Every September, the Saturday after Labor Day, there’s a little bike race from Logan to Jackson, WY. Known as LoToJa, it is billed as the toughest one-day bike race in the United States. Over 200 miles, climbing 10,000+ feet over three mountain passes, that’s not an idle boast. We were at the start at 6:30 to see son Brad start his third race, twice as a single rider, once as part of a four man relay team. He finished under 10 hours, making his average speed over 20 mph. Here are some pictures from the start.
The Larry Miller Tour of Utah came through Cache Valley and ended with five laps around a roughly three-mile circuit in North Logan. Laps 1-3 were somewhat leisurely, but by Lap 4 things got serious because the end of Lap 5 was the finish. Just before the peloton came by my vantage point for Lap 4, two serious photographers showed up. One of them was hired by the Tour. The other works for Getty Images, a huge, worldwide photographic agency. I asked him where he was last week and where he would be next week. He said last week he was home but that was because he’d spent five weeks in France for the Tour de France. Next week he was covering NASCAR. At first blush it sounded like a great job but then I thought…… not so much if you have a family and this guy was wearing a wedding ring. They shot for maybe 90 seconds then packed up to head to the finish line.