Tour of Utah 2017 route features nearly 40,000ft (12,000m) of climbing

Time trial stage as well as dirt and gravel roads in "America's Toughest Stage Race"

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For its 13th year, the Tour of Utah will again display some of the biggest and highest climbs anywhere in North America.

The complete 2017 route covers 600 miles (966km) and 36,525 feet (11,132m) of elevation gain over the course of seven stages starting July 31 in Logan and finishing with the brutal Salt Lake City Circuit on August 6.

Race organizers have reintroduced a time-trial after a five year hiatus on a new, 5.5 mile uphill course as well as the Little Cottonwood Canyon to the Snowbird Ski Resort queen stage. During stage four, riders will tackle 10 miles of dirt and gravel on Faust Road for the first time in the race’s history.

The 2017 Tour of Utah is most obviously built for climbers acclimated to high elevation and preparing for races like the Vuelta a Espana starting August 19.

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"We are proud to design and orchestrate new race courses each year," Jenn Andrs, executive director of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, said in a press release. "This year's Tour of Utah brings back the individual time trial and the circuit race at the Capitol, which will both challenge the professional athletes and energize our fans.”

Each stage will be broadcast live on the race's Tour Tracker ( as well as FOX Sports Network around the world.

Known as “America's Toughest Stage Race”, the field will be composed of likely at least three WorldTour outfits (BMC Racing, Cannondale-Drapac and Trek-Segafredo) as well as a mix of pro continental and continental squads from around the world.

Americans will look to reclaim the title after Australian Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data) took the overall last year on the final stage from Andrew Talansky.

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