Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pedal power, punctuated

The Tour of Utah bicycling race ended on Main Street on Sunday, drawing a huge crowd for the festivities on the street as the riders competed on a course noted for its difficult climbs and a steep descent into Park City.

It's not yet clear whether the fanfare will be repeated in 2013.

The Tour of Utah has not finalized its plans for next year's edition, but it seems that there could be a push locally to convince organizers to return the final stage of the race to Park City in 2013.

Main Street was jammed on Sunday as people watched the racers start the last stage of the race, stayed on the street for the afternoon and then elbowed for room as the bicyclists crossed the finish line and the winners were crowned in formal ceremonies.

Tourism officials in Park City are gathering opinions from the business community and others involved in the Tour of Utah in an effort to learn what sort of affect the event had. Bob Kollar, who is the director of special events for a joint venture involving City Hall and the Park City Chamber/Bureau, said he wants to learn about the economic impact as well as any problems.

Alison Butz, the executive director of the Historic Park City Alliance, a business group, said her organization is conducting a survey of businesses on or close to Main Street asking questions about sales on Sunday and whether the Tour of Utah promoted the street in a positive manner. Park Record