Shimano Joins Tour of Utah Sponsorship Lineup

Fabled Cycling Component Manufacturer to Provide Tech Support

SALT LAKE CITY – June 16, 2009 – The 2009 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah announced this week the addition of Shimano to its list of sponsors. Shimano’s U.S. office, based in Irvine, CA, will provide technical support to all racers during the event’s five stages and prologue. This will be the third year that Shimano has provided sponsorship to the Tour of Utah. The 2009 Tour of Utah will take place August 18-23 in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Park City, Thanksgiving Point, Mt. Nebo, Tooele, and Snowbird.

Making the announcement was Tour of Utah Executive Director, Terry McGinnis.

“We are once again pleased and grateful that Shimano has chosen to step up and support our race,” said McGinnis. “Not only do they offer an invaluable service to our racers and their teams, but the affiliation with the Shimano brand adds a level of class and quality to our race that money simply cannot buy. Cycling fans won’t be able to miss seeing their signature blue vehicles in the Tour caravan and at the race venues.”

As part of the technical support sponsorship package, Shimano will supply four USA Cycling-licensed mechanics and/or support personnel, along with a number of support vehicles and all necessary equipment and parts. Shimano will also act as title sponsor and supplier for the kid’s race, which will take place immediately prior to the Downtown Salt Lake City Criterium, on Sunday, August 23rd.

McGinnis also took the opportunity to acknowledge the other Tour of Utah sponsors for their support. The Larry H. Miller organization, Zions Bank, Glacéau Vitamin Water, 1st Endurance, Toyota, University Health Care, and teamgive are currently the Tour’s earliest supporters. FFKR Architects, KJZZ, Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Canyon Bicycles and USA Cycling have also contributed to the race.

The 2009 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Presented by Zions Bank will proceed as follows:

August 18, Prologue: Utah State Capitol

August 19, Stage One: Ogden to Salt Lake City. Eighty-two miles finishing in Research Park.

August 20, Stage Two: Thanksgiving Point to an uphill Mount Nebo finish

August 21, Stage Three: Individual Time Trial – Miller Motorsports Park

August 22, Stage Four: Park City to Snowbird – 99 miles of mountains

August 23, Stage Five: Downtown Salt Lake City Criterium around Library Square

For more information on the Tour, sponsorship opportunities, or how to volunteer, visit www.tourofutah.com or contact Terry McGinnis at terry@tourofutah.com.

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