Tour of the Gila returns: what to look out for at the famed US stage race

International cast seizes rare opportunity to earn UCI points on US soil

Brodie Chapman
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After two long years, the iconic Tour of the Gila is back for real-life racing this week. 

Known for being the most challenging stage race in American road cycling, the New Mexico race attracts professional and amateur racers alike. And with the rare opportunity to earn some coveted UCI points, the international competition is set to be fierce. 

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.