Racers will enter and pass through Preston at two different routes, reducing cyclists and support crews on roads
When the 31st LoToJa Bicycle Classic rolls through Preston on Saturday, Sept. 7, residents and motorists should notice less cyclist and vehicle congestion through the community than in previous years.
That’s because the 206-mile bike race from Logan-to-Jackson Hole, Wyo., now features only two rider classifications instead of three and those two classifications will take different routes through Preston.
Until this year, LoToJa’s more than 1,500 cyclists have left Logan and followed a circuitous route through Cache Valley and entered Preston from the south on State Highway 34. They’d turn left onto 800 South and proceed west. Next they’d turn right onto 200 West and proceed north to 200 North where they’d turn right and then immediately left onto 100 West and ride past Preston City Park for a feed zone manned by hundreds of support crews with their vehicles parked nearby. Preston City Police and traffic control contractors hired by race organizers assist at numerous intersections to keep traffic orderly.
That same route through Preston will be used this year, but only by “cyclosportive” or sport cyclists, and relay cyclists, which comprise approximately half of the total 1,500 participants. The other half, consisting of USA Cycling licensed racers, will instead approach Preston from the south on State Highway 91, not State Highway 34 like the cyclosportive riders.
Approximately five miles before Preston, licensed racers will turn right onto 2400 East and pedal north to 800 South where they’ll turn left and proceed west to 2200 East and then turn right again and continue north to Oneida St. There the cyclists will turn left and pedal west to 800 East, and then turn right and proceed north to State Highway 34. At the highway they’ll turn right and continue to Riverdale and on to Strawberry Canyon.
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