SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Race organizers of the 2012 Tour of Utah say they've made the competition even tougher.
The event scheduled for Aug. 7-12 is the first major weeklong stage race following the Tour de France and London Olympics.
Organizers say mileage in this year's race will increase from 409 to 550 miles. There will also be a 25 percent increase in elevation gain for the week, from 30,000 feet to 37,500 feet of vertical gain, including a new road race on the final day in Park City.
The event was elevated in 2011 to a 2.1-rated stage race by the sport's governing body. It is one of four such rated in North America this year.
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