A friend just sent this pic. I think his wife took it. Lance Armstrong in Silver City's Gough Park (I used to ride my Stingray there!) at the start of Stage 1! Cool!
I am jazzed, mainly because as a life-long cyclist from Silver City, I know how good I/we have had it for a long time. We had/have some of the best cycling routes in the world (literally) and now with a luck in scheduling the sport's greatest athlete comes to ride the Gila. This is really cool!
Also I am a good personal friend of Jack Brennan, the Tour of the Gila's race director. I know how much work and effort he puts into the race to make it what it is. My hat is off to Jack. The guy is 'top shelf'! Also special recognition needs to go to all the Silver City volunteers that make the race happen! After 20+ years, this race deserves this kind of recognition. It is one of the best stage races in the country.