The Virtual Tour of the Gila will be happening again this weekend, and you can watch the live broadcast on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.  The 3 stage Virtual Tour of the Gila is scheduled for January 7, 8, and 9, 2022.

 

The Virtual Tour of the Gila is a part of the Echelon Racing League using modified, virtual versions of our in-real-life courses.  The Echelon Racing League features men’s and women’s teams from across North America, as well as select esports and international teams.  To Learn more about the Echelon Racing League, please visit their website, www.echelonracingleague.com 

The Echelon Racing League will be on the virtual platform RGT Cycling.  What is unique about RGT is that they have the capability of making virtual versions of our real Tour of the Gila racecourses.  GPX files of our 3 racecourses, the Tyrone Individual Time Trial, the Mogollon Road Race, and the Gila Monster Road Race, were created and sent to RGT.  The folks at RGT then created our in-real-life racecourses onto their cycling platform.  When the Pro Men and Pro Women race the Virtual Tour of the Gila, they will be actually racing and experiencing, on-line, the road profiles that make up our Tour of the Gila.  That is really cool! 

 

Here is this weekend’s Virtual Tour of the Gila livestream race schedule:

Tyrone Individual Time Trial: Friday, January 7th

Pro Men: 4:10PM MST

Pro Women: 5:00 PM MST

 

Mogollon Road Race: Saturday, January 8th

Pro Men: 9:10AM MST

Pro Women: 11:10AM MST

 

Gila Monster Road Race: Sunday, January 9th

Pro Men: 9:10AM MST

Pro Women: 11:30AM MST

 

The live broadcasts of the Virtual Tour of the Gila will certainly cover all the minute-to-minute happenings on the racecourses.  But there will be a lot more going on.  Local community members, from many areas of expertise, will also be a part of the live coverage providing their in-depth knowledge as to why southwest New Mexico is such a wonderful place.  The whole point of doing the Virtual Tour of the Gila and the live broadcasts is to have the opportunity to reach a national and international audience.  We want to let people know what a special place the Gila is and hopefully people will want to learn more about our area and will make plans to visit! 

Here is a list of community members that will be participating in this weekend’s live broadcast:

  • Lt Governor Howie Morales
  • Senator Siah Correa Hemphill
  • Representative Luis Terrrazas
  • Representative Rebecca Dow
  • Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner
  • Axie Navas: Director of the New Mexico Outdoor Division
  • Dr. Cynthia Ann Bettison: Mimbres Scholar and Director Emeritus of Western New Mexico University Museum
  • Dr. Garrett Peltonen: WNMU Assistant Professor of Kinesiology  

 

Here are links to tune-in to the live broadcast:

 

Thank you,

 

Jack Brennan
Tour of the Gila Race Director
575-590-2612