofutah.com
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