The 28th edition of La Vuelta de Bisbee Stage Race (LVDB) will be held from April 28-30, 2006. The three-day, four-stage event will include an uphill time-trial prologue, two road stages and a time trial. The senior men, Pro 1-2, riders will cover more than 175 miles of racing and 10,000 feet of climbing. The senior women and master men riders will cover slightly less distance and climbing.
The high-desert terrain of Southeastern Arizona with its rural highways that lace through mountainous desert canyons and slope down and away from the historic mining town has drawn racers to Bisbee since 1976. LVDB boasts past winners such as Greg Lemond (who won as a 16-year old in 1978), Bob Cooke (1977, 79), Alexi Grewal (1992), Scott Moninger and Jeannie Longo (2002) and most recently, Clemente Cavaliere and Brooke Ourada (2005).
LVDB opens with a tough time trial that gains 837 feet of elevation in just 2.8 miles. The three stages that follow will test competitors climbing, sprinting, and time-trialling skills. If this race has not sorted itself by Sunday, the final stage features an extended uphill finish with two category 3 climbs in the last 15 miles.
For more information and registration, please visit www.lavueltadebisbee.us.