ZiaVelo Cycling Team on their way to the Valley of the Sun!!

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Simply wanted to wish good luck to all of the ZiaVelo racers headed over to the Phoenix, AZ area to compete in the Valley of the Sun Stage race.  The VoS consists of three stages; a Time Trial,Road Race, Criterium, spread over three days, and distributed throughout the Phoenix area.

Best of luck to all.  Fly the colors loud and proud!!

Shane C.

 

 

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Traffic Skills 101 Course

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FRIDAY February 19th (12:30pm-6pm) and Saturday, Feb. 20th (7:30am – 2pm)        Las Cruces City Hall – Room 2007a Cost: $30 (Cash or check, payable at class)

This 9 hour bike skills and safety course includes 5 hours hands on drills and riding on quiet residential streets, multi-lane and moderate speed arterials with posted speed limits no greater than 35mph.

Equipment required: multi-speed bike with brakes, helmet, water bottle

For more information, click traffic skills 101 or email Ashleigh Curry at ash@nmbikeed.org.

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ZiaVelo Road TriFecta Series 2016, Coming Soon!!!

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For the race flyer, click here. To register, click here.

HOPE TO SEE YOU OUT THERE!!!

Volunteers are still needed and welcomed!!! Please email Kurt Austin at yote2800@msn.com

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Santa Catalina Omnium 2016

On the last January weekend 2016, ZiaVelo racers have traveled to Tucson to participate in the Santa Catalina Omnium. The 2nd edition of this event consisted of the BioPark Blast criterium on the first day, and the Oracle road race on the second day. It was the first competition for Francis Horton, Patrick Holland, Santiago Chavez, Greg Albright, Chris Schlabach, and Marcel Berger in 2016.
Usually, the first competition of a cyclist season feels like to be in a no man’s land, we don’t know how we’ll perform and whether the workload of training we’ve done over the winter was sufficient. Understandably, the expectations have been low until this point.
Particularly, this was the case for Francis Horton a category 5 racer from Silver City who did participate the first time at all in a sanctioned cycling race. He could collect two mass starts in Tucson and thus, already obtained 2 out of ten necessary mass starts on his account to upgrade to a category 4 racer.
For Patrick Holland was the start in the 2016 season very satisfying. Patrick represented the colors of ZiaVelo in the masters 45+ and finished 5th in the criterium, 6th in the road race, and 4th in the omnium.
For our racers in the Pro/1/2/3, Santiago Chavez, Greg Albright, Chris Schlabach, and Marcel Berger was the kick start in the season very satisfying as well. Santiago and Greg helped Chris and Marcel to place 18th and 10th out of fifty racers in the criterium. Heading into the road race with a racer placed in the top 10 in the GC, the riders have formed a tactical plan to set up Marcel into a good position to move up in the GC. Due a great sacrificing team performance of Santiago, Greg and Chris, Marcel was able to finish the road race on a 5th place and moved up in the general classification on a solid 6th place.
Thanks to all ZiaVelo racers who’ve represented the ZiaVelo jersey and our sponsors in the Santa Catalina Omnium 2016. The next competition for our racers will be the Valley of the Sun stage race in Phoenix from February 12th-14th.
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Marcel
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Gary Bell Podiums at Hedgehog Hustle!

From Gary Bell:

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Wanted!!! Volunteers for the 2016 Trifecta

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Our sincere thanks to all whom have already volunteered for this year’s Trifecta on March 5-6. Our Zia Velo efforts are coming along, however we can still use some help/volunteers.  Please do not hesitate and if you have some friends or school mates whom need community service time; this is a great opportunity and venue.  The race is only 5 1/2 weeks away, so time is marching down toward success. We are looking forward to a fantastic race.  This race is the second largest in our great state of New Mexico (next to the ToG).  Last year we had so many accolades and great comments from racers, officials and outsiders.  That is only because of the great Esprit de Corps that you all have provided to our great team.

If you are anyone you know is interested in volunteering, please contact Kurt Austin at yote2800@msn.com.

We look forward to seeing you out there!!!

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ZVC 2016

As we enter our 31st season as an organization, the growth of ZiaVelo Cycling (ZVC) continues unabated.

Certainly there are a great many people to thank for the success of ZiaVelo, among then our dedicated sponsors who continue to show faith in our goals and the direction of ZVC.  Additionally, ZVC simply would not exist without our riders, including those that started ZVC back in the 1985 timeframe, and continuing to today, where the number of riders wearing the ZVC colors continues to increase every year.

That being said, every so often, it is good to review where we came from, where we are, and where we are going.

So, I think most of you know where we came from, a group of NMSU students starting ZiaVelo Racing Club back in the Mid 1980’s.   A couple of years ago, we made a definitive change in the name to reflect the true nature of our team.  Thus was born ZiaVelo Cycling.  Obviously there is still an emphasis on racing (and recently, racing in every event type including MTB, Road, CX, etc.), but equally important to us is our involvement in cycling within the community.

Some of our 2015 accomplishments (which we see continuing in 2016)

ZVC puts on one of the biggest (usually THE biggest) road races in the state behind the Tour of the Gila (A UCI race). The Trifecta Series has become the unofficial kick-off to the New Mexico Road Series, with our three race event seeing over 250 competitors every spring in March.

We acted as lead riders for the Ride of Silence in May and have done so for several years.

In September, ZVC supported the Horny Toad Hustle MTB race with a “hospitality tent”, water, and other beverages to help out not only the ZVC racers, but anyone who wanted to just come over and hang out.

ZVC riders served as lead-out riders for multiple high school cross-country races during 2014 and 2015, and look to continue to provide this safety net for our high school runners.

We also served as lead-outs for the night-time 4th of July foot race in and around the Main Street area this year.

Perhaps unknown to some, we promoted and put on the Cruces Cross Cyclocross Race in early December of last year.  That same weekend of December  5/6 ZVC supported Henry Gil in his Toys-for-tots ride.

As was witnessed with the Tour of Las Cruces, which we worked very hard to maintain as a tour ride, and not let it turn into a race, ZVC just loves to ride bikes.  As is true with most events, Lola C. was there to take and post pictures for all to see and download off the ZVC sites.

As can be seen, we remain VERY active in the entire community, not just as racers.

However, every year is different and challenging to get through with changes to rules, races, locations, personnel, sponsors, etc.  Through it all we remain, and will continue to remain.

With more and more riders wearing the kit, each with a diverse set of wants and wishes, it’s tough to make everyone happy.  We try.

One of the area of emphasis we would like to see kick back in is our involvement in community events.  ZVC has a history of providing the opportunity to see our riders participate in the NMSU homecoming parade and other parades in the area.  We want to get back to this in 2016.

2015 saw us participate in races far beyond the NM boarders as well.

ZVC had racers participate in races like the Cascade Cycling Classic in Oregon, as well as racers competing in Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, etc.  But perhaps our farthest trek outside the state was by Greg Albright as he traveled, representing the US and ZiaVelo Cycling, to Canada and Belgium!!!

This is what we want to continue.  We want to support the endeavors of every cyclist in ZVC, to the extent we can.  Whether that be racing, touring, or commuting.  Our goals for 2016 remain the same.  Maintain and grow our reputation as one of the best cycling organizations in the Southwest!!  We want to do this while we adhere to our guiding principles to:  “Promote a healthy lifestyle and an arena for competitive road and mountain cycling, recreational cycling, and cycling education.”

Thanks for reading!

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ZiaVelo cyclist at the traditional Bowlins Old West Trading Post Saturday stop.

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ZiaVeloCycling, Fun in the sun…er…snow!!

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Lola Winter 2015

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Toys For Tots…Supported by ZiaVelo Cycling!!

Come out and support this fantastic event!  Thanks to Santa Henry for all his hard work in putting this event together!!!

 

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