Letter to the Editor: Reflection On Our Community

Race Director for the 2015 Tour de Los Alamos Bicycle Race

This past weekend, I was once again reminded of the greatness of our community in Los Alamos.

As the race director for the 43rd Annual Tour de Los Alamos Bicycle Race July 12, I had the privilege to observe how businesses, groups, individuals, and governmental entities can all work well together. I was honored to be able to serve as race director for Tour de Los Alamos; this race has become a tradition in New Mexico bicycle racing thorough the hard work of many over the years.

Many thanks to the businesses of CrossFit Los Alamos, Fusion Multisport and Merrick & Co for sponsorship and their commitment in supporting the race by serving as follow cars. Sponsors for the 2015 Tour de Los Alamos included Pet Pangaea LLC, Launch Endurance LLC, Fusion Multisport, Ruby K’s, CrossFit Los Alamos, Los Alamos National Bank, Blue Sky Pilates, Sol Web Solutions, Bathtub Row Brewing and Los Alamos MainStreet. 
Blue Window Bistro did a great job with the food for the Award & Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony. I also want to thank Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op for letting us use their facility for the Ceremony. The Los Alamos YMCA also welcomed our racers to use their showers. Our local race timers Orval & Norma Hart did an outstanding job with race timing (and helping this first-time race director through the process). 
Groups and individuals also made this race possible. The New Mexico Bicycle Racing Association (http://www.nmbra.org/) provided excellent assistance and great officials for the event. Los Alamos Derby Dames rocked the water station for racers! Individuals stepped up and volunteered to take care of everything from start line music to helping at registration to making sure riders stayed safe (and on course) at intersections to setting up the finish line to getting lunch for the officials. 
Also, the Tour de Los Alamos had significant help from governmental entities. The Los Alamos Police Department provided a critical safety function at intersections. Thank you officers! Ben Stone of the Los Alamos Fire Department offered to provide racer support and drive the course in reverse. He kindly came in with the last rider of the day. Los Alamos County Traffic and New Mexico Department of Transportation were helpful, too, in the permitting process. And, I sincerely appreciate all the work that Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) does to allow the race. A huge thank you to the LANL Community Programs Office for coordinating the LANL-related functions for the race. 
Lots of courteous drivers also kept the racers safe.
Personally, I also want to thank Dave and Carolyn Zerkle, former race directors for the Tour de Los Alamos. Without the information and advice they provided to me, this race could not have happened.
To say that a lot happened to ensure a safe, enjoyable race is an understatement!
I think Mark Aasmundstad, a racer from Albuquerque, said it best. He emailed me after the race and commented, “An event like Tour de Los Alamos is at the center of what community cycling life is all about.” I couldn’t agree more with Mark. Together, our community of businesses, groups, individuals, and government entities all worked to make it a great event.
Thank you all!

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