Tamatha Risner

Cycling: Cat 1 Mountain Bike/Womens Cat 2 Road

From: Las Cruces, NM

I began mountain biking a few years ago, mainly for fitness. I decided to give racing a try, and signed up for my first race in 2014, at 40 years of age, did well, loved it, and was hooked. I continued to mountain bike around Las Cruces and met some amazing and very supportive people along the way. They encouraged me to continue racing. These same people then encouraged me to try road racing. I did just that, and was hooked on it as well. Despite a few major setbacks, both on and off road, including accidents and several surgeries, I have made it a point to come back even stronger and only to continue what I love!

Trophy Case:

2016

  • Upgraded to Cat 3 on road and Cat 2 on mountain bike after only three races
  • Top 5 Finisher at the Tour of the Gila
  • Won the P/1/2/3 NM Road Championship race
  • Won the Cat 2 State Mountain bike Championship race
  • Won NM State Road Series (P/1/2/3) and Mountain Bike (Cat 2) championships

2017

  • Stage winner at the Tour of the Gila (crit)
  • Upgraded to Cat 1 mountain bike
  • USAC Marathon Nationals 2nd place
  • State road (P/1/2/3) and mountain bike (Cat 1) championships

2018

  • Stage winner at the Tour of the Gila (time trial)
  • Valley of the Sun GC Winner
  • USAC Marathon Nationals 3rd place
  • Upgraded to Cat 2 on road
  • Won the P/1/2/3 NM Road Championship race
  • State road (P/1/2/3) and mountain bike (Cat 1) championships.

2019 (as of March)

  • Raced and finished mid-pack in my first stage race (TBC) with the pro’s

Goals for 2019

Compete and podium in both USAC Marathon and Masters Road Nationals

None of this would have been made possible without ZiaVelo! I am very proud to wear the ZiaVelo jersey and ride and race with amazing ZVC people!