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Well, every now and then somebody has a week to envy. Greg had one of those weeks!!!!
First, congratulations are in order for his 21st place finish (out of over 120 starters!!) at the Junior National Road Race held this week! This is no small feat. Greg was racing against (as as one of the) absolutely the best junior racers in the United States.
Secondly, Greg has been selected for a spot on the US team at Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins (a UCI Junior Stage race in Val d’Or, Quebec, Canada) and for a spot at a US Junior racing development camp in Belgium later this summer. These are huge steps for a young racer.
ZiaVelo wishes Greg the best of luck in his new adventures and looks forward to supporting his efforts!
Update from Teresa:
The Dirty Kanza 200 is a one-day, 200 mile gravel race in the Flint Hills of Kansas with 8000-10,000 feet of climbing. The race starts and finishes in the small town of Emporia, KS, and the locals have heartily embraced this race for the last 10 years. The DK200 had been on my cycling “bucket list” for the last several years, and I decided 2015 was my year to give it a try.
Luckily the weather in Las Cruces is pretty conducive for winter training so I was able to do all of my training outside. I mostly trained on the gravel road along the Rio Grande, with some road riding mixed in. I also did interval work and a lot of arm/core exercises. My long rides were typically every second or third week, starting out at 5 hours and maxing out at 10 hours. I also did a 12 hour solo mountain bike race as DK preparation. Along with getting accustomed to long hours in the saddle, working on on-the-bike nutrition was also a focus of my long rides.
By race day (May 31) I was comfortable with nearly every aspect of my preparation: I was happy with my tire choice, my bike set up, and my nutrition/hydration plan. My two concerns were the fact that my longest ride to date had been only 120 miles of gravel, and the weather. I quickly realized the gravel I was riding in New Mexico was much thicker than the gravel roads of Kansas, so only having ridden 120 miles would not be an issue. However, the weather was cause for concern. Emporia had been getting A LOT of rain, and some sections of road were going to be very muddy.
Finally, at 6:00 a.m. on the 31st we lined up for the race. Within the first ten miles we had to carry our bikes for a stretch of 3 ½ miles due to peanut butter-like mud. There was a lot of standing water and other muddy “hike a bike” sections as well. It did not take long to realize that my finishing time goal would be pretty much out of reach; just finishing the race would have to be enough. My friend Chris and I made it to the first checkpoint at Madison (mile~ 75) with about an hour to spare. Our great support crew (friends from St. Louis) cleaned our chains, resupplied our food/hydration stocks, and lifted our spirits. The second leg was the longest (81 miles), and by the time we hit the second checkpoint in Cottonwood Falls, we were riding with lights. Again, our awesome support crew lifted our spirits and we were resupplied. Chris and I rolled out of Cottonwood Falls with just 45 miles left. We pedaled through the night and finally, at 2:30 a.m. we crossed the finish line in Emporia. Our support crew was there to cheer us on as we collected our coveted finishers pint glass and DK200 sticker.
Of the roughly 900 starters, only 421 finished the full 200 miles. The race was incredibly well organized, the scenery was incredible, and the vibe awesome. Overall, it was an amazing (and very painful!) experience. And I’m sure that I would not have crossed the finish line had it not been for my riding partner, Chris, and our amazing support crew of Carol, Cindi, Kate, Jae, Jackie, Lo, and Alice.
Racing in muddy conditions over the course of the event, Teresa finished the grueling Dirty Kanza 200. Held over this last weekend on the gravel roads in the Flint Hills region of Kansas, finishing this 200 mile race was a tremendous accomplishment. Special thanks to Carol Flinchbaugh for crewing for Teresa along the route. Way to go ladies!! Congratulations T!!!
Congratulations to Terry Casey for being the fastest racer at the Spokettes Racing Team ladies only TT this past weekend. Terry turned in a smoking time of 0:25:06 to win the overall!
Other ZiaVelo finisher were Kathy Alvarez (5th) and Mona Ramlawi (16th) in the ladies Cat 4 race.
Way to race ladies!!
Shout out to racers competing in Oklahoma (Al Senft and Ryan Szabo at Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic) and Kansas (Teresa Sedlacek at the Dirty Kanza 200). Neither of these races is for the weak!
Best of luck to all three of our ZiaVelo Cyclists this weekend!!
From the family:
“We are grateful for the support and love we have received from our friends and community since the tragic accident this past Saturday. Brian is stable and resting and we expect a full recovery. The doctors are pleased with his progress and it is a testimony to his excellent health. Over the weeks to come Brian will have several surgeries to repair some of the injuries sustained. No one will face these with more determination than Brian. Thank you for all your love,prayers and thoughts.”
Friends, fellow ZiaVelo Racers, supporters, and sponsors of ZiaVelo cycling, Dr. Brian and Lynn Robinson were struck by a vehicle while riding near their home in Silver City, NM yesterday.
Lynn sustained injuries to her arm and is recovering. Brian sustained several major injuries and was airlifted to University Medical Center in El Paso, TX.
Please keep Brian and Lynn in your thoughts and prayers as they recover from their injuries.
Lynn and Brian Robinson (at the Tour of the Gila last weekend).
While the roadies were spending the week in Silver City, ZiaVelo was still racing in the dirt at the Tierra Torture near Santa Fe. Pictured below is ZVC racer Mona Ramlawi! Way to go Mona!!
While I am relatively new to cycling and attempting to understand the professional realm of that sport (as a spectator), I have to say: I LIKE IT. Take for example the upcoming Amgen Tour of California. Eight UCI pro teams, four UCI pro continental teams and six UCI continental teams will make an appearance with proper leaders (a few of my favorites): Matthew Busche (USA), Trek Factory Racing; Phil Gaimon (USA), Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies; Laurens ten Dam (NED), Team LottoNL-Jumbo; Joe Dombrowski (USA), Team Cannondale-Garmin. Additionally, I think it is very cool that riders like, Daniel Oss (ITA), BMC Racing Team, from northern Italy will be coming out to California. All this, while the Giro d’ Giro d’Italia will begin making it’s way through his home country and heading right through his stomping grounds – Trento, Italy – days after the ATOC wraps up. This year’s ATOC, the tenth anniversary, will offer a true spectacle to the enthusiastic viewer (and, I will be there).
It is exciting to see this sport from the sidelines. Watching a team like SmartStop Pro Cycling emerge as a force is thrilling. With Eric Marcotte sporting the red, white and blue stripes for Crit(2015) and RR(2014) and Rob Britton’s GC win at the Tour of the Gila two days ago. Before you veteran cyclists, with your jaded views, get too excited to chime in with your pessimism or whatever (or corrections), just enjoy it. Cycling is rad (Remember that movie; Ryan Blickem).
For a couple years now I have had the pleasure to ride my bike alongside some great folks. The ladies and gentlemen of Zia Velo and other clubs (in my travels) have provided a good forum to practice and enjoy the sport of cycling. Watching ZVC’s success as a team is exciting. Seeing our team members contend well at races throughout the southwest (and often beyond) is pretty cool. The jealousy that ensues when Kyle L. Martinez posts pics of his epic rides up and around Los Alamos, NM. Terry Casey battling the pro field at the Oceanside 70.3 back in March. Weekend warriors (father’s and husbands, like me) fortunate to train and race. Like, Erik Sortomme who put some hurt on fellow MTBr’s at the High Altitude classic in spring snow. I am truly humbled by Michael J Barrow as he battled (continues to) MS and his rivals. He has shown tremendous fortitude on and off the bike. I am thankful for sport.
Personally, it makes it even more epic to see people close to me establish goals and accomplish them. My sister, Laurel Emory is planning to participate in the Hood to Coast relay this year and is in the middle of her twenty-eight week training plan. Dedicated to supporting her team and her goal, I have no doubt she will exceed her expectations; already surpassing milestones. My friend, Blake Hutson raced his fixie this weekend in a downtown crit and though he didn’t win (and may have DNF’d) he was brave enough to start and race till his legs and longs stopped on a bike that you literally cannot stop pedaling. I like the idea of a freewheel and gears. I am inspired, challenged and humbled by the bravery of people closest to me. Now, if I can just get my brother and I out on the JMT.
I love athletes. I love that they get to do this. Observing such passionate athletes succeed and suffer is not unlike when I obsessed over surfing, trying to get Kelly Slater’s autograph as a kid. My point is, the world of sport is so very cool and electrifying. There is so much to LOVE about sport. Photographers/Journalists and their ability to capture it all. The voices behind the commentary. The legends: courageous and creative. The folks that pour their profits into individuals, teams and events (too many to mention!!!). There is so much to appreciate. We are fortunate to have sport and the ability to participate in so many forms. I am inspired by ALL of you and those that support us (Thank you, Ashley Ward).
Cheers! AND I hope to see some of you in California this week!
(*Disclaimer: I am the guy who often got the sportsmanship awards over the MVP awards, so if I missed the mark on some information’s accuracy, forgive me. Understand this is a passionate essay on appreciation for sport and not one on doping or politics or the “UCI.” Those are other topics, many other actual journalists cover to no end; much more complex than a simple essay of thanks and awe. Besides, as trivial as FB is, it was still hard to post such intimate thoughts in a public forum.)