New Singletrack Trailhead Established
When you go to use the Socorro Singletrack, please don't use the
old trailhead, at the place where you have to climb over the
fence. You'd notice that the fence is back in place, and the old
trail is destroyed anyway. On the March 1st maintenance
day, a total of 17 volunteers, about 2/3 of which were SSR members,
created a whole new trail section from near the old trailhead to
the gate 2/10-mile to the north. A separate crew did maintenance on
the old trail, sweeping, fixing eroded sections, and putting in
Special thanks go to Brad Cromey and Robert Abernathy,
both of EMRTC, for taking the initiative when the EMRTC
management made their desires clear. It is our
understanding that the use of the singletrack is now OK,
so long as riders stay on the existing trails and stay off
the EMRTC ranges. Robert is working on getting that in
Relay For Life Survey
Our discussion of Relay For Life fundraisers at the March
meeting led to a suggestion that SSR resolve to donate a
fixed percentage of event proceeds to the Relay
cause. We'd like to know what you think: please fill out
this survey form.
For those who don't already know, the Relay For Life is an American
Cancer Society fundraising event for the whole community. The
participants are organized into teams, such as the team SSR has
with Trex Enterprises. Most money is raised by the teams before the
Relay, while the Relay is an 18-hour overnight event that
demonstrates the theme that "Cancer Never Sleeps."
The Relay itself will be June 13-14, 2003. For you triathletes,
that's the weekend after the Milkman Triathlon. There is a
$10 registration fee per team member, and the goal is for each team
member to raise $100. Luminarias and star/crescent moon signs are
available now; contact Fred
Yarger or Camille
Scliezi for more information.
March Meeting Recap
The March regular club meeting was held on Tuesday, March
4th, at the Public Library. We discussed the upcoming
Shelter Shuffle and the Relay For Life, among other things. The
complete minutes are posted here.
NM Highway Department Representative Offers To Speak
Would you come to a talk by a New Mexico State Highway And
Transportation Department representative? Greg White, the
NMSHTD representative on the state's Bicycle, Pedestrian,
and Equestrian committee, would like to come to Socorro
and talk to SSR about cycling issues. This is a good
opportunity for you to make your voice heard about highway
issue, bicycle commuting, or anything else you'd like to
happen within the highway department.
We have not yet scheduled Mr. White, but we've been thinking of the
regular meeting on April 3rd. If you are interested, or
if you'd be interested at another time, please contact Matt Perini. I (Matt) am
personally interested in hearing what the highway department can do
about the poor shoulders on Highway 60, however, I don't want
Mr. White to make the trip to Socorro if I'm the only one who wants
to talk to him. Please let me know.
Dickerson Wins March Handicap
The second race of the spring handicap series was held on Thursday,
March 6th, under perfect conditions on the Low Flow
Channel road east of Socorro. Eight runners started, with Bill
Brundage up front, and Tyler Haughness chasing at about 25 minutes
back. Joe Dickerson pulled into the lead with about 1/4-mile to go,
and held off a hard-charging Tyler for the victory. All the runners
thought that the race was a little longer than 10K, and the times
showed it, and so the handicaps will be adjusted on a later
race. Thanks to Robert for organizing another fun race!
The next race will also be a 10K handicap, and it will be held on
Thursday, April 3rd. The exact time and place will be
announced later on this web page.
White Sands Century Information
The White Sands Missile Range will be hosting a century ride on
April 12th. The ride, which the sponsors emphasize is
"not a race," begins between 7:00 and 8:00 AM at the Tularosa High
School football field parking lot, and ends at the same
location. All riders will be picked up by 6:00 PM.
The ride itself will be held on the roads inside the missile
range. There will be water, energy drinks, and fruit at the 26, 50,
and 79 mile points. Lunch will be provided at the
midpoint. Photography is not permitted. Entry fee is $25, and there
is no day-of-event registration. An online entry form is available
Mountain Bike Picture Rally On May 3
Robert Abernathy is planning
a fun, family-oriented, event for May 3rd, a "Mountain
Bike Picture Rally." The picture rally concept is based on the same
sort of event for car or motorcycle clubs, where you're given a set
of numbered photos, and you attempt to visit each place where a
photo was taken. In our case, each photo may contain a different
view of M Mountain, and you'll be following trails and streets in
the Socorro area, until you arrive at the party at the end. More
details on what to bring and where to meet will be coming on this
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