Joe Gamez and Eric Bailey were cycling at this location, Unser Blvd. & Kimmick Drive NW, on Saturday, July 9th when they were hit by a drunk driver. Joe Gamez succumbed to his traumatic brain injuries on July 21, 2022.
Eric Bailey, the Gamez family and numerous friends and extended family gathered on August 20, 2022 at 10:00 am at the site of the crash for the placement of a ghost bike, a bicycle painted white that meant to honor a fallen cyclist, to honor this place and Joe’s life.
This ghost bike will serve to memorialize Joe, to help his grieving family and friends, and to bring increased awareness to the issues of drunk driving and the need for increased awareness of cyclists on our streets and highways.
The ghost bike was placed by Duke City Wheelmen, a safe cycling non-profit in Albuquerque, NM.
Why: Because there is Cycling Stuff y’all need & Stuff people want to sell!
WHY: To raise money for Ukraine relief efforts
In addition to individual sellers who will purchase a table for $20.00 dollars, Duke City Wheelmen has many new-in-the-box items for sale. These are donated items, NEW, that we are selling to raise money for ghost bikes and safe cycling education here in New Mexico (50%) and will split the rest between two groups providing aid to Ukraine. These groups are:
Ukraine Crisis aid through Global Empowerment Mission
Razom for Ukraine
Razom translates from Ukrainian to English as “Together”. Together for Ukraine
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:
Riders will not have numbers and course time will not be taken by event organizers;
To have your time put into the results, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org after the event. Times will be collected and put into finish order;
Riders will start on their own, or in a “bubble” they arrange;
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;
Masks will be required for riders at all of the three aid stations as well as at the start/finish;
Riders should not join with other groups or individuals on the road. Only ride with people you know or alone;
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.
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.
Please be considerate of others and wear your mask when not riding and you are around others!!