Team: Health Net/Maxxis

Why watch: The top team on the National Racing Calendar with a roster filled with horses. Deep enough to often send squads to two or more races at a time.

Who to watch: Rory Sutherland is running away with the NRC points race.

Team: Bissell Pro Cycling

Why watch: One of the strongest teams in the country with specialists dotting the roster. They climb, they sprint and they time trial with the best of them.

Who to watch: Burke Swindlehurst is a Salt Lake resident and designed the course. If anyone has home-turf advantage, it's him.

Team: BMC Pro Cycling

Why watch: A talented, deep team often sending athletes to race in Europe's best races. They have been in Utah for a while training for this race.

Who to watch: Jeff Louder is the local guy with added incentive, but watch out for South African Darren Lill. He's moved to Utah, too, and is as good a climber as the field has.

Team: Toyota-United

Why watch: Loaded with sprinters, but losing their sponsor at the end of the season, Toyota-United wants to go out with a bang.

Who to watch: Chris Baldwin and Chris Wherry are two veteran riders who will challenge for GC positions all week long.

Team: Garmin-Chipotle

Why watch: The American darlings of the international cycling scene. They have a big name, talented athletes and are sending many of their best to Utah.

Who to watch: Take your pick: Tom Danielson, Danny Pate or William Frischkorn. Each are Tour de France-worthy athletes with Pate and Frischkorn earning podium spots after single-stage sprint finishes.

Team: California Giant Farms

Why watch: Wearing big strawberries on their jersey's, this squad is a fixture at western races and usually has one or two people near the front.

Who to watch: Mark Santurbane is the 2007 Utah state champion. He moved to California but is back to reacquaint himself with the roads he raced so successfully on as an amateur.

Team: Jittery Joeis

Why watch: A long-time competitor on the NRC, the coffee-pedaling squad is based in Georgia and is now the longest-tenured pro team in America.

Who to watch: Neil Shirley has found his way to a few NRC podiums lately and would love to do the same among Utah's mountain courses.

Team: Rock Racing

Why watch: Loud, brash and in your face. Rock Racing makes its presence known off the road with a rock and roll atmosphere and an attention grabbing owner in Michael Ball.

Who to watch: Tyler Hamilton won gold in the 2004 Olympics, but was banned for two years following a blood doping positive.

Team: Successful Living

Why watch: The squad has a handful of NRC victories under its belt and would love to wear a jersey or two in Utah.

Who to watch: Brad White is 10th in the NRC standings and Michael Grabinger is 15th. Both will challenge for stage wins.


Why watch: A team based in Idaho with mostly Idaho racers. They won't win, but with friends and family watching, this young team of Cat 1 racers will empty their tanks trying to impress.

Who to watch: Justin Rose is a Pocatello native aiming for a big finish or two. Peaking for this race has been his goal all season.

Team: Team Rubicon

Why watch: Racing as a part of the Lance Armstrong Foundation to combat cancer, Team Rubicon is new to the peloton but focuses on its message as much as its racing.

Who to watch: Carson Miller may be the team's top threat for a stage win.

Team: Team Type 1

Why watch: Another message-based team, Type 1 focuses on diabetes awareness and has four athletes on its roster who are dealing with the disease.

Who to watch: Chris Jones is having a strong year on the NRC and undoubtedly wants to move up the standings with a few podium finishes this weekend in Utah.

Team: Hagens-Berman LLP

Why watch: A young team looking to make its mark. They have a decent showing already in NRC races this year and want to improve their standing with a strong effort this week.

Who to watch: Adrian Hegyvary is the top racer on the roster but will have to have the race of his life to contend for a top spot in the GC.

Team: RideClean

Why watch: The focus is on team chemistry and unity — not to mention being dope free.

Who to watch: Stage victories and podium finishes will be hard to come by, but someone like Ryan Trebon or Brian Forbes could pull it off with a breakaway.

Team: American RADD

Why watch: Utah-based team of Cat-1 racers with a strong anti-doping message. They know the roads of Utah and have nothing to lose.

Who to watch: Look out for Billy DeMong, he's an Olympic cross-country skier and ski jumper with endurance to burn. He's fearless on the descents as one might expect from a ski jumper.

Team: The Fan Sports Network

Why watch: With some teams not able to get full rosters into the Tour of Utah, a handful of athletes chose to compete as a composite squad.

Who to watch: Anthony Colby races for the strong Colavita/Sutter Home squad and is fourth in the NRC standings. He wants points and will work his tail off to get them with teammate Tyler Wren also in the mix.

Team: Canyon Bicycles Utah All-Stars

Why watch: These are the guys who line up and race locally almost every week. They know the roads, have a strong local following and don't want to embarrass themselves or the state.

Who to watch: Dave Harward has been whooping up on the local scene for years and is a crit specialist. Ryan Barrett is a strong crit racer and has a big finishing sprint. Todd Hageman is the reigning state champ and would like nothing more than to show off for the pro teams.