Don’t walk through the woods….

Words of wisdom, “don’t walk through the woods because there is poison ivy and chiggers.” My initial thought going into today’s 2.7 mile uphill TT was to walk in the woods right before my start and use these chiggers to my advantage. However, looking at tomorrow’s 110 mile road race, I figured this may not be the best idea.

Today is the start of the 38th annual Joe Martin Stage Race. This will be my first 4 day stage race, and I couldn’t be more excited. Teammate and coach Al Senft, said that if I throw up after my effort today then I did a good job. With a stacked field in the Men’s 1/2, I know this week is going to be challenging, but I welcome it with open arms and look forward to representing the ZiaVelo colors all week long!

Ryan Szabo

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ZiaVelo Strong at Cavern City Classic Omnium

Saturday April 18th and Sunday April 19th saw ZiaVelo racers take to the roads in southeastern New Mexico at the Cavern City Classic Omnium.

Racing on a circuit course on Saturday and a more open-road course on Sunday, each of the days finished atop the grueling ride up Skyline Road, a steep 1 mile climb, with a gradient average approaching 10%.

Top finishers were as follows:

Marcel Berger 3rd M1/2/3
Carol Flinchbaugh 2nd W1/2/3
Eric Collins 4th M4
Josh Barnett 4th M5
Shane Cunico 2nd M 45+ (2/3/4)
Dave Rutledge 5th M 45+ (2/3/4)

The CCC serves as a final warmup for riders as they prepare for the toughest amateur race in the United States, the Tour of the Gila, held in Silver City, NM from April 29th thru May 3rd.

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Adoption Exchange Results

Last weekend saw two tough days (and 3 tough stages!!) of racing in the NMRS, at the Adoption Exchange Omnium in Albuquerque, NM. Every ZVC racer road strong, fought through, helped the team, and represented well.

Quick results are shown below.

Podium Finishes!!
Marcel Berger, 2nd GC, M1/2/3!!!
Patrick Holland, 2nd Masters M45+ (2/3/4)! (2nd Road Race, 1st Crit)
Terry Casey 2nd Road Race, W1/2/3
Kathy Alvarez, 3rd Road Race, W4

Near podium misses..
Ryan Szabo, 5th Crit, M1/2/3
Eric Collins, 5th TT, 6th Crit. M4

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Ft. Davis “Hammerfest”

By Marcel Berger

On the last weekend of March, Patrick Holland (master 50+), Santiago Chavez (pro/1/2), and Marcel Berger (pro1/2) had been headed down to Fort Davis Texas, to participate in the annual Hammerfest. A point based Omnium stage race, consisting of a 16 miles Hill climb on Saturday morning, a short 18 miles RR on Saturday afternoon and a 74 miles hilly RR on Sunday in the so called “Texas Alps”.

After warming up in a gorgeous sunrise on Saturday morning, race groups started in 10 minutes gaps in the small historical downtown of Fort Davis. Unfortunately, due to less participation, the race promotor combined the pro/1/2, cat 3, and the masters 40+ field. So it was that 25 racers begun to climb up to the McDonald Observatory, where the field got separated on the 17% “Wall”. Santiago finished 5th and Marcel got 7th. Patrick started well participating in the master 50+ field, and finished 7th, in his first race of 2015.

After a quick refilling and resting period, Stage 2 started later that day in the afternoon. It was a short and intense, hard race, into a 20 mile headwind with a lot of attacks all the way up to Crow’s Nest. Santiago crossed the finish line with a 5th place and Marcel was 9th. Patrick got 3rd in the masters 50+.

On Sunday morning, the fields began their races in similar weather conditions to Saturday. With a wonderful sunny blue sky and a solid wind blowing from the west, racers went off to ride the challenging 74 miles loop. 15 miles into the race, Marcel and Jordan Oroshiba from Super Squadra Racing went into a breakaway, putting an advantage of approximately 10 minutes into the main group. However, tired from the race efforts a day earlier, Jordan fell off the back off the two man breakaway on Bear Mountain. The Hammerfest turned into a “Sufferfest” for Marcel now, who still had to climb several steep climbs approaching the descent back to Fort Davis. At 8 miles to go, Marcel got caught from Colin Strickland and Kevin Girkins from Elbowz Racing, who had dominated stage 1 & 2 on Saturday and delivered two wins. Marcel sat in until the finish line and crossed the as third placed rider. Santiago got 7th on that day with a strong performance after dropping his chain. Patrick won the bunch sprint in his field and finished with a 2nd place the 74 miles road race.

After a great racing weekend, Patrick finished 4th in GC in his first race of the session. Santiago and Marcel placed 6th & 7th in the general classification.

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Successful Trifecta Series over for 2015!!

The weekend of 7-8 March saw 254 riders from numerous states and two countries compete in the annual Trifecta Race, promoted by ZiaVelo Cycling and made possible only because of our tremendous sponsors and volunteers!

Commencing with a time trial on Saturday morning, in our new series format, and continuing that afternoon with the criterium races, then continuing on Sunday with the Hillsboro Classic Road Race, the action was fast and furious.

Thanks to all that attended and supported this event.

Results can be viewed at:

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Marcel Berger

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Al Senft

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Kyle Martinez leading the Men 1/2/3 field, with Ryan Szabo and Marcel Berger, at the Las Cruces Criterium

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ZVC Well represented in the final selection on the climb to Kingston, NM in the Hillsboro RR
(Greg Albright, Kyle Martinez, Al Senft, Chris Schlabach, Jerry Garcia, Ryan Szabo, Marcel Berger, Santiago Chavez)

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ZVC Well represented in the final selection on the climb to Kingston, NM in the Hillsboro RR
(Greg Albright, Kyle Martinez, Al Senft, Chris Schlabach, Jerry Garcia, Ryan Szabo, Marcel Berger, Santiago Chavez)

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Trifecta Series is Upon Us!

This weekend sees the annual running of the Trifecta Series of races, sponsored by ZiaVelo Cycling and our tremendous sponsors.

Check the Trifecta Tab for more details!

$1,200 Purse and Prizes $1,200 Purse and Prizes

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ZiaVelo Sees Early Season Action at the Valley of the Sun!

Representing 5 different categories with 15 racers, ZiaVelo cyclists took to the streets of the greater Phoenix area at the 28th annual Valley of the Sun Stage Race this past weekend.

With 4 racers in the Cat 2’s (Chris Schlabach, Kyle Martinez, Ryan Szabo, and Marcel Berger) , 5 in the Master Men 45+ (Jerry Garcia, Al Senft, Dave Rutledge, Tim Ketelaar, and Shane Cunico), 2 Women in the Cat 3 field (Carol Flinchbaugh and Cat Stailey), 2 Men in the Cat 4 field (Brian and Kevin Robinson), 1 in the Womens Cat 4 field (Lynn Robinson), and 1 racer in the Junior 17-18 field (Greg Albright), racing was always on-going throughout all three days of the event.

The VoS is one of the most highly contested races of the early part of the Road season and gave all the ZVC racers a chance to get in some quality miles, against competition that is already in the prime of their seasons.

Top finishers for ZVC were Marcel Berger (11th in the CAT 2’s), Jerry Garcia (10th in the Masters 45+), Brian Robinson (5th in the CAT 4’s), Cat Stailey (18th in the Women’s CAT 3’s, Lynn Robinson (15th Women’s CAT 4’s), and Greg Albright (66th in an International level JR 17-18 field).

Brian Robinson, Cat 4, GC (5th)

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Jerry Garcia Crit Podium (4th)

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Carol Flinchbaugh in Crit Action!

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Kyle Martinez off the front in the Men’s CAT 2 Crit.

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Ryan Szabo moving fast in the Men’s CAT 2 Crit.

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