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Tour of the Gila

Take part in one of the most challenging stage races in North America, April 24-28, 2024, in and around Silver City, New Mexico. You have the chance to race on the same courses and at the same time as the top professional men and women teams during the 2024 Tour of the Gila. The Pro Women’s and Pro Men’s races are part of the UCI America Tour and the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour.

The Tour of the Gila is honored to put on a challenging and rewarding stage race.  We organize men’s and women’s UCI races on the international professional stage, and include multiple amateur categories that allow racers to test their skills on the same terrain that the Pros race.  Gila is a race that helps aspiring athletes gain experience to move their careers forward, whether that be to competing internationally, or simply moving up a category.

The Tour of the Gila has reworked the amateur races for 2024, with the goal of offering a better chance for racers to attend. We have a 4-day format for Men 2,3 and Women 2,3; and a 3-day race for Women 4,5, Men 4,5, and Masters Men 3,4—40+/50+/60+. The Junior Men 15/16 and 17/18 will race together in a 3-day event.  With the exception of the Junior Men’s race, there is a required minimum of 30 racers for each category.  Please spread the word and encourage your fellow racers to register.

Each racer will receive a swag bag at packet pick-up.



Tucson Bicycle Classic


Celebrating 36 years of bringing Pro and Amateur cyclists together for a 3 day stage race

What: A three-day USA Cycling stage race: Stage 1 – time trial, Stage 2 – road race, Stage 3 – circuit race. Riders MUST complete each stage in order to start the next stage. Novice riders not required to start or finish every stage. DNF riders in those groups will be allowed to start the next stage. See Tech Guide when it becomes available.

When and Where: 

Time Trial Prologue – Friday, February 23rd, 2024

Road Race – Saturday morning, February 24th

Circuit Race – Sunday morning, February 25th.

For course layouts, times and venue locations see official Tech Guide. Please note that Tech Guide will be available mid-January. To stay up to date, please like and follow us on Facebook.

Entry Fees: 

Men Pro/1 & Women Pro 1/2: $185

All other adult categories: $155

Juniors (13-18): when racing in a Juniors category: $65

Fees include mandatory USA Cycling daily surcharge but not the BikeReg service fee or Arizona Sales Tax.

Online Registration Onlyhttps://www.bikereg.com/tucsonbicycleclassic24 

Normal online registration closes at midnight Mountain Time on Sunday, February 15, 2024. Late Fee registration is available at 20% surcharge from February 16, 2024 until midnight Mountain Time February 18, 2024. There is no registration after February 18th, 2024 and category changes must be made prior to close of online registration. No exceptions.


Valley of the Sun Stage Race

32nd Annual John Earley Memorial

February 16 – 18, 2024

New Time Trial
Friday – Feb 16th
24001 S Rainbow Valley Rd
Buckeye, AZ 85326
35+ Miles, 45 minutes from Phoenix
7:00 AM

Road Race
Saturday, Feb 17th
I-10 South of Phoenix
Exit 185 (SR 187/387)
AZ-387 & Tamarack Way
Casa Grande, AZ 85194
35 Miles, 35 minutes from


Sunday, Feb 18th
1900 W Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85009
Parking @ 19th AVE
and Jefferson

The Annual Valley of the Sun Stage Race takes place in February each year in the greater Phoenix area. The Valley of the Sun bicycle race is a three-day USA Cycling event in which professional and amateur road racing cyclists compete in different categories for cash and non-cash prizes. A stage is held each day, with riders in each category competing for a stage victory and also for their category’s overall ‘General Classification race win by having the lowest cumulative time for all three stages. The stages include the Landis Cyclery – Trek Individual Time Trial on Friday, the Safeco Insurance, Parrish Agency, Road Race on Saturday, and the exciting Hiser Joy criterium on Sunday in downtown Phoenix. There are over 700 participants in 25 categories of professional and amateur riders, both men and women, ages 10 to over 60, all competing for their portion of a $20,000 cash purse.

Recognized by USA Cycling as one of the premier road cycling events in the Southwest, The Valley of the Sun Stage Race is the first event of the annual American Road Calendar. The American Road Calendar highlights top events in the U.S. for riders across various categories to put on their list of must-do events.

“The Valley of the Sun Stage Race has been a part of our Junior Development Series for many years. We are pleased to give them the recognition they deserve for providing a great experience for all categories of racers.”

Chuck Hodge, Chief of Racing and Events, USA Cycling

For the tenth year, VOS will include a Hand Cycle category. The Paralyzed Veterans Racing Team, along with the Free Wheel Foundation have been key supporters helping to drive the success of this new event. Darol Kubacz of the PVRT had this to say about VOS: “What VOS offers for the athletes is outstanding – above and beyond what most cycling events around the country have been able to offer “adapted” cyclist. I have great confidence in this event being a great experience for the beginner and advanced racer!”

Along with the three days of racing, there are events on Sunday for children under the age of 12, including a kid’s bicycle race. A portion of the proceeds from the race are donated to the SAFE KIDS Coalition of Maricopa County and the Phoenix Police Department to support child helmet safety awareness.

The Valley of the Sun Stage Race is put on by the White Mountain Road Club, and is one of the largest bicycle races in the nation. Race promoter, Brian Lemke, had this to say about the race: “It is a great opportunity for cyclists of all ages and categories to brush shoulders and race on the same course as many of the top professional and amateur riders in America.”

Several local businesses help to support the race through sponsorship of the White Mountain Road Club, including Landis CycleryTrek BikesHiser  Joy P.L.C.,  and Tri-City Cardiology.

Tucson Bicycle Classic Photos

This album has links to every album from the 2016 TBC.  If you are interested in using one of the images please let me know what the purpose is, and I’ll likely give it to you for free.  Just remember, when you are thinking of buying or selling a home, I’m here for you.

The people who make it all happen

ALL SMILES – Photos of happy people

All the happy, smiling people at the road Race and Time Trail

Smiling faces at the circuit race



Men’s 4 & 5

Masters 35+, 45+ 55+ 65+ 70+ 75+ TT

Women/ All Cats

Men’s 2/3 Time Trail

Men’s 1 Time Trial


Road Race


Circuit Race – A little of all races

Circuit Race Early Start Album 1

Circuit Race early start part 2

Circuit Race Men’s Cat 1,2,3 and Women’s 1

Circuit Race Cat 4/5



TBC Road Race Photos

TBC Road Race 2015

Links to all of the racing action in the Tucson Bicycle Classic Road Race.

Teaser  album


Album 1


Album 2


Album 3


Album 4


Album 5


Album 6


Album 7


Album 8


El Grupo Album


TucsonBicycle Classic

The TBC is a three day USA Cycling sanctioned stage race (time trial, road race, circuit race). You must complete each stage to enter the next.

Qualifiers must all complete the Stage 1 TT to enter the RR, and then complete the RR to enter the Circuit Race. Lowest overall time wins.

I went to this race wearing many hats.  Father, Coach, Cheerleader, Photographer, Spectator.  The only role I did not play that I would have done differently is athlete.

For the weekend I shot over 7000 photos and have them broken down in the following categories.  People and Podiums, Time Trials(Men and Women), Road Race and Circuit race.  They are all on facebook, but even if you do not have an account, you should be able to see them.

There is also an Album for El Grupo Youth Cycling.  If you want a high resolution image I am giving them for free, but ask you make a donation to El Grupo Youth Cycling (or buy me a new camera or lens – I’m due).

El Grupo Youth Cycling


People and Podiums


Time Trail





Road Race


Circuit Race