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Tour of the Gila turns 30 - Gallery

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Lawson Craddock wins the Gila Monster stage in 2012.

Lawson Craddock wins the Gila Monster stage in 2012.
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Lioic Vliegen (BMC Development Team) on the attack during the 2013 Tour of the Gila.

Lioic Vliegen (BMC Development Team) on the attack during the 2013 Tour of the Gila.
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Canadian Clara Hughes wins the downtown criterium at 2011 Tour of the Gila

Canadian Clara Hughes wins the downtown criterium at 2011 Tour of the Gila
(Image credit: Mitch Clinton)
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Kristin Armstrong wins the final stage and the overall title at the 2009 Tour of the Gila

Kristin Armstrong wins the final stage and the overall title at the 2009 Tour of the Gila
(Image credit: Mitchell Clinton)
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Colavita teammates Andrea Dvorak and Carmen Small cross the line side-by-side as winners in Fort Bayard after breaking away together, Tour of the Gila 2010

Colavita teammates Andrea Dvorak and Carmen Small cross the line side-by-side as winners in Fort Bayard after breaking away together, Tour of the Gila 2010
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Kristin Armstrong wins the 2012 Tour of the Gila Tyrone time trial

Kristin Armstrong wins the 2012 Tour of the Gila Tyrone time trial
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The famous Tour of the Gila downtown criterium in Silver City, New Mexico

The famous Tour of the Gila downtown criterium in Silver City, New Mexico
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Former US time trial champion Jessica Phillips races the Tyrone time trial at Tour of the Gila

Former US time trial champion Jessica Phillips races the Tyrone time trial at Tour of the Gila
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Lauren Stephens bursts onto the cycling circuit to win the 2015 Tour of the Gila Tyrone time trial

Lauren Stephens bursts onto the cycling circuit to win the 2015 Tour of the Gila Tyrone time trial
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Kristin Armstrong racing the 2012 Tour of the Gila where she won the overall title

Kristin Armstrong racing the 2012 Tour of the Gila where she won the overall title
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The 2014 Tour of the Gila women's race heading out of Silver City

The 2014 Tour of the Gila women's race heading out of Silver City
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Alison Powers won the downtown criterium in Silver City in 2014

Alison Powers won the downtown criterium in Silver City in 2014
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Mara Abbott was the overall winner of the 2014 Tour of the Gila

Mara Abbott was the overall winner of the 2014 Tour of the Gila
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Tour of the Gila downtown Silver City criterium - the start of the women's race

Tour of the Gila downtown Silver City criterium - the start of the women's race
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The colourful buildings in downtown Silver City

The colourful buildings in downtown Silver City
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Clara Hughes makes a comeback to professional cycling at the 2011 Tour of the Gila, wins the Tyrone time trial

Clara Hughes makes a comeback to professional cycling at the 2011 Tour of the Gila, wins the Tyrone time trial
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Tour of the Gila is well known for its high-desert scenery

Tour of the Gila is well known for its high-desert scenery
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Taylor Phinney wins the 2010 criterium for Trek-Livestrong.

Taylor Phinney wins the 2010 criterium for Trek-Livestrong.
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Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer ride for "Mello Johnny's" in 2010.

Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer ride for "Mello Johnny's" in 2010.
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Scenery along the opening Mogollon Road Race.

Scenery along the opening Mogollon Road Race.
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Rory Sutherland feels the pain after winning the 2012 race.

Rory Sutherland feels the pain after winning the 2012 race.
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The downtown criterium passes the Javalina coffee shop.

The downtown criterium passes the Javalina coffee shop.
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Rob Britton and SmartStop director Mike Creed celebrate his 2015 overall win.

Rob Britton and SmartStop director Mike Creed celebrate his 2015 overall win.
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The Santa Rita mine outside of Silver City sets the backdrop for the Tour of the Gila peloton.

The Santa Rita mine outside of Silver City sets the backdrop for the Tour of the Gila peloton.
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A Drapac rider loads some bottles in the 2015 Tour of the Gila.

A Drapac rider loads some bottles in the 2015 Tour of the Gila.
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The peloton passes through the rural New Mexico countryside at Tour of the Gila.

The peloton passes through the rural New Mexico countryside at Tour of the Gila.
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Daniel Jaramillo wins the Gila Monster stage in 2014.

Daniel Jaramillo wins the Gila Monster stage in 2014.
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The peloton passes the Buffalo Bar during the downtown criterium at Tour of the Gila.

The peloton passes the Buffalo Bar during the downtown criterium at Tour of the Gila.
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Optum teammates Chad Haga and Tom Zirbel pass each other during the Tyrone time trial at Tour of the Gila.

Optum teammates Chad Haga and Tom Zirbel pass each other during the Tyrone time trial at Tour of the Gila.
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2010 Tour of the Gila jersey winners Taylor Phinney, Levi Leipheimer and Andrew Talansky.

2010 Tour of the Gila jersey winners Taylor Phinney, Levi Leipheimer and Andrew Talansky.
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The Tour of the Gila is among the oldest races in the US and will celebrate its 30th year when it rolls out of Silver City, New Mexico, Wednesday morning for the opening stage of the 2016 race.

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.