High Desert Bicycle riders traveled south to Las Cruces and Hillsboro March 5th and 6th, racing the 2017 version of Zia Velo’s Trifecta Series. A few HDB riders brought home braggin’ rights for their efforts:
Las Cruces Time Trial Masters Men 45+: 1st place Scott Steffen (photo left).
Hillsboro Road Race Masters Men 45+: 1st place Eugene Dougherty, 3rd place Scott Steffen (photo right).
Las Cruces Criterium Masters Men 45+: 1st place Eugene Dougherty, 3rd place Scott Steffen (not pictured)
Hillsboro Road Race Men Cat 4: 4th place John Heck (not pictured)
Hillsboro Road Race Women 1/2/3: 4th place Lauren Thompson (not pictured).
Congratulations to all HDB riders. Remember, we want photos and stories.
You know the drill. Get out and ride!
Highway 313 Cleanup – Volunteers Needed: Team Rio is looking for volunteers to assist in trash removal on Highway 313, north of the roundabout located at the intersection of Tramway and Roy. There is more trash on the highway that one team can manage so Team Rio is requesting assistance from other local teams to assist in cleanup activities. As an incentive to assist in their efforts Side Track Brewing of Albuquerque is offering each participant FREE BEER at their downtown location.
Work begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday March 18th, 2017. Meet at the Sandia Pueblo Rail Runner parking lot located just north of the intersection of Roy and Tramway. Work will continue until completed or sunset, which ever comes first.
Bring gloves, heavy shoes and water. The New Mexico Department of Transportation will provide high-visibility vests and trash bags.
The flyer for this activity is available by clicking this link.
HDB Wednesday Night MTB Ride: HDB held its inaugural Wednesday night MTB ride on March 15th at the Michael Emory Trail Head. About 18 riders showed for non-denominational event. Maybe it was the free libations provided afterward that accounted for the good showing.
Parking at the trail head was a bit of a challenge so Jason is considering a new gathering point for the ride.
We will meet again Wednesday March 22nd at 6:00 pm leaving at 6:15 pm. The final meeting location has not been determined. We will update the HDB ride calendar and send out a team notice once the meeting location has been finalized.
The ride is open to all-comers. Invite friends and family or holler at a stranger on a mountain bike. But get em to the ride!
Come on man! Get out and ride with yer mates. It’s more fun that way!
Women’s State Champions and National Champion
New Mexican is National CX Champ: Tove Schere of Sports Systems 505 Racing (far right brandishing the red, white and blue national champion’s jersey) survived freezing weather and ugly course conditions to ride to victory in the women’s 65-69 category at the 2017 National Cyclocross Championships held in Hartford, Connecticut this past January. Kim Bear (third from left), of the NM Spokettes, snagged the second step on the podium in the women’s 60-64 CX race. Cyclocross Magazine has the full skinny on the women’s races. Pictured starting from left are: Diana Hardy, Samantha Bear, Kim Bear, Maripat Glover, Caterina Vidoli, Ania Roe, Tove Schere.
NMCX Series Champions Hoist Winner’s Jerseys: On Sunday March 13th New Mexico Cyclocross Series winners were presented their champion’s jerseys in a ceremony held at Sport Systems. HDB’s Anita Roe (women’s 40+ champion) and Nathan Masek (men’s 50+ champion) were among the recipients. Congratulations to Anita and Nathan and all the champions.
2016 NMCX champions: Kim Bear: Women’s Open; Samantha Bear: Women’s Cat 4; Caterina Vidoli: Women’s Single Speed; Anita Roe: Women’s 40+; Diana Hardy: Women’s 50+; Maripat Glover: Women’s 60+; Autumn Hawkins: Women’s Jr 13-14; Hayden Colfax: Women’s Jr 15-16; Damian Calvert: Men’s Open; Kevin Wall: Men’s Cat 4; Scott Noren: Men’s Cat 5; Christopher Dineen: Men’s Single Speed; Matt Patton: Men’s 40+; Nathan Masek: Men’s 50+; Jan Bear: Men’s 60+; Jack Hawkins: Men’s Jr 11-12; Logan Colfax: Men’s Jr 17-18.
HDB Hosts Wednesday Night MTB Ride: HDB will begin hosting a mountain bike ride beginning this Wednesday, March 15. The first ride will start from the Michael Emory trail head located at the top of Spain Road. Meet at 6pm. The ride will start at 6:15 pm and will last about 1.5 hours. Rides will likely get longer as days become longer. These are planned to be no-drop rides with re-grouping spots along the way. Start locations will change weekly so check your email and the ride calendar for locations. Post-ride beverages will be provided as an additional ride incentive.
Ride is open to everyone, so invite your family and friends.
Common Man! Get Out and RIDE with yer mates!
High Desert Bicycles women’s teams rode to first place finishes at Zia Rides Tommyknocker 10-hour mountain bike race in Silver City on February 25th.
Lauren Thompson’s and Mindy Caruso’s team Vicious and Dirty Delicious 2.0 hit the top step for the second consecutive year in the women’s duo 18+ category finishing with nine solid laps; one lap ahead of second place finisher Tutu 2. Hopefully Version 3.0 will hit the trail next year and complete the trifecta.
Team HDB-otches (photo: left to right Jaime Leeds, Anita Roe, Kelly Hinkle, and Sue Alschuler) finished 11 minutes ahead of the New Mexico Spokettes for a first place victory in the women’s team 18+ category. Both teams finished with eight laps. This was the HDB women’s first foray into endurance mountain biking. Not much room for improvement when you place first.
Other HDB notables: Marco Quintana and David Roe racing men’s solo; Matt Hoyt and teammates Sarah Councell and Dan Shorb Hot Cheetoes team racing coed 18+.
If I missed you I apologize. Please let me know if you raced.
Come on man. We what pics! If you raced and have photos send them so we can post them!
What is a Tommyknocker: The spirit of a dead miner that knocks on the ground as miners dig. Loud thumps or rumbles from the Tommyknockers signal the area in which the miners are digging is unsafe.
Two High Desert Bicycles members rode to top of the podium in the 2016 NMCX series. Anita Roe will collect the champion’s jersey in the women’s cat 4 category and Nathan Masek will don the champion’s jersey in the men’s 50+ category.
A party celebrating the champion’s accomplishments and another successful NMCX series will be held March 12, 2017 from 3 pm to 5 pm at SportsSystems in Albuquerque.
Thanks to the volunteers and participants that made for a successful series.
Special tanks to the series sponsors: Indian Motor Cycles of Albuquerque; New Mexico Bank and Trust; Albuquerque West Properties; and SportsSystems.
And we can’t overlook High Desert Bicycles and the HDB team members for making the Bad Santa CX a great finale to the 2016 CX season. Bad Santa V2 is already in the works for 2017 so start planning your bad elf costume.
Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to start digging. No, not in the garden but on the trail. 505 Racing has received approval to build almost 1 mile of new trail at Elena Gallegos Park and volunteers are need for this big effort.
Last year’s 230 reroute was a huge success with more than 20 volunteers from various bicycle teams and clubs helping out. If you’re a hiker, a biker or trail runner lace up a pair of sturdy boots or shoes; stuff some work gloves in your back pocket; pack some snacks and water and join us on March 11, 2017. Work starts at 8:30 a.m. with a safety meeting. Arrive at least five minutes early. All volunteers will be required to sign a waiver. Tools will be provided.
Volunteers will meet at the Cottonwood Springs Trail parking lot; located north of the Elena Gallegos gate house. Notify the gate-house attendant you are conducting trail work to avoid paying the park entry fee.
The new trail will tee off the east-west section of Trail 230 and run southward toward Trail 230-A.
Hopefully coffee and fat-pills will be provided as bribes. The Rebel Donuts were mouth watering delicious, if not fattening, last year.
To volunteer email Barry O’Melinn before 3:00 p.m. on March 10, 2017 at: BOMELINN@gmail.com.
Bit of a delay – what do you expect from Bad Santa – but here are more photos, courtesy of Joanne Schmidt, from the Bad Santa CX held on December 18, 2016.
Should you see a photo you like Joanne has generously made copies available for free download via Flickr at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/54737736@N00/albums
Happy New Year … now get out and ride … or stay in and ride the trainer … just ride.