Mark Richard, a local architect and not really a cyclist, was the one who first came up with the idea of the Tour of the Gila bicycle stage race. He thought that by organizing a bicycle race in Grant County would help to promote our area to potential tourists. I think that Mark would be pleasantly surprised as to how far the Tour of the Gila has come in the past 31 years. The Tour of the Gila is an ionic American bicycle race that is now known nationally and internationally. Thank you Mark Richard for starting that process.