Sprint Finishes

HDB Team Party: Thank you Sue and Steve for allowing team members to occupy your home for the annual HDB Racing Team party.  Mother Nature cooperated and provided a perfect night for outside dining.


Sunday CX Ride: Nathan, Joe and Crockett met for an animated CX ride through the Bosque, north of the Alameda trail head, Sunday morning.  A few minor incidents marred an otherwise perfect ride.  Ask Nathan about his biff.  Ask Joe how he cut the sidewall of his tire when Nathan biffed; police call it tailgating.  And Joe -like George of the Jungle – make sure you “look out for that tree”.


Fat Pills and CX: Help Echelon racing celebrate the invention of the wheel by attending the Great Donut CX Race on Saturday September 17, 2016.  The race, held at the Sunnyslope CX course, starts at 11 am.  The cost of admission is one dozen standard-sized fat pills per rider.  I checked UCI and USA Cycling rules and have yet to determine the official dimensions of a standard-sized donut.  Organizers say the race is for “fun and glory”.  Could be a little grizzly too; depending upon each individuals physical effort to donut tolerance quotient.

A mini-CX-skills clinic, starting at 8:30 am, precedes the race.

Detailed race information is available on Echelon’s Facebook page.


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Double Eagle TT Correction for July 31

Team:  I fat fingered the start time for the Double Eagle TTs scheduled for July 31 on our Race Calendar

The correct start time is 8:30 am; not 4: 30 pm.  The schedule was corrected at 7:05 pm. The schedule will update in one hour with the correct time.

I apologize for the confusion.


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HDB Ladies Just Wanna Have Fun and Other Updates

Team, time for a little fun and training.  Here is what’s on schedule:

  • HDB happy hour Friday July 22 at 5:30 pm:  Location, the Barley Room.  Contact Anita by Friday July 15 and let her know if you can attend .  A head-count of attendees is needed so the owners can set up an appropriately sized table.
  • Super Duper Funnest Ride Ever Saturday July 16 at 8 am: Start location, The Believers Center. Or check out their FaceBook page for additional details.  The ride is sponsored by Echelon Racing.
  • Time Trial Clinic Saturday July 30 at 9 am: Location Atrisco Vista time trial course.  Review strategy and conduct some timed efforts to improve you TT skills.  Remember, the next TT is scheduled for Sunday July 31.  Check out the earlier post on this site for additional details and series flyer.
  • HDB Tuesday Night Crits July 19 at 5:30:  Keep watching, Sue may host a crit clinic on Monday July 18.  Still TBD!

Ladies Recent Race Results



Congrats to Lauren for crushing the Crusher in the Tushar!  A little bird (name Sue – cough cough) said she came in 7th among the pro women field.  Way to rock it Lauren!  Mindy Caruso, to Lauren’s right, placed 3rd.   Great NM representation!




Congratulations to Christina for taking third at the Race for Life on Friday evening at Durango BMX.  Great riding.





Great participation from the HDB ladies at the crits –  we are so hot!  (Literally – it was 100 degrees)

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2016 Double Eagle Time Trial Series Begins July 10

20 kilometers of pain.  Pain that begins from the first pedal stoke and doesn’t relent until you cross the finish line.  Two chicken legs roasting on a barbeque spit.  A kettle drum drubbing in your chest.  Hypoxia inspired hallucinations.  But yet you’ve found a “happy place” amid the torment; self-induced torture tolerable for 20 kilometers.  Sound interesting?  Then welcome to the Double Eagle Time Trial Series.

Rio Grand Racing/Concrete Systems and NM Devo Cycling Team, sponsors of the Double Eagle TT Series, will hold three events on July 10, July 31 and August 21, 2016.  First racer is off at 8:31 am and last bike is off at 9:30 am.  The race start and staging area is located on Atrisco Vista Boulevard, a short distance north of Albuquerque Freightliner.

The 20 kilometer TT course travels north on Atrisco Vista Boulevard toward Double Eagle Airport with a turn-around at 10 kilometers.  Atrisco Vista Boulevard has been repaved and is in good condition with bike lanes in both directions.

Register online at http://www.usacycling.org.  Online registration closes at 10 pm Friday prior to race day.  Same-day registration is available from 7:45 am until 8:15 am.  Fees increase for same-day registration.  Registration fees include as many trips through the House of Pain as you can tolerate in one day.

Directions to the House of Pain: From the Big I take I-40 west to Atrisco Vista Boulevard (exit #149).  Proceed north on Atrisco Vista Boulevard past the I-40 frontage road.  Park along Atrisco Vista Boulevard, east of Albuquerque Freightliner.  No parking north of the start or staging area.  Registration and number pickup are located near the start and staging area.

For detailed information about the Double Eagle Time Trial Series download the event flyer.

Come out and test your mettle.  Fancy time trial bicycles, skin suits and aero helmets not required.  Just insure you pack a big bag of moxie.

Yep, it’s gonna hurt but: Get Out and Ride

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Video: Tuesday Night Criteriums

See giant kites sponsored by Specialized and Scott.  See Nate capitulate; sorry I thought you won the race on the back-side straightaway too but the video doesn’t lie.  And see everything else you missed last night right here:

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Albuquerque Trail Demo With Specialized Bikes: June 18


Join Sport Systems and High Desert Bicycles on Saturday, June 18th starting at 9 a.m. for a demo of the new 2016 Specialized Trail bikes. Specialized will demo the new 2016 Stumpjumper 6Fattie bikes, using Specialized’s mid-fat tire platform, S-Works Cambers in both 29 an 650b, and the all-new women’s Rhyme and Ruze.

­Several group trail rides will be available throughout the day.  A registration page is available to reserve a place and a bike in one of the group rides.  Please review the RSVP link at the bottom of the registration page to see what times and which bikes are available and for more detailed information regarding the group trail rides.

Demo will be hosted in the Albertsons Parking lot at the Northwest Corner of Academy and Tramway.

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2016 Iron Horse and Oso High Results



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HDB Racing had a good showing at the Iron Horse Classic.  A few of the IHC results are presented below. If we missed you let us know and we will gladly add the results and photos.  Thanks to Anita Roe for ferreting out the results and sending the pictures for publication.

Matt Hoyt placed 3rd in the Oso High Men’s 40-49 XC race on June 5th at Angle Fire.  Matt is playing up the Howard Hughes persona and refused to have his photo taken.

Get Out and Ride:  I am … Next Week at 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest!


Men 45-54:

  • Scott Steffen 2nd; 
  • John Heck 3rd; 
  • Steve Alschuler 8th

Men 65+:

  • Ron Romanik 8th

Women 45-54:

  •  Anita Roe 2nd
  • Sue Alschuler 4th

Women 55+:

  •       Beth Gineris 4th


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