Many ZiaVelo Racers Found Their Way To The Podium This Past Weekend


Over in Duncan, AZ, at the Javelina Chase Omnium bicycle race, three ZVC Zia racers, Greg Albright, Marcel Berger, and Al Senft, along with Velo racer Francis Horton, participated in this two day event, which included a road race, individual time trial, and criterium. The routes took the racers through beautiful poppy fields of white, purple, and orange wildflowers at the amazing east-frontier of Arizona. Saturday began with a road race and ended with a time trial and the criterium held on Sunday.

After a long day in a three man breakaway, Marcel won the 75 mile road race with an attack at 5 km to go. Greg and Al finished 6th and 8th, respectively. Francis finished 4th in his 10th mass start event as a Cat 5, now permitting him to upgrade to a Cat 4 racer. Later that day, ZiaVelo topped the podium in the time trial, with Marcel winning and Al coming in a very close 2nd place.

The success of our Zia riders continued on to the criterium race on Sunday. Racing at the Clifton Municipal Airport, Francis finished on the podium with an impressive 2nd place. Marcel was able to win the criterium, followed by Greg who finished 3rd, and Al 7th.

Over in Cloudcroft, NM, at the High Altitude Classic, ZVC Zia racer Jerry Garcia had an amazing finish, just narrowly crossing the finish line behind pro racer Pablo Fernandez, after an exciting sprint to the end, for an overall 2nd place finish in the Pro/Cat 1 field, beating all other pro and Cat 1 racers. ZVC Velo racer Gary Bell finished 2nd place in Cat 1 30-39, Michael Barrow finished 6th and Erik Sortemme 10th in Cat 2 30-39, and Sam Cane 7th in Cat 2 4-49. Also participating were ZVC Velo racers, Kevin Quattlebaum and Paul Gagnier. Kevin was unable to finish due to mechanical issues and Paul due to a crash (He is sore, but recovering).

Congratulation to all Zia and Velo racers who raced this weekend!!! Keep representing!!!

Everyone is gearing up the Gila next week!!! Stay tuned…

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Javelina Chase photos provided by Sarah Muench
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