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.