Gila Cliff Dwellings

In the interim between La Vuelta (de Bisbee) and the Tour (of the Gila), we got the chance to do some team bonding in the hot New Mexico desert. (Ok, so the races feel pretty important to me, but I guess in the scheme of things, the Giro might be a bigger deal).

The trip included an action-packed drive out along NM 15 (doing some race-course recon at the same time) and putting 45 minutes into the rest of the team, riding in the pickup truck behind us, over the course of the 1.5 hour drive.  I have never experienced driving that fast on a road like that.  Scott knows his stuff behind the wheel.

The ride:

Scott Cross's Mini Cooper has been sighted pacing certain riders down certain descents at speed up to 70mph.

Scott Cross's Mini Cooper has been sighted pacing certain badass moustached riders (not I) down certain descents at speeds up to 70mph.

The team bonding:

Team building doesn't get any better than this. And what a view! (Photo: Scott Cross)

Team building doesn't get any better than this. And what a view! (Photo: Scott Cross)

The dwellings:

The cliff dwellings. Fascinating. Although most exciting was watching Scott hit on the cute young National Park Volunteer girl who was supposed to be answering visitors' questions and talking about the ruins.  (Photo: Scott Cross)

The cliff dwellings. Fascinating. Although most exciting was watching Scott hit on the cute young National Park Volunteer girl who was supposed to be answering visitors' questions and talking about the ruins. I can't believe she declined the invitation to come and soigneur for the team. (Photo: Scott Cross)

In other news, the local newspaper in Bisbee did a story about the Vuelta de Bisbee.  It was supposed to feature my team, Exergy.  Turns out most of the front page feature article was just about me, only briefly talking about the race, and talking about the team on the continuation in a later section.  The team director was gracious, but probably none too thrilled about having the team shoved off the front page by the extraordinary story of Rudy racing at Bisbee:

http://www.svherald.com/content/sports/2010/04/23/mighty-wind-farm

Thanks to Dr. John for finding the link!

More race details coming…

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~ by awerbuch on May 5, 2010.

One Response to “Gila Cliff Dwellings”

  1. […] races and better finishes.  I’ll miss that most, but there was much more to racing.  At Tour of the Gila with Exergy in 2010, we went out every day and fought hard as a team — together.  I remember on the Inner Loop […]

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