Stage 1 Silver City to Mogollon Road Race
Starting at Gough Park in Silver City, stage 1 is a point-to-point road race with a final 5.5-mile climb on a very narrow alpine road with rough road pitching up with grades of 19% at some points and ends near of the ghostown of Mogollon. The course includes a 2.1-mile (3.4km) parade loop through downtown Silver City and finish near the ghost town of Mogollon, two bonus sprints and one categorized climb at the finish.
UCI Women start at 8:25 am MDT and race 73.1 miles with 3,669 feet of climbing.
After the neutral parade through the town, the course turns left onto US 180, a 2-lane road with wide shoulders. The first bonus sprint will be at 20.4 miles(32.8km). At 24.4 miles(39.3km) turn right onto NM 211 and enter the first feed zone area on the hill. Neutral water is provided here. Continue on NM 211 through Gila and Cliff, then turn right on US 180 at 30.7 miles(49.4km). Continue on US 180 to the second bonus sprint at 38.6 miles (62.1km). Head on to Glenwood and enter the second feed zone area at 63.6 miles(102.4km). Neutral water is provided here. Turn right onto NM 159 at 66.4 miles(106.9km) and head toward the ghost town of Mogollon where the road narrows and climbing begins for the last 6.7 miles (10.8km). Cat 1 QOM for Women Pro,1,2 at 73.1 miles (117.6km).
UCI Men start at 9:05 am MDT and race 92 miles with 4,252 feet of climbing..
After the neutral parade through the town, the course turns left onto US 180, a 2-lane road with wide shoulders. The first bonus sprint will be at 18.3 miles (26.1km). At 27.2 miles (43.8km), turn right in Cliff onto NM 211 and enter feed zone area on the hill. Continue on NM 211 through Gila, then on a narrower NM 211 with a few short steep rollers to the main highway. At 33.5 miles (53.9km), turn right on US 180 to Cliff again, completing the first of two 11.2 mile(18km) loops. Upon reaching Cliff, turn right for a second trip through the feed zone and around the loop. Continue on US 180 to the second bonus sprint at 57.5 miles(92.5km). Head on to Glenwood and enter feed zone area at 82.5 miles(132.8km). Neutral water is provided here. Turn right onto NM 159 at 85.3 miles (137.3km) and head toward the ghost town of Mogollon where the road narrows and climbing begins for the last 6.7 miles(10.8km). Cat 1 KOM finish for the UCI Men at 92 miles(148km).
No time bonus awarded on bonus sprint points or at the finish line.
Points awarded at bonus points are 3, 2 and 1 points for top 3.
QOM/KOM points awarded on Cat 1 climb are: 15,12, 9, 7, 5, 3 and 1 points
- Town of Silver City Leader’s Jersey (red)
- Queen of the Mountain Jersey and King of the Mountain Jersey (polka dot)
- Best Young Rider Jersey (white)
- Sprint Jersey (green)
About Day 1
Day 1 starts at Gough Park in Silver City. The neutral parade heads down Pope St., then winds through Historic Downtown Silver City on Bullard St., then up Market St., known to the locals as ‘Snake Hill’.
The challenge ahead hangs in the air—anticipation thick, the morning crisp. Many racers wonder what lies ahead. Many already know. The 1st day of the legendary Tour of the Gila has begun.
Once the riders have made the left turn onto Hwy 180 W, the race officially begins.
The course continues out toward Cliff and loops through the beautiful town of Gila, New Mexico. A great place to view the race along this stretch is at the feed zone near the school in Cliff, where the kids are lined up to cheer the racers on. Cliff and Gila are nestled on the banks of the Gila River, New Mexico’s last wild river. The long time history of ranching is alive and well in this part of Southwest New Mexico, evident as the race makes its way past the meadows and vast vistas flowing up to the Mogollon Mountains.
After stocking up at the feed zone just past Glenwood, racers now start up the rolling hills taking them to the turn that leads toward the mountain ghost town of Mogollon. The challenge turns into an incredibly difficult 640.1 m (2,100 ft) ascent to the Category 1 finish line. “The climb to the top is steep, with switchbacks. And it is exposed to the sun. the best climbers will show their cards on this mountain finish.” says John Verheul. The jersey for the strongest and most capable climbers is determined now, while the course proves too much for some.
Spectators must travel the final seven miles of the course early in the day ahead of the first race in order to see the mountain finish. NM 159 will be closed to all but race traffic after 9:00 am due to the nature of the narrow, often single-lane road. The European feel of this race kicks in with the lack of parking along the course and at the finish line. We encourage people to park at the turnoff to NM 159 and either walk or ride up. Spectacular spots to photograph the race during this stage include the area of Leopold Vista, the rolling hills of Hwy 211 toward Gila and the panoramic views with the Mogollon Range as a backdrop creating a beautiful New Mexico scene and if you’re lucky, you may just catch a horse in the background…..