According to VeloNews, Tour of Gila needed to raise an addition $500,000 to buy UCI status. The race will continue, but the failure to acquire a UCI license will likely limit the participation of ProTour teams like RadioShack and Pro Continental teams like UnitedHealthCare.
Me, I'm just wondering what $500,000 buys from the UCI?
Update! The fab @sweide answers the $500,000 question over on the Twit. A UCI race requires full road closure, instead of the common U.S. centerline-rule racing. Full closure means more money, natch, because all those highway patrol guys need to be paid and local authorities typically want some cash for the use of the roads and such. Thanks Sean!