2017 NMCX Season Planning Started

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.

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OOPS! Wednesday Night MTB Ride for 5.31.17 Location Changed

hbd_logoSorry for the late notice but HDB was just informed that Scott Bicycles will be hosting a demo for us tomorrow at 5 p.m. at the Albertson’s parking lot located at Tramway and Academy Road.

Therefore we are moving the meeting spot for the Wednesday Night MTB ride for 5.31.2017 to the same location as the Scott demo.   Look for the Scott demo trucks in the southeast corner of the shopping center parking lot.

Anyone interested in riding a new Scott mountain bike can come to the Scott Demo!  Typically the Scott provides a nice selection of bikes to ride.

This is your chance to try a new suspension design or larger tires such as a plus bike.

For the those of you participating in the Wednesday Night Ride, we will meet at 6:00 p.m. and depart at 6:15 p.m. sharp for a ride in the north foothills.  Depending upon those in attendance we may have various route options.  You can also demo a bike and go on your own ride if you so choose.

The demo starts at 5 p.m.  Arrive early for best selection and to have time to set the bike up.

Hope to see everyone there and plan on East Mountains next week!

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Broom Wagon Notes: May 30, 2017

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Durango Iron BMX Results:  Jonah Thompson won the Durango Iron BMX 10 lap pro race held Friday May 26th.  Congratulations Jonah.  Great photograph.

 

 


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2017 Tuesday Night Criteriums Cancelled: Unfortunately the Tuesday Night Criteriums for 2017 have been cancelled.  Issues obtaining permits and difficulty receiving commitments to coordinate the events played a role in the decision.

Planning sessions for the 2018 Tuesday Night Criterium Series will be held starting September 2017.

On behalf of the shop and team we apologize for the cancellations.  We are committed to returning in 2018 with new course options and other new ideas as well!


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Followers of Jason. Ride or die.

Wednesday Night MTB Starting From Pine Flats Picnic Area: The Wednesday night MTB ride for May 31, 2017 will start from the Pine Flats Picnic Area.  Arrive at 6:00 p.m. and be ready to ride by 6:15 p.m.

The ride will follow the 12 Hours of Albuquerque course.  The course is a short 12 miles long but has plenty of variety with a few rock gardens, fast sections and a few climbs.  Expect to complete the course in approximately 1.5 hours riding time.  We will join the race course approximately 1/3rd mile from the Pine Flats Picnic Area; where Deadman Trail intersects Pine Flats Connector.

From Tijeras, drive seven miles south on Highway 337.  The picnic area is located on the left-hand side of the road.

Libations afterwards.

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Back-of-The-Pack Ramblings

We have all been there.  Off the back, nothing left in the tank.  All you see ahead are the rear ends of the 20 riders that dropped you.  Caught between the melting asphalt and roiling sun like broiled road-kill.  Sunscreen melting off your face, burning your eyes and clouding your sunglasses .  Leg rotation is an autonomic function.  Your mind wanders.  Some thoughts are cogent, rational.  Others, not so much.


toolsVOLUNTEERS NEEDED: JUNE 10 TRAIL CONSTRUCTION:  505 Racing will resume construction on almost 1 mile of new trail at Elena Gallegos Park and volunteers are need for this big effort.

Much of the trail has already been built.  Now it’s time to add the finishing touches at many of the low crossings.

Join us June 10, 2017 at the Cottonwood Springs Trail parking lot; located north of the Elena Gallegos gate house. Work begins at 8:30 a.m. with a safety meeting.  Arrive at least five minutes early.  All volunteers must sign a waiver.  Tools will be provided.  Notify the gate-house attendant you are conducting trail work to avoid paying the park entry fee.

Bring work gloves, sturdy boots or shoes, snacks and water.  Work typically ends about noonSee you there.

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12 POWER SAVINGS TIPS FOR CYCLISTS: OR WHAT’S WITH THE CYCLING ENERGY CONSPIRICY:  I encountered this article from Merlin Cycles discussing actions riders can take to be more efficient on the bike; how we can save watts.

I did a little calculation.  If I took advantage of and maximized all 12 power savings tips on a ride I could save 396 watts: no beard=0.25 W savings; tires at 109 psi=10 W savings; no saddle bag=0.5 W savings; wear glasses=1 W savings; cover helmet holes=10 W savings; shave arms/legs=15 W savings; let a rider follow my wheel=12 W savings; lube the chain=3 W savings; aero clothing=15 W savings; get aero=30 W savings; sit-in=150 W savings; ride in a big bunch=150 W savings.

That means at a pace equal to my functional threshold power – a paltry 220 watts – I am actually generating 174 watts.  I’m energy independent.

Looks to me like bicycle manufacturers and nutrition companies are involved in the larger free energy suppression conspiricy.

I’m constructing my first cold-fusion generator from old bicycle parts.  I should be off the grid in a few weeks.

 

 

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Gene Dougherty Sweeps Omnium at Tour de El Paso

A trio of first-place podiums in the men’s masters road, time trial and criterium races added up to a maximum 100 possible points earning Gene Dougherty top honors at the Tour de El Paso Omnium this past weekend.

 

The time trial was held on a 2.49 mile rolling course.  The criterium course was a 0.8 mile U-shaped loop.  The road race left El Paso and trekked 72-miles to the north east past Fabens, Tx.  I hope Gene enjoyed a tasty steak at the Cattleman’s Restaurant in Fabens before leaving town.

Gene complemented the folks down south saying “they’ve got a great warm cycling community down there.”

Congratulations Gene.

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Hours of Mesa Verde 2017 Race Recap: The Race Within the Race

Warm temperatures, clear skies and seven miles of new trail greeted the 850 riders participating at the 2017 version of 12 Hours of Mesa Verde hosted at Phil’s World in Cortez, Colorado.

Weather conditions for this year’s race were a far-cry better than those experienced in 2015 and 2016.  The 2015 race was cancelled by 10 a.m. after an early morning snow storm made the course an unrideable quagmire.  The 2016 race was punctuated by cold temperatures and intermittent rain showers.

Gusty afternoon winds proved a mixed blessing.  The dust laden swirls that tore at camper’s sunshades and tents provided some cooling for riders while on course.

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Organizers introduced a new 18-mile course, approximately 2-miles longer than previous years.  The new kinder and gentler course was welcomed by soloists like HDB’s Matt Hoyt.  Matt, competing in his first 12-hour solo event, completed a total of five laps.

I raced the Geezers 3/4 race – average age 50 years older or more – with teammates Rose Haack of Sports Systems/505 Racing and privateer Chris Ziomek.

Course pre-ride times indicated our team, Rose and the Old New Mexicans, should complete eight laps.  This meant two riders would race three laps and the third only two.  Chris, our Number One rider, was guaranteed three laps.  Because Rose and I are closely matched in ability we needed a method to determine who between us would ride the remaining third lap.  Being competitive types we decided to settle the dispute on the trail.  The rider with the fastest second lap would win a third lap.

As expected, Rose and I rode competitive first laps with me nudging her for fastest lap by 1 minute 30 seconds.  Rose is known for her uncanny consistency; literally riding lap times within seconds of each other.  I can’t claim consistency as a strong point.  And, my second lap is usually my worst.  If she rode a consistent second lap I was likely out the third lap.

At the start of my second lap my legs were noodles.  I expected them to recover by mile four.  By mile nine, still nothing but noodles.  At mile 10 I downed a gel pack.  Within five minutes my legs began making power in response to the little 1.1-ounce caffeine and sugar shot.  I crossed the finish line at 1:39, three-minutes slower than lap one, and handed the baton to Rose.  Because I had waited too long to refuel I could only hope Rose didn’t have one of her patented laps.

Back at camp I began recovery operations as if I were going to ride a third lap and talked last-lap strategy with Chris.  He had taken a hard hit on his rear wheel during his second lap, breaking a spoke.  Since he didn’t have a backup wheel he planned to ride a sedate 1 hour 30 minute lap to insure he didn’t further damage the wheel or himself if it did fail.  At that pace the lap would also be fast enough to preserve our fifth place podium.  Assuming Rose completed her second lap as expected, returning about 4:25 p.m., Chris would also be able to just beat the six o’clock cutoff for last lap.

At 4:28 p.m. Rose completed her second lap and handed the baton to Chris.  Blustery afternoon winds had pushed Rose four minutes behind my second lap time.  I had won the third and final lap.  However, Chris’ margin to make last-lap cutoff had been shortened from five to two-minutes.  Any miscalculation or mechanical and I would lose the lap.

I returned to the exchange area at 5:45 p.m. found a seat, downed my last gel pack and began my worriesome wait for Chris.  I reckoned with a clear course he might abandon caution and rip off a fast lap.  Better to arrive early and insure I didn’t miss the hand off.

At 5:55 p.m. the announcer began his countdown to last-lap cutoff.  5:55, 5:56, 5:57 no Chris.  At 5:58 p.m., as punctual as a Japanese bullet train, Chris entered the exchange area.  I received the baton, stuffed it in my jersey pocket and was off.

I’ve been lucky enough to ride the final lap at a few 12 and 24 hour races; 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, Pemberton Dawn to Dusk and 12 Hours of Mesa Verde.  Thinking about it, I don’t understand the almost euphoric state I enter when I ride the final lap.  Maybe it’s having a clear trail ahead or knowing I’ll be one of the last competitors to cross the finish line.  Maybe I’m just happy to be done.  Or maybe I overthink the question and the answer provided by my inner five-year old is most appropriate.  Cause it’s just the best.

By 7:36 p.m. I was back at the exchange tent.  Chris and Rose met me with smiles and fist bumps; we had preserved our fifth place spot.  Even better, Matt greeted me with 12 ounces of Ska True Blonde; perfect choice.  Another race completed it was time to celebrate.  A good time was had by all.

For Ken

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Where Is the HDB Kit Today?

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Where am I?

 

Guess where the new HDB kit appeared today.  First two guesses don’t count.  Courtesy of Jack Groves.

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