Silver City, NM (March 9, 2020) —
An iconic tradition in New Mexico and one of the most challenging bicycle race courses in North America—the 34th Annual Tour of the Gila—takes place April 29–May 3, 2020 in Silver City. The Tour of the Gila will draw in hundreds of participants from across the U.S. and internationally for top-notch, endurance-testing cycling at over 6,000 feet altitude in scenic and historic southwest New Mexico.
A renowned UCI stage race with categories for both men and women, the Tour of the Gila takes place over the course of five days. Each day of the race presents a new course to push riders’ performance to the next level, while taking them through beautiful natural landscapes surrounding Silver City.
“In addition to a spectacular and thrilling course, participants will have the chance to see and experience Silver City, its history, its breathtaking views, and its unique culture,” said Alex Brown, Town of Silver City Manager. “This race brings in the best of the best from across the globe to our town, and allows participants—both amateurs and professionals—to push themselves and experience top-level competition.”
Stage 1—The Mogollon Road Race—kicks off on Wednesday, April 29, beginning at Gough Park and ending on Mogollon Climb. On Thursday, April 30, Stage 2—The Inner Loop Road Race—takes place at Ft. Bayard. Stage 3—Tyrone Individual Time Trials—takes place Friday, May 1 in the Village of Tyrone throughout the day, as riders take the course alone for individual times.
On Saturday, May 2, Stage 4—the Downtown Silver City Criterium—is one of the most popular race days for spectators and a beloved day for racers, taking place in historic downtown Silver City, and offering fun events like the free children’s bicycle rodeo and a citizen race mid-day. Set amidst vibrant downtown galleries, shops, businesses and restaurants, the downtown portion allows spectators optimal places to watch, explore the town, and enjoy the festivities. Events culminate on Sunday, May 3 with Stage 5—The Gila Monster—one of the most difficult courses in North America that proves challenging for even the most seasoned professionals. The Gila Monster, with 10,000 feet of climbing, features steep descent and rolling hills with incredible mountain views and towering pines, and ends at Piños Altos.
“Whether you’re taking part as a competitor, you’re in town to support a loved one, or you’re attending as a spectator, the Tour of the Gila is an incredible event for all involved,” added Brown. “With options to participate for beginners—with the children’s bicycle rodeo and citizen race—everyone is welcome to join the fun, grow their talent, and take part in one of the most iconic events in New Mexico.”
After the race, participants and spectators can enjoy Silver City’s arts, outdoor recreation, culture and history. With the Gila National Forest just minutes outside of town, avid adventurers can hike, camp, and explore nature. As a well-known art community, Silver City is home to over 30 art galleries, offering competitors an ideal location to relax and browse galleries downtown. Additionally, Silver City has a rich history to discover, as home to the third largest open pit copper mine in the world and the Gila Cliff Dwellings, as well as ties to Billy the Kid and Geronimo.
“Once the competition has ended and riders have put their bodies through a true test of endurance, it’s an optimal time to take a few days of relaxation and exploration,” added Brown. “For those looking to stay in town after the race, there are a variety of one-of-a-kind activities and attractions to explore, ranging from our arts and culture to our history and recreation.”
To register for Tour of the Gila or for more information, visit https://tourofthegila.com. For more information on all there is to see and do in Silver City, or to plan your visit, go to www.visitsilvercity.org.