2013 Amy Dombroski Memorial Dolores Cross

2013 Amy Dombroski Memorial Dolores Cross

Ride/Race Schedule - to add event - Email: ciclistasdelrio@gmail.com

Monday, December 22, 2008

Clothing Order/Redesign

During a ride with Michael H. a few weeks ago, he brought me up to date on the clothing changes. Because Sol is pulling back from their commitment, I decided to throw a Ciclistas del Rio logo together as an option to replace Sol in the major spots of the jersey and his logo can move to a smaller spot.

Club member feedback on the logo would be appreciated.

As far as the next jersey order, I would be happy to coordinate it but need the following help.

  1. We need to come up with a way of paying because I don't want to put money on my credit card for this.
  2. I need the images for the Hollywood and the Food Market -- I don't have contact with either of those businesses.
  3. Having orders in to me ASAP (I have three items on my list so we only need seven more for an order)
Feel free to post your replies or email me directly, just trying to keep the ball moving on this because I need some new clothes. dlamunyon@gmail.com


Monday, December 1, 2008

2009 - and Beyond!

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. I was down in Albuquerque visiting with the in-laws, and managed to get away for a good 67-mile ride with the NM Velo Sport club on Saturday. These guys are actually ramping up the off-season training already, and the pace was certainly faster than I’ve been riding recently. A really nice 12-person rotating paceline made short work of those miles.

Club Meeting
We had a good club meeting last week, lubricated with a little PBR. Highlights:
· Fiscal report for the year-to-date was presented (see attached). Also, the financial outcome of the Cyclocross race in October. From a cash perspective, we lost money, but this was by choice as we wanted some good cash prizes. In the end it was money extremely well spent as we had 84 riders over two days, and a lot of great publicity for the club, both in the press and by word of mouth. I’m still hearing about the races from folks over in Durango, so kudos to Lance for being chief instigator and the driving force behind ‘Cross in Dolores. Also to Doug, Steve, Jeff and our two Scotts for all the work they did on behalf of the club. Not to mention our local sponsors: Dolores Grocery, Dolores River Brewery, Karen Libsch and Cortez Primary Care for being our onsite doctor, and Michael Engleman of the US Women’s Cycling Development Program for providing the Queen Prize of the event, a women’s Giant frame.
· The role of Sol Cycles: Scott is going to pull back a little from ‘title sponsor,’ as this hasn’t produced the business results he was hoping for. Most club members just bought nutrition products, so Sol will continue with those discounts (more below on membership benefits).
· 2009 Sponsors: We will confirm with our current jersey sponsors their continuing support for 2009 (Osprey Packs, DRB, Cortez Primary Care and USWCDP). Taz Vass at Dolores Grocery has indicated he would like to provide support, as has the Hollywood bar. Scott P and I will follow up with them.
· 2009 Jersey: With little time to re-design the jersey before we want to place a clothing order for spring, we decided to leave the basic layout the same (same placement of Sol Cycles and Ciclistas del Rio logos) and simply add in logos for the two new sponsors (Grocery and Hollywood, assuming we get them on board). Currently, there are 3 sponsors that have 2 logo placements each – Osprey, DRB and Cortez Primary Care. So it will be easy to substitute 2 new logos. We’ll see which sponsor ponies up the greatest contribution to see who remains with 2 placements.
· 2009 publicity: We discussed effective ways to spread the word about the club and the Sunday rides. Most would be put into place next spring as the weather warms up and people start thinking about getting on their bikes again:
o Continuing with the KSJD community calendar and adding the KSUT community calendar
o Placements in the Cortez Journal, Dolores Star, Rico Bugle and the Mancos paper (what is the name of that rag?)
o Getting same papers to run articles about the club
o Placing flyers at local businesses
o Aggressive word-of-mouth campaign.
· Some other ideas:
o Host a Dolores River Days Fun Ride
o Choose an event or two that we ride together as a club. The Iron Horse tour is an obvious one, and there was a lot of enthusiasm for the Telluride-Moab tour.
o Develop a women’s / rec ride. This will take some serious outreach to bring out the rec riders when the weather is good. It can only help foster more bike riding in the Dolores valley!

2009 Membership
We decided to collapse last year’s dual-membership levels into a single membership, mainly because Sol Cycles’ reduced participation provided little incentive for the $60 level. Membership will be for the calendar year 2009, regardless of when it is paid. We may decide to provide a reduced cost in the second half of the year (say, $10 if joining in August or after), which we’ll revisit in our summer meeting. Membership will be $25 and will provide:
· Club jerseys at Sol Cycles @ cost+10%
· Participation in clothing orders for custom Ciclistas gear @ cost+10% (Jan order for spring, June order for late summer)
· 20% off all bars, gels and nutrition products at Sol Cycles
· Insurance through USAC for group rides (I will investigate to find out exactly what USAC provides)
· Partial cost of entry fee for a club tour (tour and amount to be determined).

I will be sending a membership form out to this list later this week. They will also be available at Sol Cycles. You can hand-deliver them to Scott at Sol, mail them to Sol, or mail them to Ciclistas, along with your check (addresses will be on the form). Memberships paid for with this form will be good through the end of 2009.

If you have any questions about the club, any comments on the above, or any suggestions, I would love to hear from you. 2008, as our first full year as an organized club, must be considered a huge success. Though small in numbers, we had consistent turnout for the Sunday rides all through the year, and with this weather, we’re still out on the road. We had good results in races from Grand Junction to Silver City and all points between, on the road and on the dirt. The highlight was certainly the USAC sanctioned ‘cross race, drawing racers from all over the Four Corners and receiving accolades regarding the course, the organization, and the prizes. And above all, we had fun riding bikes!

(just checked the weather, and Sunday looks clear – so 11am at the park!!)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Club Meeting Thursday - RSVP

Hola Ciclistas,

A beautiful ride to Mesa Verde was enjoyed by Steve, Lance and I on Sunday. Big thanks to the Ranger on duty who let us all in on Lance's annual pass. A bluebird fall cycling day! Sunday at 11am, as long as the weather holds!

Don’t forget the Club meeting this Thursday, 6pm at Sol Cycles. Please RSVP to Lance (webster@centurytel.net) so that he’ll know how much grub and beverages to get. Hope to see you there!


Monday, November 10, 2008

Club Meeting

Well, it was just George and me for what turned out to be a very nice fall ride up the West Fork and back – dry, cool, not too windy. We’ll continue Sundays at 11am for as long as we can!

A reminder that our club meeting is next Thursday, Nov 20, at 6pm at Sol Cycles in Dolores. We’ll review 2008, and discuss 2009 including officers, possible events, first clothing order, and renewing memberships. But mainly we’ll get together to have some food and drink and talk cycling – so please drop in even if you can’t make it right at 6.

See you there!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Travis Brown's Belt Drive Cross Bike

Interesting article in VeloNews on Travis Brown's belt drive single speed he used at the Dolores cross races:

Thursday, October 30, 2008

300k Brevet

So I tried my hand at my first endurance event last Saturday - a 300k ride into the Black Mountains of the Gila down in New Mexico. This is part of the NM Brevet series, licensed by RUSA (Randonneurs USA), the governing body for randonee events over 200k.

Starting in Truth or Consequences at 6am, this was my first event requiring full lights and reflective gear. We rode our way NW to Winston with checkpoints in Monticello and Chloride, continued up over the Continental Divide and out to the end of the pavement at Beaverhead, 110 miles. Then retrace back to T or C (without the detour to Monticello) for a total of 195 miles and 10,500' of vertical.

I finished with the 3rd fastest time, 14hr:49min, at 8:49pm. I spent 1:45 off the bike, which is way too much time without the wheels turning. I also left my 2nd light in my drop bag out at Beaverhead, expecting to get it back before dark - but I beat the sag wagon back to Winston, so I couldn't ride as fast as I wanted down into T or C with only my small light, there were some steep descents.
But I learned a lot about nutrition, and how important protein is on rides over 3hrs. I used a 40/30/30 mix in my bottle, and supplemented with extra carbs in the form of gels and bars. My legs felt better after 300k than they ever did after a century when I only had carbs for fuel. Scott - I'll be ordering some Hammer Perpetuem!

Now if I can only do something about the cramping in my shoulders and back, I might actually be pretty good at this endurance stuff.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Dolores Cyclocross Race Overall Results

Dolores Cyclocross Race
Dolores, Colo. USA

Overall Results – October 18-19: FLC Squawker Cup #1 & #2


1 Carmen McNellis (Aaron’s)
2 Stephanie Swan
3 Martha Iverson (Durango Wheel Club)
4 Kristin Danielson (Velo Bella)
6 Anne Cheeney
7 Tina Dominic
8 Shantelle Pierce
9 Mary Monroe (Tokyo Joe’s)

Men A
1 Travis Brown (Trek)
2 Joey Thompson (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory)
3 Grant Berry (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory)
4 John Stephens (Fort Lewis College)
5 Greg Lewis (Directory Plus/Trek)
6 Alister Ratcliff (Fior di Fontta)
7 Whit Johnson
8 Kenny When (SRAM)
9 Michael Carroll (Durango Wheel Club)
10 Ryan Barthel
11 Jesse Delaney
12 Brendan Schafer
13 Chad Cheeney
14 Gregory Carpenter
15 Robin Guillaume

Men B

1 Jonathon Delacey (Durango Wheel Club)
2 Tom Miller (Ciclistas del Rio)
3 Steve Lamont (DCCX)
4 Jason Curnow (Tamarack)
5 Jeff Fox (Ciclistas del Rio)
6 Eric Malone (Durango Wheel Club)
7 Alex Dossin (Cycle Loft)
8 Jess Arie
9 Matthew Phillips (Bicycling Magazine)
10 James Temte
11 John McManus (Durango Wheel Club)
11 Eric Burris (Durango Wheel Club)
12 Brian Bluemle (BSK Law/Bike Loft)
13 Beau Savage (Durango Wheel Club)
14 Wayne Nadalski (Kokopelli)
15 Richard Bagienski (3D Racing)
16 Brandon McNellis (Hobbit House)
17 Scott Pendleton (Ciclistas del Rio)
18 Walt Axthelm (Durango Wheel Club)
19 Tom Hoefer (Durango Wheel Club)
20 Scott Clow (Ciclistas del Rio)

Men 40+
1 Joe Burtoni (Durango Wheel Club)
2 Robert Sonora (Durango Wheel Club)
3 James Deaton (3D Racing)

Dolores Cyclocros Day 02 Results

Dolores Cyclocross Race
Dolores, Colo. USA

Race 2 – October 19: FLC Squawker Cup #2


1 Carmen McNellis (Aaron’s)
2 Kristin Danielson (Velo Bella)
3 Stephanie Swan
4 Martha Iverson (Durango Wheel Club)
5 Shantelle Pierce
6 Mary Monroe (Tokyo Joe’s)

Men A
1 Travis Brown (Trek)
2 Grant Berry (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory)
3 Joey Thompson (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory)
4 John Stephens (Fort Lewis College)
5 Greg Lewis (Directory Plus/Trek)
6 Alister Ratcliff (Fior di Fontta)
7 Jesse Delaney
8 Brendan Schafer
9 Kenny When (SRAM)
10 Gregory Carpenter
11 Michael Carroll (Durango Wheel Club)
DNF Robin Guillaume

Men B
1 Jason Curnow (Tamarack)
2 Jonathon Delacey (Durango Wheel Club)
3 Tom Miller (Ciclistas del Rio)
4 Matthew Phillips (Bicycling Magazine)
5 John McManus (Durango Wheel Club)
6 Steve Lamont (DCCX)
7 Alex Dossin (Cycle Loft)
8 Eric Malone (Durango Wheel Club)
9 Jeff Fox (Ciclistas del Rio)
10 James Temte
11 Eric Burris (Durango Wheel Club)
12 Scott Pendleton (Ciclistas del Rio)
13 Walt Axthelm (Durango Wheel Club)
14 Jess Arie
15 Tom Hoefer (Durango Wheel Club)
16 Richard Bagienski (3D Racing)
17 Scott Clow (Ciclistas del Rio)

Men C
1 Walt Axthelm (Durango Wheel Club)
2 Joe Burtoni Jr.

1 Alex Bernholtz
2 Sam Kelly

Men 40+
1 Joe Burtoni (Durango Wheel Club)
2 Robert Sonora (Durango Wheel Club)
3 James Deaton (3D Racing)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Dolores Cyclocross Day 01 Results

Dolores Cyclocross Race
Dolores, Colo. USA

Race 1 – October 18: FLC Squawker Cup #1

Men B
1 Jonathon Delacey (Durango Wheel Club)
2 Tom Miller (Ciclistas del Rio)
3 Steve Lamont (DCCX)
4 Jeff Fox (Ciclistas del Rio)
5 Jess Arie
6 Eric Malone (Durango Wheel Club)
7 Alex Dossin (Cycle Loft)
8 Brian Bluemle (BSK Law/Bike World)
9 James Temte
10 Beau Savage (Durango Wheel Club)
11 Wayne Natolskie (Kokopelli)
12 Brandon McNellis (Hobbit House)
13 Richard Bagienski (3D Racing)
14 Eric Burris (Durango Wheel Club)
15 Joe Burtoni Jr.
DNF Walt Axthelm (Durango Wheel Club)
DNF Tom Hoefer (Durango Wheel Club)


1 Carmen McNellis (Aaron's)
2 Stephanie Swan
3 Anne Cheeney (Durango Devo)
4 Martha Iverson (Durango Wheel Club)
5 Tina Dominic

Men A
1 Travis Brown (Trek)
2 Joey Thompson (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory)
3 Whit Johnson
4 Grant Berry (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory)
5 John Stephens (Fort Lewis College)
6 Greg Lewis (Directory Plus/Trek)
7 Ryan Barthel (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory)
8 Alister Ratcliff (Fior di Fontta)
9 Chad Cheeney
10 Kenny When (SRAM)
11 Robin Guillaume
12 Michael Carroll (Durango Wheel Club)
DNF Brendan Schafer

Mens 40+

1 Joe Burtoni (Durango Wheel Club)
2 Robert Sonora (Durango Wheel Club)
3 James Deaton (3D Racing)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

DWC Club Champs - MTB TT

I would not call this one of my strengths, but I had a really good ride, for me, in the final event. 4.75 miles and 900' of climbing, and some tricky descending. Despite a wipe out on a sweeping right hand turn on loose shale, and hitting an 8" oak head on but staying on the bike, I descended about as well as I ever have, certainly faster than I ever have. I'm comfortable going 40mph downhill in a group on the road, but I don't have the nerve solo on the dirt!

I finished 7th, with a time of 31:34, which was my lowest placing of the 4 events and therefore didn't get me any extra points. Brandon won handily and leapfrogged into the Champion's jersey with 65 points. Steve got 9th and ended up 2nd with 60 points. I stayed at 53 points and 3rd place overall.

I'm psyched with the final result, especially as I had a shot at the overall victory. The format of the event is fun, kinda like a stage race. I'd encourage other Ciclistas to give it a go next year. As for me, I'll bump up and do the "B" flight next year, see if I can be competitive there.

Monday, September 15, 2008

DWC Club Champs - RR

I had three goals for the road race:
(1) - Win it;
(2) - Prevent Steve D. from getting the bonus sprint points;
(3) - Get the sprint points myself if I can.

Well, two out of three ain't bad...

It was a gorgeous if chilly morning as we started at Trimble Lane on 550, headed to the summit of Coal Bank. At mile 4.5, (on the rollers right before the hot spring) there was a sprint for bonus points. We all knew we had to wear down Steve or else he would just increase his lead with more points, so there were lots of attacks after the train tracks. He covered them all and in the process wore himself down. As we approached the line, I stuck right on his wheel to cover any move he might make. Jim came flying by on the left, and there wasn't anything Steve could do. As much as I wanted to try to go for the points, I knew that if I went, I would just drag Steve to the line. So Jim got the points, and Steve did not - a good start.

Then we all soft pedaled trying to recover before the climbs. I pulled away slowly on the lower slopes of Shalona, and nobody followed. Just before going over the tracks, Brandon jumped across, and the two of us worked to increase the lead. We had a few hundred yards at the top of Shalona. By Haviland Lake, there was no sign of anyone behind. We worked really well together on the rollers to the base of Coal Bank, catching some stragglers from the groups who started earlier. Then we dug in for the last 6 miles.

We each pulled for about 2 miles. As we neared the top, Brandon was in front, and I was feeling OK but not great. I pulled alongside, and we discussed our options. We thought about finishing together and splitting the points; if either one of us won outright, we would take the lead in the omnium, but if we shared the points, Steve would still be in the lead. So we decided to go for the win, and with that, Brandon accelerated. I put in a dig and got back on his wheel. I decided to stay right there, and try my sprint at 100m. Brandon would accelerate and slow, accelerate and slow, trying to drop me. As we neared 100m, he accelerated again, and I knew I would have to go for it. I took a few meters to get back on his wheel, and then stomped it. I got by him almost immediately, and then just hung on for dear life for the last 50. Whew! I am really thankful for all those hill sprints we've been doing on the club rides, without those, I wouldn't have known I could do it.

So Steve and I are tied at 53 points apiece, with Brandon in 3rd with 52. The fourth and final race is a MTB TT in Horse Gulch tomorrow. Best 3 of the 4 results count for the final omnium. Steve has the advantage, as this will be his third race and all his points count (he dropped out of the RR once he missed the sprint points). Brandon and I are each racing for incremental points, trying to do better than our lowest placings (5th for me in the crit, 5th for him in the TT). I think we're racing for 2nd, but anything can happen, I suppose.

Monday, September 8, 2008

DWC Club Championships

I've been riding in the club championships in the 'C' flight this past week. That may be sandbagging a little bit, but I know for sure I am not competitive in the Bs.

Anyway, a good start last Thurs in the 16 mile TT. I took 3rd place with a time of 42:18, just over 23mph average. The criterium on Sunday was mixed for me - I rode a strong race and placed 5th, but strategically it was very poor. The TT winner also won the crit, and may have an insurmountable point lead at this point. Trouble was, all of us knew he was likely to win a bunch sprint, and yet we couldn't get it together to try a break, or at least push the pace to string it out some. I felt strong all race, and for some reason thought I'd see if I could outsprint him, but I should have gone on a flyer in the last lap and a half and hoped to stay ahead. At least then I'd have a good guage on my strength relative to the group, and probably done no worse than 5th anyway.

So, a little frustrating. Only my fifth competitive criterium, and there's lots to learn about tactics! Road race is this Saturday, Trimble to Coal Bank, and I have a good chance of winning that, but I think I'm too far behind to win the overall. We'll see.

Tues Ride - CX and road

Hola Ciclistas:

As Lance mentioned last Friday, for those who want to start their cyclocross training, there will be regular(?) Tuesday evening cross rides, most likely at the course on Boggy. We’ll try to keep you posted on particulars as they happen, through e-mail and at the blog. For this Tuesday, meet at Flanders/Sol Cycles in Dolores at 5:15pm to ride to the course, or 5:45 at the course. (The start/finish for the course is on the FS road in the Boggy area – continue past the Boggy parking lot on Road W for about 2 miles, park on the side of the road). If you’re interested in learning about cyclocross, bring your mountain bike, and have a blast!

I, however, am still riding on the pavement, and am looking to ride to House Creek Tuesday evening. Meet at Flanders/Sol at 5:30, and we’ll head out from there.


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Cyclocross Racing @ Fort Lewis in November

The Squawker Cup

Registration: 8:30 AM.
Pre-ride: 9:45 AM.

Racing: 10:00 AM.

Entry Fee: $10 – Public, $5 – FLC Club Members (and $100 Club Boosters).

Categories: Men A, Men B, Men 40+, Women Open.
Dates: Five Sundays


Prizes: Awarded to overall winners of each category at end of series.

Check http://cycling.fortlewis.edu/ for updates.

Monday, August 25, 2008

ABQ club ride last w/e

Rode with New Mexico Velo Sport this past Saturday while down in Abq, same group Steve rode with last Easter. Friendly group, good tough ride out to Tijeras, around and back. Same mileage as our W. Fork/Fish Creek, but with 1000' more of climbing, and about 10* hotter - mid nineties when finished. Will take adavantage of this club ride in the winter!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Tuesday Eve Ride 8/26

There will be a Tuesday night ride leaving from Flanders Park at 5:45pm. Tuesday evening rides have been about two hours long. Hope to see everyone there!


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tuesday Eve Ride, 8/19

Hola Ciclistas,

There will be a ride Tues evening, leaving from Flanders Park in Dolores at 5:45pm today. We’re heading out to House Creek and back. Nothing too intense. Come out and enjoy the awesome summer evening!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Escalante Days!

I just wanted to give a big thanks to all the Ciclistas for the last year of riding with the club! A year ago my fitness was so poor that I did not ride in the Escalante Days race because I knew my time would be so slow on my geared bike in the sport class. This year I rode the Expert race on a single speed and feel I owe most of my improvement in the last year to riding with the club! When I joined the club at the end of last July, I suffered to finish the three hour rides we went on but by sticking with it and lots of encouragement from everyone I slowly improved my fitness so I could hang in. I owe everyone in the club a big thanks and especially Lance for helping me with my cadence, nutrition and some hill specific training we did this Spring to improve my weak climbing ability. The new enthusiasm for riding I got from riding with the club allowed me to ride my first twelve hour race this Spring and buy a single speed and ride it like I never would of thought possible before this year. I wish other people in the community would realize the benefits of riding with the experienced riders there are in the club as they could improve as much as I have just by being around you guys. Well the race itself did not go as I would of liked, as the rain the night before made the trail just slick enough in a few spots that I went down on a corner when I was out of the saddle and pedaling hard and my front tire broke loose and threw me down in some brush. When I got up, I knew I was bleeding pretty good from the side of my head and it felt like I pulled a groin muscle, but it was a race so you keep going. I gave what I had left and finished and then went straight to my truck to check my head and seen I had a good size flap of my ear hanging down. I headed to the ER where they cleaned me up and glued my ear back together. On Monday, I went and had my leg checked out as it hurt all day Sunday, and they told me I had a pulled hip flexor muscle so they taped up my leg and sent me on my way. If you ride long enough and hard enough, everyone goes down sometime, but mine always seems to happen when I don't want it to. Well, there is always next year! Well this story kind of dragged out longer than I thought it would, but I will see you guys on Sunday for the group ride and I am looking forward to another year of improving our fitness and riding skills!

Thanks Boys!

Friday, July 25, 2008


Hey Folks,
Just wanted to remind club members there is a meeting July 30th. That is this Wednesday, 6:15 at Sol Cycles.Topics will include fall cyclocross races, a more structured special order process and the next years goals as a club with a mission to better the Dolores river valley community through cycling.
See you there,

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Lesson learned...

Don't put the wrong set of keys in your jersey when leaving your car for the Tuesday night ride, or you might be home really late!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Sunday Ride July 13th

Okay Ciclistas -- let's put that enthusiasm for Le Tour to work on Sunday. Last week, albeit Fourth of July Weekend, I was the only Ciclista to show. Thanks to Pete and Herb for keeping me company. But when I think about it, we haven't had a solid group of more than four or five since March. It's time.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Tuesday Night Ride

Doug and myself will be doing a Tuesday evening ride up the West Fork if anyone wants to join in. We will leave from in front of Sol Cycle in Dolores at 5:00 pm and go on a easy ride up and back. Last Tuesday we cruised at about 15 - 16 mph so it is an easy ride that anyone can enjoy. See you then!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Summer Clothing Order

Clothes have arrived. You can pick them at Sol. Individual items have been bundled, and the balance due for your order is written on the plastic bag. Feel free to take some stickers.

Sunday's ride is a group choice.

Finally, please leave a comment on our club kit. What do you like? What would you like to change?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Sunday Ride for 6/22

Be prepared for some dirt roads this week. With Telluride Bluegrass wrapping up on Sunday, it's been my experience that HWY 145 has just that much more traffic, so the return ride may not be quite as friendly for a group.

So, I propose we do our usual ride to Fish Creek, but return via Cottonwood Canyon and the Dolores - Norwood Road with an option to ride out to McPhee Resevoir and back.

Bring along extra flat tire stuff and a little extra food. There are 3 water stops -- one at W Dolores Campground, one at a spring up the Cottonwood Rd, and one at McPhee Res.

See you at 9AM in Flanders Park.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Adopt a Stretch of HWY 145

There has been mention that Ciclistas ought to adopt a stretch of Highway 145. A 2 mile stretch, just before and after the turn to the West Fork, has become available. Please leave a comment as to whether Ciclistas should adopt this stretch of highway and whether or not you would be willing to participate in highway clean up.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sunday Ride for 6/8

Consensus opinion suggests that we now start our Sunday rides at 9:00 AM.

For the sake of clarification, typically, the Summer Sunday Ride heads up river to Fish Creek and back. The Sunday Ride proceeds at a pace that averages 17-19 mph. We teach group riding and pacelining skills. Mr. Bill, who's 61 years old, calls it the friendliest group ride he's ridden in some time. Incidently, we've only left one rider behind, and he had a hangover, a bad hangover.

Finally, with the Summer racing season upon us, there will be weekends when some of the regulars may be out of town. So please leave a comment indicating your plans for Sunday.

(Liquigas and CdR -- we have so much in common.)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Iron Horse Report

Ciclistas del Rio's regional rider, Eric Strong, made the trip to Durango from Amarillo, TX. And on lap 5, Eric begins wondering "where's the air?"

The LaMunyon family watches the Master's 35-39 race start from Main Street.

Linnie wants to know why Michael Carter is racing, and ultimately winning, back to back crits.

Group of 4 getting together to chase former Saturn Pro Scott Mercier who is up the road with another rider. Mercier would come back, and the Master's 40-44 finish would come to a sprint.

Saturday, May 24, 2008


Sunday Ride at 10am, not 9

Sunday Ride - May 25th

Iron Horse RR Cancelled - Bummer!

Well, for those not doing the criterium, you ought to have fresh legs for a ride today. I and my friends who had hoped to do the Iron Horse are thinking about a West Fork / Fish Creek ride, leaving Flanders Park at 9am. Rec pace, no-drop, social ride - come join us!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

One More Shoutout from the 12Hrs of MV

I just wanted to give a shoutout to another Ciclista who wasn't mentioned in the blog. Mr. Tom Miller finished fourth in the Duo Male riding with Wayne Nadolsky from Lotsa Pasta. They did 8 laps in 12:28:47 and were only nine minutes out of second. Great riding Tom! I also wanted to wish all the Ciclistas the best of luck on Saturday in the Iron Horse RR. Give Em Hell Boys! I am going to have ride from Cortez to Hesperus and back so I can feel like I am suffering with you. When we get back to our regular Sunday rides again we should have lot's of stories to share! Well until then.......

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

What Are Your Iron Horse Weekend Plans?

Friday's Registration and/or Velo Swap?
Saturday's RR or Tour

Sunday's Crit?

Monday's Time Trial?
Leave a comment and perhaps we can coordinate a bit of the travel, etc.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Sunday's Rec Ride (May 18th)

Coal Bank and Molas Pass

Meet at 8:30 at Flanders Park, Dolores to carpool over to Needles
Be ready to ride at 10am at the Needles store (couple miles before Purgatory on the west side of Hwy 550).

This will be at recreational, not racing, pace, so please come along to enjoy these passes - a must for those in the Iron Horse! We'll re-group at the tops of all the climbs, and I'll patrol up and down the group to pace people if they need and generally provide support. The weather is going to be great, but, this is Spring in the San Juans, so be prepared with at least a wind jacket, maybe arm warmers, too. Bring enough food and water - this is about a 35 mile ride with 3 climbs.

It's going to be a great ride, I can't wait! See you there,

Thursday, May 15, 2008

12 Hours of Suffering at Mesa Verde

The 12 Hours of Mesa Verde was a blast this year. Temps were more reasonable than last year which kept the dehydration cramps at bay. The course was in great shape and there was a huge turnout. The last number I heard was approximately 250 riders!! The first lap was kind of a mess with so much traffic on the singletrack. The run and short road section did not seem to be near long enough to spread out the crowd. Unfortunately, I was more concerned with saving some energy for the long days ride ahead and did not get out front at the gun. This meant I followed a line of about 30 riders (or more) at a leisurely pace for the first 1/2 lap before finally working around and getting a chance to open it up a little. After the first lap everything spread out and traffic was only a minor issue.

All of the Ciclistas that participated were in the solo class so we didn't get much chance to see each other except for the occassional "refill" in the pit area. I can't speak for Steve or Scott, but I was again questioning the sanity of the whole thing by noon. Each lap became a harder test of the mental will to keep going. I almost quit at 2 laps, thought real serious about dropping out at 3 laps, don't really remember the 4th or 5th lap, and spent most of the 6th lap just trying to get to each of the next mile markers. There was a reasonable chance that I was going to make the 6:30 p.m. cutoff time to head out for lap 7 until my deraileur cable broke leaving me in a gear that forced me to walk all of the steeps. At least it waited until close to the end to break and still allowed me to ride the flats and downhill in a big gear. At the end, I told Cat (my fiancee) that I was done racing (which is what I say at the end of every endurance race that I have ever done), but by Sunday afternoon I was already bumming that I didn't get a chance to go for the 7th lap and plotting for next year.

Final results for the Ciclistas:

Steve Wayman (Solo Geezer Class) 5 laps in 10:16:51 ; 5th place (awesome job Steve)
Scott Clow (Solo Class) 5 laps in 11:40:39 ; 22nd place (congrats on reaching your goal Scott)
Jeff Fox (Solo Class) 6 laps in 11:42:50 ; 15th place

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Deadline May 15: Clothing Order

The order form at Sol Cycles has reached ten items. Racing level members have until end of business on May 15 to add an item to the order. We will send our order to Champ-Sys on Friday the 16th. If you need to submit an order via email, please email me and I will add you to the list: dlamunyon@gmail.com

50% of your order will be due May 22.


Thursday, May 8, 2008

Rec. Ride for May 11th

Iron Horse training ride: Rico-Telluride-Rico. Meet at 9AM at Flanders Park, Dolores, to carpool to Rico. Post a comment if you want details, I'll respond to any posts by the end of the day, Friday.

Sunday Ride for May 11th

Ciclistas' 'Men of Dirt' will be riding the 12 hours at Mesa Verde. Best of luck boys.

The road riders will be in Durango for the second event in the Mercy Medical Criterium Series.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Stage 4 - The Gila Monster

Tough day in the saddle. We all finished. Got to get driving back to Dolores, so details tomorrow.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Tour of the Gila Stage 3

Make this quick, it's late and we need to sleep!

16 mile criterium (15 laps), with 2 killer rollers on the back side of the course. Very fast start. Lance and EB hung in with the pack, with Lance taking 10th! I hung in for 4 laps before being dropped with a group of 7. We kept the pack in sight for a few more laps before 4 of us couldn't hang with 3 stronger riders. Then the pack disappeared for good. Got pulled after 10 laps (3 better than last year!) and given a pro-rated time 3:47 down. Doug had dead legs, plus he got cut off at the start and had to come to a stop, so never had a chance to join the pack.

A big thanks to Michael Engleman who was at the top of the rollers cheering on Ciclistas riders every lap - it was a huge boost!

We're all hanging in there about the same places on GC. After another ice bath, I feel pretty good for tomorrow, and have set myself a pretty good goal. If I can make up 2:42 on the 3 guys just ahead of me, I will make the top 50. There is a 10 mile Cat 2 climb followed by a 4 mile Cat 4 climb to finish a 75 mile day tomorrow, so I like my chances. We'll see!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Tour of the Gila, Stages 1 & 2

It is windy here and it sucks. Otherwise we're having fun.

Stage one yesterday was a 65 mile road race, with 2 Cat 3 climbs, and about 4200' of climbing. The first occurs right at the start, from mile 5 to mile 10. It really is the crux, because if you can get over that with the pack, you can cruise for the next 40 miles. Needless to say, we all got dropped at various points along the way. Still, there are enough other riders that you usually can form groups and make headway.

Doug was the first Ciclista to get dropped, but managed to power through after the descent and catch and work with a few others. The last 15 miles include another 5 mile long Cat 3 climb and 10 miles of rollers into a nasty headwind - gusts to 45 mph!! So if you're not with a group, it really sucks.

I was the next to pop off the back, but was doing much better than last year. After the descent I started reeling in other riders, until we had a nice group of 10 to form a fast pace line. With a cross/tail wind, we were making 30 mph. 4 of us dropped the others on the climb and started passing others on the rollers. A group of six of us worked that last few rollers togther and finished about 20 mins down. That was about 15 mins better than last year for me.

Lance and EB (from Durango Wheel Club) were the last to get dropped on the first climb. Unfortunataely there weren't many others between them and the pack, and while they were able to work with a few, it was just the two of them for much of the rest of the race. They finished about 17 mins down.

As far as placing, out of 85 riders, this is about right:
EB - 43
Lance - 45
Michael - 53
Doug - 65

Todays Stage: 16.2 mile Time Trial with about 1300' of climbing. This was tough, and mostly because of the wind. It was hard for me to get any kind of rhythm going. Doug and I each passed one rider in front of us, but were in turn passed by 4 others. Lance and EB both fared much better, despite each dropping a chain! Results haven't been posted yet, so we'll have to wait and see.

Time for an ice bath, my legs are sore!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Clothing Order Sign Up

Now that we have the design dialed in, clothing orders can happen whenever our club has an order of at least ten main items (jerseys, shorts, jackets). Custom clothing orders are available to race level Ciclistas members (see below for a reminder about the benefits of joining at the race level).

We have a sign up for race level club members to order Ciclistas clothing at Sol Cycles. Drop in and sign up as you decide you need an item.

Order process:
1. Club members sign up at Sol Cycles
2. When the list has ten main items, we will send an email and make a blog post giving other members one more week to get on the list.
3. The order is submitted--one week later 50% of your purchase price is due.
4. Six weeks after order--the balance of your order is due.
5. Delivery typically happens six to eight weeks after the order is submitted.
6. Pick up clothing at Sol Cycles.


Racing Membership - $60 - Join club rides - Custom club clothing orders at 40% discount - Order Hutchison tires at 40% discount - Order Hammer / E-Caps products at 40% discount - Order Time shoes / pedals at 40% discount - 20% Sol Cycles discount * The Hutchison/Hammer/Time products are available through our relationship with Michael Engleman and the United States Women's Cycling Development Program. Ciclistas hopes to support the program's commitment to Dolores by using their sponsors' products.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Colorado Springs Races

For the second Sat race, I rode in the 4-5 crit, on a course that was shorter than Iron Horse, but with a hill very much like it. I hung in for the entire race; field was about 40 riders. It was really windy, and even though guys would get off the front, nothing would stick. As we came through S/F with one lap to go, 2 guys got a bit of a gap, maybe 20-30 meters. We were heading towards a 180 degree turn around a boulevard, so I jumped across, bringing another guy with me. Karen got a great shot of my move. The 4 of us consolidated the gap, made the 180, and bang, an old woman drove onto the course right passed a four feet tall barricade. We all sat up, freewheeled just a second or two, and the group came back just as we were getting ourselves reorganized. Meanwhile the old lady, freaks out, and goes speeding down the road on what turns out to be the wrong side of the road/boulevard. I wound up finishing 21st -- such luck.

The Saturday TT was 12.75 everything but flat miles. The race was Open category with most of the 54 rider field being 1's, 2's, and 3's. I finished 37th overall, but 3rd when the results are broken down by category.

Sunday, I raced 3-4 for the RR. It was pretty much a 3’s race. Field of about 75. Super windy with a steep downhill, tailwind start. We hit near 60mph on the descent, had to bang a right hand corner with all that speed, turns out there was a crash in Pros who started 10 minutes prior. On the sides of the road, was a van and an ambulance, and about six guys laying in the gutter with broken bikes, wheels, and what looked like a couple of broken collar bones. The van on the left side was in my line, so I locked up by bike, skidding but staying upright. I was not the only gripped riders; you could smell burning brake pads in the group. I missed the van, but by now the group is stringing out single file. I spent the next 5 miles or so, on the rivet, trying to stay out of the wind as we approached the 4-5 mile climb back to start finish. Needless to say, I was gassed and was one of the many guys coming unhooked from the group about half way up the climb. On the descent, the second time, I caught another rider, but he wasn’t too interested in working with me. Even though he had better legs than me on that flat headwind section, he thought he could make the next group up the road without me, and I had to let go. So I rode the climb into the cross head wind, alone. Then I decided to pull the plug midway and get an early start on the way home.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Vuelta A Bosque, Day 2 (Criterium)

OK, I was never in this one. Legs were like lead and I was dropped by the middle of the 2nd lap! Still, I came here to race, so I kept at it, basically a 40 min time trial. And, I did not finish last - catching and passing another dropped rider about half way through. Finished about 2 mins down. Eric was up there for a while, before he got spat out the back as well. He had a long drive back to Texas, so decided to get a headstart on that.

So for the weekend, I was 9th out of 15 starters, 10 finishers. I'm pretty happy with that, considering this was a training race and I did not taper for it. Learned a lot for the Tour of the Gila in a week and a half. (Spencer Compton of Durango Wheel club won the TT, RR and GC for the weekend - go Four Corners cycling!).

Anyone got a set of aero bars I can try for the Gila? That will make a huge difference in the time trial if I can get comfortable at high speeds with them. Let me know!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Vuelta A Bosque, Day 1

It started early with a 7 mile time trial at 7am. Very nice course on excellent new roads with little traffic, south of the ABQ airport. 1/2 mile 7% hill in the last mile and a half - ouch! I ended up in the middle of the pack at 18:19 - quite satisfied for my first racing time trial.

Hooked up with new Ciclistas member Eric Strong before the start of the road race at 1pm. Eric is a friend of Doug's and joins us from west Texas - where he says he can't find enough racers to train with.

40 mile out'n'back road race with a 20mph headwind going out, tailwind returning. I felt great for the first 15 miles, and then got on the wrong side of an echelon for far too long, and got dropped on the rollers at mile 22. I was dead last at that point! Up ahead the accelerations in the bunch were starting to shell more people, including Eric. I caught up with him (siempre los farolitos rojos por los Ciclistas!) and together we started to reel in more. Caught two more on our way to the finish, and nearly caught another pair at the line, just 3 seconds down. Good strong finish, I just gotta figure out a way to get through miles 20-30 without getting dropped! Times have not been posted yet, so I'm not sure how far back of the bunch we were.

40 minute criterium tomorrow - goal for me is to finish without getting lapped!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Lessons for Ciclistas

Don't raise your hands until you've actually won.

College A race in Fruita, CO with the reigning National Crit Champ getting pipped at the line.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Sunday Ride Time Change

Let's meet at 10:00 AM in Flanders Park-- temps should be in the mid 40's, warming to near 60. Plan on at least 2.5 hours with an option for another 1.5 hours. If we have a large enough group, we will work once again focus on the long pull.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Mad Cow Classic Weekend

Saturday's RR: Long, windy, with a whole lot of grinding false flats ...

...and the guy on the ATV looked to be having more fun as Ciclistas riders suffered through and finished in the latter half of the field.

Sunday's Crit: Windy and Fast. We averaged 24 mph in spite of the 30+mph wind gusts. The group stayed pretty much together with the race coming down to a sprint finish. I took a flyer with 1/2 lap and three turns to go. I led into the finishing straight, faded, and was overtaken by a group of six in the final 30 meters. We met and raced with a Dr. Steve, a friend of Jim Hanosh's. Nice guy who comes to the 4 Corners from time to time to work with Mac Wyman. Later I learned that woman you can see is Tiffany Pezzulo, a former National level crit rider, described by my friend Renee, who's a national champ on the track, as "really freakin' strong."

Steve chasing hard and wondering: "Just how exactly does 45 minutes in Fruita translate into 12 hours at Mesa Verde? "

Mad Cow Classic results?

How did everyone make out up in Grand Junction? How were the racing conditions? Did everyone enjoy the race? Please update those of us who couldn't make it with all of the details.

Jeff Fox

Monday, March 24, 2008

Hill Laps, anyone?

Thinking of doing some laps on CR31 above the high school on Wed eve. Meet at Flanders park about 5 'til 6:00, short warm-up ride out 145 for 5 miles and back, then 3 laps up and down the hill. I usually do 1 sitting all the way, 1 standing all the way, and one however I feel. See you there!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Riding with NM Velo Sport Cycling

When I found out I would be traveling to Albuquerque for Easter weekend, I started looking for a group ride I could join in with so I could get my miles in this weekend. On the NM racing series website I found group rides for the state and the NM Velo Sport club sounded like a good bunch to ride with. I emailed a club officer about it and he said I was welcome to join in. I met up with 21 other riders at 9am at a parking lot next to Perfection Honda used car lot at the intersection of Academy and McKinney. I was one of only a couple of people who drove there as most of the other people rode their bike to the start. After a little discussion between members about which route we would take that day (some wanted to climb and some wanted to roll the flats) it was decided we would climb on this day. The route was as follows -McKinney to San Pedro to Tramway at the Interstate- up Tramway to Central -East to Tijeras and then South up Tijeras canyon. Once we topped out on a mesa up Tijeras canyon we turned around and retraced our route back to the start. It was right at 70 miles and 3hours 45 minutes of hard riding. They ride hard but they do slow down and regroup at the top of any big climbs although getting that many people through traffic lights is challenging. It was a good ride and I met a lot of really nice people and I would reccomend this group ride to anybody that finds themselves in Albuquerque on a Saturday morning with a little time on their hands. Hope you guys had a good ride on Sunday and I will see some of you in GJ this weekend at the Mad Cow Classic.


Monday, March 10, 2008

Tour of the Gila update

As of this morning, there are only 36 slots left in the Men's 4/5 category race (cap at 85). This race has always filled, so make sure you sign up soon!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Group Ride for Sunday, March 9

With the Spring Road Season now upon us, it's time to make the Sunday Ride a little more purposeful.

First, we need to extend our saddle time a little.

Second, we need to focus on maintaining a solid rotating tempo. (See C Carmichael for explanation about long pulls/tempo http://www.trainright.com/articles.asp?uid=3296)

Third, we need to continue to ride safely. Winter has left the roads gritty and potholed.

So, I propose the Sunday Ride leave Dolores at 11:00 AM > over Summit to Mancos > Mancos to Cortez > South along the Mesa > North to 491> to Arriola > Road S to Lebanon School House > up to 184 > Dolores.

Bring plenty of food and drink.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

First Belgian Semi-Classic RRs are Sat & Sunday

Tune in Live March 1st and 2nd (6:30 am if I've done the conversion correctly) to the Omloop Het Volk and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne at http://www.cycling.tv/
*you will have to subscribe either for the season or for a quarter

Friday, February 22, 2008

Please Participate in Our 3 Polls

Hammer Nutrition is one of the featured products that Sol Cycles discounts for racing members.

To better help Scott at Sol Cycles anticipate the needs of Ciclistas del Rio, please indicate products you would purchase on a regular basis, ie. monthly or even quarterly.

For more information see "Which fuel is right for me."

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Sunday Ride Possibilities

Leave a comment if you have preference:

1) Moab for a Dead Horse Point Ride, leaving Dolores at ?

2) Dove Creek for Slickrock Hill, leaving Dolores at 10 AM

3) Dolores wherever the roads are ridable, leaving at 11 AM

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Forty Degrees Makes Me Think ...

The first races in the NM Race Cup are just 4 weeks away (March 8-9)


Hillsboro is pretty far south, but this picture from the start of last year's race shows lots of bare arms and legs.
Hotel options in T or C or camping off of I-25 outside of Hillsboro.

Leave a comment if you might be interested.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

It's Official -- We Are Somebody

USA Cycling has processed the Ciclistas club application.

Check out the link: http://www.usacycling.org/clubs/index.php?state=CO

Be sure to include our name when you take out your racing license.

I see that one of the benefits this year is 50% of Habervision Sunglasses. Steve Owens from Colorado Premier Training in Durango tells me that they make nice stuff.

Thursday, January 3, 2008


The Sunday Ride will meet at 11:00AM in Flanders Park.
We will only cancel if the roads are too icy/snowy to ride (which looks like a real possibility).

Alternative: Nordic Skiing at either Chicken Creek or on Lizard Head.
Check out Telluride Nordic for grooming updates http://www.telluridenordic.org/

Comment if you're interested.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Spring Clothing Order

We need to start thinking about our next order. Here are some things I need feedback on:

1. Fix the tread on the sleeves and collar
2. Add USWCDP logo to back
3. I heard Chris Barber might want to sponsor?

1. The cost for different spots on the kit
2. When do previous sponsors need to renew?
3. Is Sol Cycles providing a service worthy of the front/back/shorts of our kit?

1. For sponsor sign-up/art (Feb. 14?)
2. For clothing order (March 1?)

You can submit feedback and/or ideas to comments on this thread. If the response seems like it warrants a face-to-face discussion, I will coordinate a time to talk.


2012 Dolores CX Results

2012 Dolores CX Results
Any questions concerning the results, please email CiclistasdelRio@gmail.com