This upcoming Wednesday, the Jamis/Sutter Home Professional Team will begin the SRAM Tour of the Gila in Silver City, New Mexico. With five days of racing containing some of the country’s most grueling climbs and technical descents, all at lung-searing high altitude, the event is one of the most difficult stage races in the United States. Several mountain top finishes give the edge to pure climbers. However, a downtown criterium and hilly individual time trial ensure exciting racing and open the door for sprinters and time trial specialists to challenge for the top step of the podium.
Entering the race with its sights set on both individual stage wins and the general classification, the Jamis/Sutter Home Professional Cycling Team will be on the offensive every day. Climbers Tyler Wren and Luis Amaran both live and train at altitude and have been targeting the race since the beginning of the season. Notoriously strong in time trials, Luis especially will be hoping to gain time on his rivals whenever possible and be in contention for the overall win.
For the criterium, and any other day that could potentially end with a field sprint, Jamis/Sutter Home is bringing a trio of riders that are sure to be among the fastest in the race. Alejandro and Anibal Borrajo, along with Kyle Wamsley are contenders in any fast finish and will be looking to capitalize on some of the flatter days. Always strong and sometimes surprisingly good climbers, Jamey Driscoll, Carson Miller and Peter Van Dijk round out the roster in support of the team leaders. However, don’t rule any of them out for a potential stage win if the opportunity presents itself.