Saturday Group Rides are BACK!!!

Saturday group rides ARE BACK!

Meet at Milagro for an 0800 departure and maintain social distancing and masking as required by Milagro and other vendors.

We would ask that start groups be no larger than the State mandated 10 riders

If more than 10 riders are at the start, please break into 10 rider (or less) groups, with a few minutes between each group start.

Be respectful of the wishes of your fellow riders with respect to social distancing and masking. We’re all on the same team, enjoying the same sport.

Please try not to form into a single large group on the road.

There will be no policing of any of these requests. We are not, as a team, going to tell you what to do. As has been the case in the last year, we have encouraged riding, but cannot and will not officially announce a policy in direct opposition of the aforementioned guidelines, recommendations, and rules. Each of us is responsible for their own actions.

(Please read ALL USAC and ZVC guidelines, below.)



After almost exactly one year from the date that we were asked by USA Cycling, and various State and Federal agencies to limit our exposure to one another, there seems to be a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel!

From USAC:


How do we make training/small group rides safer?

  • Assume that you have the virus and don’t spread it to the other riders.
  • Wear a cloth mask to prevent droplet spread. This is not intended to filter the air, just contain droplets.
  • Bring a spare mask.
  • Reduce droplets: if you have to sneeze, cough, blow your nose, etc. drop back and ensure that no one is in your slip stream.
  • Distance: ride side by side or more than 20 feet behind.
  • The farther away the better, but with a mask and low risk riding partners, distances of 20 feet are likely safe.
  • Assume that other riders have the virus and don’t catch it from them.
  • Wear a mask to prevent you from touching your mouth, nose, face or eyes. Not intended to filter the air.
  • No contact: no passing of water bottles, food, etc.
  • Clean your hands before eating, touching your face, etc. Hand sanitizer is very effective and easily transported.
  • Clean equipment after the ride.  Disinfectant wipes, soap and water, 70% isopropyl alcohol all work

Over the last several weeks we have all seen indications in the news that PERHAPS we might be turning a small corner towards a return to normalcy.  As a result of these indications, and the fact that Dona Ana County is now, once again, in the yellow scale, we would like to begin a return to pre-COVID world. 

While we would like to simply just say, “go for it!”, it’s simply not quite that easy.  That being the case, we are taking the first steps towards toward that. 

The state is still setting a limitation on outdoor groups gatherings of no more than 10 persons, and the USAC has issued recommendations as well.  Basically, this is what we would like to try: 

There will be no policing of any of these requests.  We are not, as a team, going to tell you what to do.  As has been the case in the last year, we have encouraged riding, but cannot and will not officially announce a policy in direct opposition of the aforementioned guidelines, recommendations, and rules.  Each of us is responsible for their own actions. 
As I said, we’re not there yet, but let’s start our return to normalcy and the group rides we have come to love and enjoy. 


The first heater began, Wednesday, 17 March 2021. It will continue almost every
Wednesday throughout the summer and fall, we will be once again riding
the Heater!!!!

For those of you who have never participated in this weekly event, the
heater was started about 16 years ago, in response to the desire of
many for a mid-week, super high intensity, training ride (race-pace).

Much like the Saturday group rides that started this last weekend, we will be asking for your patience in observing some cautionary behavior related to COVID protocols. 

We will be starting at the Spotted Dog Brewery in Old Mesilla, until notified otherwise.

Riding this route, as well as all others, requires that EVERYONE follows the rules of the road, and that NOBODY takes risks that put individuals in harm’s way.

This means stopping at stop signs as a group and allowing breaks to re-establish their gap if it closes when they stop.  Riders on the front are responsible for determining the gap and telling all rider what that gap is and letting it re-set prior to resuming a chase. 

Front riders MUST ensure the safety of ALL following riders.  If you make a call that a corner is clear, you are doing so for the entire group of riders you are with.

YELLOW LINE Rule is in effect at ALL times.  If you see a rider intentionally ride over the yellow (say to draft or pass), or simply float back and forth to stay in a draft, it must be pointed out and that rider relegated to the back of the pack (USAC rules).


Rules for every Week!

The route varies, from a ride south through the valley, south on Las Alturas, Ochos, Dripping Springs, etc.  It will be announced NLT Tuesday prior to the Wednesday ride on this group.

There are some rules. (Particularly important rules and egregious behaviors are bolded and in red below!)


1) We will do a quick safety message at the
beginning of the ride.  Please step up and say something if you see
someone not following these safety guidelines.  Police each other
. Some of the Heater
rules will be covered, to include:

a) Start time is departure time, NO EXCEPTIONS.  The ride will depart

at 1700 (5:00 PM) until there is enough light in the evening and at
that time, we will move the start to 6PM.  We leave on GPS time, so
don’t be upset if we roll out of the parking lot while you are getting
water, fixing a flat, getting you bike out of the car, etc.  There is
no malice, it’s just the way it is.

b) NO HELMET, NO RIDE!  Period!!!

c)  No aerobars in the peloton.  For some this is an unpopular rule,
but it is in place for the safety of the riders.  If you chose to ride
the Heater with aerobars, you MUST be at the VERY BACK of the pack,
and  stay there.  This is non-negotiable, and is in place due to the
close proximity of the riders on this ride, the very high pace, and
the inherent inability to handle a bike in the aero bars as well as a
standard road bike.  These are the same reasons aerobars are not
allowed in mass start USAC events.

c)  No headphones/earbuds in the peloton.  This also may be an unpopular rule,
but it is in place for the safety of the riders.  Road riding in close proximity of one

another demands that everybody can take audio cues from other riders. 
Headphones are not allowed.  Please adhere to this rule for your safety and the safety of others around you.

d) This is a ZiaVelo cycling training ride.  As such, many of the
riders in this group are ZVC members.  We certainly respect the safety
of all, but do not want to hurt our own teammates particularly.
Please, please ensure that you don’t let your desire to be competitive
lead to reckless decisions.
  Remember that we are riding for fun, and
be cognizant of others.

e) This is an intentional drop ride.  You flat, you are dropped.  You
have a bad day, you are dropped.  You have a good day, you still may
get dropped!  There WILL BE ATTACKS!!!  Every effort will be made by
some to attack, attack, and attack again, until this ride splits
apart.  Hang in there, you will get better as a result of the Heater.
Again, no malice, just training.

f) If you do not know the course, you should not be on the front.
This is a no holds barred ride.  If you take a wrong turn because you
don’t know where you are going……see you next week.

g)Watch for dogs, call out holes, protect the riders safety behind
you.  IF dogs, cars, etc. are present and as a result the pack is split, courtesy says 
regroup!!!  Don’t take advantage of others misfortune!!!!  This behavior will cause risks and it will not be tolerated.

h) In almost all past years we have  had some VERY poorly (read non-racers, unfit,
inexperienced, newbie, etc.) prepared riders attempt the Heater.
Many only lasted through the warm up, about a half a mile!!!  This is
not a ride for someone just starting out in the activity of cycling.
The average pace for the Heater is in the neighborhood of 27mph, with
bursts that can exceed 35 mph at the end (or during attacks).  This
is not for a casual or recreational rider.  Please do not invite folks
out that will hate the atmosphere of a highly intense road ride.  This
makes the newbie hate ZVC as we look like a bunch of elitists.  We are
not unfriendly, we are just training.  This is a training event for
those that like to race, and ride very fast and hard.

i)  Roll out from all starting locations is neutral, as is the first half mile or so of the route.  Attacks are permitted after we pass the agreed upon point.

j) Follow the rules of the road, and watch out for your fellow riders, and their safety.

Thanks for following the rules….
If you choose not to follow the rules, one of the seasoned HEATER riders will likely be very happy to provide verbal correctional guidance at no cost. 

Many arguments have taken place during the Heater, mostly in response to unsafe riding or inappropriate riding.  Accept that these occur in the heat of the moment.  Listen, learn, and move on .
Again, please don’t take offense, it’s most likely the heat of the moment if the tone is “abrupt”.

Finally, this year there is a high probability that we will change the course quite frequently from this route, to the Ocho route, to the Las Alturas frontage road route.  Should make for interesting dynamics and offer a lot of variability to the riders.   These will be announced, via email,  the Tuesday before it happens.

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ZVC Strava Club and Solo Challenges

I hope all of you are well and healthy! After correspondence and approval from the board, Marcel has created a ZiaVelo Cycling Strava club. If you haven’t already joined go to
While we are unable to ride in groups, but still enjoy riding and challenges, events have been created and will continue to be created through this club and posted weekly. Look for the routes  segments as they will also be created before each events.
Many joined in on today’s fun with the metric century. Next Wednesday, April 8th, Solo Challenge will be an ITT Heater – Las Alturas, 12.3 miles. This event replaces the Heater and takes place every second Wednesday of the month, beginning April 8th. The event can be found here.
Wednesday, April 15th, Solo Challenge will be a Hill Climb Heater – Soledad Canyon, 4.4 miles. This will take place the third Wednesday of each month and can be found here.

Remember that there shall be absolutely NO congregation before, during, or after these rides! ALL traffic laws must be obeyed, and safety the highest priority!

You can ride the challenges every Wednesday, beginning at 6 AM. In order to join the challenges, just open the links above and click ‘I’m in’. Download the course file and/or segment on your preferred device, ride and record the challenge, and upload your file on Strava. (Just a little note: Past or current day events cannot be viewed in the Strava club unless you go to your past notifications of that event.)

Take care and stay healthy!
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Immediate Suspension of ALL Club Related Rides, Group Activities, and Gatherings

As a result of this press release, the ZiaVelo Board of Directors have decided to immediately suspend all ZiaVelo group rides, meetings and social gatherings. This includes, but is not limited to the weekend group meeting/rides and the Heater.

While we realize this may be an unpopular  decision, we feel it is in the best interest of public safety.

These rides and group activities will be resumed after clarity in this situation is achieved.

Certainly we encourage you to get out individually and continue to ride your bike.

We will be posting this on social media and on the website soon.

Thank you for your patience during these challenging and uncertain times.

ZiaVelo Board of Directors.


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Trifecta Series – Only 4 More Days to Register!!!

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Click here to view the  entire Trifecta flyer. Click here to register.

Please note the updated start times below.
There will be a packet pick-up on Friday evening before Saturday’s races from 5-7 at Outdoor Adventures:

1424 Missouri Ave
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Packet Pick-up Saturday morning starts at 8 a.m. at TimeTrial Start

Packet Pick-up Sunday morning start at 8:30 a.m. in Hillsboro at the Community Center.

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The Trifecta Series is Around the Corner

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Click here to view the  entire Trifecta flyer. Click here to register.

It’s that time of year again when we’re seeking volunteers to help out with the Trifecta. Please sign up on Dave’s Google form and help us put on a great race! We are need of 12 drivers for the Road Race in Hillsboro on Sunday. ZiaVelo will provide volunteer drivers with lunch, and can reimburse mileage upon request.
If you aren’t racing, please help us out and drive a follow car. If you are racing, please ask your family members and friends to help out. The more the merrier!
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Cruces Cross 2019

Cruces Cross Coming November 23! Don’t miss this event! To register and for more details, go to…/Cruces-Cross–…/68004
Also, volunteers are needed! If interested,please reach out to Marcel Berger.
Thank you!

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ZVC Recap of the Past Two Weeks

ZVC cyclists have been out representing at the state and nationals levels Two weeks ago, we had a few racers participate in the 2019 USA Cycling Masters Road Nationals. Representing ZVC on the national lever were, Tamatha Risner, Al Senft, Jerry Garcia, Eric Collins, David Hughes, David Rutledge, and Lisa Dougherty. Tamatha found the podium in both the time trial and road race, with a 4th and 5th place finish, respectively.

At this past weekend’s Chubby TIre High Altitude Classic in Cloudcroft, NM, ZVC found top spots on the podium. Tamatha Risner won the overall Cat 1 women, Hayley MacDonald won the womens single speed, and Eric Collins won the Cat 3 men.

Racing continues in NM. Don’t miss the following upcoming events:

Tour of Las Cruces is scheduled for October 27. More information coming soon!

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ZVC Racers Find the Podium at Nationals

This past weekend was a significant weekend for ZiaVelo Cycling Racers. Two of our very own found the podium at the national level. Marcel traveled to Augusta, GA to race USAC Collegiate Nationals. He had an astounding 2nd place finish in the time trial, missing the top of the podium by less than four seconds. Another one of our own, Tamatha Risner, traveled to Palo Duro Canyon, TX to race USAC Marathon Mountain Bike Nationals. She also finished with an impressive 2nd place finish in her age group, this after heavy rains almost cancelled the race and three delayed starts.

Both also plan to head to Master Road Nationals in August to Colorado Springs, along with a few other ZVC Racers.

Way to represent!

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ZVC Shines at the 505 Cycling Classic

Several ZVC racers raced the 505 Cycling Classic Omnium this past weekend. They were out in full force and seen in every race, dominating several of the races. There were many racers competing from surrounding states, bringing in steep competition. Among our ZVC racers were, Shane Cunico, David Rutledge, Jerry Garcia, Al Senft, Marcel Berger, Tamatha Risner, Joseph Garcia, Terry Casey, Kevin QuattleBaum, Eric Collins, Toni Bettini, Laura Burkett, Alissa Pajer, David Hughes, Patrick Gilmore, Jesus Palma, Gordon MacDonald, Josh Sanders, and James Peel.

In the TT race, Tamatha Risner finished a minute ahead of all of her competitors in the P123 A race; Alissa Pajer dominated the Cat4/5 category with Laura Burkett taking 3rd; Al Senft won the Masters A race with Jerry Garcia not two far behind for 2nd and Kevin Quattlebaum finished 4th; Marecl Berger won the Coll A category.

In the criterium, a few of the notable finishes go to Jerry Garcia for finishing 4th in the Masters A; Jesus Palma won the Cat 4; Laura Burkett finished 2nd in the Cat 4/5, and Joseph Garcia took 5th in the P123 category. In the road race, some of the notable finishes include, Tamatha Risner, who came across the line with the 2nd place finisher for a photo finish; Joseph Garcia finished 6th in P/1/2/3; Marcel Berger won the Coll A; Al Senft came in 2nd place Masters A; David Rutledge finished 5th in the Masters B; Patrick Gilmore finished 4th and Gordon MacDonald finished 5th in the Cat 5; Laura Burkett finished 2nd in the Cat 4/5.

For the omnium awards, ZVC took many podium spots, including Tamatha Risner winning the P123/Coll A podium; Joseph Garcia took 5th in the P123/CollA; Al Senft took 3rd and Jerry Garcia took 5th in the Masters A/Cat 3/Coll B category; Laura Burkett took top spot on the Cat 4/5 podium and Alissa Pajer took 5th; Patrick Gilmore took 3rd and Gordon MacDonald took 4th in the Cat 5.

Way to GO ZVC Racers!

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Spring Has Arrived

Spring has arrived! With it comes longer days, warmer temps, infamous winds, training, racing, and other cycling events. What are your goals for the season? If you don’t have any, set some! Whether it’s riding your first group ride, nailing an enduro race, racing your first stage race, beating your personal best in a time trial or getting fit for a mountain bike holiday, we all have goals. The question is, how do you turn those ambitions into reality? It’s never too late to make these goals. Set a specific and realistic goal with a specific and realistic plan to match. Keep track of your progress and just go for it! What do you have to lose? You are still faster than anyone that resorts to a unhealthy full-time spot on the sofa.

So if you need some motivation for some goal setting, here are some upcoming events that you may want to consider.

  • ZiaVelo Saturday ‘No-drop’ Group rides – departs from Milagro’s every Saturday @ 8am
  • ZiaVelo Heater (race pace ride for experienced riders only and this is not a ‘no-drop’) – locations and times TBD weekly
    • For more information on group rides or to be on the ZVC mailing list, please email Shane at
  • The 505 Cycling Classic 4/6-7
  • Tour de Optimism 4/7
  • La Tierra Torture 4/27
  • Tour of the Gila 5/1-5
  • Crest Race 6/7

And many more events and races can be found here or on the ZiaVeloCycling calendar.

Lastly, if you are a member of ZVC, paid your dues, and interested in being included on the ZVC Velo team and website, please email me at  If you are interested and have not paid your dues, please do so. We love to see the ZVC colors out representing!

Happy Tailwinds!


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