Broom Wagon Notes August 9, 2017

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  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.


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Weekend Race Results: July 29/30, 2017

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.




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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


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




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.


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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