Stage 1 — Nephi to Sanpete Valley to Nephi

Wednesday, Aug, 13

Start time: 10 a.m.

Distance: 101.8 miles

Climbing: 4,851 feet

What to watch for: The rolling course will likely feature a sprint finish after a downhill approach to Nephi out of the Sanpete Valley. Sprinters will be eyeing this stage for points in the chase for the green jersey of the top sprinter. With four more days of racing to go, itis unlikely any serious contenders will shoot for a breakaway win, but there will undoubtedly be a few climbers hoping to put a gap on the pack during the first climb out of Nephi and into Fountain Green.

Stage 2 — Ogden to Salt Lake City

Thursday, Aug, 14

Start time: 10 a.m.

Distance: 84.6 miles

Climbing: 10,585 feet

What to watch for: Starting in downtown Ogden and climbing through Ogden Canyon before passing Snowbasin and eventually Morgan before finishing with a climb over Big Mountain and a lightning fast descent through Emigration Canyon. The stage wraps up at Reasearch Park at the University of Utah and has king of the mountain points, sprint points and a big chase before another finishing sprint. But the mountains will certainly break up the field with the dropped riders trying to catch back on to the peloton in the canyon.

Stage 3 — Downtown Salt Lake City

Friday, Aug, 15

Start time: 7 p.m.

Distance: 90-minute criterium

Climbing: none

What to watch for: If there is only one day you can come out to watch the action, this is it. With more than 100 cyclists navigating a two-block section of town passing Pioneer Park, the pace will be fast and the racing furious. There will likely be a crash or two on one of the four corners of the race. Criteriums are often described as NASCAR on two wheels with cyclists bumping each other, drafting to conserve energy and battling it out for a sprint finish. After 90 minutes of attacks, counter attacks and wearing each other out, officials will let riders know they have three laps to go — then the gamesmanship will really begin.

Stage 4 — Park City to Snowbird

Saturday, Aug. 16

Start time: 10 a.m.

Distance: 98.1 miles

Climbing: 14,778 feet

What to watch for: Expect to see pain, and lots of it. With a relatively benign start from Park City to Kamas and then into Midway, the punishment begins after 50 miles. Climbing the rugged Alpine Loop and then descending into American Fork, cyclists will be pushed the limits of endurance with more brutal climbs left. A moderate climb over South Mountain and Suncrest precede a lung-burning, quad-busting climb up Little Cottonwood Canyon to the finish line at Snowbird. Don't expect to see a massive group of riders hit the finish line, the peloton will be shattered near Sundance.

Stage 5 — Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele

Sunday, Aug. 17

Start time: 10 a.m.

Distance: 7.5 miles

Climbing: none

What to watch for: If there is less than a minute separating the race leaders from the contenders, expect to see some all-out efforts as cyclist dig deep to erase a few seconds of time. Without a pack to race in, time trialists are up against the clock. Riding special aerodynamic bikes, cyclists will put max effort into maintaining a constant speed with a sprint finish. The course will be a technical one, though, with lots of turns and twists around the race track built for cars. The smooth surface, however, will be a pleasure for cyclists hoping to worry only about speed and cornering.