OGDEN -- For the first time in its seven-year history, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah won't be heading through Ogden.
For the 2013 tour, organizers of the professional cycling event will include several cities and venues in Southern Utah, which means that, for this year at least, Ogden is out of the loop.
"The tour gives great exposure to the state of Utah, but if they had kept doing the same stages every year, there are parts of the state that would be left out," said Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell, an avid cyclist himself. "Now they get a chance to show off some of the iconic landscapes of Southern Utah and expand a little bit."
Steve Miller, president of the tour, said the event generated $14 million in direct economic impact for the state in 2012, and the race's expansion is expected to make an even greater impact this year.
"We've always had our eye on expanding the tour to the southern part of the state," Miller said. "We look forward to this being our biggest year yet."
Both Caldwell and Ogden Convention and Visitors Bureau President Sara Toliver said the tour likely will be back in Ogden soon.
"They are talking about moving it around every year," Toliver said. "So we think we'll have a presence again."
And Weber County won't be left out of the race completely.
Snowbasin resort will host the start for Stage Five on Aug. 10. The resort will also host the tour's "Ultimate Challenge," a recreational bicycle ride for amateurs held before the start of Stage Five. That race will begin several hours prior to the start of the pro race.
"That's going to be a great thing for us," Caldwell said. "We obviously consider Snowbasin a part of our community."
The 2013 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will begin Aug. 5 with opening festivities in Cedar City, and will continue across the state for six days of racing, Aug. 6-11.
Of the 10 host venues unveiled Tuesday at a news conference in Cedar City, seven are first-time sites for the tour.
Spanning almost the entire length of the state, the Tour of Utah will begin in southern red rock country near world-famous Bryce Canyon National Park. It will finish among the alpine peaks of Park City.
For a detailed schedule, visit tourofutah.com.
Sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale, the 2012 tour featured 38,500 feet of climbing over the 543 miles covered in six days.