In New Mexico, we had the Santa Fe Century, which is largest cycling event in the Southwest. The mission of the Santa Fe Century is to get people interested in cycling and to have fun doing it! It included great camaraderie, food stops, amazing scenery, and challenges for all abilities. Riders had the choice to ride or race in either the Gran Fondo (100 miles timed), Medio Fondo (50 miles timed), Century (100 miles not timed), Half-Century (50 miles not timed), or a 20-mile ride. Over 1500 riders and racers participated in the event. We are proud to say there were also a few podium finishes.
Riding 100 miles in the Gran Fondo/Century, with over 600 participants, ZVC racer, Tamatha Risner was the fastest woman of the day, with an overall win and win in her age group with one of the fastest times for a woman in this event! Teammate Kathy Alvarez also had quite an outstanding 2nd place finish and time 2nd place in her age group. A few ZVC men also made the podium, with Marcel Berger finishing strong with a 3rd place overall and 2nd in his age group, proving he is back! Jerry Garcia also had an impressive 7th place overall finish and 1st in his age group. Another notable finish was that of Robert Mercer, who finished 14th overall. ZVC rider Zach Taraschi also participated in the Gran Fondo. In the Century, the ZVC colors were also seen brightly reperesenting with ZVC riders, Lisa Dougherty, Sergio Pacheco, and Longino Bustillos. We are also proud to say that one of our sponsors, Don, from Outdoor Adventures was out representing in the Half-Century.
Over in El Paso, ZVC had a few racers participating in the 4th annual Tour of El Paso, which is a USA Cycling sanctioned omnium race, including a crit, time trial, and road race. We are proud to say that ZVC racer, Kevin Quattlebaum won both the crit and road race, and earned 2nd place in the time trial, resulting in a remarkable omnium win! Also participating was Carlos Romero, who earned an impressive 4th place finish in the crit. ZVC team director, David Rutledge participated in the road race. He finished the race after offering assistance to another racer that was injured from a crash that happened in front of him, of course without any second thought. Way to represent what ZVC is about!
Up in Superior, CO, ZVC racer Eric Collins participated in the 2017 Superior Morgul Classic, a three day omnium race. It began with a technical crit in snow, consisting of two heats. Eric prevailed and won his second heat. Eric also had an impressive 6th place finish in the time trial, which he was unable to preride due to it being snow covered, and finished in the lead group in the road race, earning a notable 6th place in the Cat 3/4 omnium.
Great job to all of those that raced this weekend!
Here’s a few of the next upcoming events to consider…
- Iron Horse Bicycle Classic (Road, Mountain, Gravel), Durango, Co May 27-28
- Lost Tierra Torture (Mountain), Glorieta, NM June 3
- Bill McLain Memorial Sandia Crest (Road), Albuquerque, NM June 11