News September 8, 2020

LoToJa Classic This Weekend

by Jackson Hole Radio News

This year’s LoToJa Classic takes place Saturday, departing from Logan, Utah with 1,250 cyclists pedaling their ways to Jackson Hole under extensive Covid-19 safety guidelines. LoToJa begins at Sunrise Cyclery in Logan and ends at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on a route covering 203 miles for licensed riders and Jackson Hole High School for cyclosportive riders on a route that takes them over 198 miles. Cyclists ride the entire course in one day on scenic back roads through northeastern Utah, southeastern Idaho and western Wyoming. Three mountain passes that total 35 miles and almost 10,000 vertical feet of climbing are also encountered. LoToJa is recognized as the longest, one-day USA Cycling sanctioned road race in America. After nearly 40 years of existence, it is one of the nation’s most popular cycling events with a focus on fundraising for worthy causes. In addition to mandatory facial masks, hygiene and social distancing, adaptations include more than 50 specific health safety actions and requirements that further minimize human contact during LoToJa. Key points include Covid-19 screening for all cyclists, no indoor gatherings, smaller groups leaving the start line, more and enlarged feed zones to increase social distancing, and all neutral feed zone staff to wear PPE and distribute food and hydration products to cyclists from behind protective barriers.

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