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.