ZVC Recap of the Past Few Weeks

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.

To register, click here.

Note: Many of the pictures are courtesy of Rebecca Reza and Marlene Squillaci.

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Another Epic Trifecta in the Books!

This year’s ZiaVelo Cycling Trifecta was, once again, an astounding event for all involved! There were almost 200 riders in the three different events, including a time trial, crit, and road race, coming from all over New Mexico, as well as neighboring states. It was impressive seeing several new teams and racers join us for this event. Also, impressive, were the innumerable volunteers, officials, participants, community members, and sponsors that made this event happen!

Of course, ZVC, is proud to say that the red and yellow Zia shined brightly this weekend and was well represented in all races. The ZVC podium held many spots for the ZVC team and club racers.

Zia Racers and Notable Finishes

  • Al Senft (P/1/2) – 2nd TT, 7th RR
  • Jerry Garcia (P/1/2) – 6th TT, 4th Crit
  • Joseph Garcia (P/1/2) – 4th TT
  • Marcel Berger (Collegiate A) – 1th TT, 3rd Crit
  • Tamatha Brock (P/1/2/3 W) – 2nd TT, 4th Crit, 3rd RR
  • Lisa Dougherty (P/1/2/3) – 5th RR
  • Kathy Alvarez (W4) – 1st TT, 2nd Crit, 1st RR

Velo Club Racers and Notable Finishes

  • Kevin Quattlebaum (Cat 3) – 2nd TT, 1st Crit, 2nd RR
  • Gary Bell (Cat 3) – 1st TT, 2nd Crit, 4th RR
  • David Hughes (Masters 45) – 4th TT, 2nd Crit
  • Eric Collins (Cat 4) – 3rd TT, 1st Crit, 2nd RR
  • Francis Horton (Cat 4) – 4th Crit
  • Michael Barrow (Cat 4) – 4th TT
  • Fabian Erives (Cat 5) – 5th Crit
  • Carlos Romero (Cat 5) – 9th Crit
  • Zach Taraschi (Collegiate C) – 3rd RR

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ZVC Racers Take it to the Dirt

The cold didn’t keep a few ZiaVelo Cycling racers from taking it to the trails at Ft. Bayard this past weekend for the 10 -hour endurance race. The course was super-fun, fast, and flowy with a great mixture of single and double track. There were plenty of stream crossings, big trees, beautiful meadows, great views, and great racing!

ZVC Zia racers, Al Senft, Jerry Garcia, and Tammy Risner, raced as a coed team (ZVC Dirt Crew) against other coed teams, mostly with four members. This didn’t keep them from a huge win, coming in almost 18 minutes ahead of 2nd place. All three gave it their all, as proven when Jerry  was the fastest racer of the day, winning the fastest lap, 12 miles in only 46:37. Also out there representing ZVC were, Raymond Johnson, racing solo, Sergio Pachecho, racing on a duo-male team, and Chris Schlabach, also on a duo-male team.

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ZVC Represents at Valley of the Sun

ZiaVelo Cyclists participated in the Valley of the Sun this past weekend in ‘not-so-sunny or warm’ Phoenix, Arizona this past weekend. The Valley of the Sun is a three-day event in which professional and amateur road racing cyclists of different categories compete for cash and prizes. A stage is held each day consisting of a time trial, a road race and a criterium. There were over 800 participants in 23 categories of professional and amateur riders, both men and women, ages 10 to over 70. The cyclists that had the lowest cumulative time from the three stages placed in their respective categories.

The red and gold zia could be seen in most categories with ZVC Zia racers, Marcel Berger (Pro/1), Joseph Garcia (Pro/1), Jerry Garcia (Masters), Al Senft (Masters), Tamatha Risner (Cat 3), Terry Casey (Cat 3) , and Kathy Alvarez (Cat 4), along with Velo racers, David Hughes (Masters), Tim Ketalaar (Masters), Gary Bell (Cat 3), Kevin Quattlebaum (Cat 3), and Eric Collins (Cat 4), proudly representing. There were many notable finishes in the stage 1 time trial, with Al earning a 3rd place and Jerry a 5th place in a very large and highly competitive Master’s men field. Participating in her first VOS race, was Kathy finishing with a remarkable 1st place in the women’s cat 4 category. In the women’s cat 3 category, another large and competitive field, Terry had an impressive win and Tamatha a very noteworthy 5th place. In the men’s cat 4, Eric finished with a strong 7th place. The most incredible finish was in stage 2, with Jerry winning the road race, and after winning a sprint for bonus points and doing some work for the lead group. In stage 3, Jerry had another remarkable finish, coming in 4th. Marcel had an outstanding overall 16th place finish racing in a very large pro field. For more VOS race results, click here. (Pictures to follow in the photos menu tab.)

With this first race behind us, we are gearing up for the ZVC Trifecta! If you haven’t registered, please do so! It will be as epic! Volunteers are also still needed.

Click here to register for the ZiaVelo Road TriFecta Series 2017.

To sign up or for volunteer information, please email Kurt at yote2800@msn.com.




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ZiaVelo Road TriFecta Series 2017, Coming Soon!!!

Are you ready for one of the most epic cycling events in the Southwest? 

For the race flyer, click here. To register, click here.


Volunteers are still needed and welcomed!!! Please email Kurt Austin at yote2800@msn.com





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New Year, New Beginnings, and New Cycling Resolutions

Every New Year gives you the perfect chance to start something new and fresh. So do your bit this year and make the world a better place for yourself and others. Every year many resolutions are made and many are not kept. Make a resolution or two that you can stick with and share it with others. Consider cycling when making your resolutions. As you know cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It is also fun, cheap and good for the environment. Too see the many health benefits of cycling, please click here.

So if you want to improve your overall health, gain fitness, lose weight, improve cycling performance, or just feel good, include cycling in your resolutions.

Cycling goals and resolutions can be for racers, commuters, or just cycling enthusiasts. Make sure you create ones that are attainable, yet push you do be your best and perhaps make you leave your comfort zone! These may include weight or fitness goals, time spent on the bike, mileage, or perhaps be as simple as signing up for an event you wouldn’t have previously considered. For more resources on cycling resolutions, please click on the ones below.

Please also check out our calendar for events tentatively scheduled. This is updated regularly. The new year will start off with the El Paso Puzzler mountain bike race on January 15, the Valley of the Sun Stage Race in Phoenix, AZ, February 17-19, and then the Hillsboro Trifecta here in Las Cruces, March 4-5.

Wishing you a Happy New Year with the hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come!!!

Written by Tammy Risner





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ZVC Racer and Coach, Marcel Berger, Attends the 2016 USAC Coaching Summit

One of our very own, ZVC Zia racer, Marcel Berger, attended the USA Cycling Coaching Summit, held once every two years in Colorado Springs, at the USAC headquarters. This four-day summit began Friday, November 4, with Kevin Dessart, USAC Director of Coaching Education and Athlete Development, covering topics about new science on muscle cramping, women’s nutrition, collegiate cycling, and application of science to optimal performance. Marcel’s highlight of the first day was the presentation from Dr. Eric Yelsa about mental preparation for cyclists. The importance of the mind on human performance was emphasized, and how to effectively develop mental toughness through proper goal setting in athletes. It was discussed that since the physical limits of the human body are almost reached, the mental side of human performance will be become more and more crucial in the future.

This event also included several presentations from leading coaches, sport directors, and scientists, with topics including analytics and the application of science in endurance sports, cardiovascular risks, anti-doping, and disordered eating in sports. Exercise physiologist, Micheal D. Weiss’s presentation about exertional heat stress was very revealing. He explained the physiological responses and strategies to optimize acclimatization in humans, and stressed the importance to have always the correct hydration strategy on hand to conform the environmental demands.

The most uniquely informative day shifted its focus to junior development, and how to foster the next cycling generation of the United States, with topics including junior training plans, adolescent development and psychology, and age specific strength and conditioning. Marcel was able to gain valuable insights on projects and developing programs of all five major cycling disciplines.

On the final day, Jim Miller, VP Athletics USAC, introduced the Women Team Pursuit Program. He reported the current state of the project, and explained the future challenges to make this program the best in the world. USAC CEO, Derek Bouchard-Hall’s, closing remarks concluded the summit, with a reminder to all coaches of their conscientious role to assist athletes to develop their full potential.

Marcel is looking forward to the next summit in 2018.

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Cruces Cross – Cyclocross

Don’t miss this premier cyclocross event of the Southwest. This race is part of the NM Cyclocross Series. Register now!


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ZVC Brings You the 2016 Tour of Las Cruces

Are you geared up and ready to join us for this year’s Tour of Las Cruces? This is a fun-filled premier cycling event with routes around scenic Las Cruces. Click here to register.

To check out the Metric Half-Century route, click here, and for the Metric Century route, click here. (Note: This is the PROPOSED course, subject to approval by the DOT.)



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Racing Recap for the Past Two Weeks

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!

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