In it's 4th year, the 157 mile Tour Of Park City will expand to add a women's pro-elite level event to the NRC calendar next season. The current route runs from Park City Utah, east into Wyoming at Evanston before turning south and climbing over 10,750 foot Bald Mountain Pass in the Unita mountains of the Wasatch Cache National forest and returning to Park City. The NRC event is proposed to be 100 miles to put it in a similar distance category as the World Championships and other one day events on the women's schedule. The course will include 5000 feet of climbing. The August 2nd race will be the closing event on the women's NRC calendar for 2014.
The 2013 women's race, contested over the entire 157 mile route was won by Colorado based Vanderkitten rider Amy Charity.
2013 Pro Women's Podium. Amy Charity (VanderKitten) Anne Perry, Breanne Nalder (DNA p/b Plan 7)
Race organizer Ben Towery of Excelerator Sports had this to say, "The NRC component for TdePC is huge. As an epic 157 mile road race, the event is already pretty awesome in my opinion, but having a presence on the national scene will help the event the attention it deserves. Having an event of this caliber has been a 5 year goal for me." Towery and Excelerator Sports back the Utah based DNA p/b Plan Seven women's formation, headed by Kemille Garvin and Alex Kim of Salt Lake City. Towery firmly believes that women's cycling is poised to become the next evolution in professional cycling.
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