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Devoted amateur cyclists can 'race' Tour of Utah
If you're looking to get a bit of training in before the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, you have only to look to the west.
Carmichael Training Systems, of Colorado Springs, and the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah are inviting cyclists to "race" the six-day Tour of Utah route.
This is a package trip called the 2012 CTS Tour of Utah Race Experience.
There is also a 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge Race Experience, here in Colorado.
CTS coaches will lead a team of amateur cyclists as they ride every stage of the tour, Aug. 7-12, with a head start on the pro peloton.
Working as a unit and with the support of professional mechanics and soigneurs, the CTS Team will attempt to reach the finish line before being caught by the racing pros.
CTS Team cyclists will receive VIP passes to all stage finishes and similar accommodations, meals and amenities as the pro teams competing in the event
“The Tour of Utah Race Experience is a unique opportunity for amateur cyclists to eat, sleep, and ride like the pros and really experience what it’s like on the inside of a major stage race,” said Chris Carmichael, founder and CEO of Carmichael Training Systems. “The Tour of Utah has provided an unprecedented level of access to the race for CTS and helped us create a truly unique experience for our team.”
Cyclists age 18 or older who wish to join the CTS Team must apply online. The tour costs $8,500.