Tour of the Gila Goes "Outside" for 19th Year,
The annual Tour of the Gila bike race takes off again this year in Silver City, April 27-May 1, with a prominent new sponsor. Outside Magazine, America's leading active-lifestyle and adventure-travel magazine, with an audience of nearly 2.3 million readers, takes over as title sponsor for the race.
"We are extremely pleased to have Outside magazine as our title sponsor," says race director Jack Brennan. "It is important to us to have a sponsor as passionate as we are about the cycling lifestyle."
"Outside is dedicated to helping people seek fuller, more rewarding lives by leading active lifestyles," says Larry Burke, Outside's chairman and editor in chief. "We are especially thrilled to help bring so many cyclists and active-lifestyle enthusiasts to New Mexico, where Outside is based."
The 19th annual Tour of the Gila, ranked as one of the most grueling stage races in North America, is expected to attract 500 to 600 participants. This year's added sponsorship has elevated the race's competitive rank and increased the prize money.
Unlike most races of this stature, the Tour of the Gila includes divisions for all skill levels, as well as spectator activities for all ages and abilities. The top men's and women's divisions will race for five consecutive days, covering 340 and 258 miles, respectively.
The Tour of the Gila began in 1987 and has become part of USA Cycling's national event calendar. It is recognized internationally, with participants from Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Colombia, and Australia. For updates and additional information on the race, see www.tourofthegila.com.
Tour of the Gila Schedule and Courses
Wednesday, April 27—STAGE 1 (Pro,1; Sr. Men 2 Sr. Men 3 Sr Men 45+ & Women Pro 1,2,3) Tyrone Time Trial. A 15.7-mile out-and-back course with a total of 1,070 feet of climbing, starting on NM 90 just south of Copper Drive, Tyrone. First rider is off at 12:15 p.m. Starting order will be Men 45+ first; Sr. Men 3; then Women Pro,1,2,3; Sr. Men 2; then Pro 1.
Thursday, April 28—STAGE 2 (Pro,1; Sr. Men 2; Sr. Men 3 Sr Men 45+ & Women Pro 1,2,3) Silver City to Mogollon Road Race. Starts at Gough Park in Silver City, Sr. Men 3 at 8:15 a.m., Women Pro 1,2,3 at 8:20 a.m., Pro,1 at 9 a.m.; Sr. Men 2 at 9:35 a.m. The Pro, l and Sr. Men 2 races are 92 miles long, with 5,650 feet of climbing. Sr. Men 3 and Women will race over a 70-mile course with 4,530 feet of climbing.
Friday, April 29—STAGE 3 (Stage 1 for Sr. Men 4, 5 and Women 3,4/ Men 65+) Inner Loop Road Race. Start at Ft. Bayard: Pro, 1 at 9:20 a.m., Sr. Men 2 at 9:40 a.m. Women Pro 1,2,3 at 10 a.m., Sr. Men 3 at 10:20 a.m. This course is a 73-mile loop, with 5,150 feet of climbing. Start on Main Street in Pinos Altos: Sr. Men 4,5's at 8:30 a.m., Women 3,4 at 8:35 a.m. The course is the same as Pro,1, Sr.2 and Sr. Men 3's to finish at Ft. Bayard after 61 miles and 3,690 feet of climbing.
Saturday, April 30—STAGE 4 (Stage 2) Downtown Silver City Criterium—Sign-in and start line are on Bullard Street in front of the Silver City Food Co-Op at 6th & Bullard. This is a 1.08-mile closed course on city streets. First race will be Women 3,4 at 8 a.m., 12 laps. Men 4,5 race starts at 8:45 a.m., 15 laps. Sr. Men 3 at 9:35 a.m., 20 laps. Sr. Men 2 at 10:35 a.m., 30 laps. Women Pro 1,2,3 at 12:10 p.m., 25 laps. Citizen races at 1:25 p.m. Pro 1, at 2:30 p.m., 40 laps. Also kids' races.
Sunday, May 1—STAGE 5 (Stage 3 ) "Gila Monster" Road Race—Sr.Men Pro & 1 and Sr.Men 2 Sr.Men 3, Sr Men 45+, Sr.Men 4 & 5, Women Pro, 1, 2 & 3, and Women 3,4/Men 65+ Pro,l leave from at 8 a.m. and follow a 100-mile loop to the finish in Pinos Altos after 9,360 feet of climbing. Sr. Men 3 start from same location at 8:10 a.m. and follow an abbreviated loop of 66 miles, with 5,420 feet of climbing to the same finish. Sr. Men 2 have a different course going to Emory Pass, 100 miles and 8,940 feet of climbing beginning at 8:20 a.m. Women Pro 1,2,3 follow Sr. Men 2's at 8:25 a.m. Sr. 4,5's start after Women Pro 1,2,3 at about 8:40 a.m; they follow the same course as Sr. Men 3's. Women 3,4's start at about 8:45 a.m.; they will follow the same course as the Sr. Men 3's. Also a citizen's road race of 32.5 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing.