Category: Training ride

Tramway Personal Record

On March 23, 2013, I set a personal record of 17 minutes and 48 seconds on the section of Tramway from the Casino stop light to the La Luz road turnoff.  I don’t know if I was just having a good day at the time, but that record has been long standing and quite ellusive… until today.

Today, a day after doing an 82 mile run with the club, I attempted this segment again, and beat it and not by any small amount.

Coming in 44 seconds faster than my previous best time, I completed the 3.6 mile (4.1% ave grade) segment in 16 minutes and 54 seconds.


In July this year, a group from the club is headed to Italy for a week of fully supported touring. They’ll put in more than seven MILES of climbing in the Dolomites. In preparation, we gather each Sunday to help them train for this and many other upcoming mountainous rides of the season.

Personally, I’m training for Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in Durango over Memorial Day weekend. 52 miles and 6500 feet of climbing in a race against the train from Durango to Silverton, Colorado. The last time I did this ride, it took me 4 hours and 35 minutes. The train does it in a little over three hours. Stay tuned!!

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Our typical Saturday club ride and with the warmer weather we started with 18 people.

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Climbing Camp To Ski Area

We decided to meet at the Starbucks at Central and Tramway. Our destination is the Sandia Peak Ski Area. I got there a bit early and setup my bike. The weather was excellent!

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The weather was looking good for a workable mass ascension this morning, so I decided to leave a bit early and get some pictures on the way to my NMTS ride.

After a unusually large dawn patrol, this is the first wave.  The wind was pushing them to the north and west.

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Railrunner Ride

Left the house at 5:45am.  Trying to catch the 1:26 pm train at the 599/I25 station.

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Gilman Tunnels

Well….. A ride to Bernalillo turned into….. A ride to San Ysidro which turned into…..  A ride to Gilman Tunnels!  111 miles!!!  One bottle of water and a very small amount of snacks.

Bernalillo turned into San Ysidro which turned into the Gilman Tunnels! Epic Ride!!


NMTS email blast indicated a 100 mile ride for today.  I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity.  A large group of approximately 30 started the ride with many turning around at various points.  A small group of 6 of us completed the entire ride.  Since I rode from home, I ended up with 111 miles in 6 hours and 10 minutes.  Definitely one of my best times!

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Todd, CJ and I rode to Sandia Crest this morning.  Here’s the video:

First Sandia Crest Climb of 2012