Cruces Cross 2018

This past weekend, Las Cruces celebrated the revival of the Cruces Cross. After two years of absence, the race finally became revived at a new location. Held at the Trailhead Dam, Gordon McDonald and Pablo Lopez created a challenging desert course that included deep sand pits and lose gravel passages. 40 racers from various locations of the state participated in the event and made it a great success.

One of our very best NMSU racers, Scott Powers, was accordingly motivated to do particularly well in the Aggie home game. Competing against strong University of Arizona riders he was able to break away early in the race and sustained his advantage until the finishing line. Scott concluded his collegiate season with his first win in a cyclocross race ever. Congratulations and way to go, Scotti!!!

We want to use this occasion to send out a very big THANK YOU to all supporters of this year’s Las Cruces Cross!!! Furthermore, we thank our great sponsors Zia Velo, Outdoor Adventures, and Optimum Health. A special thanks goes to Shane, Dave R., Kurt, Norm, Dave H., Laura, Estus, Pablo, Sergio, Fabian, Eloise, Ricky, Lola, Carol, Hayley, and all other supporters we forgot to mentioned here. Without the support of this amazing bike community the event wouldn’t been possible.

Until next year!!!

Horny Toad Hustle 2018

This past weekend, NMSU riders Scott Powers, Jarret Calderon, Jordan Samaniego, and Lauren Flynn participated in the Horny Toad Hustle mountain bike race. The event is in its 14th edition and considered the home event of the Aggies. Our riders were accordingly motivated to retrieve their best possible performances. 

And they did… Scott could win the collegiate B race being handicapped by a knee injury from riding the race course a week before. Furthermore, Jordan & Jarret represented NMSU the first time with huge enthusiasm. Jordan won the collegiate C race plus the overall and Jarret concluded the race 15th. Lastly, Lauren was the first Aggie female since a long time and finished with an amazing 2nd place in the women collegiate B field.

Chapeau and congratulations to all of our riders!!!

Way to go Aggies!!!

Collegiate Road Race Season 2018 Concluded

On May 4th-6th, the collegiate road race season 2018 came to an end at the National Championships in Grand Junction, CO. NMSU was represented by Marcel Berger who participated in the 15 miles time trial competition finishing 4th place. 

The 2018 road season was one of the best for our Aggies in recent years. In April, Gordon MacDonald & Scott Powers could win the southwest collegiate team time trial championships at the 505 classics in Albuquerque and later that month, Marcel Berger added wins in the road race & individual time trial championships at the Javelina Chase in Duncan, AZ. Congratulations, Aggies!!! 

The NMSU Cycling Club sends out a big thank you to our sponsors and supporters of this year’s season, Taos Mountain Energy Bars, Jaguar – Land Rover Albuquerque by Chad Patterson, Zia Velo Cycling, Outdoor Adventures, Gila Hike & Bike, Cementek, Landmark Mercantile, and Optimum Health & Rehab LLC. Without your support the racers of our small club could not pursue their athletically goals and achievements. Thank you so much!!! 

 

Javelina Chase Omnium & Collegiate Southwest Championships

This past weekend, NMSU rider Marcel Berger headed towards west to participate in the Javelina Chase Omnium that also included the collegiate southwest championships in road racing, time trialing, and criterium racing. The event was composed of a 75 mile road race and 13 miles time trial in the smallest town of Arizona, Duncan. Furthermore, the omnium concluded with a criterium on Sunday in Lordsburg, NM. 

The Omnium uniquely combined the domestic (club teams) and collegiate fields in one race. That means that there is a collegiate subcategory within the omnium itself, for example, in other races there is an U-23 or best young rider competition. The new approach has several advantages in regard to race dynamics/tactics, collegiate racers can win the entire domestic omnium now, and the respective domestic club of a collegiate racer is simultaneously represented. The rider must only wear a bib-short from his/her collegiate and a jersey from the respective domestic team, or the other way around.  

On Saturday, Marcel could win the road race and led the omnium in the final time trial. There, Marcel got 2nd and concluded the first race day with wins in both collegiate championships. On Sunday, Marcel got 4th in the criterium and could secure the overall win in the omnium for his domestic team Zia Velo and in the collegiate category for the NMSU cycling club. 

Congratulations. Way to go Aggies!!!

505 Cycling Classics

The NMSU Cycling Club raced in the 505 Cycling Classic in Albuquerque, NM April 7–8, 2018. Members Scott Powers and Gordon MacDonald flew the crimson and white. The 505 Classic offers team and individual time trials, a criterium race, and a road race.

Scott and Gordon raced together in their first ever team time trial and took 1st place, finishing 1:20 ahead of the next team.

The criterium race was held at the Albuquerque Speedway, which features banked turns, descents, and climbs. By the time the Collegiate C race began, the wind was out of the west in the direction of the steepest climb of the course. Scott and Gordon held on at the front of the pack and finished 3rd and 2nd, respectively.

In true Southwest style, the road race took place on a day with breezy 20 mph westerly winds. The couse features an average 13% climb over Heartbreak Hill followed by a long fast descent into the Galisteo Basin. Scott and Gordon led a pack of eight riders in a paceline into the wind while traversing the Galisteo Basin. Scott finished 3rd, and Gordon finished 2nd in the collegiate event.

Congratulations and way to go Aggies!!!

By Gordon MacDonald

Aggie Home Game at the Trifecta Series 2018

This past weekend, NMSU racers Gordon McDonald, Scott Powers, Sten Hasselquist, and Marcel Berger participated in their annual home event the Trifecta Series. The event was composed of a time trial and criterium on Saturday and on Sunday, a road race in Hillsboro, NM.

For Gordon, it was the first time to ride the race against the clock, which turned out quite successfully by finishing 3rd. Patrick and Sten strongly performed and concluded the time trial in the top ten 4th & 9th respectively.

The criterium was hard fought and a windy affair. All racers showed strong performances and finished in the top 10 of their respective categories. Marcel got 2nd and sequently Gordon, Patrick, and Sten finished 5th, 6th, & 7th.

On Sunday, the team headed towards the small remote Hillsboro in the Gila National Forest. For most racers, it is the first road race event in the year and a very good indicator whether the winter training was well implemented. Apparently, it was, because the results spoke from themselves. Gordon and Patrick finished 4th & 5th and Sten concluded his first road race weekend in the top ten again by finishing 8th.

Overall, the team proudly represented New Mexico State with consecutive strong performances on home soil. Furthermore, the NMSU Cycling Club sends a very big thank you too the event organizer Zia Velo Cycling and all volunteers. Without the help of so many people this event would not been possible. Thank you very much!!!

Way to go Aggies!!!

First Race Weekend of the 2018 Season.

This past weekend NMSU Cycling racers, Scott Powers and Marcel Berger headed westwards to officially kick off the collegiate road race season 2018. Both racers participated in the 4th Santa Catalina road race and criterium.

Scott participated in his first road event ever and was accordingly excited. In his category, he needed to cover a distance of 27 miles on an out-and-back course with a 10 miles climb to the finish. Scott concluded his first road race in the top ten with an impressive 9th place. Sunday morning, Scott could top his result from the previous day by finishing 6th in a hard fought criterium, mainly animated by the big universities UoA & ASU.

For Marcel it was the 3rd consecutive participation in the Santa Catalina event. The road race was similar to Scott’s course except the additional rollers at the Veterans Memorial Blvd, which made the race 66 miles long this year. Marcel finished 3rd in his category. At the Sunday morning criterium, Marcel could improve his result from the previous day as well and finished 2nd in the race.

The NMSU Cycling Club congratulates both racers and looks forward to the upcoming events. Way to go, Aggies!!!

Horny Toad Hustle Results

Saturday was a hot day, but that did not stop NMSU mountain bikers from putting on a strong showing at the Horny Toad Hustle.  In the Cat 2s, Lucas took second and Ryan just missed the podium at fourth.  In the Cat 3s, Gorden and Sten took 1st and 2nd respectively.

It was awesome to see so many racers out for NMSU, and look forward to folks continuing in the future.