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!