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2003 Statewide Race Calendar

First Annual
APAS Shelter Shuffle
March 29, 2003

Mount Taylor Quadrathlon

Bike 13 miles, run 5 miles, ski 3 miles, and snowshoe 1 mile up to the top of 11400' Mount Taylor, then reverse the order back down to the town of Grants. That's the Mount Taylor Quadrathlon, without a doubt the best multi-sport (or any other kind, for that matter) race in New Mexico. This race offers challenge, uniqueness, the beauty of the mountains, great prizes, and seems that the whole town of Grants turns out to volunteer. We're extremely lucky to have a race of this caliber in our backyard.

Nevertheless, I (Matt Perini) got my butt kicked (once again). I could claim that fat, age, and poor condition contributed to my less-than-awesome performance, but then I discovered that the overall winner, Mike Kloser, is 42 years old. So it's just fat and poor condition. Mr. Kloser, and the female winner, Danelle Ballangee, both from Colorado, are two of the best adventure racers in the world, and Ms. Ballangee has now won 4 Quads in a row.

Our own Laura Wilcox did have an awesome performance at her first Quad, proving herself to be the best female multi-sport athlete in Socorro and one of the best in New Mexico. Laura finished the race in 5:08:36, placing second in her age group and making her 5th woman overall. I finished way behind her in 6:47:19. Jim Shepherd rode the bike leg for the Socorro coed team "One Geezer, A Ringer, & A Fast Girl", which finished the race in 5:26:49, taking second in their category. Socorro also entered the "New Mexico Tech Viejos + 1" male team, which took first in their division with a time of 4:59:01.

Special thanks go to SSR members Barry Field and Christian Krueger, who were volunteers at the second and third transition areas, respectively. Without people like Christian and Barry, who spend about 10 hours on the mountain helping with timing and aiding the racers, this race would not be possible.

Regular Rides and Runs Around Socorro

These are not SSR-sponsored club events!

  • Cycling (Road): MWF 11:30 AM, meet at the IRIS Parking Lot.
  • Cycling (MTB): Friday 11:30 AM, meet at the IRIS Parking Lot.
  • Running: SSR Sunday social run, meet at Tech pool parking lot, 8AM Sundays.

Like to start a new regular run or ride? Contact Matt Perini to get it listed here.

Spring Handicap Series

The first race of the spring handicap series was held on Thursday, February 20th, under cold, moist, and cloudy conditions. Congratulations to all our intrepid runners for braving the elements. Despite the conditions, most runners beat their handicap times. Thanks to Robert Abernathy (the "Human Icicle") for organizing this race, and for submitting the results.

1stTyler Haughness18:14-1:2647.55
2ndJoe Dickerson23:41-1:1979.54
3rdLaura Wilcox23:20-1:1078.03
4thNathan Heronen24:32-1:0984.02
5thSean West24:30-1:0083.51
6thFred Yarger28:56-0.37103.01
7thChristian Krueger19:29-0:2956.01
8thMatt Perini27:27+0:5797.01

The next race, a 10K handicap, will be announced here soon.

Singletrack Maintenance Day Set For March 1st

If you've been running or riding on the Socorro Singletrack out west of town lately, you can tell it's been a long time since anyone has made an effort to maintain it. In particular, there are places where the track has been eroded by rain and travel to the point where new tracks are being made around the damage. A little maintenance on those areas would help to restore the original path, and it would help to keep our impact on the area to a minimum.

Brad Cromey's Extreme Cycling class and SSR will be teaming up on Saturday, March 1st, for what will turn out to be a hard day of work on the track. That work will mainly involve redirecting water flow by digging trenches in the areas that are damaged.

Plans are being finalized at this time, but it's likely that we'll start early in the morning. Skip your long Saturday workout for this alternative; it's long overdue, and if you use the singletrack at all, you'll appreciate the results. More details will be announced here as the date approaches.

Take the Bike Coalition of NM Survey

The Bike Coalition of New Mexico is an organization of cyclists chartered to concentrate on political advocacy issues. They are currently taking a survey on their web site about your cycling habits and cycling conditions in your area. The results of this survey will be used to construct and prioritize a list of projects and concerns for them to present to local and state representatives.

February 19, 2003

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