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Labor Day weekend we had racers representing in mountain bike, road, and time trial racing. At the Paul Higgins Time Trial, we had ZVC Zia racers Terry Casey and Kathy Alvarez finish with outstanding times and with 3rd and 4th places overall. Also representing ZVC, were Velo racers Robert Mercer and David Hughes. Up north in Steamboat Springs, we had Eric Collins, a ZVC Velo racer, race a stage race. He was able to pull off a remarkable 7th place finish in the time trial, 18th in the road race, and stay with the lead group in the criterium in a highly competitive and large Cat 4 field. Over in Silver City, there was some mountain bike racing going on. ZVC Zia racers Al Senft and Jerry Garcia, along with Velo racer Kevin Quattlebaum raced Signal Peak in Cat 1. Al came in 2nd overall and 1st in 40-49 age group, and Kevin 3rd overall and 2nd in 40-49 age group. Jerry had been holding onto second place for most of the race before a crash and two flats kept him from finishing.
This past weekend, on Saturday, over in Roswell, Eric Collins and Kevin Quattlebaum participated in the Tour de Ocho Millas. Eric finished the tour before anyone else, earning 1st place and Kevin 2nd place. Then on Sunday, here in Las Cruces, ZVC racers were out in full force participating in the Horny Toad Hustle mountain bike race. Al, Jerry, and Kevin raced for a second weekend and all with notable finishes in Cat 1, with Al a 3rd overall/1st age group, Jerry 4th overall/1st age group, and Kevin 5th overall/2nd age group. ZVC Zia racer Tammy Risner had a remarkable 1st place finish in the overall Cat 2 women and age group. Another Zia racer, Greg Albright, won the Cat 2 overall and 19-29 age group. ZVC Velo racers that also participated and had strong finishes include Gary Bell with a 4th place overall Cat 1 /1st 30-39, Abiel Lopez 3rd in Cat 1 30-39, Sam Kane 2nd place in Cat 2 40-49, Paul Gagnier 1st place Cat 2 50+, Barry Stout 3rd place Cat 2 50+, and Donovan Bailey 7th place Cat 2 40-49.
Mountain bike racing continues this month with the Squash Blossom in Gallup this next weekend, 12 Hours of Albuquerque, September 24, and Road Apple in Farmington October 1. Be sure to check the ZVC calendar for upcoming races and events!
Although road racing is winding down for the season, there are many other events still scheduled in the upcoming months. Just check out our calendar, which is updated weekly with races, rides, tours, and other cycling related events. Simply click on the calendar tab. Most events are linked to event and registration information. If there is a cycling event you’d like me to add, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the information.
Hope to see you out there pedaling!!!
ZVC represents once again! Al Senft competed in this year’s Double Eagle Time Trials, which consists of three 20k events on the same course outside of Albuquerque, with the last event being this past Sunday. Not only did Al finish on top and beat his personal record, he finished with a time 25:04, the fastest course time recorded! Way to go Al!!!
The past weekend, ZiaVelo shined in two different states simultaneously. Pro-triathlete Terry Casey participated in the Vineman Ironman in California, and Marcel Berger and Velo Racer Eric Collins represented the colors of ZiaVelo at the Arizona Road Race State Championship in Show Low.
Terry fought an amazing hard competition to reach her long-term goal of an Ironman finishing time under 11 hours. She finished 6th in her division in 10:42 h:min. Well done and congratulations, Terry!!!
In Show Low, AZ, Marcel won the 9th edition of the Bike the Bluff road race in the category 1, and continues his strong seasonal performance.
Lastly, what a great comeback from Eric!!! Several weeks ago, Eric had a severe bike crash and fractured his left ankle, right heel, and four vertebra in his back. He finished 5th out of a crowded 42 men category 4 field, and can be very satisfied with his first competition after the forced break. Way to go and congratulations, guys!!!
From July 15th-17th, the small town of Salida, CO, was the focal point of Colorado’s road cycling scene. The 12th edition of the Salida Classic took place in this remote town, located at the Arkansas River, and surrounded by several 14,000 ft mountains. This 3-day event included an 8 mile time trial, a downtown criterium, and a 5.7 mile circuit race.
ZiaVelo was represented by Marcel Berger in the Pro/1/2 field. For Marcel, it was the first race participation in the high elevation state of Colorado, and therefore accompanied with a lot of excitement. The ZiaVelo rider placed 4th in the TT, 19th in the criterium, and 17th in the circuit race respectively.
Also, representing ZiaVelo this past weekend, was Kathy Alvarez, who challenged herself to riding the Taos Gran Fondo, a one-day, “annual endurance event of the amateur undertaken for pleasure or as a test of personal fortitude”. She rode 105 miles with plenty of climbing, and was the first woman to finish.
Be sure to check the calendar on our ZVC site for upcoming tours and races!!! There are many tours coming up, including the Tour of Las Cruces, which you absolutely can’t miss on October 30!!!
The Double Eagle Time Trials Series held their first race this past Sunday in Albuquerque. This series consists of three races held on July 10, July 31, and August 21 on a 20 mile course. ZVC racers Kathy Alvarez and Al Senft were on top, finishing as the fastest woman and man for this first race. ZVC Velo racer, David Hughes also represented well, placing third in his category.
Congrats! Way to represent!
While I have your attention, let me remind you that it is hot out (as if you didn’t already know)! Don’t stop pedaling, but be sure you’re drinking plenty of water!
The NM Criterium State Championship was held this past weekend in Albuquerque. ZVC’s Zia racer, Marcel Berger, brought home another gold in the Pro/Cat 1/Cat 2, with teammates, Joseph Garcia getting 3rd, Chris Schlabach 4th, and Al Senft 7th, once again, helping the others to finish strong. In the Men’s Cat 5, Isa Vazquez had a strong 1st place finish and championship win.
Over in Santa Rosa, NM, at the City of Lakes Triathlon, ZVC’s Zia racer, Terry Casey, won 1st place overall in the Olympic distance category. ZVC’s Velo racer, Dustin Ward, also participated in the Olympic distance category and represented well with an impressive finish. In the Sprint distance category, ZVC’s Velo racers, Norm Desrochers and Jason McClure, represented well with strong finishes in their age groups.
Two of our very own are state road champions after racing the Las Campanas road race this past weekend. ZVC Zia Racers Marcel Berger and Tammy Brock brought home the gold. Marcel, and teammates, Jerry Garcia, Al Senft, and Joseph Garcia raced in the Pro/Cat 1/Cat 2. With hard work from his teammates, Marcel was able to cross the finish line first, winning the Las Campanas race and Pro/Cat1/Cat2 state championship. Joseph notably finished fifth. Terry Casey joined Tammy in racing the Womens Pro/Cat1/Cat2/Cat3. Terry worked hard to help Tammy finish first and win the Pro/Cat1/Cat2/Cat3 state championship. Terry had a remarkable third place finish. Kathy Alvarez also had a remarkable second place finish in the Womens Cat 4. ZVC Velo racers, Kevin Quattlebaum, had another outstanding finish in the Mens Cat 3, finishing third. ZVC Velo racer, Rex Rafferty, also joined fellow racers this past weekend to race the Mens Cat 4.
WAY TO REPRESENT ZVC!!!
ZVC Zia racers Tammy Brock, Jerry Garcia, and Al Senft, along with ZVC Velo racer, Kevin Quattlebaum, took racing to the dirt this past weekend in the Glory Days State Championship Mountain Bike Race at the Glorieta Camps. This was Tammy’s second mountain bike race after a one year hiatus due to crashing at Angel Fire’s Oso High, exactly one year ago. She managed to pull off a win and is the Cat 2 state champion. Jerry earned a very impressive win in the Cat 1 50-59 race and came home as the state champion for the first time in his career. Throughout the race, he kept pace with the pros. Kevin came home with a notable fourth place finish in the Cat 1 40-49.
Racing continued on Sunday for a few ZVC women. ZVC Zia racers, Kathy Alvarez and Tammy Brock, along with ZVC Velo racer, AnneMarie Chavez, raced the all-women Spokettes time trial race held in Algodones, NM, consisting of a 10 mile course. Kathy finished with a very impressive second best time overall and second place in Cat 4. Tammy finished with a notable second place in the Cat 3. AnneMarie had a remarkable third place finish in the master’s 40-49 category.