New Year, New Beginnings, and New Cycling Resolutions

Every New Year gives you the perfect chance to start something new and fresh. So do your bit this year and make the world a better place for yourself and others. Every year many resolutions are made and many are not kept. Make a resolution or two that you can stick with and share it with others. Consider cycling when making your resolutions. As you know cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It is also fun, cheap and good for the environment. Too see the many health benefits of cycling, please click here.

So if you want to improve your overall health, gain fitness, lose weight, improve cycling performance, or just feel good, include cycling in your resolutions.

Cycling goals and resolutions can be for racers, commuters, or just cycling enthusiasts. Make sure you create ones that are attainable, yet push you do be your best and perhaps make you leave your comfort zone! These may include weight or fitness goals, time spent on the bike, mileage, or perhaps be as simple as signing up for an event you wouldn’t have previously considered. For more resources on cycling resolutions, please click on the ones below.

Please also check out our calendar for events tentatively scheduled. This is updated regularly. The new year will start off with the El Paso Puzzler mountain bike race on January 15, the Valley of the Sun Stage Race in Phoenix, AZ, February 17-19, and then the Hillsboro Trifecta here in Las Cruces, March 4-5.

Wishing you a Happy New Year with the hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come!!!

Written by Tammy Risner





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ZVC Racer and Coach, Marcel Berger, Attends the 2016 USAC Coaching Summit

One of our very own, ZVC Zia racer, Marcel Berger, attended the USA Cycling Coaching Summit, held once every two years in Colorado Springs, at the USAC headquarters. This four-day summit began Friday, November 4, with Kevin Dessart, USAC Director of Coaching Education and Athlete Development, covering topics about new science on muscle cramping, women’s nutrition, collegiate cycling, and application of science to optimal performance. Marcel’s highlight of the first day was the presentation from Dr. Eric Yelsa about mental preparation for cyclists. The importance of the mind on human performance was emphasized, and how to effectively develop mental toughness through proper goal setting in athletes. It was discussed that since the physical limits of the human body are almost reached, the mental side of human performance will be become more and more crucial in the future.

This event also included several presentations from leading coaches, sport directors, and scientists, with topics including analytics and the application of science in endurance sports, cardiovascular risks, anti-doping, and disordered eating in sports. Exercise physiologist, Micheal D. Weiss’s presentation about exertional heat stress was very revealing. He explained the physiological responses and strategies to optimize acclimatization in humans, and stressed the importance to have always the correct hydration strategy on hand to conform the environmental demands.

The most uniquely informative day shifted its focus to junior development, and how to foster the next cycling generation of the United States, with topics including junior training plans, adolescent development and psychology, and age specific strength and conditioning. Marcel was able to gain valuable insights on projects and developing programs of all five major cycling disciplines.

On the final day, Jim Miller, VP Athletics USAC, introduced the Women Team Pursuit Program. He reported the current state of the project, and explained the future challenges to make this program the best in the world. USAC CEO, Derek Bouchard-Hall’s, closing remarks concluded the summit, with a reminder to all coaches of their conscientious role to assist athletes to develop their full potential.

Marcel is looking forward to the next summit in 2018.

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Cruces Cross – Cyclocross

Don’t miss this premier cyclocross event of the Southwest. This race is part of the NM Cyclocross Series. Register now!


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ZVC Brings You the 2016 Tour of Las Cruces

Are you geared up and ready to join us for this year’s Tour of Las Cruces? This is a fun-filled premier cycling event with routes around scenic Las Cruces. Click here to register.

To check out the Metric Half-Century route, click here, and for the Metric Century route, click here. (Note: This is the PROPOSED course, subject to approval by the DOT.)



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Racing Recap for the Past Two Weeks

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!

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Events Calendar

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 with the information.

Hope to see you out there pedaling!!!


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Fastest Man in NM!!!

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!!!14047310_1022085851241357_7208492642589708718_o

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Success in Arizona and California 

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!!!

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Once Again, ZVC Represents

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!!!


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Two of Our Very Own Were On Top This Past Weekend

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!

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