Photo: Casey B. Gibson
AEVOLO TAKES THE START OF TOUR OF UTAH: THE BIGGEST RACE OF THE YEAR
August 6th-12th, 2018
Bring on the mountains. From August 6-12, Aevolo cycling is excited to take on “America’s Toughest Stage Race,” the Tour of Utah - our biggest race to date.
Team director Mike Creed has selected a strong, diverse roster, including three recently crowned national champions, to compete against the best in the word over 546 miles of racing and 43,780 feet of total elevation gain.
Under 23 national road champion Alex Hoehn will be the only rider on the team who’s tackled the 7-day race, and says he’s honored to be back in Utah with Aevolo.
“I really think that some of my past knowledge from this race can really be handy for our team’s debut,” Hoehn said. “All the stages are going to be very challenging, especially the stage that finishes up to Snowbird. I remember that road extremely well because of how tough it was. I think our whole team has a good chance to do very well at this race.”
Hoehn has his eyes on stage two, the Payson loop which a tough cat 1 climb a little over half way through.
“That one, as well as stage 5 that ends climbing up Little Cottonwood Canyon, would suit me fairly well. We will see how the form is rolling from nationals, but at the very least, I am extremely excited to be here racing with the best in the world.”
Fresh from victories in the U23 national time trial and criterium, Gage Hecht is joining Hoehn on the roster.
“I’m really excited to be a part of this incredible race,” Hecht said. “The team has worked really hard to earn this opportunity. I’m looking forward to spending a week on the roads and in the mountains of Utah racing with my teammates.”
Laurent Gervais, Lance Haidet, Mexican time trial champion Luis Villalobos and Fernando Islas have also been selected for the race, along with sprinter Michael Hernandez, who’s been working hard in the mountains to prepare for the challenge. All are motivated going into the final push of the season, and coming in with serious momentum having won the last five races they’ve done as a team.
“On paper, stages 3 and 4 look like my best chances to grab the team a result seeing how they have the least amount of climbing,” Hernandez said. “My real test in this race, however, will be stage 1. There is a lot of climbing throughout the stage with a long downhill leading into a flat finish. If I can make it up and over the last climbs I think it will be a chance for us to start the race our strong in a reduced group sprint.”