The LoToJa was started in 1983 by two Logan cyclists, David Bern, a student at Utah State University, and Jeff Keller, the owner of Sunrise Cyclery. The two men wanted a race that resembled the difficulty of a one-day European classic like Paris-Roubaix or the Tour of Flanders. LoToJa’s first year featured seven cyclists racing 192 miles from Logan, Utah, to the finish line in Jackson, Wyoming’s town square.
Since then, LoToJa has become one of the nation’s premier amateur cycling races and continues to be a grueling test of one’s physical and mental stamina. Many compete to win their respective category, while others just ride to cross the finish line. You can also compete as a relay team with 2-rider or 3-5 rider options. At 200+ miles and +8800 elevation gain, LoToJa is the country’s longest one-day USAC-sanctioned bicycle race. Cyclists must conquer three mountain passes as they pedal through the scenic terrain of Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming en route to a finish line below the rugged Tetons at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Throughout 200 miles, none of which dips below an altitude of 4,500 feet, racers crest three mountain peaks and gain nearly 10,000 feet of elevation.
Take special note of the registration details for this event. It is a limited field, and there is a lottery.