Cycling Utah with TJ Eisenhart
Follow Tour of Utah pro-cyclist TJ Eisenhart through three days of challenging, scenic and diverse riding.
I grew up riding up the canyon roads and trails in the mountains behind Provo, Utah, a city at the heart of the Utah Valley, south of Salt Lake. Many locals consider the mountains of Utah County to be the most iconic, even more beautiful than those of Salt Lake and other Northern Utah cities. One of the biggest reasons? Mount Timpanogos. The range behind Utah Valley is also home to Timpangos Cave National Monument, Sundance Mountain Resort, incredible mountain biking and one of the finest road cycling canyons in Utah.
Follow me through three days of challenging, scenic and diverse riding.
The first day explores some of the best mountain roads for cycling. Without a doubt, American Fork Canyon is my absolute favorite place to ride. The climb has some of the wildest views of Mount Timpanogos. This is my go-to climb to test my strength before I head off to a race. This climb is very hard and reaches an altitude of 8000 feet. I've seen mountain goats, brown bears and moose on this ride and the river helps keep it cool in the summer. In October during my rest period, I go trail running up my favorite trail, the Timpanokee trailhead, which will take you to the very top of Timpanogos. The road finishes on an excellent ride past Sundance Resort.
The second day embraces the big climbs. I developed a love for high-elevation biking at an early age. I set out one day following my brother and dad on the Suncrest route. This is a special climb for me because it's the first mountain I ever climbed. There was no looking back from there — no looking back, that is, until reaching the top of the mountain. Today you'll tackle Suncrest and/or Squaw Peak in the pursuit of the title Queen or King of the Mountain.
Finally, wrap up your grand tour of this riding mecca with more leisurely tours — that is, less climbing — on the Murdock Canal Trail and Jordan River Trail. Complete all these rides and who knows, maybe I'll be racing you to the Tour of Utah finish line!
Now get on your bike and let’s pedal it out. Ride baby ride.