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A Loss for Tour of Utah

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via velonews.com

via velonews.com

Tour of Utah cycling race director dies – Via Salt Lake City Tribune

One of the key figures in creating the Tour of Utah cycling race died of Saturday. Terry McGinnis, who served as executive director for the race the last two years, passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 46.

McGinnis served as the Tour of Utah radio commentator in 2006, a consultant to chairman Greg Miller in 2007 and as the executive director for the last two years.

“Terry was the heart and soul of the Tour and will be missed,” Miller said. “His passion for the race was a deciding factor in the success of the event. “All of us on the staff as well as friends of the race will miss him dearly and will do all that we can to continue the event in his honor and make him proud.”

McGinnis raced professionally for more than 20 years, spending 10 of those as an Elite Cat I cyclist. He retired in 2007 after being diagnosed with cancer but continued to ride recreationally.

Velonews article on McGinnis is here…

“He was a fixture in the Utah cycling community,” Burke Swindlehurst (Team Bissell), from Salt Lake City, said. “Everybody knew him and I don’t think I’ve ever heard a disparaging word said about him. He was just a friend to cycling and a friend to every one.”

McGinnis was also instrumental in turning the Tour of Utah into one of the biggest bicycle races in the country.

After the race was canceled in 2007 because of sponsorship problems, McGinnis was asked to take charge of the race. In doing so, the event has quickly become one of the most-anticipated races in the country.

A loss for Cycling and the State of Utah.

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Written by yellow fork

October 26, 2009 at 5:37 pm

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