One of the ways bike races are different than any other event is your car becomes your credential. Since there is no admission fee to spectators, walking around with a credential around your neck is of little value, unlike most big events.
Try getting ANYWHERE at the US Open (for example) or at The Hahnenkamm (where VIP tickets cost $4000 a day) or a NASCAR race without your credential. Fuhgeddaboudit.
Here is my steed for the week:
Utah is a lot more difficult, logistically, than last year. Last year we were up in Ogden for 3 days and then in Salt Lake for the last 3. Only one hotel change. This year we start in Cedar City, which is about a 4 hr drive South of Salt Lake, and gradually work our way back up during the week. Three hotel changes in the first three days, then we steady out in a Salt Lake City hotel for the last 3 days…although on only one of those days does the race actually finish in SLC. On Friday night there’s a twilight criterium stage right in front of The State Capital, which should be interesting. On Saturday we finish up at Snowbird, a “mountaintop finish”. Looks great on TV, although logistically a nightmare. Then Sunday is the same Park City – Jordanelle – Guardsmans Pass – Park City stage as last year.
But at least I have a good credential.