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 http://www.newmexicosportsonline.com/…/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 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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