Watching the stars of the future take on their bicycles, tricycles and sometimes even scooters is one of the most popular highlights of the Tour of the Gila, as kids of all ages take to the streets of historic downtown Silver City during the Downtown Criterium. The employees of 1st New Mexico Bank of Silver City are back this year to organize this town’s favorite event. Registration is from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm at the Hub on the corner of 6th and Bullard Streets near the Start/Finish line. All kids 12 and under race free! Fee is $5 for 13-16 year-olds, and $10 per person 17 and over. Helmets must be worn and parents or guardians need to sign registration for children under the age of 18. Free t-shirts for participants while they last! Podium awards will be held after the races. Bring your bike down and join in the fun – challenge others and battle it out at the citizen races this year! Complete both forms (Citizens Race Entry Form and Waiver).

Coming Soon

2023 Citizen Race Entry Form

2023 Tour of the Gila Event Waiver

Category Start Time Distance
3&4 1:30 pm 7th St to Finish Line (400 feet)
5&6 1:40 pm Up & Down Bullard (.5 mi)
7-9 1:50 pm Up & Down Bullard (.5 mi)
10-12 2:00 pm Up & Down Bullard (.5 mi)
13-16 2:10 pm  1 Lap (1.08 mi)
17-34 Women 2:20 pm 1 Lap (1.08 mi)
17-34 Men 2:20 pm 1 Lap (1.08 mi)
35+ Women 2:20 pm 1 Lap (1.08 mi)
35+ Men 2:20 pm 1 Lap (1.08 mi)

SUNDAY, April 30, 2023

Challenge yourself to ride the roads of the Gila. Beginning at Camp Thunderbird in the Mimbres Valley, the course offers intense climbing while traveling through the tall pines of the scenic Gila National Forest. The race ends in the village of Pinos Altos where participants can watch the finishes of the Gila Monster Road Race which determines the winners of each category of the Tour of the Gila. Racers may register on Saturday from 11:00 am-12:15 pm at the Hub, corner of 6th and Bullard, or at the start line at 8:00 am. Entry fee is $5 for ages 13 – 16, and $10 for 17 and up. Helmets must be worn. This is an unsupported ride, so please be prepared. One sag vehicle will be available.  Complete both forms (Citizens Race Entry Form and Waiver).


Category Start Time Distance
17 years and up 8:30 am 49.9 km (31 mi)
13 – 16 8:30 am 49.9 km (31 mi)


First New Mexico Bank bringing the spirit of community banking to Silver City. First New Mexico Bank sponsors and helps with  each year’s Saturday’s Citizens Race. Thanks to First New Mexico Bank for all that you do in our community and the volunteers from your bank who help!