Two previous three-time winners will be looking to add to their tallies at the 2006 edition of Teleperformance's Tour of the Gila, New Mexico, USA, May 3-7. Defending champion Burke Swindlehurst (Navigators) took the overall in 2005 on the final day's Gila Monster road stage. He'll be bringing only one team-mate from Navigators, but Phil Zajicek won two stages and the overall at La Vuelta de Bisbee, held the weekend prior to the Tour of the Gila in nearby Bisbee, AZ.
The other triple champion racing this week is Drew Miller (Successfulliving.com/ParkPre), who first won the Gila in 1990. Miller gave Zajicek a run for his money at Bisbee, winning the final stage and finishing second overall.
However, Swindlehurst, Zajicek and Miller will face tough opposition from some of the USA's top domestic professional teams. Season-long rivals Toyota-United and Health Net/Maxxis will both field squads and the team of rising stars TIAA-CREF will feature former under-23 world time trial champion Danny Pate.