The 2018 Tour of Las Cruces is Almost Upon Us!

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Get geared up and join ZVC for this year’s Tour of Las Cruces. It is our premier cycling event with scenic routes around Las Cruces. To register, go to http://newmexicosportsonline.com/Cycling/Tour-of-Las-Cruces-2018/67901

For the Metric Century route (Strava), click here. For the map and directions, click here. For the Garmin gpx file, click here. For the Metric Half-Century route (Strava), click here. For the map and directions, click here. (Slightly different courses from 2016). For the Garmin gpx file, click here.

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Horny Toad Hustle is Upon Us

Attention all Mountain Bikers! The ever-so-epic Horny Toad Hustle is next Sunday, September 23. There are categories for all levels that will challenge everyone and of course be tons of fun! (Well for most…) Don’t miss your chance to register. Please go to http://newmexicosportsonline.com/MountainBiking/Horny-Toad-Hustle-2018/67890

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ZVC Junior Racers Representing!

The ZVC Junior Racers kicked off their 2018 high school racing season September 9 in Flagstaff Arizona. This year the league has 1,000 racers from 6th grade to senior in High school. Jakob started off the day racing JV2 where he finished in 10th place out of 58 starters. Last year Jakob finished 33rd as a Sophomore and has a goal to make it in the top 5 this year by the end of the season. Kenya was next up and is racing Varsity this year. She was able to take an 8th place finish in a hard-fought battle. She has a goal to finish in the top 5 in the next race in Prescott. Uriel finished the day racing in the JV1 class. Where he had a great showing of 20th out of 51 starters and a time of 1hour 19 min for 17.7 mile course.

They are all looking to improve on their season opener in Prescott September 23. They attribute their improvements to being able to learn from the more seasoned riders of ZiaVelo Cycling and are looking forward to being able to ride with the Team in the Tour of Las Cruces this year.

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ZVC Racers Finish on Top at the NM Regional Time Trial Championship

Seven of our ZiaVelo Racers participated in the NM Regional Time Trial Championship held in Belen, Saturday August 25. Depending on the category, racers raced either the 30k or 20k. All of the ZVC racers raced the 30k and found the podium. Results can be found at https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=148240&live=1.

(Eric Collins also won his category, but not pictured.)

 

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ZVC is Proud of Our Junior Racers from Silver City

This year, three junior riders are proud to be riding for ZiaVelo Cycling.  Kenya Leahy(16), Jakob Saari(16) and Uriel Gelbart(17) are three high school students from Aldo Leopold Charter School.  They started the year racing the Tommy Knocker 10 to a first-place finish, then they raced 12 Hours in the Wild West to the top of the Podium.  Uriel raced and finished the Tour of the Gila. They will be racing Albuquerque Mountain Bike Festival and Arizona Dusk to Dawn this year as well.  If all goes well, they have a chance of being the ZiaRides Race Series Champs in Junior Team Open Class.  They will also be helping out with course preparations and food service at the Signal Peak Challenge, as well as racing in it.  They are proud to be part of such a great group of riders that is ZiaVelo and look forward to what the future brings.

They also race with the Aldo Leopold Charter School mountain bike team in the Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League.  This year the League will have over 1,100 high school and middle school racers in it that is a five-race series that starts September 9 and finishes November 4 with the State Championship.  They are always talking with their friends in an effort to get more juniors on bikes.

 

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The Latest ZVC RACING NEWS!

Many ZVC racers are still out racing in full force with plenty of racing to be had! On July 8, the Spokettes hosted the 2018 Annual Women’s Time Trial race in Algodones, NM with over 70 racers. ZVC Zia racers, Tamatha Risner participated, coming in 2nd overall, and Kathy Alvarez won her age group and came in 5th overall. We also had a few racers participate in the Double Eagle Time Trial series, first of three races in the series, on Sunday, July 15. Zia racer, Al Senft won the overall men’s and age group. Kathy Alvarez won her age group and was second overall. Velo racers, David Hughes was third in age group, Zach Taraschi was second in age group. Congrats racers!

This past weekend we had racers racing both off and on the road, some finding the podium at the Oak Flats mountain bike race. Josh Barnett finished with a strong 7th place in a stacked field of Pro and Cat 1 racers. Jerry Garcia won his Cat 1 age group. Tamatha Risner was 3rd overall Pro/Cat 1 and 1st in age group. Phil Simpson finished 5th in his Cat 1 age group. Amy Coor won the Cat 2 overall and age group. David Coor finished 3rd in the single speed category.

Competing on the National level, Al Senft raced the USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships in Hagerstown, MD and the Emrick Boulevard Criterium in Bethlehem Township, PA. Although he got caught behind a crash in the road race, Friday, and did not finish as planned, he had an amazing 5th place finish in the 35+ criterium in a stacked field of 58 competitors.

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In other news, Gary Bell is a new father to baby Cyrus. He was born June 26. Congrats! We hope to see Cyrus racing for ZiaVelo in a few years!

We also have Zia racer Marcel, traveling abroad for a month in his home country of Germany to visit family and friends. He has rode his bike in central, south, and east Germany. He also was fortunate to ride his bike in the Czech Republik in the Bohemian Forest.

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ZVC Race Recap and Upcoming Events

This past weekend, ZiaVelo racers found the top of the podium at the NM Regional Championship at Las Companas! Congrats to Marcel Berger for winning the P/1/2 category, Tamatha Risner the P/1/2/3 category, Eric Collins the Cat 3, and Laura Burkett the Cat 5. A special shout goes out to other ZVC racers out representing, including Al Senft, Kathy Alvarez, David Rutledge, Scotty Powers, and Zach Taraschi Congrats to ALL! A thank you goes out to Norm Desrochers, Kelly Hinkel, and Courtney Trabon for officiating the race.

A big shout-out also goes out to the High Altitude/Zia Velo racers that raced the 24 Hours of Enchanted Forest this weekend in Gallup, NM. Congrats to Josh Barnett, Kevin Quattlebaum, Jerome Moreau, and Timon Fish for 1st place in the 4 Male category, and Laura Larisch with a 2nd place in the solo female category with 13 laps! Great representation also by Amy and David Coor, both racing the solo categories!

There are plenty of more races coming up in the next few months, both on and off road. For dates and details of races and events, please check out the calendar tab. A few are listed below with links to details.

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ZVC Colors Shined Brightly at Both the 2018 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike Nationals in Arkansas and the Tour de El Paso this Past Weekend

This past weekend was a great weekend of racing for both on and off-road ZVC racers. The ZVC colors found their way to both Arkadelphia, Arkansas and El Paso, Texas. Some of the ZiaVelo Cycling/HighAltitude mountain bike team traveled to beautiful Arkadelphia to race the 2018 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike Nationals, a 47 mile course with various types of terrain, including rocks, trees, roots, climbs, switchbacks and water crossings. We had Josh Barnett racing in the Pro category, Kevin Quattlebaum racing in the 45-49 age group, Phil Simpson in the 55-59 age group, Tamatha Risner in the 40-44 age group, Amy Coor in the 35-39 age group, and David Coor racing the 40-44 age group. As with any national event, the competition was steep. We are proud to report that everyone finished the race and with times ranging from just under four hours to five and a half hours and everyone giving it everything they had! We are ecstatic to announce that two racers finished on the podium, Tamatha had a notable 3rd place finish and Kevin a 4th place finish!

Over in El Paso, we had several ZVC racers taking to the road in the 2018 Tour de El Paso. Racers had the choice to race the crit, time trial, and the road race, or all three for the omnium. It was quite hot and also included some steep competition. ZVC racers that raced the omnium included, Laura Burkett Cat 5, Eric Collins Cat 1/2/3, David Rutledge Cat 3, Tony Bettini Masters 45+, and Chris Whitman Cat 5. We also had Shane Cunico Masters 45+, Patrick Powers Cat 5, and Fabian Erives racing the road race. Every one raced hard and finished strong! A well-deserved congratulations goes to Laura for winning the Cat 5 omnium and Tony for a strong 2nd place Masters 45+ omnium finish.

Special thanks to Norm, Courtney, and Eldon for officiating, and Kelly for your support and picture taking!

More results from these events coming soon and will be posted on the results tab as they are received. And more pictures to come!

More racing is coming up soon! Check out the following events:

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The Race Season is Well Underway!

Three weeks ago, many ZVC racers raced in the 505 Cycling Classic and with several podium finishes. Jerry Garcia won the Masters omnium with a 1st place time trial. Tamatha Risner won the womens 1/2/3 omnium. Kathy Alvarez won the womens 1/2/3 time trial. Laura Burkett came in 2nd place for the womens Cat 5 category. For more results, go to http://505cycling.com/our-events.

Two weeks ago, ZVC racer, Marcel Berger raced the Javelina Chase in Duncan, AZ. He won the road race and had a 2nd place in the time trial for an overall Omnium win for both ZVC and the collegiate subcategory for NMSU. We also had a few ZVC racers racing in the Tierra Del Sol Road Race. Congratulations to Jesus Palma for winning the Cat 5 race! And huge shoutouts to Al Senft, Kevin Quattlebaum, Lisa Dougherty, Kelly Hinkle, Mike Barrow, Zach Taraschi, Tony Bettini, and David Ritledge from strong finishes on a tough and windy race!

This past weekend was the 32nd edition of Tour of the Gila and ZVC was out in full force representing! The Tour of the Gila is a both a mental and physical challenge for all that participate and the most challenging stage races in North America! We are proud to announce there were a few podium finishes, along with two stage wins! Congratulations to Kevin Quattelbaum for winning the Stage 1 road race and to Tamatha Risner for winning the Stage 3 time trial! Also congratulations to Al Senft for his notable 3rd place overall time trial finish! We also had two GC overall podiums, with Al Senft finishing 3rd in the 50+ and Tamatha finishing 3rd 35+ and 4th overall! Shoutouts also go out to TofG finishers David Rutledge, Mike Barrow, Tony Bettini, Eric Collins, as well as Chris Whitman and Francis Horton! Way to represent! For more results, go to http://tourofthegila.com.

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More racing to come! Be sure to check out our results link and calendar for more information!

 

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Red River Riot

Written by James Peel

On March 31 the ZiaVelo gravel racing team of Las Cruces NM competed, er um, participated in the Red River Riot gravel grinder hosted by the always amazing Spinistry run by Kevin Lee.  The ZV gravel team is made up of the following members:  Me, and my bike.

The Red River Riot, or RRR, is a longtime staple in the N. Texas gravel racing/riding community and is a “don’t miss event” for nearly every local gravel rider and many from all over the country.  The event was hosted by the 4R ranch – vineyard and winery, a wonderful place in a beautiful part of North Texas.  The Roper families are generous hosts and graciously opened their property and tasting room for this event.  The Riot was the first gravel grinder I attended back in 2015, just 5 months after undergoing reconstuctive surgery on my left foot and only having been back on a bike regularly for a little over a month, after a 20 year hiatus.  I rode the 32 mile course that year in just under 3 hours, unable to stand on the pedals, 25+ pounds overweight, and seriously underprepared for the infamous Windmill Hill that awaited the riders.  But I completed the ride, having walked nearly all of Windmill Hill, or Windmill HELL as I called it that year, and was in love with riding gravel!

To read more of this story, click here.

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