Cylance Pro Cycling is headed to one of North America’s most difficult stage races, the Tour of the Gila. Located in Silver City, New Mexico racing from April 19 to April 23. Taking place in high desert altitude, the race is notorious for its five days of windy and mountainous conditions. The 2017 Tour of the Gila is a part of the Pro Road Tour and Cylance Pro Cycling is sending both women’s and men’s teams to compete in the event.
The first stage , which used to include the decisive climb up to Mogollon, has changed to finish on Whitewater Mesa, a wind swept plateau following a stiff 3.8 miles climb with gradients up to 13%. Even with less climbing, this day will still offer the first chance for general classification standings. Stage 2, the Inner Loop Road Race, contains a climb over the continental divide through the ghost town of Pinos Altos and rolls back into Fort Bayard on the Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway. Wind and the unrelenting terrain always makes this stage a true test for the strongest riders. The third stage is a 16 mile out and back time trial. The fourth stage is a technical criterium in the downtown Silver City. The final test for the riders is on Stage 5, the Gila Monster Road Race, which offers 2 trips over the continental divide, , technical descents, and more windy conditions.
While a part of the women’s team is competing at Ardennes Week in Belgium, the rest of the women’s team will race the Tour of the Gila. The team will be balanced with different strengths to be able to race each day with an ultimate goal of finding victory.
Known for her climbing prowess, Krista Doebel-Hickok will be looking for mountaintop success at the Tour of Gila. Showing her climbing form, Doebel-Hickok recently won the QOM jersey and placed second at the Anniston-McClellan Road Race last weekend. “I’m really looking forward to meeting up with my teammates for one of the most challenging stage races of the year. This will be a great intro into the heart of my season” says Doebel-Hickok.
Kaitie Antonneau (USA) will be making her Cylance Pro Cycling debut at the Tour of Gila after taking the first part of the season off to recover from her successful Cannondale cyclocross season. Cylance Pro Cycling will bring North American riders, Joëlle Numainville (CAN), Alison Tetrick (USA) and Erica Zaveta (USA) to help assist the team’s goals and look for opportunities in the high desert.
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