Bike Day at the Capitol

Join us January 27th in Santa Fe, at the Nation’s only round State House for this safe street and highway advocacy event!

The event is FREE
For lunch at NM Bike-N-Sport or Railrunner fare,
please let us know you are coming
<RSVP@BikeABQ.org>

This annual event draws attention to bicycle and motorcycle safety on NM streets and highways. The New Mexico Motorcyclist Right Organization is the main event sponsor. Cyclists are encouraged to attend!   
All types of alternative vehicles face the same problems on the road: Car and truck drivers don’t see us. On Saturday, January 27, 1:00PM at the State Capitol, add your voice to the call for improved road safety.   

Duke City Wheelmen, BikeABQ & Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico are joining with NM Bike-N-Sport to provide transportation support and LUNCH for cyclists. Motorcyclists will meet for lunch at Santa Fe Harley Davidson.
 
8:15 am – Downtown Railrunner Station: Ride Railrunner to Santa Fe <email: RSVP@BikeABQ.org> to have the fare paid!!

9:30 am – Thunderbird Harley-Davidson (5000 Alameda NE): Motorcyclists will meet to ride to the rally, stopping for lunch at Santa Fe Harley-Davidson (4360 Rodeo Road). Motorcyclists will leave Santa Fe Harley at 12:15 to ride to the Capitol.

11:00 am – NM Bike N Sport (504 W Cordova Rd): Bicyclists meet for LUNCH and then walk or cycle to the New Mexico State Capitol Building (bring a bike lock – No bicycles in the Capitol)

1:00 pm – New Mexico State Capitol Building (490 Old Santa Fe Trail): The rally will pay tribute to 2017 victims of crashes who were motorcycling or bicycling in New Mexico. Ongoing advocacy efforts to improve road safety will be highlighted.

Check out the Event on Facebook!

Get ready!

There is much to anticipate,
when you participate
so mark the date.
 
The road isn’t straight
& your heart rate
will elevate.
 
Don’t procrastinate
go ahead and incorporate
La Mosca Bicicleta
into your 2018 cycling mandate.
 
 
La Mosca Bicicleta
June 30, 2018
Junkyard Brewery
Grants, New Mexico

Dia de los Muertos: Ofrenda & Despedida

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is hosting an Ofrenda exhibition again during this time leading up to the Dia de los Muertos Despedida on November 3, 2017.

Most Ofrendas at NHCC are created by school children from across the City. 
Duke City Wheelmen is proud to be included in this tradition.  We have created Ofrendas since 2010, initially with the help of Jacobo de la Serna.

This year’s Ofrenda was the result of the work of Steve Mathias, Dave Hamilton, Carolyn Donnelly and Jennifer Buntz.

 

Go by National Hispanic Cultural Center and see all the Ofrendas 
October 16
 – November 10; 10 am to 5 pm

Visit NHCC November 2 @5:30pm to make your own Ofrenda related art

Participate in the Despedida, Dia de los Muertos Celebration, November 3; 5-7PM

La Mosca Bicicleta

SAVE THE DATE

LA MOSCA BICICLETA 

JUNE 30, 2018

 

 

August 12, 2017

ROAD + DIRT = FUN!

Well maintained gravel roads with lots of climbing.

  Perfect for cross bikes.  Consider 50/34 x 11/32 gearing.

50 mile course GPS track

https://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=fpzxrvfoetlqtxog

 

71 mile course GPS track

https://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=wtgxbzonvaydbvhf

Print A Map

 71 and 50 mile distances.  Register TODAY!!

Only the first 50 people preregistered will get this groovy T-shirt (see above).  

Register now

71 mile distance with 6,844’ of climbing; 2 dirt sectors 17.5 & 22.5 mi. long
50 mile distance with 5,604’ of climbing; 1 dirt sector 22.5 mi, long
Start: Grants, NM (6,414’)
Finish: saddle between La Mosca  Peak and Mt. Taylor (10,591’)
Two aid stations
Registrants will receive cue sheet and GPS track for their event.
Modifications to route may be necessary due to unforeseen events.
See Cue Sheet info & MAP below!
  • $65.00 for 71 mile route before August 10 @11:59pm
    • $80.00 August 11 or 12
  • $50.00 for 50 mile route before August 10 @11:59pm
    • $65.00 August 11 or 12
  • In person Registration & packet pick-up
    • August 10, 2017 4:00-6:00pm
    • Trek Superstore, 5000 Menaul NE, Albuquerque, NM

Late registration, packet pick-up & START LINE
@Route 66 Junkyard Brewery
1634 Route 66, Grants, NM 87020

    • Friday August 11
      4:00-8:00pm
    • Saturday August 12
      6:00-6:30am
    • All riders start at 7:00 am

Long Loop

• MILE 0 – Start @ Junkyard Brewery 1634 Route 66

• MILE 6 – Milan, right turn onto Hwy 05

• MILE 17 – Left onto County Road (CR) 23 Haystack Road (gravel)

• MILE 25 – Right onto CR 41/Red Mountain Road (gravel)

• MILE 28 – Right onto Backwood Road (gravel)

• MILE 33 – Transition back to pavement

• MILE 36 – Right onto Hwy 509

• MILE 41 – Aid Station #1 & right onto Hwy 605

• MILE 48 – Left onto Lee Ranch Road

• MILE 51 – Right onto FS (Forest Service) 456 (gravel)

• MILE 55 – Aid Station #2 and right onto FS 239 (gravel)

• MILE 66 – Right onto FS 453 (gravel)

• MILE 71 – Finish @ Saddle between La Mosca Peak and Mt. Taylor. (gravel)

Short Loop

• MILE 0 – Start @ Junkyard Brewery 1634 Route 66

• MILE 6 – Milan, right turn onto Hwy 05

• MILE 20 – Aid Station #1 & right onto Hwy 605

• MILE 27 – Left onto Lee Ranch Road

• MILE 30 – Right onto FS (Forest Service) 456 (gravel)

• MILE 34 – Aid Station #2 and right onto FS 239 (gravel)

• MILE 45 – Right onto FS 453 (gravel)

• MILE 50 – Finish @ Saddle between La Mosca Peak and Mt. Taylor (gravel)

Tobago International Cycling Classic; September 27-October 2, 2016

Support the UCI 1.2 Tour of Tobago race and the team that

Duke City Wheelmen proudly promotes!ticc-main-2016

Roger Farrell, of Corrales, NM, has organized and successfully coached teams at this event for the past 5 years.  For the 2016 event, September 27-October 2, he has another great lineup of riders.  Your donation will go to purchase an airline ticket for one Columbian riders!

Check out the 30th Annual Tobago International Cycling Classic!  Use our PayPal donation button below to support these great riders.

Gran Fondo: Taos, Mora, Angel Fire

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El Pueblo Lodge is offering a 10% discount to Gran Fondo: Taos, Mora, Angel Fire participants!

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Just let them know you are going to do the event when you make your reservation.

phone  800-433-9612       email:elpueblo@newmex.com

Gran Fondo: Taos, Mora, Angel Fire will take place July 16, 2016.

Register Today!

This ride through the awesome country south of Taos, New Registration_granFondo-posterr2016Mexico includes 3 distances and 5 aid stations, featuring Honey Stinger products, plus fruit, water, fig bars and more!honey stingerlogo

Taos is a great vacation destination, with something for everyone!  Visit http://taos.org/ for calendars, lodging information and descriptions of adventures in Taos.

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A tragic reminder that rules matter

DCW will place a ghost bike for Ryan Hodder at 2 pm on December 7, 2015.  Corner of Broadway Boulevard &  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue NE.

From Jolene Kruger, Albuquerque Journal, November 28, 2015

He never came home.

Ryan Matthews Hodder, 29, finished his overnight shift at a Circle K at Lomas and Broadway NE and headed south around 5 a.m. on the bike his fiancée had given him as a Christmas present.

“It was blue and black,” Chas Laila Tso said. “It was pretty pricey, but it was his pride and joy, so it was worth it.”

Hodder rode that bike everywhere, taking long treks from the couple’s home near Downtown Albuquerque to the trails along the Sandia foothills and back. It was a love not shared by Tso.

“I don’t do the bike,” she said with a laugh.

And Hodder, to her concern, did not do the bike helmet.

“He had some reason, something that happened to him when he was a kid – I’m not sure,” she said. “I’d say, ‘You better safeguard yourself,’ and he’d just talk about how many times he had been hit already.”

It was as if he thought he were invincible, immortal.

On that morning, though, Tso began to worry that he might be neither.

“We were texting through the night, and everything was fine,” said Tso, who also works a night shift caring for medically fragile patients. “It takes about 15, 20 minutes to make it home, so when 5:30 came around, I started to wonder.”

At 5:45, still nothing. She texted: “Where you at?”

At 6, she called his cellphone. The call went straight to voice mail.

At 7:18, she made a final call, and then she got in her car and started heading up Broadway to the Circle K.

She didn’t have to go far.

Ryan Matthews Hodder, 29, with his beloved bike, a gift from his fiancée, Chas Laila Tso. He died riding it in August. (Courtesy of Chas Laila Tso)

At Martin Luther King and Broadway, she saw the flashing red lights, the yellow tape, the police and paramedics and the blue and black bicycle.

“I kept hoping it wasn’t him,” Tso said, her shaking voice cracking as the tears come. “But I knew.”

The crash occurred about 5:20 a.m., Albuquerque police said. A motorist had been driving east on MLK with a green light, hitting Hodder on his bike in the crosswalk.

Hodder, the spokesman said, had ridden against the “do not cross” signal. He died about two hours later, no longer invincible nor immortal.

That was Aug. 27. Today, his body remains bagged at the state Office of the Medical Investigator, as Tso and Hodder’s mother continue to struggle to raise enough money to have him cremated and in their care.

Rosie Hodder Clemons, Hodder’s mother, who lives in Grants Pass, Ore., said she hopes to have enough money – about $485 – by next month to get her son’s body cremated and released to her. It’s hard, she said, to cobble together the money because she has lupus and is on disability.

It was also hard, she said, to learn of her son’s death while scrolling through Facebook.

“It was posted, and I saw it there,” she said. “His friends were trying to contact anybody in his family.”

She had not seen Ryan in a year, but wrote him often and knew that his life was going well, which had not always been the case. New Mexico court records indicate that he had been arrested on an out-of-state felony charge in February but was soon released and the charge dismissed after that state declined to pursue extradition.

“He had some struggles, but he was good, stable,” Clemons said. “He had a good job, a good place. He had his girlfriend. He was taking care of her real well. He was just a good kid with a good heart. He didn’t deserve to die like that.”

It’s another reminder that no one is immortal, that bike helmets are crucial and the rules of the road matter.

“Signalized intersections are useful only if we obey the signals,” said Jennifer Buntz, president of the Duke City Wheelmen, which advocates for safe biking and sharing the road. “That goes for not running red lights and also not crossing in a crosswalk when you don’t have the right of way. Avoiding another senseless death is a great reward for simply obeying the signals.”

The number of cyclist deaths per capita for New Mexico was second only to that of Florida from 2010 to 2012, and 50 percent higher than the national rate, according to the state Department of Health. How many, one might wonder, were caused by a cyclist’s decision?

A ghost bike is planned to be erected at the site where Hodder was struck, a visual reminder of a life lost and a road rule not followed.

For Tso, Clemons and those who love and miss Hodder, how he died makes the pain even sharper. In some ways, though, that’s just how Hodder was – free-spirited, adventurous, artistic, outspoken, unencumbered by that which govern us mere mortals. He learned too late that he was mortal, too.

Tso and Clemons had never spoken to each other until after Hodder’s death, and though their brief relationship has been cordial it has also been spotty, with one woman or the other not able to contact the other at times. That has, in part, contributed to the delay in obtaining the body and laying it to rest.

But they agree on how much they loved Hodder. And they agree on the plan to raise enough funds to obtain his cremains, take them back to Oregon, to Mount Hood, a place Hodder loved to snowboard, where his ashes will be scattered. Only then will he be home.

More information
To donate, search “Ryan Matthews Hodder Memorial Fund” on gofundme.com or at any Wells Fargo branch under that same name.
Bernalillo County Unclaimed and Indigent Cremation Program:bernco.gov/finance/unclaimed-indigent-cremation-program.aspx
Duke City Wheelmen:dukecitywheelmen.org

DCW will accept donations via our PayPal account, or at to the ghost bike dedication.  

 2 pm on December 7, 2015.  

Corner of Broadway Boulevard &  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue NE.

You can read more from the Albuquerque Journal on traffic safety, or the lack thereof, HERE.

To all my fellow New Mexicans, please, we need to do better.

No “Can You See Us NOW?” this year

After 5 years of putting on one of the most unique and fun, safe cycling advocacy rides, Duke City Wheelmen had to take a break this year.  With faltering participation and running in the red, we just couldn’t manage the costs of the ride this year.

DCW can accept donations through United Way, PayPal, cash or check.  If you want the ride back in 2016, you will have to speak with a donation!my ghostContact me through the website if you have any questions about making a donation.

Jennifer

Gotta preregister to claim yours!