The Race Season is Well Underway!

Three weeks ago, many ZVC racers raced in the 505 Cycling Classic and with several podium finishes. Jerry Garcia won the Masters omnium with a 1st place time trial. Tamatha Risner won the womens 1/2/3 omnium. Kathy Alvarez won the womens 1/2/3 time trial. Laura Burkett came in 2nd place for the womens Cat 5 category. For more results, go to

Two weeks ago, ZVC racer, Marcel Berger raced the Javelina Chase in Duncan, AZ. He won the road race and had a 2nd place in the time trial for an overall Omnium win for both ZVC and the collegiate subcategory for NMSU. We also had a few ZVC racers racing in the Tierra Del Sol Road Race. Congratulations to Jesus Palma for winning the Cat 5 race! And huge shoutouts to Al Senft, Kevin Quattlebaum, Lisa Dougherty, Kelly Hinkle, Mike Barrow, Zach Taraschi, Tony Bettini, and David Ritledge from strong finishes on a tough and windy race!

This past weekend was the 32nd edition of Tour of the Gila and ZVC was out in full force representing! The Tour of the Gila is a both a mental and physical challenge for all that participate and the most challenging stage races in North America! We are proud to announce there were a few podium finishes, along with two stage wins! Congratulations to Kevin Quattelbaum for winning the Stage 1 road race and to Tamatha Risner for winning the Stage 3 time trial! Also congratulations to Al Senft for his notable 3rd place overall time trial finish! We also had two GC overall podiums, with Al Senft finishing 3rd in the 50+ and Tamatha finishing 3rd 35+ and 4th overall! Shoutouts also go out to TofG finishers David Rutledge, Mike Barrow, Tony Bettini, Eric Collins, as well as Chris Whitman and Francis Horton! Way to represent! For more results, go to

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More racing to come! Be sure to check out our results link and calendar for more information!


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Red River Riot

Written by James Peel

On March 31 the ZiaVelo gravel racing team of Las Cruces NM competed, er um, participated in the Red River Riot gravel grinder hosted by the always amazing Spinistry run by Kevin Lee.  The ZV gravel team is made up of the following members:  Me, and my bike.

The Red River Riot, or RRR, is a longtime staple in the N. Texas gravel racing/riding community and is a “don’t miss event” for nearly every local gravel rider and many from all over the country.  The event was hosted by the 4R ranch – vineyard and winery, a wonderful place in a beautiful part of North Texas.  The Roper families are generous hosts and graciously opened their property and tasting room for this event.  The Riot was the first gravel grinder I attended back in 2015, just 5 months after undergoing reconstuctive surgery on my left foot and only having been back on a bike regularly for a little over a month, after a 20 year hiatus.  I rode the 32 mile course that year in just under 3 hours, unable to stand on the pedals, 25+ pounds overweight, and seriously underprepared for the infamous Windmill Hill that awaited the riders.  But I completed the ride, having walked nearly all of Windmill Hill, or Windmill HELL as I called it that year, and was in love with riding gravel!

To read more of this story, click here.

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2018 Tour of the Gila Is Almost Near

ZiaVelo Cycling is Proud to Support this year’s 2018 Tour of the Gila. Who’s in for racing the ever-so-challenging and equally amazing Tour of the Gila in less than three weeks? To register click here. Also, volunteers are needed. If interested, please email Jack Brennan at


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The Trifecta will be here next week!

downloadTrifecta will be here in 8 short days! Online registration closes next Thursday. There will be no same-day registration. If you haven’t registered, please click here! More information can be found on USAC, click here.

Volunteers are still needed! If anybody is willing to be a driver during the road race on Sunday, we could certainly use the help. Depending on whether an official is willing to drive themselves, we need 7-14 folks driving vehicles during the race. We need to have officials in one vehicle, and a second wheel car, for every race start.

ZVC will happily reimburse you costs for fuel if you’re willing to help out. Email Shane at .

Hope to see all ZVC people representing at the Trifecta, either racing and/or volunteering!

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The Cycling Season Has Officially Begun!!!

A few ZiaVelo Cyclists traveled to Phoenix to race in the Valley of the Sun Stage race, a three day and stage event, including a time trial, road race, and criterium. The first stage, the time trial, was a success for three of our Zia racers, which would set the pace for the rest of the stage race. Tamatha Risner won her very first time trial in Cat 3 and Kathy Alvarez only a few seconds behind in 2nd place, with 3rd place coming in 52 seconds behind. Something worth mentioning is that the top three racers of the 21 starters were the only racers in their 40’s. Most other racers were half their age! Both ladies finished strong in the road race and crit to hang on to the top spots on the podium for overall general classification, with Tamatha winning the overall stage race and Kathy in 2nd place. Jerry Garcia came in a remarkable 4th place in a tough Masters 45+ category time trial and 5th place in the crit, coming in 6th for overall general classification. Tim Ketelaar and David Hughes were also representing ZVC, racing in both the time trial and road races.

Some of our High Altitude/ZiaVelo mountain bike racers headed to Tucson to race the 24 hour Old Pueblo Epic Rides race. Philip Simpson and Kevin Quattlebaum raced on a coed team of five in the combined age group of 250+ and won after racing 21 laps. Laura Larisch raced the solo female category and came in 8th place after completing an impressive 11 laps.

The cycling season continues with the ZiaVelo Trifecta coming up in just 2 weeks! Don’t miss this epic race! You have the option to race all three events, including the time trial, crit, and road race, or individual events.

Click here to register!

Volunteers are still needed and welcomed!!! Please email Kurt Austin at

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25 Days to Go Until the ZiaVelo Road TriFecta Series 2018!!! Registration is now open!

For race more information, please check out the flyer, here.

Click here to get registered.

Volunteers are still needed and welcomed!!! Please email Kurt Austin at

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ZiaVelo Road TriFecta Series 2018, Coming Soon (38 days to be exact) !!!

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

Don’t miss the first race of the NM Road Series!


For the race flyer, click here. Registration will be open soon. To register, click here.


Volunteers are still needed and welcomed!!! Please email Kurt Austin at

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High Altitude/ZiaVelo Mountain Bike Racers Off to an Impressive Start!

The race season is officially here! This past weekend HA/ZVC racers, Jerry Garcia, Tamatha Risner, and Laura Larisch went to race the McDowell Meltdown in Arizona. Jerry and Tamatha raced the OpenPro marathon race (44 miles) with highly competitive racers, including some pro-racers in both the women and men fields. After a mass start with men and women combined, Tamatha had quite an impressive 2nd place finish in the Women ProOpen, amongst 20 women starters, and Jerry an equally impressive 9th place finish in the Mens ProOpen, amongst 86 men starters. Laura finished strong in the Cat 1 XC race in 4th place.

Over in El Paso, HA/ZVC racers, Josh Barnett, Kevin Quattlebaum, and Phil Simpson raced in the very technical and grueling 50 mile Puzzler with steep competition. All three gave it their all with astounding spots on the podium. Josh had a remarkable 5th place finish in his first ever ProOpen race and finishing under 5 hours. Equally as remarkable, was Kevin’s win in the 40-49 age group and 6th overall, along with Phil’s win in the 50-59 age group, coming in more than an hour before his any of his competitors and 10th overall.

Also racing the Puzzler, but in the 35 mile race, which is also a highly demanding course, were Amy and David Coor. Amy had an outstanding 2nd place finish in the under 39 age group. David finished strong and came across the finish line with Amy. Along with the HA/ZVC racers, there were other ZiaVelo racers out representing at the Puzzler in the 35-miler, including Sam King and Sergio Pacheco. In the 15 mile race, Rachael Greuber finished her very first mountain bike race in 5th place!


The next event on the calendar is a three-stage road race, the Valley of the Sun in Phoenix, AZ! Be sure to check out all future events and races on the ZVC calendar found in the menu tab.



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New Year, New Beginnings, and New Cycling Goals and Opportunities

Now is the time to start something new and fresh to improve your overall well-being! It also gives you the opportunity to do your bit this new year to make the world a better place for yourself and others. Every year many resolutions are made and many are not kept. Make a resolution (goal or plan) or two that you can stick with and share it with others. Hopefully, you will consider cycling when making these 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, good for the environment, and allows you to spend time with awesome people with the same interests!  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 check out our ZVC calendar for events tentatively scheduled. This is updated regularly.
  • If you haven’t already signed up to be a ZiaVelo Cycling member, be sure to do so by clicking here.
  • January 7, SST Trail Maintenance Work Day. Please join us to improve the SST mountain bike trails in the Robledos part of the OMDP Monument. For more details and directions, click here.
  • March 3 -4 ZVC Hillsboro Trifecta, here in Las Cruces, March 3-4. Registration will be up soon. Volunteers are needed! If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Kurt Austin at

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

Written by Tammy Risner






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ZiaVelo Cycling Announces New Title and Supporting Sponsors and New Team Affiliation for 2018!

Continuing with the strong tradition of aligning our organization with partners that share our guiding principles of “Promoting strong bodies, clear minds, and pure spirits”, all in an effort to encourage cycling as a means of recreation, transportation, and competition, ZiaVelo Cycling Inc. is pleased to announce some new changes for 2018.

Joining our outstanding continuing sponsors (Memorial Medical Center, Las Cruces Orthopedic Associates, Lisa Willman CPA, Apex Technologies, Kane Law Firm, Outdoor Adventures, Southwest Bone and Joint Institute, Milagro Coffee Y Espresso, Medpark Optical, and Gila Hike & Bike), ZiaVelo Cycling is proud to announce a new title sponsor, Vescovo Toyota in Las Cruces, NM, and supporting sponsor, Cunningham & Brown Family Dentistry!

Additionally, ZVC has agreed to partner with High Altitude in Cloudcroft, NM as a primary sponsor of a new Mountain Bike division of ZiaVelo Cycling!

All of these incredibly positive changes mean one thing: ZiaVelo Cycling continues to grow and expand our cycling advocacy and the visibility of all cyclists in the Southwestern United States and beyond.

The addition of Vescovo Toyota, in Las Cruces, as the Title Sponsor of ZiaVelo Cycling at large brings a tremendous partner into the ZVC family. Vescovo, and the outstanding product line that Toyota brings to cyclists, shares our passions as outdoor enthusiasts.

The support that High Altitude brings to our Mountain Biking side represents a huge step up in visibility on the dirt; a side that has always been a part of ZVC, but often overlooked.

Representing ZiaVelo Cycling as members of our Zia Team of racers for 2018 include:

Al Senft, Albuquerque, NM (also a member of our ZiaVelo – High Altitude MTB Team)

Jerry Garcia, Las Cruces, NM (also a member of our ZiaVelo – High Altitude MTB Team)

Joseph Garcia, El Paso , TX

Kevin Quattlebaum, Alamogordo, NM (also a member of our ZiaVelo – High Altitude MTB Team)

Marcel Berger, Las Cruces, NM

Eric Collins, Alamogordo, NM

Tammy Risner, Las Cruces, NM (also a member of our ZiaVelo – High Altitude MTB Team)

Terrry Casey, Albuquerque, NM

Kathy Alvarez, Los Alamos, NM

Lisa Dougherty, Albuquerque, NM

Representing the ZiaVelo – High Altitude Team, in addition to those identified above, are:

Josh Barnett, Artesia, NM

Amy Coor, Artesia, NM

David Coor, Artesia, NM

Wyatt Renfro-Coor, Artesia, NM

Laura Larisch, Silver City, NM

Phil Simpson, Las Cruces, NM

Shawna Standard, Artesia, NM

Santiago Chavez, El Paso, TX

In addition to these Zia and High Altitude ZiaVelo racers, is also proud to have an increasingly large number of Velo racers, excellent racers all, competing across all categories and cycling disciplines.

We look forward to an incredibly exciting 2018 and beyond, and thank all of our new and continuing partners as we move forward!


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