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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Improving My Inner Athlete

Geoff Steffens chronicles his successes, failures and experiences in his quest for an improved athletic mindset.
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Geoff Steffens

Happy New Year!  Some of you may know me and others may not so I thought I would first start this new series with a bit of an introduction.  My name is Geoffrey Steffens and I primarily compete as an age group triathlete.  In the past, you might have met me out on the group rides or even during one of the past Tuesday Night Criteriums.   To go back even further, like say 1988, I raced as a competitive triathlete within the Southwest.  I never reached professional status but, in my mind (and only in my mind), I was kind of a big deal.  As I grew older, I started a family and pretty much left competitive triathlon.

I decided to return to racing when my kids had gone off to college and, ironically, I had undergone shoulder surgery in 2012 and was forced to swim again as part of physical therapy.  So, in 2014, with a 20-year break from triathlon racing, I signed up and raced my first 70.3 Ironman event in Boulder, Colorado.  I really had no idea what to expect, nor did I fully understand all the changes that had happened in the sport. I was hoping to just finish.  I bought a wetsuit on eBay (one size too small) as well as a triathlon bike and it was race time.

After surviving a mediocre 1.2-mile swim with exceptional arm cramps from very tight sleeves, grinding through the 56 miles on the bike and shuffling the run, I finished with a respectable time of 4:54.  I was hooked! With the support of my wife and High Desert Bicycles, I then started a journey to compete as an age group triathlete setting a goal to qualify to compete in all three World Championship Races….in a 3-year period.

I have been fortunate to have achieved 2 of the 3 World Championships and am hoping to qualify for the 2018 Ironman World Championship in Kona this year.  For those of you who race triathlon, you understand how hard that process can be.  While the odds may be against me, I believe I thrive in the challenge. Okay, everyone, this is me and where I’m coming from!

I will write articles over the coming months to you all, the HDB community:  writing from my experiences, successes and (many) mistakes.  Hopefully, the information provided will be informational and relevant. I will not limit information to just triathlon and cycling but involve and discuss topics relevant to the “athlete” we all identify with.  Athlete defined not by how fast you are, or fit, or how expensive your toys are, but instead by your mindset to improve.

This month’s topic applies to the recreational/weekend athlete as well as to the serious competitor.

Functional Training

Why is this important?  A successful mindset of overall functional strength is implemented into your overall program allows a platform for the development of technical skill. Technical skills of strength and mobility ultimately maximizing your potential.  One of the biggest benefits of a successful strength building program is the reduction of injury. Also, it develops a resilient base to build your sport.

Functional training or “Strength Training” was something new to me! When I first started racing a triathlete or cyclist would not be caught dead doing a push up.  This mentality has changed and the results are striking!  The goal of functional training is not to have the athlete get “huge” but instead be “strong”.  Incorporating this type of training plan into your daily workout routine improves overall health and well-being.

First, commit to a schedule.  My biggest challenge, as a multi-sport athlete, is finding the time!  For many of us, jobs and family already monopolize our attention affecting our ability to train.

For me, a scheduled set of core exercises is doable with some sporadic add-ins during the week as time allow.  Below is an example of a basic Functional Strength program that primarily uses body weight for the resistance.  These exercises can be performed at home and are courtesy of Purple Patch Fitness.  Additional exercises with free weights, kettle bells and TRX suspension systems are also great ways to increase your functional fitness.

  1. The Single-Leg Hip Bridge: 10 reps each side with 3-second hold per rep


  1. The Plank:1 minute max hold, 30 second rest, repeat x 2


  1. The Push up: 12 reps x 3 sets


  1. Body Weight Split Squat (pulse lunges): 8 reps each side


  1. Push-Up Position Slider Hip Flexion: 12 reps each side x 3 sets


  1. Bear Crawl: 10 steps forward, then 10 steps back, 2 rounds


  1. Kettlebell Deadlift: 12 reps x 3 sets


If you have questions, feel free to email me at gdsteffens@comcast.net

Until next time, “Train like you have never won.  Compete like you have never lost.”

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HDB Scores Big in 2017 NMCX Series


The final results have been tallied for the 2017 New Mexico Cyclocross Series and three High Desert Bicycles riders will be wearing NMCX series champion jerseys.

Laura Fallen won the women’s cat 4/5 series by a single point over Hayden Colfax of Los Luniticos.  Julie McCollough brings home the series champion jersey in the women’s 40+ series and Nathan Masek rode away with the series championship in the men’s 50+ category.

A presentation ceremony for the champions is currently in planning.  We will post a notification once the ceremony is scheduled.

Congratulations to all HDB racers.

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