Downtown Silver City Criterium presented by the Town of Silver City:
Streets to be used: Bullard, College, Cooper, & Broadway. Road closure: 5AM to 6PM. Entry points into the course are Santa Rita St. Bayard St. at Cooper, and Arizona St. at Broadway. Exit points are Bayard St./Santa Rita St. at Cooper and Texas St. at Broadway.
With all of the action happening in Downtown Silver City, the criterium is by far the most popular event at the Tour of the Gila. The entire day brings racing to the Historic Downtown area of Silver City with a closed course covering Bullard, College, Cooper and Broadway streets. 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.
In addition, come to the Citizen Races at 12:30 P.M. There will be live music from the Gila River Band at the Little Toad Creek Beer Garden on College and Bullard from 12:00 noon to 6:00 P.M.