Wednesday Road Closures
Residents and spectators are reminded that if you need to be out of town, Wednesday, toward Cliff area, please make plans to leave by eight am so not to be slowed by the 94 mile “Silver City to Mogollon” race brought to you in part by Grant County. U.S. 180, N.M. 211 and N.M. 159 East are expected to be impacted due the races from 8am to late in the afternoon; everyone is urged to plan accordingly. Wednesday’s race begins with the “Master Men A” category starting at eight am at Gough Park and ending on Highway 159 East, near mile marker seven. Different categories will continue to leave at staggered times, with the last to leave being the “Men One Two” category at ten a.m. and expected to arrive on N.M. 159 Eastbound around one p.m. US 180, N.M. 211 and NM 159 East are expected to be impacted due the races from eight a.m. too late in the afternoon with rolling road restrictions.
Thursday Road Closures
Thursday, is the second day of racing of the 32nd edition of the Tour of the Gila. Here are some road advisories for the “Inner Loop” 80 mile road race that is brought to you in part by Brian and Lynn Robinson and Southwest Bone and Joint. Roads impacted include NM 15, NM 35, NM 152, NM 356 and US 180 from 7:15 am to 2:30 pm. Everyone is urged to plan accordingly. A road closure on NM 15 will happen from 7:30am to 12:30pm – the road will be closed from mile markers 6 thru 25. Races begin at 7:50 a.m. and additional races will follow. Various categories start at staggered times, with the “UCI Men” starting at 9 am, and the UCI Women at 10:40am at the Fort Bayard Medical Center. Races are expected to finish at Old Fort Bayard beginning around 11 am, up to 2:30 pm. The UCI Men will loop through Bayard at mid-day. Everyone is invited to come out and cheer on the racers! Again, NM 15, NM 35, NM 152, NM 356 and US 180 are all expected to be impacted due to races from 7:15 am to 2:30 pm. The race will not affect business in Pinos Altos
Friday Road Closures
Friday, Day 3 of the 32nd edition of the Tour of the Gila, brought in part to you by Freeport McMoRan, showcases the Dan Potts Memorial Tyrone Individual Time Trials. Races begin at 9:15 am and impact Highway 90, past Tyrone. Here are some road advisories: “U.C.I. Men” start on NM 90 at Tyrone, followed by the “UCI Women”. Hwy 90 will be closed for the morning races, beginning at 8:45and ending at noon. Please plan your travels accordingly. The “Women Three – Four” start the afternoon, followed by the “Men Four”, then “Master Men B”, “Master Men A”, “Men 3” followed by the “Men One – Two”. The Speed Limit will be 35 miles per hour on the 18-mile race course and will be reduced to one lane where possible. The race turns around between mile markers 29 and 30 on NM90. Please yield to racers and try to plan your travel on NM 90 before 8:30 am or after mid-afternoon.
Saturday Road Closures
Day 4 of the 32nd edition of the Tour of the Gila is the Downtown Silver City Criterium, brought to you in part by Town of Silver, will begin at 8 am on Saturday. Downtown road closures start at 5am Saturday morning. Streets affected include Bullard, College, Cooper and Broadway. Entry points into the course are Santa Rita Street at Cooper, and Arizona Street at Broadway. Residents living within the race area will be provided maps showing directions for accessing the area. The race is a 15 to 40 lap course depending on the category. The “Women Three – Four Category” starts the Saturday racing. The exciting “U.C.I Women and Men Races” will be the last of the day, starting at 3 pm, ending around 6pm. Kids will be able to ride the fun safety course, get bikes inspected, and enjoy ride their bikes on an obstacle course. Spectators are urged to either ride or walk into downtown as there will be limited parking. Bring your chairs, sunhats and cowbells and cheer on the racers Saturday in Silver City!
Sunday Road Closures
The Tour of the Gila “Gila Monster Road Race” brought to you in part by SkyWest Media, concludes the race week on Sunday with Day 5 –a grueling 105-mile race with over 9,100 feet of climbing and more than 8,200 feet of descent! Races start at Gough Park in Silver City at 7:30 am and end in Pinos Altos in front of the Buckhorn. Come up to PA to watch exciting uphill finishes, and the podium ceremonies for all categories. Racers start crossing the finish line at 10:45, with the UCI Men rounding out the event at 1:30pm. Streets surrounding Gough Park will be closed from 6 to 9:15am. A road closure on NM 15 will begin at 9 am and end at 2:00 pm from Bear Creek Cabins in P.A. to the intersection with NM 35. Everyone is encouraged to plan accordingly if they need to travel in the area. This closure will not affect businesses in P.A. The “Gila Monster Road Race” proves that “Gila” is one of the toughest races in the US, with high altitude climbs, screaming fast descents and winding roads.