Elevation gain 2,718m
Safford, AZ to Silver City, NM
Race Format: Team RelaySurface: 100% tarmac
Transfer: Lake Roosevelt to Safford, AZ 177km / 2hrs
After an early departure teams will take a transfer to the start area at the Safford Welcome Center. With the sting of yesterday's punchy climbs still in the legs, there's at least a rolling warm up out of Safford AZ leading into the biggest climbing stage of the race. The route leaves Arizona at this point and winds into enchanting New Mexico and the Gila National Forest, testing the racers on some of the same terrain used by professionals in the Tour of the Gila stage race.