Downtown Silver City Criterium

By far the most popular event at Silver City’s Tour of the Gila, the criterium is a spectator’s delight. The entire day brings racing to the Historic Downtown area of Silver City with a closed course covering Bullard, College, Cooper and Broadway streets.


Photo: Rob Narvaez

One of the favorite viewing spots is the corner of Broadway and Bullard, where racers negotiate a 90-degree corner while reaching speeds in excess of 65 kmph, doing it over and over again. The start/finish line at 6th and Bullard will have people lined up 3 deep to watch exciting finish sprints. Don’t forget the back stretch, which includes a downhill section often causing racers to ‘catch air’ as they come over 6th and Cooper.

This fun-filled day offers something for everyone. The children can start off with a free bicycle rodeo on College St which leads into the ever-popular citizen races at mid-day.

Live music is planned all day next to the beer garden and Downtown Expo which showcases booths, food and crafts.
Enjoy the vibrant historic-area galleries, merchants and restaurants which offer great places to stop in to cool down, shop and partake of Silver City’s great dining scene. The UCI Men race will round out the day of racing, ending their test of stamina and endurance after 40 laps. Put the cowbells to work and cheer your favorite team on!


Start/finish line is at Bullard St. and 6th St., downtown Silver City.

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8:00 am Women 3, 4 12.9 miles(20.8km)


(Same description for all races)


(Same map for all races)

8:45 am

Men 4

16.2 miles(26.1km)

9:35 am

Master Men B

16.2 miles(26.1km)

10:25 am

Men 3

21.6 miles(34.8km)

11:25 am

Master Men A

21.6 miles(34.8km)

12:30 pm


Varies by age group

1:30 pm

Men 1,2

32.4 miles(52.1km)

3:00 pm

UCI Women

27.0 miles(43.5km)

4:15 pm


43.2 miles(69.5km)