On Tap: SRAM Tour of the Gila

The NRC goes up and up starting tomorrow at the 24th annual SRAM Tour of the Gila where 339 miles of racing, 25,231 feet of climbing will challenge the riders over five days. A who’s who from the North American cycling world is showing up to claim the prize and test themselves before the Amgen…

Swart and van Uden win Gila Criterium

Under-23 riders Roman van Uden (Land Rover-ORBEA) and Carla Swart (Lip Smacker) outkicked their respective fields to  win the sprint at  the Silver City Downtown Criterium on Saturday, the second to last stage at the SRAM Tour of the Gila. The mission of both GC leaders, Kristin Armstrong (Cervélo TestTeam) and Levi Leipheimer (Mellow Johnny/Astana)…

Leipheimer and Armstrong smoke the Gila Time Trial

Both Levi Leipheimer (Astana) and Kristin Armstrong (Cervélo TestTeam) smoked the 16-mile (26km) time trial at the SRAM Tour of the Gila, setting new course records in the process and increasing the lead in the overall classification. The only rider to go under 33 minutes, Leipheimer set a blistering pace to stop the clock at…

Haedo and Grain win stage 2 at Gila; no changes in GC

Attacks fused to try and unseat the leader’s jerseys in stage 2, the Inner Loop Road Race, of both the men’s and women’s at the Tour of the Gila but in the end, both Kristin Armstrong (Cervélo TestTeam) and Levi Leipheimer (Astana) survived all attacks to stay on top of the leaderboard going into tomorrow’s…

Team Land Rover-ORBEA reports from Gila

The new UCI Continental team, the Land Rover-ORBEA benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation is a young cycling development team based out of Portland, Oregon with a message. The team is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and to develop talented young cyclists. Norrene Godfrey, who co-owns the team with her…

Tour of the Gila Preview – with maps

Decisions have been made, riders are in Silver City ready to start the tough SRAM Tour of the Gila tomorrow. The UCI and USA Cycling played with  the rules to let the Astana trio of Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer and Chris Horner be able to race, which at the same time hit  the BMC Team…

Talking Gila with Burke Swindlehurst

One of the toughest stage races in North America, the SRAM Tour of the Gila kicks off on Wednesday where it challenges riders with five days of leg busting climbing, arrowing descents and often brutal winds in New Mexico. Who best to describe the race and the stages than the (only?) three-time winner BISSELL’s Burke Swindlehurst who also conquered the Gila Monster four times in his career … so far.

Gila – Goldstein and Ladino prevail

The Tour of the Gila concluded this weekend with its two final stages, the crit on Saturday and the monster, well, Gila Monster stage on Sunday. As expected, the crit didn’t bring any changes to the overall classification. ValueAct’s Leah Goldstein defended her pink leader’s jersey which she grabbed after the first stage. On the…

Tour of the Gila Preview

One of the tougher stage races in North America, the Ben D. Altamirano Memorial Tour of the Gila kicks off tomorrow, with five days of racing, leg busting climbing, arrowing descents and often brutal winds around Silver City, in New Mexico. For its 22nd edition, no major changes to the race except that the order…