National TV Broadcast Partner Announced for Tour of Utah

Organizers of the 2011 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utahannounced that the August 9-14 professional bicycle race will receive national broadcast television coverage for all six days of the event with FOX Sports Network (FSN).  The stage race, featuring some of the world’s best professional teams, also will be available to a worldwide audience via live web casting each day.  This is the first time in the event’s seven-year history that broadcast television has been activated for a nationwide fan base.

As the national broadcast broadcast partner, FSN reaches 85+ million homes by way of nearly two dozen  regional sports network affiliates across the country. Regional coverage of the Tour of Utah in the Western states will be broadcast by ROOT Sports. ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain region is based in Denver and is the cable home of the Utah Jazz and Colorado Rockies, among a broad roster of sports programming .  And the local broadcast affiliate will be KJZZ TV, an independent broadcast television station based in Salt Lake City which serves households across the entire state of Utah, as well as parts of five other western states.

All broadcast partners will air a one-hour recap show of the professional bicycle race each evening from August 9 to August 13, and a two-hour feature and recap show following the final stage on Sunday August 14. Both FSN and ROOT Sports plan to air nightly recap shows during race week at 11 p.m. (check local listings to confirm air times).  KJZZ TV has announced it will air the weeknight and Saturday recap show at 9 p.m. mountain time, and the two-hour Sunday show from 9-11 p.m. mountain time.

“National and regional coverage with Fox Sports Newtork and ROOT Sports is perfect for the Tour of Utah, which has a vast fan base across the country. With a dedicated media partner in Utah’s KJZZ TV, we will run pre-race promotional spots to generate a local buzz for the event,” stated Steve Milller, president of Utah Cycling Partnership which owns the Tour of Utah.  “The daily recap program is being produced by Ralph Mole’ of Windfall Productions.  He brings us experience with pro cycling from the Tour DuPont era as well as Olympic Games production services.”

Windfall Productions will piece together four to five hours of daily video footage for each nightly show. Multiple camera operators will utilize creative resources, such as motorcycles, helicopters and roof tops throughout the week to capture the breakaways, sprints and competitive excitement of the six-day event.  Mole’ is one of the most diverse producers/directors in the freelance sports marketplace.   He has been a member of four Emmy award winning TV production units over his 35 years. He returns to Utah, having directed the host broadcast feed of Alpine Downhill and Super-G for International Sports Broadcasting at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

Live web casting will be provided by Utah Cycling Partnership, which owns the Tour of Utah, via the official event web site, Social media platforms, such as TwitterFacebook,YouTube and Flickr, will continue to be used to engage cycling fans in advance of the event and during race week.

The 7th edition of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will consist of an opening prologue and five stages. The Prologue will take place at Utah Olympic Park on Tuesday, August 9. Stage races will be hosted the next two days by Ogden and Provo, respectively. On August 12 an individual time trial will be held for the fourth consecutive year at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.  This will be followed on Saturday by a circuit race in downtown Salt Lake City and the closing “Queen Stage” on Sunday from Park City to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

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