Thanks to the success of Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Service team cycling has captured new audiences and fans in America. With that interest, there is a new groundswell around today’s elite international riders from Hincapie and Vande Valde to Utah’s own Leipheimer and Zabriskie. Utah’s strong cycling heritage has never been more apparent or more celebrated. Today’s lineup of cycling celebrities offers new favorites to cheer on and admire as the battle for race and stage titles delivers compelling entertainment.
The Tour of Utah – becoming well known as America’s toughest stage race for professional cyclists – is no exception. It is now recognized by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) as one of the top three professional stage races in North America. Some of the biggest names in worldwide cycling are here in Utah to claim victory over the 30,000 feet of climbs as part of the 409-mile race. With the kind of talented riders and teams we have this year, the Tour of Utah is sure to deliver an adrenaline packed six days for participants and spectators alike.
As a proud sponsor of Stage 2 of the Tour of Utah, Adobe is powering the webcast enabling cycling enthusiasts from around the globe to participate in this prestigious race. Adobe SiteCatalyst digital analytics will be fully integrated into the Tour Tracker® webcast platform for real-time audience monitoring and insight sharing from commentary to social media from your mobile device or via the internet. Tour Tracker® also provides live coverage from broadcast video, instant GPS location, speed, slope and elevation data, and more for cycling fans tuning in to the race from anywhere.
Each day, the event is free for spectators – another feature that makes professional cycling a sport to get involved in. Keep tabs on the race via Twitter with hashtags #Adobe and #TOU or follow me on Twitter @bradrencher to see the kind of cool stats and real-time action Adobe is providing.
Being able to see some of the great riders that just raced in the Tour de France is an absolute treat here on our home turf. We welcome everyone involved to Utah and wish all riders the best of luck!