Clark Natwick, Murray Swanson named Lifetime Members of PV

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.

 

Yoga for Cyclists

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

Cost:  $50

Location:  Pacific THERx Fitness, 108 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA

Registration required – to register click HERE.

 

Pen Velo is Recruiting for 2018!

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.

 

Details:

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.

 

Two guest speakers on tap for Oct 2 club meeting

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.

PV Women’s Recruiting Ride #1 – Oct 1

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!

Tour de Taco

 A fun ride for a great cause – and at a bargain price! Le Tour de Taco will take place on some of the classic climbs on the Peninsula on Saturday, June 17th.

A mere $20 donation gets you a supported ride from Woodside to the coast and back with a taco lunch stop atop Tunitas Creek Rd when all the climbing is finished.

For more information and to register click HERE.

All proceeds go to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

 

Sean Simonson featured speaker at April 3 club meeting

Our guest speaker for the April 3 club meeting will be challenged multi-sport athlete Sean Simonson, who will have an interesting story to tell. Watch this short video to learn more about Sean:

The meeting will take place at 7:30pm at Summit Bicycles in Burlingame. All club members and prospective members are encouraged to attend.

WorldTour Rider Nic Dougall featured speaker at Jan 2017 Club Meeting

Our special guest for the January 2017 quarterly club meeting will be WorldTour rider Nicolas Dougall of the Dimension Data Team (yes, he’s a teammate of Mark Cavendish!).

Last year, Nic raced a very full season which included several classics races (E3 Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem, Flanders), a few stage races (Tour of Slovenia and Croatia), and a grand tour (Vuelta de Espana).  Nic then finished off the year by finishing 18th(!!!!) at the world championships in Doha.

Please join us on Monday for the opportunity to hear what it is like to be a WorldTour rider.

The meeting will take place at 7:30pm on Monday, January 9, 2017 at Summit Bicycles in Burlingame. All club members and prospective members are encouraged to attend.

NCNCA Opens the 2017 Road Season at San Bruno

Over 130 racers rang in the New Year with Pen Velo at the traditional NCNCA road season opener, the San Bruno Mountain Hill Climb. Mother Nature gave us sunny skies and moderate temperatures, and our PV volunteer crew showed up in force to make it a safe and successful event. Thanks to all the racers who came out and joined us for a wonderful morning. Many thanks also to the photographers who came and documented this event!

Click HERE for photos by Katie Truong

Click HERE for photos by Alex Chiu

Click HERE for photos by Craig Huffman

Results have been posted online – click HERE.

 

New Kit for 2017!

Pen Velo will be sporting a brand new uniform from a new sponsor in 2017! We are excited to have Castelli as our official uniform suppler for the coming season. The new, brightly colored kits should be very easy to spot on the local roads and trails. Santa came early with the first shipment of the new kits, just in time for the holidays!

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Brand new kit for 2017!