This past weekend was a big weekend for racing, with many ZVC racers participating in four different races, the biggest being at the Iron Mountain Marathon Mountain Bike Nationals in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. This course included fifty (50) miles of beautiful trails along the DeGray lake and in the Ouachita Mountains, and included 3,600 feet of climbing, rock gardens, roots, lots of trees, and some really fast and flowy descents. ZVC Zia racers, Jerry Garcia and Tamatha Risner decided to give marathon mountain biking a try and race the event.
Tamatha lined up with nine racers in her age group and forty female amateur racers total. She had the holeshot and then found herself battling it out with another rider until about five miles in, before working hard to hold onto second place, which she did. She earned 2nd place and a silver medal!
Jerry lined up with thirty racers in his age group, and also had the holeshot. He was able to maintain the lead and was feeling great until halfway through the race, when he had a little endo mishap, which cracked his frame. He hobbled back on a broken bike and was not able to continue the race. He had some minor bumps and bruises.
In northern NM, we had two ZVC Zia racers, Al Senft and Kevin Quattlebaum racing the Alien Run Mountain bike race in Aztec, NM. A new course for both, consisting 29.3 miles of rock and dirt, of course! Both had strong finishes. Kevin had a very impressive Cat 1 overall win, and age group win. Al had a strong fourth place finish in his age group.
Over in Duncan, AZ, we had ZVC racers, Francis Horton, Eric Collins, and Chris Schlabach racing the Javelina Chase Cycling Event. We are proud to announce that Francis won both the road race and crit, and had an impressive overall win in Cat 4/5. Chris also had a notable finish and earned 3rd place in the road race for Cat 1/2. Also notable, was Eric’s fourth place finish.
Lastly, over in St. George, UT, we had ZVC Zia racer Terry Casey participating in the Ironman Triathlon, consisting of two of the most challenging bike and run courses in the Ironman Circuit. She completed the race and represented well.