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Cycling Gains Popularity

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The Western states of Utah and Idaho have long been considered a mecca of winter sports by enthusiasts throughout the world. The premier resorts in these two states have drawn skiers and snowboarders to their pristine slopes for many years. Recently, however, the sport of cycling has emerged onto the scene and is gaining popularity rapidly. Those same slopes that in winter months are covered with glimmering powder are clothed in glorious green throughout the months of summer and are a perfect setting for those donning their cycling jerseys and cycling shorts. Numerous cycling events are held in these two states including the USA Cycling Mountain Cross-Country National Championships from which emerges the national champion. Utah hosts the Tour of Utah which is billed as the toughest stage race in America. It is an international event and draws the caliber of cyclists who compete in the Tour de France. This year the race expects to host at least 7 or 8 of the premier cyclists in the world. This event is served by hundreds of local volunteers and almost a quarter of a million spectators. The Tour of Utah will begin on August 7th in Ogden and over the course of the next six days will challenge the toughest of competitors as they attack the high mountain climbs displaying some of the most beautiful scenery one could hope to find anywhere in the world.