Many hundreds of cowbells were given away to guests and drop-ins to ring the Tour racers home.
SOTHEBY’S TOUR OF UTAH PARTY AND THE PARK CITY SPORTS WORLD
Standing on a balcony of the executive offices of Sotheby’s to watch the dramatic finish of the grueling Tour of Utah bike race was the best seat in the house for guests and clients invited to the Tour party. The office building, on intersection of Main and Heber in ‘Oldtown,’ literally overlooked the finish line and the awards podium.
Instead of standing in the heat, trying to peer through the head and shoulders of the ever-growing crowd while waiting for the riders, guests were able to watch the race live on giant TV’s, sitting in cool comfort, while eating bratwurst with chips and drinks. As the cyclists started up Main Street, folks gathered on the balconies to get a perfect view of the finish.
A table was loaded with colorful cowbells that were given away to anyone who walked inside the Sotheby’s office. The cowbells were big hits with everyone.
Leaders duked it out in a breakaway on the final descent to Park City. Cadel Evans, the Australian racer who won the 2011 Tour de France, was 15 seconds behind. Big drama came as he made up time on the downhill pitch to Park City, just three miles from the finish of the 750 mile race, to win the final stage, his second stage win in a row. But winner Tom Danielson’s lead was over a minute, and other riders had also established commanding leads, so despite winning two stages, Evans was relegated to sixth overall.
Tom Wright, Sotheby’s owner, had been chosen to present the first award to the winning rider. He was in his element among the clients of the international real estate firm, a down-to-earth charmer among those who had just wandered in or invited guests who had purchased numerous properties in various parts of the planet through this world class real estate broker.
Write said humbly, “This is great for Park City, to have these cyclists how us how it’s really done. It’s a huge thing for the state of Utah to have this event. We’re honored to be part of Park City, and to be able to give bank to this amazing city that we’re part of.”
Write is right about Park City being amazing, especially for sports fans and athletes. From freestyle World Championships at Deer Valley to Masters racing for recreational athletes who want elite level training, fans and participants can find it all in PC. It’s a mountain town with big city amenities. Few mountain towns offer the star-studded fine dining restaurants or exclusive shops that are found in PC. And of course, there’s the annual Sundance Film Festival that celebrates films and movie stars. It’s not at all unusual to see a famous actor waiting in line with you at one of the local supermarkets.
For those who prefer individual activities rather than organized sports, the area is also a hot spot. Each of the three resorts offers lift served mountain biking trails and base area attractions for summer fun, as well as the ‘greatest snow on earth’ for the winter. Right now, hiking trails wander everywhere, with terrific routes ranging from easy strolls to those requiring rock climbs.
It’s just one of many reasons to look at Park City when choosing the best place possible to reside or own a vacation home.