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!

For full results, click here.



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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 cuni5@live.com
  • 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 risnertamatha@gmail.com.  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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ZVC represented at the Tommy Knocker 10 hr race in Full Force

ZVC was out in full force racing at yesterday’s Tommy Knocker 10 hour mountain bike race and shining the ZiaVelo colors!
Podiums: Jerry Garcia and Tamatha Risner 1st place Duo Co-Ed category,  11 laps (all under an hour) with a total of 134 miles, only one of two teams of 62 total to do so. Jerry got the fastest lap of all 250 competitors!
Eric Collins and teammate Kevin Quattlebaum 2nd in the Duo Men’s category with 10 laps
Haley MacDonald 3rd in the Solo Single Speed with a total of 8 laps
Laura Larisch 1st the 40+ Womens category completing 7 laps.
Jakob Saari 2nd place Junior category
Finishers: Shane and Lola Cunico Duo Co-Ed 7 laps
Elo Torres and Rick Esparza 6 laps Duo Co-Ed
Donovan Bailey 6 laps 50+ Men
Longino Bustillos 6 laps 50+ Men
Sergio Pacheco 4 laps 50+ Men
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ZVC Represents at TBC

ZVC represented at the Tucson Bicycle Classic this past weekend. Al Senft finished 2nd GC in the highly competitive Masters category with a time trial win. Laura Burkett finished 3rd GC in the Cat 4 category. Marcel Berger and Tamatha Risner had strong finishes racing with some top Pros in the large Pro/1 and Pro/1/2 categories. Jerry Garcia had a strong 6th place finish in the time trial and finished strong in the circuit race. Way to represent!


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The Race Season Has Begun!

A few ZiaVelo Cyclists raced last weekend at the Vuelta Santa Catalina in Tucson, AZ. Al Senft, Marcel Berger, and Tamatha Risner raced 80 miles in the Pro/1/2 categories and had notable finishes in the top half of their stacked and highly competitive fields. Way to get out there and represent!

A few other races are coming up close to home. Valley of the Sun stage race will be held next weekend in Phoenix and Tucson Bicycle Classic, also a stage race, is March 1-3. Check our calendar for events dates and information.

Most important, our ZiaVelo Trifecta Series will be here March 16/17. It will be as epic as always and include a time trial, Saturday morning, a criterium, Saturday afternoon, and the Hillsboro road race on Sunday. For more Trifecta race information and to register, go to NewMexicoSports online. Hope to see everyone out representing the ZiaVelo colors! If you are not racing, there is plenty to do that weekend by volunteering for the event. This event only happens in part to our amazing volunteers! If you’d like to help, please email Kurt Austin at yote2800@msn.com.

The 2019 NM Series has some new changes to categories, starts, and points. Click here to view the rule book.

Happy Tailwinds (especially now that spring is on it’s way!)

Trifecta Flyer


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2019 ZiaVelo Club Membership Renewal is Here!

It’s hard to believe that the year is coming to an end. There are great plans ahead for ZVC for 2019! Be sure to renew your 2019 ZiaVelo Club membership! If you are sporting the ZVC colors, be sure to help support the club. To do so click here
Few more things…
Please note that the dates for the Trifecta have been moved to March 16/17, rather than the first weekend of March, due to conflicts with other events. Stay tuned for more information to come. It looks like this will be the first road race in the NM Road Series.
Be sure to check the calendar. Events get added as they are confirmed.
Don’t let the cooler temps keep you from riding! Hope to see you out there!
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Only 4 Days Left to Order Your ZVC Kits! Also, ZVC Membership is now open for registration.

If you want ZiaVelo kits for next year, this is your only chance! Be sure to order before the November 13 deadline. To order click here.

To register for ZiaVelo Cycling Membership,  click here.

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Thank you ZVC Cyclists and other Volunteers!

I just wanted to write a quick note to thank everybody that helped out at the TOLC.  I know this is dangerous, because I’m bound to forget somebody.
That being said……
Thanks to everyone that helped in any area where you saw a need….tremendous support.
Thanks to Dave for getting this up and going on the NMSportsonline website.
Thanks to Tammy for all of the pre and post ride social media exposure and photos.
Thanks to Kurt for marking the course!  Everybody said it was well done and nobody got lost!
Thanks to those helping with ride day registration!  Without you, this thing would be a mess from the start.  I was running around and may have missed some folks, (Please reply if I missed you!) but thanks to Greg, Laura, Kim, Dave!
Thanks to the volunteers at the rest stop including Karen from the Aggies Without Limits (AWL) at the northern stop and Henry, Gordon, Pablo, Don et.al. at the “Southern Comfort” stop.  Always a big hit!
Thanks to Tyler and AJ from NMSU Cycling for running the follow-cars!
Thanks to Dave for MCing and event records clear-up prior to and post event.
Finally, thanks to Memorial Medical Center and Mr. Phil Rivera for generously hosting this event again.  He has already spoken to me about being on-board for 2019, so look for it on October 27, 2019!!!
Thanks to ZiaVelo sponsors Vescovo Toyota, Outdoor Adventures, Las Cruces Orthopedic Associates, Apex Technologies,  Law Offices of Samuel Kane, Cunningham & Brown Family Dentistry, Milagro Coffee Y Espresso, Gila Hike&Bike (Silver City) and Southwest Bone and Joint Institute (Silver City).
Finally, thanks to all the riders!!!
See you on the road, trails, gravel, etc…..!
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