This year’s Tour of Utah will stretch 477 miles with nearly 38,000 feet in elevation gain

Tour of Utah riders race past Salt Lake City Temple Square during Stage 5 of the cycling race Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (Chris Detrick/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

The Tour of Utah, the self-proclaimed “Toughest Stage Race” in America, isn’t getting any easier.

Race organizers on Wednesday unveiled the stages for the upcoming cycling road race, which will run from Aug. 12-18 at seven locations around the northern part of the state.

New territory will be covered on four days of racing, beginning with the mountain Prologue at Snowbird Resort that is perched at 8,000 feet above sea level. A few firsts also include circuits in North Logan City and North Salt Lake, and a challenging climb up and over the Olympic Parkway at Utah Olympic Park. Returning to the Tour are the summits of two legendary climbs — Powder Mountain and Empire Pass — both rated as HC, or beyond classification. And back by popular demand is the downtown Salt Lake City circuit race, held in the evening with eight laps past the Utah State Capitol and City Creek Canyon.

“This year’s Tour of Utah has a number of exciting route highlights from a new overall start at Snowbird Resort to the popular circuit race at the Capitol on a Friday evening. The return to Powder Mountain Resort this year will certainly be an epic stage. A true champion among the 120-plus athletes will be crowned at the end of race week in Park City,” said John Kimball, managing director of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

The 2019 Tour of Utah stages:

Aug. 12 • Prologue, Snowbird. 3.3 miles, 650 feet elevation gain.

Aug. 13 • Stage 1, North Logan City. 86.9 miles, 4,310 feet.

Aug. 14 • Stage 2, Brigham City to Powder Mountain. 84.4 miles, 7,316 feet.

Aug. 15 • Stage 3, Antelope Island to North Salt Lake. 85.9 miles, 5,695 feet.

Aug. 16 • Stage 4, Salt Lake City. 53.8 miles, 4,460 feet.

Aug. 17 • Stage 5, Canyons Village at PCMR. 85.1 miles, 5,236 feet.

Aug. 18 • Stage 6, Park City. 78.2 miles, 10,009 feet.

Total • 477 miles, 37,882 feet.