ZVC Racers Participated On and Off Road this Past Weekend with Top Finishes

On Saturday, over in Angel Fire, NM, a few ZVC Zia racers, Jerry Garcia, Kevin Quattlebaum, and Tamatha Risner raced the Oso High Mountain Bike XC. As in years past, donations and revenue from the race went straight to the ALS Association (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/”Lou Gehrig’s Disease”). This year was in honor of fellow cycling enthusiast, Doug Schneebeck, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2010, and passed away just this past October. Doug established Oso High Endurance Sports, which has raised more than $405,000 for ALS research. His family was there as honorary guests and to support the event. ZVC is happy to report that Kevin Quattlebaum got 2nd in the Cat 1 40-49 age group and 2nd place overall. Jerry Garcia won his age group and had a strong 4th place overall finish. Tammy won the Cat 1 40-49 age group and 2nd place overall.

On Sunday, in Albuquerque, the first of three races in the 2017 Double Eagle Time Trial Series took place. There were a few ZVC racers out representing. ZVC is proud to report that Zia racer, Marcel Berger was the fastest rider of the day. The next two fastest racers of the day were also Zia racers, Joseph Garcia and Al Senft. Zia racer, Kathy Alvarez, was the second fastest woman of the day. Also out racing and representing ZVC were Velo racers, David Hughes and Amber Zimmerman, both with strong finishes.

Way to represent, ZVC racers!

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ZiaVelo Racers Claim Top Spots on the Podium

There was plenty of racing this past weekend both on and off road, beginning with Las Campanas, the state road race championship. ZVC colors were in abundance and representing in both women and men categories. In the womens Pro/1/2/3 category, ZVC claimed top spots on the podium. Terry Casey and Tamatha Risner worked hard and pulled away from the others and continued to work hard together until the finish, with Terry coming in 1st , winning the state championship title, and Tamatha in 2nd. Also in this category was Kathy Alvarez who came in 4th.  In the mens Pro/1/2, Marcel was able to pull away soon into the race with competitor Fortunato Ferrara. They continued to pull away and work together until the final sprint. Marcel came in 2nd place, with a strong team of ZVC racers to follow including, Al Senft, Joseph Garcia, and Chris Schlabach. In the womens 4/5 category, we had two new racers to ZVC, Amber Zimmerman and Rachael Greuber. Both worked hard, with Amber coming in 3rd and Rachael in 6th. In the mens 4 category, ZVC won another state title with Robert Mercer’s impressive sprint to the finish with a win and Francis Horton in 5th.  Zach Taraschi had a strong 7th place finish. Eric Collins also raced this category after racing the state criterium race the day before. A special thank you goes out to ZVC racer Jerry Garcia who was at the feedzone and finish to assist racers and hand out water. And as always, thank you to one of our very own, Norm Desrochers, for officiating.

Over in Angel Fire, ZVC racer, Kevin Quattlebaum, raced the Chili Challenge Pro XCT (cross country) and GRT (downhill gravity) race, winning both the Cat 1 40-49 XCT and Cat 3 GRT races. In Gallup, ZVC racers Ryan Read and Sergio Pacheco competed on a 4-man team at the 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest and came in 4th.

Congrats to all of our ZVC racers!

For more results visit our results link from the main menu.

Plenty of racing to be had in July!

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A New Mexican and ZVC Rider Mountain Bikes in South Africa

By Mark Leisher

How did I end up racing for Zia Velo in a South African mountain bike race? As the story goes, a friend retired, moved from Las Cruces to South Africa, took up mountain biking, and then somehow convinced me to do this crazy hard 475km mountain bike race called the “Race to Rhodes” (referred to as RTR from now on), the first stage of the much longer 2300km “Race Across South Africa.” Adventure called, I answered, and with help from family and friends, the dream turned into reality.

Anecdotally (conversation with one of the organizers/racers), this race was formed in part to get racers to interact more with the terrain and communities they are racing through. No GPS is allowed, all navigation is done using compass, maps, and a narrative booklet that contained brief descriptions of critical turns, landmarks, and some distances.

The terrain is well described by the tag line often used in the region: Land of a Thousand Hills. My running joke is that 90% of this area of South Africa is uphill. The hills are tall, the valleys deep; climbs are hard and descents fast. And even in the dry season (early winter), you can count on water and mud at regular intervals.

Most of the RTR course consists of flat, hard packed roads between and through small towns and settlements, small forest roads (lumber is a big regional industry), rough two-track, cow trails, and some single track. The two track, single track, and cow trails usually cross grasslands and in some areas, marshy seeps. Imagine a lot of saddle time bumping over low hummocks of grass and pedaling hard through mud to avoid uncleating.

You might think that traversing remote areas of South Africa would be isolating, possibly even somewhat anxiety-inducing, but the simple truth is that cell phone coverage in this area of South Africa is almost ubiquitous (if you don’t have cell service, moving a few tens or hundreds of meters in any direction is likely to find cell service). This greatly reduces worries about encountering race-ending problems with no help/extraction within reasonably easy reach.

At no time did I feel in any danger and everyone was very friendly (typical South African trait). The race organizers went to great lengths to get communities all along the trails on board with the race, and they’ve done a remarkable job of it. Most of my trail-side conversations were very cordial and the sentiment expressed most often was that RTR racers were a special brand of awesome-but-insane: On one particularly long and difficult climb, a school kid exclaimed, “You don’t have a car?!”

The early winter weather for the 2017 race was generally clear, dry, and sunny. A mix of very hot days, and temps that dropped fast between 3:30-4pm as sundown approached.

Mistakes were made.

Most of you are probably aware by now that my race ended early because of dehydration. I made several mistakes, and one small-but-crucial mistake happened before I ever left home. That small mistake, which would cause trouble very early in the race, was setting my tire circumference wrong in my cycling computer. A senior moment that would come back to plague us.

Incorrect distance readings on the odometer meant that matching the terrain to the maps and narrative booklet became seriously confusing. Nothing seemed to match up. If I had been more alert the first day (not enough time adjusting to new time zone), I would have remembered being briefed that the narrative distances were as accurate as three different GPS units could make them. My odometer was off by quite a bit (up to 1.5kms short in some cases).

Another problem was that my compass (digital, part of my watch) reported every direction as WNW. I had put what I thought was a new battery in the watch before leaving, but I later discovered it wasn’t as new as I thought. Eventually I smartened up enough to put a functioning compass app on my smart phone. Those two mistakes, odometer and compass, helped lead us to a chilly overnight adventure/campout in the Umkomaas Valley, next to the Mkomazi River, which is probably where the dehydration got started.

The race begins.

The race for Group 3 (our group) started pre-dawn in Pietermartizburg, and it was clear early on that it would be me and Andrew riding together behind the other four. I was feeling pretty sluggish from the start, but as the day wore on, I started feeling better. The others in our group had all done this race before and were setting their own pace. We finally got unhitched from rest of our group at a barbwire gate that took us a while to untangle. About mid-morning we got off-course by missing a turn and logged some accidental tourist kilometers. Once we figured out our mistake, we were back on track. By the time we reached the descent (pretty steep concrete path) into the Umkomaas Valley, I was feeling like the race was on! And then we got diverted again.

To make a long story short, we overshot a critical turn that would lead us out of the Umkomaas Valley and ended up bushwhacking through never-ending thickets of acacia in search of the trail. Somewhere between 8 and 9pm, we decided it would be best to stop and try again at first light. It quickly got cold. I was reasonably prepared for cold weather with some extra fat on my bones and warm clothing (which became a liability later), but Andrew began to experience hypothermia symptoms and decided it would be wise to end his race that night. After a call for extraction and an extended push through the bush, he found the support vehicle in the early morning hours.

The hell of Hella-Hella.

I slept fairly well and rose at dawn to repack the bike. The next 1-1.5 hours were spent forcing my way through the bush to get to the cow trail alongside the river. Once on the cow trail, I backtracked quickly to a known position and almost immediately noticed the “Bokkie” (silhouette of a springbok head) sign tacked to a tree next to the trail out. Good timing! I had run out of water shortly after we stopped for the night and needed to find more ASAP. Strike one on the way to dehydration. A few kilometers later, I managed to find the white water rafting center at the base of the notorious Hella-Hella climb, and got topped off with water.

Then came my first real physical test. By the time I started up Hella-Hella (around 9am), it was getting very, very hot. The 9km Hella-Hella climb is all steep, smooth dirt road. Under normal circumstances, I would probably be able to ride most or all of it on a geared bike. But I was on a heavy bike, carrying too much gear (another first-timer mistake), so I spent ¾ of the climb on foot, sweating profusely in the high 80’s heat. I have vague recollections of noticing that I stopped sweating about half way up, which wasn’t a good sign. When I finally made it to the top, I had to ration what what was left to reach the stop for the night (Allendale). Strike two on the way to dehydration.

Allendale at last!

I finally made Allendale, the first overnight stop, around 2:45-3pm the second day. Allendale Farm has some really nice heated cabins with very comfortable beds and as much food as I could eat. And after showering, I ate and drank for the next four hours. I was up again at 2am to eat another full meal before leaving at 4am. I’ve never eaten and drank so much in my life as in that short span of time.

Not long after I arrived at Allendale, the guys from Group 4 arrived. This is when I learned that (some) South Africans have a pungent sense of humor. They were hilarious. Lots of dirty jokes, political jokes, and making fun of Afrikaaners (they were all professionals, South Africans of English, Scottish, and Italian ancestry). Toward bedtime, they all decided to leave at 4am (they were skipping the next overnight stop) and convinced me to ride with them until we got off Allendale Farm. The argument that swayed me was their claim that the owner of Allendale Farm sometimes couldn’t figure out how to get off his own farm using the trail we were given, but they remembered the way. That was one of the best decisions I made during the race.

Our 4am departure was cold, foggy, and marshy. We splashed through a lot of very confusing boggy spots and the bikes were thoroughly coated in mud by the time we made it past a dark Donnybrook and into the forest just before dawn. The other guys were carrying half the gear I was, on bikes half the weight of mine. Part way through the forest I insisted they leave me behind. After that, all I saw of them was their tracks. Which saved me quite a bit of time. I didn’t have to get off the bike a lot to figure out why the map wasn’t matching the narrative according to my odometer. I just followed their tracks in the damp ground.

Centacow to Ntsikeni Nature Preserve.

I made the old mission at Centacow (roughly half way to next overnight spot at Ntsikeni Lodge) around 9:45am and only in retrospect realize that I didn’t eat or drink anywhere near enough for the next leg. I left around 10:30am, and the next few hours were spent climbing up to a saddle that spilled me over into some settlements. At some point, the mismatch between my odometer and the narrative convinced me to make a wrong turn and I started a very steep climb that had to be close to 600 meters in altitude gained. I was hiking it along with a bunch of school kids heading home. After pushing through it, I discovered I had gone the wrong way, but going back would have added hours. Luckily, the road I was on intersected the road I should have been on, and after some texting with race support, I pushed on and found the correct road.

It was fully dark by the time I reached a crucial turn for the Ntsikeni Lodge. And I couldn’t find it. The narrative was vague, and by this time I had figured out the odometer was wrong and race support found the right tire circumference for me. I should have stopped and fixed the odometer problem then and there. The cumulative hydration and caloric deficits I had incurred were beginning to affect my judgment, and it took me another 1.5 hours and a visit with a local to decide I was on the right track. I was. But I made another mistake that would cost me later.

I was out of water with a few kilometers left to go to the Ntsikeni Lodge. After asking a local for directions to the Lodge, I asked him to fill my water bottle. It wasn’t filtered or purified, but I didn’t really notice the odd taste until much later. Most of the remaining ride to the Lodge was uphill through lumpy, grassy tractor tracks. Sometimes the grass was taller than me and I couldn’t see the trail, even with both lights on full power.

Around 10pm, I topped out at a saddle and could see the Lodge lights a couple hundred meters ahead. Downhill. Through marshes. I was a wet, muddy mess by the time I parked the bike for the night. I walked into the lobby, they sat me down, pulled my shoes off and immediately washed them in a tub of hot soapy water. Then I gave them whatever I wasn’t wearing which they promptly washed by hand and hung up to dry next to a wood stove. I ended up paying for that laundry service twice because my judgment was impaired (it was only $8 total, though). Eighteen hours on and off the bike was over. I was so tired I couldn’t eat or drink anything for at least an hour. Then I could barely choke down food, and water felt like it was drying out my body, not hydrating it. Something was wrong, but I thought it was simply fatigue. Strike three on the way to dehydration.

I planned to wake at 7am, pack the bike, eat, drink and leave. I didn’t get out of there until well after 9am. I was having trouble eating and drinking again. Instead, I woke at 5am, pulled out of a sound Ambien-fueled sleep by two large skinks noisily fighting for territory in the unheated cabin and could not get back to sleep. I managed to get a lot more food and drink down at breakfast after taking a handful of Pepto-Bismol tablets. I started feeling pretty good, and after fixing my odometer and receiving a batch of instructions from the Lodge manager on finding a shortcut (“It will save you an hour. I promise!”), I was on the trail again. It didn’t take long to figure out the Lodge manager was full of it so I simply continued on with the map.

The next few hours was an almost idyllic wander through grasslands along the edges of lumber tree plantations. It was bumpy, but I was feeling decent and my legs were working well. I took an extended break at a kraal (corral area) because the narrative was again vague and map didn’t really match what I was seeing even though the distances were correct. After some hiking, I found tire tracks that got me going in the right direction again. Still feeling pretty good, the ride to the next kraal was a pretty enjoyable run around the edges of a notch in the side of a big hill until reaching another kraal around the next shoulder. After passing through a couple gates at the kraal, the trail headed mostly downhill to a paved road.

Toward the bottom of the descent, nausea struck hard and sudden. Everything came up. After resting a few minutes, I managed to choke down what food I had left, got a little water back in me, and I started feeling better. A few minutes later, right in front of a farmer watering a field, the diarrhea arrived. The farmer didn’t say anything, he just shook his head. A few texts later with my brother Craig indicated I was probably dehydrated. I was swilling Nuun tablets, inhaling water, and popping Pepto-Bismol tablets, but was feeling worse and worse. At this point, I pretty much knew there was no way I would make the next stop at Glen Edward. I was out of food and low on water. So I waffled a while as I walked the bike, hoping against the odds to recover enough to continue, but finally decided to withdraw from the race. Later, I realized the unfiltered water I had picked up on the way to the Ntsikeni Lodge probably contributed to the problem considerably.

About 40 minutes after my decision, my friend Andrew arrived to pick me up, and we stopped in Pietermaritzburg on the way back to return the SPOT tracker. We chatted a while with Glen, a race organizer and single speed record holder for the 2300km race. Glen said first-timers often run into navigation problems, which is why they recommend doing the guided tour of the course before racing it.

Back in Kloof.

             Once back in Kloof (where Andrew lives outside Durban), recovery happened fast. It only took a little over a day to get mostly back to normal. I spent the extra time doing a small local safari (a place called the Tala Collection), manning a feed station for the world-renowned Comrades Marathon, eating everything in sight, sampling regional beers, and sleeping.

 Post mortem.

             The race was moved a week earlier than usual this year, to avoid racers having to finish in the snow in Rhodes. But this year turned out to be abnormally warm, so a lot of the cold weather gear I packed was unnecessary. Some other lessons I learned:

  • Take a lighter bike with suspension next time.
  • Take half the gear.
  • Replace batteries with new ones no matter what.
  • Take double the food.
  • Take more hydration choices.

 The end…

Despite it sounding like a miserable, mistake-filled ordeal, I sincerely loved every minute of the experience. As my brother Craig texted once, “You’re alone, on your bike, in the middle of nowhere South Africa. It doesn’t get much better than that!” I made a lot of mistakes, but also learned a whole lot that I’ll need for endurance races to come. And I plan to go back some day to finish the Race to Rhodes.

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Description of photos in order.
1. At the start in Pietermaritzburg.
2. Courtesy of the Umkomaas Valley.
3. At the top of Hella-Hella, looking at the bridge across the Mkomazi.
4. On the way to Ntsikeni, beautiful singing coming from the settlement below.
5. The first kraal; the start of the most enjoyable stretch.
6. Post-race. Chef’s school near Kloof with excellent craft brews
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ZVC Rider Honored with Spirit Award

ZVC cyclist, racer, and triathlete was honored this past weekend with the Pegye Marshall Spirit Award at the Milkman Triathlon in Dexter, NM. This award is presented every year at this race in memory of Pegye, who was an amazing triathlete, businesswoman, and mother. She won this race the first thirteen years it was held and was an inspiration to all. Her life was cut short due to domestic violence. This award has so much meaning for Terry, having experienced and overcome personal struggles of her own. She was truly honored, shocked, and humbled, to have earned this award and at her favorite race of the year. Not only does she describe this race as an amazing venue, with an awesome race director, volunteers, and athletes, but also a race dear to her heart. It is where she talked to her husband and shared lunch with him for the first time. ZVC is so proud of Terry and her many accomplishments and proud she is part of ZVC! And I am proud to have such an amazing and inspirational teammate!

Terry

Race News

Several ZVC racers participated in last week’s Iron Horse race in Durango, CO and at the NM Mountain Bike Championship race at Glorieta. For these race results and others, check out the ‘Results’ tab in our menu.

Here are the remaining races in our area for June. For more events, be sure to check out the ‘Calendar’ tab in our menu.

Written by Tammy Risner, June 5, 2017

 

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ZVC Colors Shined Brightly in a Few Different Venues This Past Weekend

In New Mexico, we had the Santa Fe Century, which is largest cycling event in the Southwest. The mission of the Santa Fe Century is to get people interested in cycling and to have fun doing it! It included great camaraderie, food stops, amazing scenery, and challenges for all abilities. Riders had the choice to ride or race in either the Gran Fondo (100 miles timed), Medio Fondo (50 miles timed), Century (100 miles not timed), Half-Century (50 miles not timed), or a 20-mile ride. Over 1500 riders and racers participated in the event. We are proud to say there were also a few podium finishes.

Riding 100 miles in the Gran Fondo/Century, with over 600 participants, ZVC racer, Tamatha Risner was the fastest woman of the day, with an overall win and win in her age group with one of the fastest times for a woman in this event! Teammate Kathy Alvarez also had quite an outstanding 2nd place finish and time 2nd place in her age group. A few ZVC men also made the podium, with Marcel Berger finishing strong with a 3rd place overall and 2nd in his age group, proving he is back! Jerry Garcia also had an impressive 7th place overall finish and 1st in his age group. Another notable finish was that of Robert Mercer, who finished 14th overall. ZVC rider Zach Taraschi also participated in the Gran Fondo. In the Century, the ZVC colors were also seen brightly reperesenting with ZVC riders, Lisa Dougherty, Sergio Pacheco, and Longino Bustillos. We are also proud to say that one of our sponsors, Don, from Outdoor Adventures was out representing in the Half-Century.

Over in El Paso, ZVC had a few racers participating in the 4th annual Tour of El Paso, which is a USA Cycling sanctioned omnium race, including a crit, time trial, and road race. We are proud to say that ZVC racer, Kevin Quattlebaum won both the crit and road race, and earned 2nd place in the time trial, resulting in a remarkable omnium win! Also participating was Carlos Romero, who earned an impressive 4th place finish in the crit. ZVC team director, David Rutledge participated in the road race. He finished the race after offering assistance to another racer that was injured from a crash that happened in front of him, of course without any second thought. Way to represent what ZVC is about!

Up in Superior, CO, ZVC racer Eric Collins participated in the 2017 Superior Morgul Classic, a three day omnium race. It began with a technical crit in snow, consisting of two heats. Eric prevailed and won his second heat. Eric also had an impressive 6th place finish in the time trial, which he was unable to preride due to it being snow covered, and finished in the lead group in the road race, earning a notable 6th place in the Cat 3/4 omnium.

Great job to all of those that raced this weekend!

Here’s a few of the next upcoming events to consider…

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ZVC Racer Makes the Podium at Marathon Mountain Bike Nationals in Arkansas, along with other ZVC Podiums in the Region

This past weekend was a big weekend for racing, with many ZVC racers participating in four different races, the biggest being at the Iron Mountain Marathon Mountain Bike Nationals in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. This course included fifty (50) miles of beautiful trails along the DeGray lake and in the Ouachita Mountains, and included 3,600 feet of climbing, rock gardens, roots, lots of trees, and some really fast and flowy descents. ZVC Zia racers, Jerry Garcia and Tamatha Risner decided to give marathon mountain biking a try and race the event.

Tamatha lined up with nine racers in her age group and forty female amateur racers total. She had the holeshot and then found herself battling it out with another rider until about five miles in, before working hard to hold onto second place, which she did. She earned 2nd place and a silver medal!

Jerry lined up with thirty racers in his age group, and also had the holeshot. He was able to maintain the lead and was feeling great until halfway through the race, when he had a little endo mishap, which cracked his frame. He hobbled back on a broken bike and was not able to continue the race. He had some minor bumps and bruises.

In northern NM, we had two ZVC Zia racers, Al Senft and Kevin Quattlebaum racing the Alien Run Mountain bike race in Aztec, NM. A new course for both, consisting 29.3 miles of rock and dirt, of course! Both had strong finishes. Kevin had a very impressive Cat 1 overall win, and age group win. Al had a strong fourth place finish in his age group.

Over in Duncan, AZ, we had ZVC racers, Francis Horton, Eric Collins, and Chris Schlabach racing the Javelina Chase Cycling Event. We are proud to announce that Francis won both the road race and crit, and had an impressive overall win in Cat 4/5. Chris also had a notable finish and earned 3rd place in the road race for Cat 1/2. Also notable, was Eric’s fourth place finish.

Lastly, over in St. George, UT, we had ZVC Zia racer Terry Casey participating in the Ironman Triathlon, consisting of two of the most challenging bike and run courses in the Ironman Circuit. She completed the race and represented well.

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Tour of the Gila 2017 – Those Who Dared

It’s always pretty amazing what one can accomplish when given a task like the Tour of the Gila. Some people rise above and find challenges they never thought they could overcome. Others struggle each day and are just grateful to finish upright and with a sense of accomplishment.

The 2017 Tour of the Gila was no different. ZiaVelo had team racers and members not only race, but also supporting others in this five-day event. In the Cat 4-5, we had first time finisher, Zach Taraschi, who had a huge smile and a sense of conquering that was exciting to see at the top of Pinos Altos. Additionally, Francis Horton impressed many people with his quiet tenacity and an ability to push his body to the top of his category with some great racing. Eric Collins also displayed a no-quit attitude and a willingness to keep fighting back throughout the entire week.

In the Master’s A race, Al Senft showed his true iron core toughness and fought on through every stage representing the team with amazing results each day. His teammate, Jerry Garcia, worked and raced hard the first two stages, but was contending with a knee injury and decided to opt out of racing stage 3.  This did not keep Jerry away. He stayed around and supported the entire team with a friendly smile and a welcome return at the end of each stage.

In the women’s race the painful lesson of cycling reared its ugly head with the often used quote, “Well that’s bike racing.” ZVC racers, Terry Casey and Tamatha Risner, raced hard all week, with podium finishes in all of the first three stages, including an impressive win by Tamatha in the criterium. And although they were in second and third place in the overall standings and still feeling strong, the last day proved to be a lesson in the cruel tutelage of cycling. Terry fought like a champ the entire week and was held back by a bike issue the last 15 miles, but managed to still ride to the finish line, of course with a clear expression of disappointment. Equally, Tamatha found herself in an unfortunate situation, with a crash in just the last few miles of the race, while riding in good position for a strong finish. Her nor her bike were able to finish the last stage, but both will recover.

In the Cat 3 race, it was great to see the ZVC team director, Dave Rutledge, out representing, along with  Kevin Quattlebaum. Kevin provided the biggest race highlight of the week by not only having a plan and working with teammate, Dave, to bring that plan to fruition, he did the right thing attacked at the right time and was able to win the final stage of the Tour of the Gila. Additionally, he was able to win the 35+ division and pull off second place overall and represent the ZiaVelo Cycling team twice on the podium.

However, as with every tour of The Gila the best moments often occur not in the race but before after and during. The support from teammates like Timothy Ketelaar, Chris Schlabach, Marcel Berger, Courtney Trabon, and Shane Cunico, along with their families, brought relief and joy to many of us racing this last week. And not to be overlooked would be Papa Q, Kevin’s dad Mike, and his constant attention, patience and willingness to provide help that made all of us feel good.

And although at the end of a hard week everyone seems ready to attack the course again next year. Can’t wait to see what the future holds in 2018.

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ZVC Recap of the Past Few Weeks

Racing is now in full swing. Many of our ZVC racers have been training and racing hard, as proven in the results! Back on February 25, ZVC Zia racer Marcel Berger raced in the Flap Jack Flats time trial, held in Pinal County, AZ, along with Velo racer, David Hughes. Marcel had an impressive 1st place finish in the Collegiate A Mens category and David a 3rd place finish in the Masters 55+. The next day, Marcel raced the Colossal Cave road race, nearby in Vail, AZ and finished 3rd.

Over in Tucson, at the Tucson Bicycle Classic Stage Race, we had ZVC Zia racer, Al Senft, and Velo racer, Gary Bell shining the ZVC colors brightly with notable finishes in all three stage events. Al finished 2nd the time trial, 5th in the crit, 6th in the road race, and overall GC 2nd place in the Masters 45+. Gary finished 5th in the time trial, setting him up with a strong 7th overall GC place.

Over in Belen, NM, this past weekend the ZVC jerseys were seen in almost every category, at the Tierre del Sol road race. In the Mens 1/2/3 category, we had Zia racer Jerry Garcia finish 2nd in an exciting photo finish. He was only an inch away from the win! Velo racer, Kevin Quattelbaum, finished with a noteworthy 4th place, and Al Senft finished strong in 8th place. In the Womens 1/2/3, Zia women racers held three of the top five spots, Terry Casey with a strong 2nd place finish, Tammy Risner with a 3rd place finish, and Lisa Dougherty with a 4th place finish. In the Womens 4/5, Zia racer, Kathy Alvarez had a notable 2nd place finish. In the Mens Cat 4, Velo racer Eric Collins had an extraordinary 1st place finish. In the Masters Men category, Shane Cunico had a strong 7th place finish racing with teammate David Rutledge. Also representing ZVC, were Velo racers Zach Taraschi and Francis Horton.

Lastly, as many of you know, two of our very own ZVC racers were involved in separate vehicle versus bicycle accidents two weeks ago, both within 18 hours of one another. Both accidents were due to error on part of the drivers. Zia racers Marcel Berger and Joseph Garcia are on the mend and are truly blessed to be able to ride, again, and soon. Keep Marcel in your thoughts as he will be having surgery to repair his collarbone on Wednesday.

Hope to see the ZVC jerseys shining brightly at the 505 Cycling Classic in Albuquerque this weekend.

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Note: Many of the pictures are courtesy of Rebecca Reza and Marlene Squillaci.

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Another Epic Trifecta in the Books!

This year’s ZiaVelo Cycling Trifecta was, once again, an astounding event for all involved! There were almost 200 riders in the three different events, including a time trial, crit, and road race, coming from all over New Mexico, as well as neighboring states. It was impressive seeing several new teams and racers join us for this event. Also, impressive, were the innumerable volunteers, officials, participants, community members, and sponsors that made this event happen!

Of course, ZVC, is proud to say that the red and yellow Zia shined brightly this weekend and was well represented in all races. The ZVC podium held many spots for the ZVC team and club racers.

Zia Racers and Notable Finishes

  • Al Senft (P/1/2) – 2nd TT, 7th RR
  • Jerry Garcia (P/1/2) – 6th TT, 4th Crit
  • Joseph Garcia (P/1/2) – 4th TT
  • Marcel Berger (Collegiate A) – 1th TT, 3rd Crit
  • Tamatha Brock (P/1/2/3 W) – 2nd TT, 4th Crit, 3rd RR
  • Lisa Dougherty (P/1/2/3) – 5th RR
  • Kathy Alvarez (W4) – 1st TT, 2nd Crit, 1st RR

Velo Club Racers and Notable Finishes

  • Kevin Quattlebaum (Cat 3) – 2nd TT, 1st Crit, 2nd RR
  • Gary Bell (Cat 3) – 1st TT, 2nd Crit, 4th RR
  • David Hughes (Masters 45) – 4th TT, 2nd Crit
  • Eric Collins (Cat 4) – 3rd TT, 1st Crit, 2nd RR
  • Francis Horton (Cat 4) – 4th Crit
  • Michael Barrow (Cat 4) – 4th TT
  • Fabian Erives (Cat 5) – 5th Crit
  • Carlos Romero (Cat 5) – 9th Crit
  • Zach Taraschi (Collegiate C) – 3rd RR

For more results go to
https://docs.google.com/…/11JL8Bj1bnwiS-fYhhHGO1-C7…/pubhtml
https://docs.google.com/…/1ZW8uJbvcrtKJkMCKoFYpVI4k…/pubhtml
https://docs.google.com/…/1oU0LcaSKy5JaqeuVfPiV0BuC…/pubhtml

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ZVC Racers Take it to the Dirt

The cold didn’t keep a few ZiaVelo Cycling racers from taking it to the trails at Ft. Bayard this past weekend for the 10 -hour endurance race. The course was super-fun, fast, and flowy with a great mixture of single and double track. There were plenty of stream crossings, big trees, beautiful meadows, great views, and great racing!

ZVC Zia racers, Al Senft, Jerry Garcia, and Tammy Risner, raced as a coed team (ZVC Dirt Crew) against other coed teams, mostly with four members. This didn’t keep them from a huge win, coming in almost 18 minutes ahead of 2nd place. All three gave it their all, as proven when Jerry  was the fastest racer of the day, winning the fastest lap, 12 miles in only 46:37. Also out there representing ZVC were, Raymond Johnson, racing solo, Sergio Pachecho, racing on a duo-male team, and Chris Schlabach, also on a duo-male team.

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