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Tour of The Gila 2012

Monday, May 07, 2012

The weather for this tour was wonderful It was quite warm and a little breezy but it was not rainy, snowy or windy, a massive improvement over the last couple of three years.

I raced the downtown sprint race on Saturday. It is a fantastic little sprint and I am a sprinter! I won first place for the women and was third overall.

This pictures shows the jersey for the race this year, my first place medal on the right and my "lizard bowl" trophy on the left. The bowls are one of a kind, made locally, and much coveted.

Sunday was the long road race from Camp Thunderbird on the Mimbres to the Buckhorn in Pinos Altos New Mexico. The circuit takes you around Lake Roberts and up the Sapillo..a tremendous hill climb. The race is 33 miles long and 90% of it or a little more is up hill. I am NOT a climber and consider myself lucky when I finish. I was 7th and I survived and I will compete next year as well.

This picture shows a few of the riders gathering for the Sapillo road race on Sunday.

This picture shows myself and one of my best friends, Claudia Leonard. I would like to say I am the tall, lean one on the right but I would be lying! Claudia is moving so in a way this was a bitter sweet race. I guess I will just have to make a road trip to Montana someday to go riding with her.

Silver City is a wonderful place to live but sometimes it does not offer the necessary services needed to take care of people that need just a little more help in their lives. Claudia and Bob...I will miss you!

Here's hoping that you weekend was as exciting and as active as mine! Keep on sparking Sparkers!
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