GILA MONSTER GRAN FONDO
OCTOBER 14, 2017
(2018 Plans Underway–Ride Date Saturday, October 13, 2018)
Silver City Tour of the Gila had a great 2017 fall event, the Gila Monster Gran Fondo. The event happened on October 14th, 2017. In 2018 Gila Monster Gran Fondo is Saturday, October 13th. Last year riders came and experienced what it was like to “ride like a pro for day” in the beautiful iconic Gila. Many new activities transpired during the event that added to an exceptional experience for amateur and recreational riders and their families and friends.
We hope you will plan to visit us in the fall of 2018 for the next edition of the Gila Monster Gran Fondo. More information will be available in the summer.
As an overview, the course follows the iconic Tour of the Gila “Gila Monster” road race, covering some of the most stunning routes in New Mexico. Three course lengths were available in 2017, with two of which began and ended in Silver City and a third began mid-course and ended in Silver City. The most challenging ride was a 115 mile course, that took riders from Silver City to Bayard, through the gorgeous Mimbres Valley, by Lake Roberts, to the Gila Cliff Dwellings Visitor center and the loop back to Pinos Altos historic mining town, after amazing climbs and descents, then ended in Silver City. A Medio Fondo ride had a shared start and continued on some of the part of a similar course at 78 miles. This ride was a little less demanding but was very challenging just the same. Then was a Micro Fondo course that began mid-course and captured stunning views, climbs, and descents of the Gila at 40 miles. The Gran Fondo, had supportive sag wagons and well-appointed stops, was enjoyed by cyclists of all ages and ability-levels.
The kick-off and finish were from the heart of Silver City at Gough Park where event vendors, music, and food were available all day. The festive atmosphere was added to with raffles and prizes for overall and age-group winners. Top finishers received a coveted artist rendition of Mimbreno Indian bowls. After awards in the park, participants and friends headed to Little Toad Creek Brewery, in historic downtown, for a Gran Fondue’ party. Everyone celebrated while relaxing with friends, family, and special guests.
While in Silver City, participants and guests can enjoy the the Red Dot Art Fest that is happening over the course of 10 art-filled days. There were opportunities to tour galleries and studios, even participate in workshops, lectures, and view demonstrations. The Open Studio Tour was an exceptional opportunity to participate in free self-guided tours of artists’ studios providing an up-close and personal look into the unique creative process.
The weekend encouraged participants and their guests to come early or stay an extra day or two, in order to take in the beautiful area of Silver City, NM. Well-appointed swag bags were presented to registered riders. Come ride with us in the Gila Monster Gran Fondo 2018 and you, too, can earn the bragging rights to say “You conquered the Gila Monster” ride. For more information call 575-590-2612. Registration will open in the summer of 2018 with more details available then.