Le Tour de Komen

On September 25th I’ll be riding in this breast cancer awareness and fundraiser ride.
As a survivor, I’m excited to be able to participate.

You can help me with the fundraiser part of this effort here:
www.tourdekomen.org/donate

Use the QR code or go to the website for more info.

The website https://www.tourdekomen.org/2021 also has a donation button!

My Breast Cancer Story

First, I’m a survivor.  Today, August 24, 2021 is over seven years since I received the diagnosis.  In the 2,800 days since the biopsy report, there have been a lot of ups and downs in my case.  But the really important part of the experience began much earlier than 2013.

I was a cyclist long before I received the breast cancer diagnosis.  Long, like 30 years!  So, one strength that I had from riding, racing, touring, mountain biking, etc. was understanding something about tackling difficult things.  I had an extra bit of confidence that I could work through this new challenge because of the things I had accomplished as a cyclist.  And I’m not talking a bunch of 1st places or gold medals, but a whole lot of just finishing, seeing incremental improvement with training, and a few top placings in competitive events.

I had also been hurt a few times in bicycle crashes, and knew a thing or two about recovery.  I knew that recovery came easier the more fitness you had, so there was another plus that being a cyclist gave me in this new situation:  I had some fitness!  This did pay off for me as I was able to return to work and get back to other aspects of daily life more quickly.

The most important thing that I had from my cycling background was that I had something to look forward to after the surgery.  I knew that being back on the bike would be good for my soul and help me heal physically and emotionally.  And it was(!), and still is(!), as it reminds me of all the good things my body lets me do every day.  I felt betrayed by my body at first, but as time went on I could see the breast cancer differently.  It was a temporary condition, thanks to the access I had to a mammogram.   So, the cancer does not define me.  Rather, I am a woman who happens to have had breast cancer.  I’m very grateful that the tumor was found when small and that my post diagnosis life has allowed me to continue my active lifestyle, including Le Tour de Komen.

Today I’m able to think about Le Tour de Komen as a breast cancer survivor.  I’m able to tell my story.  Above all else I hope my story will encourage women to be diligent about self-exams, annual appointments with their doctor and going for their recommended mammogram screenings.  Neither I nor my doctor detected my tumor by palpation.  The mammogram was essential for my early diagnosis, and it was only the second one I had ever had.

Love & respect,
Jennifer Buntz

La Mosca Bicicleta June 26

registration is open

https://www.bikereg.com/la-mosca-bicicleta
Get 2 (or more) of your friends to register and we'll refund you 20%!
Your friends will ALL receive 10% off their registration too, using a code they will receive from your referral.

Some things will be different this year, but riders will still be

supported

with three aid stations & rider discounted no-host style food & beverages at the finish.

New for 2021

Rolling start between 7 and 8 AM

Start & finish at Route 66 Junkyard Brewery

Register at BikeReg

https://www.bikereg.com/la-mosca-bicicleta

Mark your calendar!!

Short Loop: 60 miles

http://bit.ly/ShortLoopLaMosca

Pre-Ride Course Data

Long Loop: 80 miles

http://bit.ly/LongLoopLaMosca

Long loop GPS track – Please note this track was made using some computer software, combined with track data from the previous course. There could be small errors. I’ll drive the course to set flag markers on Friday and upload that trace Friday evening. If riders use this track, plus watch for the flags, they will be fine on the 80 mile loop. The 60 mile GPS track is from an actual ride!

Because I don’t know your exposure or vaccination status, to mitigate the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the following steps will be taken:

  1. Riders will not have numbers and course time will not be taken by event organizers;
  2. To have your time put into the results, you can email dukecitywheelmen@gmail.com after the event.  Times will be collected and put into finish order;
  3. Riders will start on their own, or in a “bubble” they arrange;
  4. The only in person registration activity will be at the Route 66 Junkyard Brewery between 6 and 6:30 AM and be conducted with masks on and adequate ventilation;
  5. Masks will be required for riders at all of the three aid stations as well as at the start/finish;
  6. Riders should not join with other groups or individuals on the road.  Only ride with people you know or alone;
  7. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the aid stations and the start/finish.  Please bring your own mask though, as there will not be enough for every rider at every point on the course where you must have one.
  8. An open air post race no-host food and beer will be available at the Route 66 Junkyard Brewery.   Masks will be required unless you are eating or drinking. We’ll have tables with 6′ distancing.
  9. Please be considerate of others and wear your mask when not riding and you are around others!!

Ghost Bike

Even during a pandemic, cyclists can be killed.

This link will take you to more pictures and a nice story in the Taos News https://bit.ly/TaosMcLaughlin

Stephanie with Ghost Bike On Wednesday, July 1, I was in the Taos, NM area to install a ghost bike for Mark McLaughlin, who was killed Friday June 26, 2020.  The exact location is 163 State Route 230, Arroyo Seco, 87514. 

The event was at 6:30pm. 

About 20 people, family that came in from out of state, and nearby residents, attended.

Here is the original report from Taos News. I don’t have any other details about the crash.
https://www.taosnews.com/stories/bicyclist-killed-by-vehicle-in-el-prado,64559

This story came up in an unrelated email search. It was really nice though, so I wanted to share, and thank Shannon Miera and her family, along with KOB-TV.

Bike Day at the Capitol

Report on Bike Day at the Capitol from Khal Spencer

*Help us honor cyclists who have been killed this year*
*Unite with other two wheeled vehicle drivers*

*Unite for Safety*
*Support New Mexico Motorcycle Rights Organization*

Use the contact form if you have questions or to coordinate travel to Santa Fe.
Also, check out the Saturday RailRunner Schedule

Also a big shout-out to those who have donated to DCW in order to help Nathan Alexander, who is from Princes Town in Trinidad & Tobago. Between the donations and Roger Ferrell’s investment, this bike was shipped out to Nathan this week! We’ll track his progress this season and post updates!

Pay it 4ward!

Martinez family honoring Gregory Lee Martinez II; 1986-1994.
Shannon Miera, and her entire extended family, honored Duke City Wheelmen with a donation and a feature on KOBs Pay It 4ward on December 03, 2018.

Martinez family honoring Gregory Lee Martinez II; 1986-1994.
10005 Lyon Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

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

SAVE THE DATE – 12AUG2017

On 12AUG1977
The Space Shuttle Enterprise
Was launched from the back of a special 747
But that isn’t the reason for this SAVE THE DATE notice

EC77 8142
7/26/77
Approach and Landing Test (ALT) crew in front of 747/Space Shuttle Enterprise: Fitz Fulton, Gordon Fullerton, Vic Horton, Fred Haise, Vincent Alvarez and Tom McMurtry.

 

On August 12th, DCW is planning a bicycle event you won’t want to miss.

It might not be able to compare the thrill of having been in the Enterprise as it disengaged from that 747, did a few turns and then landed but it will be a great event!

Ride details coming soon!