Hillsboro Road Race 2019

hillsboro2019 (2)By Thomas Mattsson:  The traditional start of the summer Road Racing season was this weekend in Las Cruces and Hillsboro with the Trifecta hosted by Zia Velo.

Saturday was not summer – the TT took place in snow and rain mix with 32F on the Garmin at the turnaround!

Daniel Ruiz and Thomas Mattsson braved the elements racing M Cat 4 with Thomas on the podium in 3rd and Daniel in 4th place.hillsboroo_2_2019 (2)

The Hillsboro Road Race on Sunday instead brought wonderful spring weather: not much wind, clear skies, and 45 to 65 F, a short-sleeve day!

HDB was represented by Sandy Knudsen, Thomas Mattsson, and Daniel Ruiz.

The race combined several categories into groups, resulting in large Pelotons and hectic racing.

Sandy won the W Masters category and was only a few minutes off the winner in W Cat 4/5.

Your embedded reporter raced M Cat 4 with Daniel and can report that the tempo was furious this year. On the way out, a 5 person break was forming and Echelon was controlling the peloton with one rider in the break. We decided to go for it and launched a bridging attempt, Thomas led out and Daniel sling-shot with a hard push to successfully join the break. The break was at a point 1 min 10 seconds ahead of the main field. It was looking good. The rollers took a tool though and the break fell apart with two racers getting away. Daniel joined the main group and after refueling he finished strong to a 4th place overall in Cat 4. Thomas finished 11th.

Next road event is the 505 Classic April 6-7 here in Albuquerque.

Get Out and Ride

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Daddy Needs A New Pair of Shoes: Lucky 7 CX Race Report

Lucky 7 CX Race:  The High Desert Bicycle Race Team needed a lot of luck, and even more helping hands and hard work, to pull off the Lucky 7 CX race held on December 2nd at Roosevelt School in Tijeras.  The original race venue of La Cueva High School was pulled about two-weeks before the race because of a scheduling conflict with the arts and crafts fair hosted annually by the La Cueva Band.

Nathan Masek marshaled a diverse group of volunteers including Jan Bear, Hawke Morgan, Par Orpinel along with HDB members to re-locate the race venue and complete USAC permitting in a frenetic two-week window.  The race was originally scheduled to host the New Mexico/West Texas regional championships.  However, due to the short time-frame USAC did not permit the race as a regional championship.

Gray scudding clouds, freezing temperatures and a few inches of white stuff made for a perfect CX race.  Course conditions changed throughout the day: starting out slimy, slick and slow but gradually getting faster as as the course dried and packed-in with each lap.

Thanks to all the HDB volunteers that made the race possible.  A special thanks to Jan Bear, Hawke Morgan, and Par Orpinel.  And Nathan Masek for wrangling all those cats.

Get Out and RIDE

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Cleanup on North Footies Trail 341

NFootiesMaintenanceNorth Footies Trail Maintenance:  Saturday, November 4th, I met Elevate/Bikeworks Albuquerque to conduct maintenance on Trail 341 in the North Foothills.  The work, located approximately 1/4-mile east of the intersection of Trail 341 and Trail 230, focused on filling in rutted areas, reducing the slope of the trail and adding water-bars to minimize erosion during heavy rain events.  The crew also removed vegetation on a blind corner to reduce the chance of a head-on collision between up-hill and down-hill riders.nov_2018_trail_maint_2

On initial inspection you wouldn’t think much was done to the trail.  However, the crew of approximately 12 volunteers conducted three-hours of heavy-rock work and used five-gallon pails to haul what seemed like a truck load of dirt to repair the multi-use trail.

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Conducting regular trail maintenance in the foothills is becoming increasingly important.  Figures from the Albuquerque Open Space Division show an increase in automobile traffic at Elena Gallegos of 25,000 vehicles between 2016 and 2017.  The figures only account for vehicle traffic, and under estimate the actual human load since each car may transport more than one person and visitations from people hiking or biking directly into the park are not counted.

Thanks to Elevate/Bikeworks Albuquerque for adopting Trail 341.  We also appreciate the folks at the Albuquerque Openspace Division for giving up many of their weekends to direct the trail work.

Crockett Howard

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Geoff Steffens Puts in Tough 10-Hour Word Day at Kona Ironman

Gsteffens (2)Ironman 2018:  Congratulations to Geoff Steffens for pushing through a tough 10 hour work-day at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI on October 13th.  Geoff raced in the men’s 50-54 age group, finishing in 10 hours 35 minutes: 73rd of 212 racers.  Some impressive bragging rights when you can claim being one of the top 75 best racers in the world in your class.

We are all wondering if we will see you pounding the pavement and pushing the pedals for another go in 2019.

 

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Geoff Steffens to Race Kona Ironman October 13th

Gsteffens (2)HDB’s Geoff Steffens will be in Kona, HI October 13th, not lazing on the beach with a colorful umbrella drink in his hand but swimming, riding and running in the men’s 50-54 Ironman 140.3 World Championships.  (Yep, if you read this earlier we said 70.3.  We had it way wrong and this one will be much more difficult for Geoff).  Geoff qualified for the race this past May with a second place finish in Santa Rosa, CA.

Well wishes to Geoff.  Remember to get in some beach time with a pretty umbrella drink after the race.  You deserve it after a year of hard training and racing.

Fun facts about the 2018 Kona Ironman:

  • This is the 40th anniversary of the Kona Ironman;
  • This will be the largest athlete field ever, with approximately 2,500 registered athletes;
  • 43 is the average participant age;
  • Six athletes will celebrate their birthday on race-day;
  • The United States is the most represented nation, with over 640 registered participants.

 

 

 

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Broom Wagon Notes: August 28, 2018 / Linda Garcia Podiums in NMSO 40K Road Race

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More Senior Olympics Results:  Congratulations to HDB’s Linda Garcia for placing second in the Women’s 70-74 40K road race at the 2018 New Mexico Senior Olympics.  Linda’s podium snagged her a ticket to the 2019 National Senior Olympics to be held here in Albuquerque.

Be Like Linda.  Get Out and Ride!

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HDB Members Get Fit Cheap! / Wee-Chi-Tah/Hotter ‘N Hell MTB Results

HDB Members Get Discounts on Off-Season Training:  High Desert Team members are eligible for 20% off Winter Fitness or Core Strength classes with the coupon code “HDB20“.  Both classes are six-weeks long.   For more details on locations and times contact stacyv3@gmail.com or go to nmsportsonline.com.

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HHH_Trail_2018Wee-Chi-Tah Hotter ‘N Hell MTB Results: North Central Texas is known more for it’s tire-blistering-summertime heat than mountain biking.  Nevertheless, the Wee-Chi-Tah Mountain Bike Race – held in Wichita Falls, TX as a part of the Hotter’ N Hell 100 ride festivities – turned out to be an entertaining event.

The Wee-Chi-Tah trail, voted the best urban mountain bike trail in Texas, would make a carpenter salivate.  And, there are no gnarly, bone-jaring jumps. I’d be walking if there were.  But the course, seemingly a pretzel twisted inside out, offers several long wooden plank bridges, including a suspension bridge, that make the course interesting.  A few seconds of inattention and you can quickly find yourself looking up at a bridge 10-feet above your prostrate body.Crockett_HHH_Trail_Podium

The biggest obstacle however wasn’t the course, but the weather.  I raced the 60+ Cat 2 event against three other competitors.  The 10:18 a.m. start temperature was 95 degrees.  Estimating a ride time of about two hours the temperature would be teasing the century mark at the finale.  The only solace; the course is hidden in the tree-lined bottom of the Wichita River.  At least I wouldn’t see much sun.

My shot at first place for the race was lost 30-seconds after we left the start at the Bridwell Agriculture Center.  I did a poor job of selecting a starting position and was instantly separated from the eventual 60+ winner, Tim Noble of Wichita Falls, Tx.  Tim crushed me by six-minutes.  I finished second, 49-minutes ahead of third-place finisher Stephen Tabler of Shreveport, La.  The fourth rider, Mark Wygant of Wylie, Tx, did not finish.

Fun Wichita Falls, Tx Heat Facts

  • Average First 90-Degree Temperature – April 9. The first 90-degree temperature this year occurred on March 31 (93).
  • Average Last 90-Degree Temperature – October 11
  • Average First 100-Degree Temperature – June 9
  • Average Last 100-Degree Temperature – September 4
  • Earliest 90-Degree Temperature – February 14, 1979 (92)
  • Latest 90-Degree Temperature – October 31, 1934 (92), 1938 (90), 1992 (91)
  • Latest 100-Degree Temperature – October 17, 1972 (102)
  • Earliest 100-Degree Temperature – March 27, 1971 (100)
  • Most Consecutive 100-Degree Days – 42 (June 23 – August 3, 1980). The temperature reached 117,

Seriously?  And you think Albuquerque gets hot?

 

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