With 244 riders taking the start in 11 different categories, the Brisbane Criterium was a great success in its first year. Thanks to all the racers for trying out this new race. Congratulations to Race Director Matt McNamara and a small steering team who put this race together in just a few months time. None of it would have been possible without the crack crew of about 75 PV volunteers, several of whom where there all day long!
Photos by Katie Miu
Thanks for Coming!
Sierra Point parkway and the Brisbane City marina will once again reverberate with the sounds of speed and competition as the Brisbane Criterium roars into the bay area on Sunday July 15th. Long the home of the legendary “Night Race” cyclocross event, the Sierra Point circuit offers 5 corners and plenty of speed over its 0.4 mile loop. Racers in eleven different categories face a flurry of primes and prizes throughout the day with the first race kicking off at 8:00am and continuing until the Pro1/2 Men take the start at 4:30pm.
Peninsula Velo, promoters of the event, set out to build a classic neighborhood race that harkens back to the days of old – pure street racing on a great course with maximum cash on offer, great spectating and lots of opportunities to race, cheer, or simply support local racing. Athletes will compete for over $1700 in cash and prizes across all categories. Event entry is only $35 online via BikeReg.com, or $50 on site the day of, and races are arranged so that most competitors will have the option of an additional race (or two) for only $15 each. Race director Matt McNamara noted “This course and the City of Brisbane have a rich cycling history and we wanted to do something to honor that by focusing on back-to-basics racing that is local, convenient, high quality, and fast as heck!”
Among the novelties on offer is a VIP area for teams that register at least five riders in total for the day of racing. VIP Teams will get a free 10’x10′ team area and 2 parking spots next to the course. According to McNamara other highlights include “a swath of primes like the always popular “Crowd Prime”, a novel “Racer” Prime, where riders can lay some cash down on themselves, a “Team Prime”, and the innovative Charity Prime – where all dollars are donated to a local organization of the winners choosing, and that’s just part of whats in store. We’re running a wheels in/wheels out pit in the old school style, while the podium for Brisbane will be 3 deep in each category, as it should be. The winner in each race will be taking home a custom designed Castelli jersey, commemorative certificate, and a free entry into next years race. We look forward to seeing you out there on July 15th for the Brisbane Criterium.”
For more information: visit us online: www.penvelo.org or call Race Director Matt McNamara at 408.891.3462
After a one-year hiatus we are pleased to announce that the Beat the Clock time trial series on Canada Road will be back this season. Our first event will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018, which is coming up pretty shortly! For more information about Beat the Clock as well as course details, check out the event website HERE. UPDATE: Registration is now CLOSED. Rider start times posted HERE.
The PV Women’s Team at a 2016 Beat the Clock event
For the uninitiated, Beat the Clock is a fun, low-key time trial series which allows cyclists of all abilities to test their speed and skill on a 10-mile out-and-back course on Canada Road. A portion of the proceeds will go toward funding the Bicycle Sunday program run by the San Mateo County Parks Department. This program closes the north end of Canada Road every Sunday, allowing people of all ages to cycle, walk, run, skateboard, skate-ski or participate in almost any non–motorized activity (ball and Frisbee sports excepted).
PV opened the NCNCA Road Racing Season with the traditional San Bruno Mountain Hillclimb! 123 racers started 2018 off right with a short, but intense climb to the summit of Radio Road. Despite an auto accident on the race route in heavy fog just 15 minutes before the scheduled start time, the racers were able to make their way past the fog to the sunny summit without incident. Thanks to everyone who came out to race and also to our hardy crew of PV volunteers for making the event a success!
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Pen Velo will again be hosting the traditional NCNCA road season opener, the San Bruno Mountain Hillclimb, on January 1, 2018. Get a head start on burning off all of those excess holiday calories and join us on New Year’s Day for a short trip through the pain cave – just enough to whet your appetite for the full season of racing yet to come. The start time for the first group is at the almost-civilized hour of 10:00AM – not too early, but early enough to get you home in time to watch the Rose Bowl…
Online registration is now open – click HERE to register.
Click HERE to view/download the race flyer.
This race depends on volunteer course marshals and registration staff – click HERE if you can help.
It was announced at the annual club banquet on November 11 that two longtime Pen Velo members, Clark Natwick and Murray Swanson, were recently honored with lifetime membership in the club. Clark retired after 16 years as team coach in 2015. Murray recently returned to his homeland of Scotland after a distinguished tenure as a masters road, MTB and cyclocross racer with PV. Now both will remain a part of the PV family for a long time to come.
Clark joined PV in 1995 after a distinguished career as a road, mountain bike and cyclocross racer at the elite level. He served as club president for three years, then as team coach for 16 years, retiring from that position after the 2015 season. Clark brought to PV a wealth of experience both as an athlete (10 national championship medals) and as a coach (USA Olympic Training Center, USA National Cyclocross Team, USA National MTB Team). In 2012, Clark made a brief comeback to competition as a masters athlete racing in Pen Velo colors, earning two NCNCA District Championships on the track and a bronze medal in team pursuit at the USAC Masters Track Nationals. Under his guidance, Pen Velo athletes achieved numerous team and individual awards on both the regional and national level.
Murray Swanson joined PV in 2002 at age 35. He started racing soon after that, winning such races as the Burlingame Criterium, Wente Road Race and the Sea Otter Classic cross country MTB race. Murray truly distinguished himself as a cyclocross racer, winning his first B race and going on to win over 30 races going head-to-head with some of the best masters talent in the country as well as scoring top 10’s in elite races against the “young guys”. But Murray’s proudest accomplishment in cycling has been teaching intellectually disabled daughter Madelyn how to ride in four different disciplines and watching her love for cycling and her Pen Velo teammates develop. Since his return to Scotland, Murray has won his first three veterans cyclocross races wearing PV colors.
Our sponsor PacificTherX is hosting “Yoga for Cyclists” at their facility in Portola Valley on Saturday, November 11 from 2-4:30pm. Here are the details:
Come roll out your mat and join other endurance athletes and cyclists for some yoga! Whether you are a triathlete, once a week jogger, bicycle commuter, or professional athlete, this class will benefit you. Focus on core strengthening, dynamic and static stretching to improve overall flexibility. The goal is to prevent and heal sports related injuries, pay attention to muscles that might get neglected to promote full-body strength, and provide breathing techniques to enhance focus and improve performance.
Date: November 11th, 2017, 2-4:30pm
Location: Pacific THERx Fitness, 108 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA
Registration required – to register click HERE.
PV is hosting a “Getting to Know Ya” ride for potential team members on Saturday, October 7, 2017. We are actively seeking Elite (U35) men categories 2-5 and women racers of ALL ages and categories for our 2018 program.
In addition to being part of a great club, we are a SERIOUS racing team with over 50 wins this season, including the Red Kit Omnium overall, several District Championship jerseys and 2nd overall NCNCA BAT ranking. We’re also a pretty nice group of folks who happen to LOVE racing bikes…and making new friends!
Come ride with us on October 7, learn more about our program and see if we’d be a good fit.
RSVP Required for this ride.
Men: Email Coach Matt directly with the following:
– what do you want to get out of a racing team?
– what do you bring to the game?
– current category and goals
Women: Respond on Meetup or email us directly.
When: 8:30am – 11:30am (be READY TO ROLL at 8:30am!)
Where: Meet at the Woodside Town Hall parking lot.
Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/10724788. Women will ride for a few miles with the guys, then break off for their own ride on a slightly different route.
We will have two special guest speakers at our club meeting on Oct 2, 2017.
Club member Matt Reiter will speak about his experiences in the Police Unity Tour, a 300-mile bike ride from New Jersey to Washington, DC that raises awareness of fallen police officers and raises money for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum.
Bill Olson, M.AmSAT, will be speaking about the Alexander Technique which he and Joan Benioff (wife of club member John Richardson) use in their physical therapy practice.
The meeting will take place on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7:30pm at Summit Bicycles, Burlingame. Light snacks and BEvERages will be provided. All club members and prospective members are encouraged to attend.
Come join us for a women’s recruitment ride to learn more about Pen Velo and racing in general. No prior racing experience needed, but you should be comfortable riding 16+ mph on flats and rolling terrain. We will ride about 30-35 miles in the Woodside area, rolling terrain (no sustained climbs).
8:30am: Meet some PV women – ask us anything!
9:00am: Roll out!
Helmets are required. You will need a road bike in good working condition, and be self-sufficient. Bring your own flat-fixing materials, water, snacks, etc. This is a no-drop ride with regroups, but you should be comfortable finding your own way back if you decide to leave early or otherwise get separated. No bikes with aero bars.
Let us know if you have any questions (Email), or join our event on Meetup!