More than 1,500 cyclists will depart from Sunrise Cyclery in Logan, Utah and pedal north to Jackson Hole, in the 32nd Annual LoToJa Bicycle Classic on Saturday, Sept. 6.
While en route, cyclists pass through Preston, Idaho and Montpelier, Idaho, and the Wyoming communities of Afton, Thayne, Alpine and Hoback Junction.
“LoToJa’s scenic landscape and the friendly communities through which the race passes promises to give cyclists, support crews and spectators a remarkable experience,” said Race Director Brent Chambers of Epic Events.
“Except for a small construction area on US-89 five miles west of Montpelier, the 206-mile course is in great condition. New course records may be set again this year with good weather and a tailwind.”
The current record is 8:57:19 set in 2012 by Leon Bergant of Layton, Utah. His average speed was nearly 23 mph.
The current women’s record of 9:35:00 was set last year by Melinda MacFarlane of Salt Lake City, Utah. Her average speed was approximately 21 mph.
The LoToJa is the longest one-day bicycle race in America that is sanctioned by USA Cycling, the sport’s governing body. The age of cyclists range from 13 to 72 (11 to 84 in the relay category), and the average rider will burn up to 15,000 calories on race day.
This year’s race will again have nearly 500 volunteers. Due to the mountainous and remote terrain, more than 150 volunteer ham radio operators from the Bridgerland Amateur Radio Club provide race communication.
“Because of LoToJa’s size and 206-mile course, it wouldn’t be possible to put on without the cooperation and assistance it receives from businesses, civic leaders, public safety officials and community volunteers,” said Chambers.
The search is still on for volunteers in Star Valley, said Star Valley Chamber of Commerce Director Joni Moffett.
“We are looking for volunteers to aid in traffic contol and help with aid stations and in a variety of other areas on race day,” Moffett said. “We are dividing the work into shifts and need volunteers to help in both the morning and afternoon.”
Anyone interested in volunteering for the event, can contact Joni Moffett at the Star Valley Chamber of Commerce by calling 885-2759. More information about the race is also available on the Chamber’s website at www. starvalleychamber.com.