Since the first edition in 1987, the race has accumulated a long list of general classification and stage winners that includes a who's who of American cycling, from Andy Bishop in the first year to Mara Abbott's record-setting four wins, including the past two in a row.
The all-rounders' race starts with the Mogollon Road Race, which finishes on a climb to an Old West ghost town; a relatively flat road race that encircles the massive, open-pit mine that drive the local economy; a windswept and hilly time trial that favours big power; the up-and-down Silver City criterium with a fast downhill final corner; and the final 'Gila Monster' stage, which relentlessly climbs and descends for hours before the finish at Pinos Altos.
The Tour of the Gila has been a staple of American domestic racing for three decades, an we've put together 30 photos from the most recent editions of the race to help roll out the 30th edition.
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