Valkyrie Segment: Road Biking
VALKYRIE SEGMENT: ROAD CYCLING (RCY)
LOCATION: Deer Creek Reservoir to Soldier Hollow Nordic Center via Route 92 (Alpine Loop), Cascade Springs Scenic Rd, and a tour of Midway.
The Road Cycle Race (RCY) is a 35.6-mile course on paved road through one of Utah’s most cherished scenic byways of the Wasatch Mountains before finishing at the Endurance Sports Summit at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center.
The elevation gain is formidable but so is the descent. The surrounding mountains cast cooling shadows in the late afternoon through the evening but can also challenge riders’ light adjustment as they pass in and out of the shadows. Peak activity on this course is from 03:00-07:00 pm. Riders should assume a ‘Rules of the Road’ race. All riders must obey common traffic laws unless directed otherwise by on-course police agencies or present racecourse closures to public traffic.
Once tagged by the mountain biker, Road Cyclists (RCY) depart the small transition area of the Deer Creek Dam Trailhead parking lot and enter Southwest-bound Hwy 189 into Provo Canyon. The scenic course then follows a sequence of Route 92 past Sundance Resort, FR 114 over North Fork Ridge to Cascade Springs Trailhead, then descend Cascade Springs Scenic Rd back into Midway. Rider will make one counterclockwise lap around Midway following Springtown Rd, 100 South, 200 East, River Rd, 1050 North, Homestead Rd, and back to Stringtown Rd, Southbound. Cyclists will enter SHNC via Soldier Hollow Ln, Olympic Dr, and cross the Valkyrie Relay™ Finish Line at the Endurance Sports Summit.
Riders will reach the summit (7986 ft) roughly 12.3 miles from the start of the leg. There are rumble strips on the road (Route189) starting at the start and ending once you reach the turnoff for the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway. The rumble strips narrow the shoulder and can make it hard for riders to pass one another, caution is advised in this section of the race.