Ruiz Podiums at Bill Mclain Memorial Sandia Crest Road Race

tmattsson_crest_2018The Bill Mclain Memorial Sandia Crest Race was held Sunday June 10. High Desert Bicycles was represented by Andrew Black and Alex Ramos in the 45+ Masters category and Daniel Ruiz in Cat 5 – all braving the wind, heat, and relentless climbing at altitude.

Daniel Ruiz, left side accompanying photo, nabbed a podium spot, finishing third in Cat 5 with the outright fabulous time of 1:53:15 despite riding solo the second half up the crest road.

Thanks to Tim Mattsson, HDB’s in-field reporter for the report and photograph.


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Geoff Steffens 2nd At Ironman Santa Rosa, CA. Qualifies for Ironman Worlds

Gsteffens (2)High Desert Bicycles Geoff Steffens could not have asked more a more successful spring.  After placing 3rd at the Ironman 70.3 in Galveston, TX in April Geoff put together a strong finish at the Ironman Santa Rosa, CA, finishing 2nd in the Men’s 50-54 category.

Geoff’s strong finish at Santa Rosa qualifies him for Ironman World Championships to be held in Kona, HI on October 13, 2018.  Looks like Geoff is going to have a working Hawaii vacation this fall.

Congratulations Geoff, and good luck at Kona.

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What the Heck? HDB Rider Hits Top Step on Podium at Gila


High Desert Bicycles rider John Heck had to fend off attacks in the final road race of the Gila but his efforts resulted in a first place GC finish in the men’s 35+ cat 4/5 race at the Tour of the Gila.

After three days of racing John was 3rd overall and was leading the men’s 35+ cat 4/5 race by two minutes ahead of the Gila Monster Road race on Sunday.  John had to fight brutal cross-winds in the time trial, but his third place finish in the TT was enough to put a time gap on the rest of the 35+ cat 4/5 competition; a buffer he would need to hold off the hard-charging field to win the GC.

HDB’s in-field reporter, Thomas Mattsson also raced the Gila.   Unfortunately, Thomas crashed during the first road stage, hitting the pavement on a descent in the Mimbres Valley.  Thomas was able to bandage an ugly case of road rash and continue the race.

Thomas got so caught up in his reporting he forgot to report on his final overall standings in the race.

Congratulations to John; and great work Thomas fighting through your crash.

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Good Luck to HDB Tour of the Gila Racers

TOTG-Logo-200wThe 32nd Tour of the Gila starts tomorrow, April 18, when 18 men’s and 10 women’s UCI teams hit the start line for five days of intense racing in Silver City, NM. The UCI race schedule starts with the Mogollon Road Race and finishes with the aptly named Gila Monster Road Race on Sunday April 22nd.

There is also a four-day version of the race starting with the Inner Loop Road Race on Thursday April 19 and also finishing with the Gila Monster on April 22nd. High Desert Bicycles Scott Steffen will be making his annual journey to participate in this southwestern New Mexico classic.

Wish Scott, and the other HDB racers participating in The Gila, well in the race.  Sorry if we neglected to name any other participating racers; but you gotta let us know your racing. We’ll make amends, we promise.





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Geoff Steffens Places 3rd at Ironman 70.3 in Galveston, TX

Gsteffens (2)Spring is about the only time to race in south Texas.  Although the humidity is high, especially to us desert dwellers, at least the  temperatures are tolerable.  Geoff Steffens took advantage of the good Texas weather by finishing third in the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon held in Galveston, TX on April 8, 2018.  Geoff competed against 223 international triathletes in the 50-54 age group.

The Ironman 70.3 is also know as the Half Ironman where triathletes swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and finish with a 13 mile run.

Congratulations to Geoff for an outstanding effort.



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2018 Zia Velo Trifecta

The 2018 road racing season sneaked up on us here at HDB Press.  Saturday I received an email notification that the High Desert Bicycles Racing Team had riders participating at Zia Velo’s Trifecta down south in Hillsboro and Las Cruces and then then the next thing I know NBC Sports is televising the first stage of Paris-Nice.  Looks like I need to get it in gear.

Thanks to Thomas Mattsson, our field-reporter for the Trifecta, we have a few results and pictures.


Gene Doughtery, center left, placed 1st in the Men’s Master criterium and road races.

In the Men’s Cat 4 road race John Heck hit the podium in 3rd place.  Alex Ramos placed 9th and Thomas Mattsson placed 12th in the field of approximately 30 riders.

Scott Steffen tied Bill Dahl of 505 Cycling for 1st place in the Men’s Master TT.  Thomas Mattsson placed 6th in the Men’s Cat 4 TT.


Judi, Julie and Dot

In the Women’s Cat 4 TT Dot Philip hit the podium in 3rd place while Judi Mumm and Julie McCollough placed 8th and 11th respectively.

Daniel Ruiz, racing his first bicycle race as a cat 5, placed 6th in the TT, 7th in the criterium and 8th in the road race even after suffering and having to repair a flat tire.

Congratulations to all HDB riders.  Please email us any updated results or more photos from the Trifecta.



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Trail 365 Undergoing Upgrades

By Crockett Howard

Trail Team: Crockett Howard 3rd from left

Elevate PHW/Bikeworks ABQ Cycling, 505 Cycling Team  have started work to upgrade parts of Trail 365 in the North Foothills.


Thick maroon line marks Trail 365.

Trail 365, located on Forest Service land, is the lower trail running north from the Spain trail-head, crossing Simms Park Road and continuing to the water tanks, located near the Sandia Peak Tram.

The parts of the trail being upgraded are located north of Simms Park Road.  The upgrades will allow vegetation on the abandoned trail to recover, provide better drainage on the upgraded sections and have a better flow for mountain bike riders.

On February 24th I worked with 505 Cycling and Elevate PWH/Bikeworks on the new trail.  Rubbery arms and a stiff neck were the results of four hours of bludgeoning nolina microcarpa – AKA bear grass – with a pick ax to clear the new trail.  No good deed goes unpunished?  But the pain and suffering – maybe I should call one of those TV injury lawyers – resulted in a trail with better flow and a fresh look.

So, get out and ride the new sections of trail to help burn it in for use.






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