HEBER CITY, Utah — The Wasatch All-Road Race returns for its second year on August 27 but now will be held at Midway’s Soldier Hollow Nordic Center. When the opportunity came up for a permanent spot at Soldier Hollow, race director Jeff Louder was all for it.
One hundred miles and 10,000 vertical feet on a bike is the Wasatch All-Road Bicycle Race’s ‘Full Yeti’ course. Considered Utah’s ‘toughest gravel race,’ the competitors have to climb what’s known as the “Wasatch Wall,” a 12-mile ascent up to 10,000 feet, not for the faint of heart. The winners from both the men’s and women’s categories are awarded $5,000.
“It’s in a great location, and the facility is world class which makes it a perfect complement to the vision we have for the Wasatch All-Road,” Louder said, “With their summertime road and trail network, it also allows us to incorporate a finish circuit at Soldier Hollow to allow participants to complete their race on dirt.”
For those who aren’t quite ready for a 100-mile race, athletes now have three distances they can register for: the Full Yeti (100 miles), the Mid Yeti (75 miles), and the Mini Yeti (20 miles). Louder designed the courses to cater to a variety of cyclists who are new to the sport up to the pros.
Last August, Jonathan Baker won the men’s category at 6 hours and 13 minutes. Moriah Wilson finished the race in 6 hours and 48 minutes, for the women’s champion title. The bike world then mourned the tragic loss of Wilson this past spring.
Wasatch All-Road Bicycle Race registration is open and closes on August 24. Coming to watch? The event is open to the public and will be fully equipped with food trucks, a vendor expo, and a beer garden. For those interested in volunteering, more information is available on their website.