Bad Santa CX Adoption Notice
Jeff Fleming confirmed his family adopted Marco, no not that Marco, Marco the Italian Greyhound during the Bad Santa CX race. Congratulations Jeff.
Nite CX Results and Video
By the time race 4 got around to starting at 8:15 pm Saturday night circulation to the toes had ceased and frost-bite had settled in. Still, HDB was well represented, particularly by the ladies, at Nite CX. Here’s how our riders fared:
- Women’s Cat 4: Lauren Thompson 1st; Laura Fallen 4th
- Women’s 40+: Anita Roe 3rd; Julie McCollouth 4th
- Women’s 50+: Cara Crotta 3rd; Judi Mumm 4th
- Women’s Open: Morgan Fortin 5th
- Men’s Single Speed: Doug Torres
- Men’s 50+: Nathan Masek 2nd
- Men’s 60+: Crockett Howard 6th (hey he wasn’t last but was lapped by Doug T.)
Get Out and Ride!
Its called Broom Wagon Notes because we’ve gotten behind on our posts and are now trying to sweep all the updates accumulated over the last weeks and months into one big summary.
Bad Santa CX Wrap-up
Thanks to the High Desert Bicycles Racing Team club members that worked the Bad Santa CX held on November 5th, 2017 at North Domingo Baca Dam. Without the team members hard work the race would not have been a success.
A few changes were made for Version 2.0 of the BSCX; yep we’re leaving a hole a mile wide for your own interpretation of that acronym. The race date was moved from late December to early November to allow us take advantage of warmer fall temperatures. The plan paid off. With a temperature near 70 degrees and turquoise blue skies race-day was more appropriate for the beach than CX. The course certainly provided enough sand for a beach. All we were missing was the water.
The 2017 course was modified slightly from 2016. The BSCX course is the most spectator friendly course in the New Mexico Cyclocross Series; at least 90% of the course is visible to spectators. By adding a few more twists and turns, a chute into the “beach” section of the course and a third climb out of the dam basin we were able to make the course more technically demanding while keeping it’s spectator friendly appeal.
New Mexico Animal Friends was at the race promoting their no-kill animal shelter and seeking donations to support their mission. Within a few days after the race adoption papers were filled out for Marco, a the little Italian greyhound NMAF had brought to BSCX in hopes of finding him a home. HDB Racing team has donated $200 of the race proceeds to support NMAF.
Thanks to USA Cycling officials Eric Harstad, Deborah Kearney and Michael Castillio for either donating their time or reducing their fees to officiate the race. Their generosity was important in allowing us to make a donation to NMAF.
We appreciate the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority for allowing us to race at Domingo Baca Dam.
Joanne Schmidt took nearly 500 photographs during the race. She has graciously made the photographs available for viewing and free download at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/54737736@N00/albums/with/72157666124139759 . Please thank Joanne for allowing us access the photographs.
New Mexico Cyclocross Series Standings
Four of eleven races have been completed in the New Mexico Cyclocross Series. Here are the standings of HDB racers after race four:
- Cat 4/5 Women: 1st Laura Fallen; 3rd Lauren Thompson; 5th Morgan Fortin
- Men’s 50+: 4th Nathan Masek; 7th Joe Fortin
- Women’s 40+: 2nd Julie Mccollough
- Women’s 50+: 2nd Judi Mumm; 5th Virginia Williams; 9th Cara Krotta
- Men’s Single Speed: 3rd Doug Torres
Here are two videos from the NMCX series:
GET OUT AND RIDE!
Results are in for the Double Eagle TT Series and Record Challenge. High Desert Bicycles riders fared well in the events.
Double Eagle TT Series Final Results:
- Anita Roe 2nd place women’s 45+;
- Scott Steffen 2nd place men’s 50+;
- Nathan Masek 3rd place men’s 50+
Also participating from HDB in the Double Eagle TT Series were Linda Garcia women’s 65+, John Wilger men’s 50+, Thomas Mattason men’s 50+.
Record Challenge TT Results:
- Nathan Masek 4th place men’s 50+
If we have missed any results for these events send them in and we will get them posted. Send pictures!
Now, get out and ride
Looks like High Desert Bicycles’ Scott Steffen had a week he won’t forget . On August 6, 2017 Scott took first place in the masters 45+ at the Santa Fe Hill Climb. Six days later Scott added another honor to hang on the wall hitting the boxes in fourth place in the men’s 50 – 59 group at the National Hill Climb held at Pikes Peak, CO on August 12th.
Congratulations Scott and thanks for putting the HDB colors on the boxes.
Results in for 2017 NM Road Race Series: Final results for the 2017 New Mexico Road Race series are in and High Desert Bicycles Gene Dougherty won the men’s masters category. Gene amassed a total of 170 series points. His closest competitor, Charlie Drysdale, place second with 111 points. Congratulations Gene.
Cyclocross season starts in October: High Desert Bicycles will host the Bad Santa CX for the second year at Domingo Baca Dam. The race date is Sunday November 5, 2017. The varied terrain of the course provided racers a challenging and enjoyable environment. The race is also spectator friendly since the entire course is visible from the dam.
12 races are on tap for this year including a combined 4-corners CX series and NMCX series race to be held in Aztec.
We will begin soliciting assistance from team members to work the race in a few weeks. Volunteers will pick their own work assignments using Signup.com. We will send out a notice and instructions how to volunteer once we have identified all volunteer opportunities.
Get the word out, CX is returning in the fall.
High Desert Bicycles team members had a trifecta of racing opportunities this past weekend with the second Double Eagle Time Trial held Saturday July 29 and the Oak Flats Mountain Bike and Tour of Los Alamos events held on Sunday July 30.
Three HDB racers hit the podium in the Tour of Los Alamos. John Heck placed second in the men’s cat 4 road race; Eugene Dougherty placed second in the men’s masters road race; and Kelly Hinkel took third place in the women’s cat 4 road race.
Other HDB riders participating in the Tour of Los Alamos were Alex Ramos and Scott Steffen.
At the resurrected Oak Flats mountain bike race Crockett Howard took the top step in men’s cat 2 60+ event.
Also riding Oak Flats from HDB was Andrew Black.
Got pictures or results from the Tour of Los Alamos or any other recent events … send them in and we’ll post ’em.
The New Mexico Cyclocross series doesn’t begin until October but planning sessions for the new season have already started.
One June 8th Jeff Huser, the NMCX series director, called race directors together to review last year’s successes and discuss how the upcoming series could be improved.
Last year’s events were held at challenging and varied venues with good turnouts and great support from the sponsors; New Mexico Bank and Trust, Albuquerque West Properties and Indian Motorcycle of Albuquerque. The three sponsors will be returning again for 2017.
However, there was general consensus from the team that the race day was too long, making for a difficult day for promoters, racers and spectators alike. The goal for 2017 is to shorten the race-day by reducing the number of starts from five to three with categories starting in waves. The reduced number of starts will also put more racers on the course hopefully increasing the fun quotient for both racers and spectators.
The team also discussed actions that can be taken to keep one-time participants returning for the series. Statistics from 2016 showed that 350 unique riders only attended one race. If only 20-percent of the one-time riders returned regularly the series would see an increase of 70 racers; almost doubling the average race attendance.
Other topics for discussion included: improving series promotion; standardizing the race day as far as timing for starts and award presentations; improving participation from youth riders; and more importantly getting a beer sponsor.
The High Desert Bicycles Racing Team has committed to hosting the Bad Santa CX again for 2017. The race, tentatively scheduled for November 12th, will be held again at North Domingo Baca Dam pending approval from the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo and Flood Control Authority. In 2016 the race was held on December 18th. Although last year’s inaugural race had good attendance with 90 riders, moving the race to early November will hopefully improve attendance with a chance for better weather and less interference with the Christmas holiday.
Get ready, we will be making a call for race workers as fall approaches. Thanks to all of last-year’s volunteers for making the Bad Santa CX a success.