After a successful—albeit speedy fast—run through Cedar City for Stage I of the Tour of Utah international cycling race last year, Southern Utah University and Cedar City will again serve as host in the 2014 Tour.
Replicating the Tour de France’s recent decision to include female cyclists, this year’s Tour of Utah will include a stage race for women in and around Cedar City. This new movement is, in large part, thanks to SUU’s own, special education professor and professional cyclist Nichole Wangsgard, who alongside the Cycling Club at SUU has negotiated with Tour of Utah organizers for the past year. Bobbie Cannon, president of the SUU Cycling Club, has worked in partnership with Wangsgard in this endeavor.
Though the initial idea is all their own, Wangsgard and Cannon will need a mass of visionaries and volunteers to bring the women’s professional cycling race to fruition in time for August’s Tour of Utah. Cycling enthusiasts from across the region are invited to join in this historic moment as members of the planning and volunteer committees.
Preparations will officially begin at the first of several open meetings on Thursday, April 17, at 2:30 p.m. at Festival Hall, Room 1. All are welcome to join in the conversation in preparation for this groundbreaking event.
For those who are interested in helping but who cannot make the April 17 meeting, please contact Nichole Wangsgard at 435-865-8201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.