Some of the best bikers in the world sped through Duck Creek and Kane County Tuesday, on the first leg of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Bike Race.

Duck Creek businesses and residents cheered on the bikers and support people, and welcomed state and national media exposure to share in the beauty of Cedar Mountain.

“This is awesome,” commented Las Vegas resident Missy Floyd, who set up chairs early to watch the racers fly by. Floyd has a Cedar Mountain get-away residence near Duck Creek and came to enjoy the race with her granddaughter, adding she had considered going to Europe to see the great bikers race.

“I think it’s cool,” added Ari Floyd.

While not a large crowd, the people who turned out for the race made up for it with enthusiasm.

In race results for the first day, Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium won the 112 mile race in 4 hours, 10 minutes and 50 seconds. Michael Matthews, of Australia, came in second, with Christopher Jones, of the U.S., in third. U.S. racers rounded out the top five with Tyler Magner in fourth and Max Jenkins in fifth.

Southern Utah was grateful to get the opportunity to host the opening leg of the famous race.

Wednesday’s Stage 2 started in Panguitch, went through Bryce Canyon National Park, then up scenic Highway 12, climbing Boulder Mountain, before finishing in Torrey, in the shadow of Capital Reef, covering 131 miles, the longest stage of the tour.