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Tour of Utah 2012 Lands in Ogden

21 August 2012
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The Tour of Utah Peleton approaches Snowbasin. The Tour of Utah Peleton approaches Snowbasin. Bryan J. Smith, Only In Ogden

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This year's overall start will be hosted by Ogden, a host city for the Tour the past four years. Teams, coaches, media and event staff will spend several days in Ogden prior to the start preparing for America’s Toughest Stage Race.

Spectators will have many opportunities to enjoy what the Ogden area has to offer. The Team Presentation will be hosted in the Ogden Amphitheater on Monday night, August 6. The presentation will be followed by Ogden City’s Free Monday Night Movie, Breaking Away. The next morning, Tuesday August 7, will kick off a full day of festivities on Historic 25th Street for Stage 1 of the race including many kids and family activities. The top cyclists in the world will again return to Ogden for the start of Stage 3 on Thursday in the Junction.

Garnering world-wide attention for its high-adventure recreation year round, Ogden boasts three major ski resorts within 20 minutes of downtown, more than 30 trailheads accessing in excess of  170,000 acres of national Forest land and more than 230 miles of trails. Climbers can cling to walls more than 1,000 feet off the deck or work on a lifetime of bouldering problems and sequences all within sight of downtown. Paddlers have two whitewater rivers, two kayak parks and more than 13,000 acres of flat water to play on.  

Don’t come to Ogden expecting a typical mountain town. This is the place that Al Capone said was too wild for his taste in the 1920s. And while Ogden has replaced bootlegging and gambling with skiing, climbing, kayaking and mountain biking, its soul will always be a bit rowdy. If you want homogenized, we’re probably not for you. Ogden is notoriously charming Historic 25th Street with independently owned restaurants, cool bars with live music, eclectic shops and galleries featuring local artists.

The adventure opportunities continue indoors with the Salomon Center’s indoor surf waves, sky diving, climbing walls and more. Outside magazine ranks Ogden as one of the best towns in America. Forbes ranks it in the top 10 places for business and careers. The rest of the country seems to have discovered Ogden. Have you?

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