That above photo is what I believe to be a direct response to this.
In other news, we’ve added another new member. His name is Justin Koppa and he’s another American. If you’re from Colorado or New Mexico you may know him or his wife Angie (who is on Velo Bella race team). From what I can glean, the man is rocket fast. I think that he’ll be another great addition to our team. Maybe somewhere down the road, we can get Angie on Big Wheels as well.
Justin has racked up quite an impressive resume over the years. Check out below (hopefully, he won’t mind me posting this).
NMSU cycling team 2000-02
Raced for Zia Velo 2002-2007 (famous alum include Ryan Blickem, Bob Desenfants, Steve Castillo)
A few 1st place finishes on a 4 and 5 man 24 hour team at Old Pueblo, 24hr Adrenaline Phoenix, 24 Moab
A 2nd place at old Pueblo on 5 person, beat by a Sue Haywood team by 20 some odd minutes
10th place Solo, 24 Old Pueblo, Tinker won it, Dave Harris 4th, I was only 1 lap out of 3rd, rode it with tubes and slime, wish I had stans wheels then.
NM state champion Expert 20-29
1st place Duo 12hr Dawn til Dusk, Gallup NM
1st Amatuer NORBA marathon (where I got my semi-pro upgrade)
9th GC Tour of Gila cat 4 ( use to do a few local road races each year)
while in Grad School, competed at Collegiate MTB nationals in Angel fire again for NMSU, got 15th or 17th in shorttrack, then broke the rear derailleur off in the XC.
I have not only been on the racing end of things, I have also promoted races. As a member of the NMSU cycling team, 99 or 2000, started the Tortugan Torture race around “A” mountain, then the next year we added a short track.
Promoted the Hillsboro road race, part of the NM road series, when it was in existence.
Started the Horny Toad Hustle in 05, part of the New Mexico Off Road series, then in 06 it was the NORBA State Championship race for New Mexico.
Promoted a 4 race cyclocross series in Las Cruces as la Lorana park on the Rio Grande river in 2006.
Somehow… I think there’s many good things in his future too.
Welcome to Big Wheel Racing Justin!