Masters Track Champ Jeff Fillerup to Speak at April 4 Club Meeting

Our next club meeting will take place at 7:30pm on Monday,  April 4 at Summit Bicycles in Burlingame. Refreshments (snacks and beverages) will be served. The featured speaker will be PV member, attorney, and Masters World Pursuit Champion Jeff Fillerup. The title of Jeff’s talk will be “Three Keys to Preparing for Your Major Races in the Upcoming Year(s): FOCUS, FOCUS, and FOCUS”. This is sure to be of interest to racers and non-racers alike. All club members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. Note that from this point forward, general club meetings will be held at Summit Bicycles on a quarterly basis.

Dr. Lenny Lesser featured speaker at Jan 4 Club Meeting

Happy New Year! The first club meeting of 2016 will be held on Jan 4 at 7:30pm at the Belmont Sports Complex. Our featured speaker will be physician (and Pen Velo racer) Dr. Lenny Lesser. Dr. Lesser currently practices Pediatric Urgent Care at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and teaches Family Medicine at UCSF. The title of Dr. Lesser’s talk is “Nutrition for Life and Cycling” and will cover:

  • Tips for healthy eating in everyday life
  • Behavioral tricks for eating well
  • What to eat before/during/after riding
  • Controversies in cycling nutrition
  • Review of Lenny’s favorite foods for training and racing
  • Q&A

This is a timely topic for many of us who will be starting our road racing season in the coming weeks, as well as those of us who simply want to resume healthy eating habits after the holidays! All club members and prospective members are encouraged to attend.

NCNCA Racers Open the 2016 Season at San Bruno Hillclimb

The 2016 NCNCA road racing season opened on Jan 1 with the San Bruno Hillclimb. Racers turned out in force to enjoy the dry and sunny (albeit chilly) conditions. Thanks to the riders, the NCNCA officiating crew and most importantly our PV volunteers for making this year’s event a big success!

Click HERE for links to event photos.

Click HERE for race results.

Dr. Andrew Horvai Featured Speaker at Dec 7 Club Meeting

The next monthly club meeting will take place at 7:30pm on Dec. 7, 2015 at the Belmont Sports Complex and Conference Center. All PV members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. The featured speaker will be PV athlete and board member Dr. Andrew Horvai. The title of his talk will be “Exercise Induced Cramps: Why do I get them and what can I do about it? – Separating Fact from Fiction”. His talk is sure to be of interest as most of us have experienced painful muscle cramps while riding and have probably found the information available in the popular media to be confusing and often conflicting.

Dr. Horvai completed his undergraduate studies in biology at UCLA, then completed both his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at UCSD. He then completed an internship in General Surgery and a residency and fellowship training in Pathology at UCSF. He is currently Professor of Pathology at UCSF, specializing in musculoskeletal pathology. He is also currently an at-large member of the PV Board of Directors and races both road and cyclocross.

This month’s meeting will be preceded at 6:30pm by a kick-off meeting for the 2016 Pen Velo Racing Program (PVRP) for all members and prospective members interested in joining our race team.

And the awards go to…..

AwardsPen Velo celebrated another successful racing season with a year-end banquet at Angelica’s on November 14, 2015. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Bill Fallis Award, in recognition of both athletic achievement and service to PV, to co-winners Erik Salander and Nate McKitterick.

The following annual recognition award winners, as voted by the PV membership were also recognized:

Rider of the season (male): Erik Salander
Rider of the season (female): Yvonne Walbroehl
Most inspirational rider (male, racer): Murray Swanson
Most inspirational rider (male, recreational): Dave Kristofferson
Most inspirational rider (female): Madelyn Swanson
Most improved (male): Shawn Becker
Most improved (female): Cindy Mike
Best teammate: Heidi Fraser
Volunteer of the year (male): Ken Salvail
Volunteer of the year (female): Yvonne Walbroehl
Best new rider: Emmett Smith
Comeback of the year (racer): Bill Brissman
Comeback of the year (recreational): Matt Reiter
Best race report: Justin Eatinger

In addition, Jeromy Cottell was give the special Cycling Savior Award for his leadership in taking over the popular Beat the Clock TT Series.

Congratulations to everyone!

Matt McNamara Joins PV as Team Coach; Clark Natwick Retires, receives lifetime PV membership

coachmattWe are pleased to announce that Matt McNamara of the Sterling Sports Group has joined PV as our new team coach. Matt comes to us with a B.A. in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado and 20 years of experience in coaching and team management. He is a USAC Level 1/Elite Coach with power certification, a USAC certified skills instructor and helped to develop the curriculum for the USAC Beginner Racer Program. He is known to many racers in the NCNCA district as one of the co-directors of the Early Bird Training Series (the Early Bird Crits). He is also a contributing author for’s product reviews and its “Toolbox” section which deals with current research and coaching trends in endurance sports. Check out his most recent article documenting his experience at the Taiwan KOM Challenge. Welcome aboard, Coach Matt!

mg32285baspMatt will be building on the successful PV Racing Program developed by retiring coach Clark Natwick. Clark has been involved with PV for over 20 years, starting as an athlete and also serving as a board member and president prior to his 16-year tenure as team coach. However, Clark will not be leaving the PV family – he is being recognized for his many contributions to the success of our club with the first-ever lifetime membership in Pen Velo. 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. Thanks, Clark, for your service to PV and best wishes in your future endeavors!

PV Road Racing Success Recognized at NCNCA Awards Banquet

Pen Velo was recognized for a highly successful 2015 road racing season by the NCNCA at its annual awards banquet on October 17, 2015. Best All-Around Rider (BAR) Awards went to Erik Salander (M55+ 1/2/3/4) and Chris Levins (E4 – Spring). Erik was also recognized for his contributions to NCNCA as Results Coordinator with the Outstanding Volunteer Award. Additionally, Helen Casabona was recognized by the NCNCA Women’s Committee for finishing in 4th place in the 2015 Women’s Series. This was despite having her season cut short by injury. Topping it all off was the trophy for 5th Place in the Overall Team Points (BAT) Competition, rewarding a lot of hard work, training and outstanding race results by the entire team!

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In addition to the NCNCA awards and recognition, the following individual and team accomplishments are worthy of an honorable mention:

M35+ Cat 4 BAR (Fall) 5th place – Marco Constantino
M45+ Cat 4 BAR (Fall) 5th place – Mark Massey
W35+ 1/2/3 BAR 4th Place – Helen Casabona

E4 Team – 5th place
M35+ Cat 4 Team – 2nd place
M45+ Cat 4 Team – 3rd place
M55+ 1/2/3/4 Team – 2nd place
W35+ 1/2/3 Team – 3rd place

Dr. Dave Kurzrock Featured Speaker at Oct. 5 Club Meeting

Have you or your cycling buddy ever felt a flutter in your chest while riding?  Did you ever wonder why a number of pro cyclists needed to be treated for heart problems – including the forced retirement of a two-time world cyclocross champion? Some of you may have seen the recent Velonews article discussing this important issue.

Please join our next PV Club Meeting when we will have club member and cardiologist Dr. Dave Kurzrock speak to us about the impact of endurance sports like cycling on the risk of developing an irregular heart beat.  The session will be moderated by PV’s very own Dr. Lenny Lesser who is a research physician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.  At the session you will learn:

  • What is Afib and what are its potential complications for your health?
  • What level of cycling activity could lead to an increased risk of Afib?
  • What you can do to prevent an increased risk of Afib?

The meeting will take place at our new meeting location, the Belmont Sports Complex and Conference Center at 7:30 pm on Monday, October 5, 2015. All club members and prospective members are encouraged to attend this meeting. Our friends from Alto Velo, the Western Wheelers, and The Over the Hill Gang are also invited.

RKO Championship Weekend

Pen Velo found both individual and team success during the Red Kite Omnium Championship Weekend in both the Red Kite Omnium Finale (Sept. 5) and the NCNCA Masters District Criterium Championship (Sept 6).

Day 1:

The Red Kite Criterium on September 5 was the final event of the Red Kite Omnium, a series of road, time trial and criterium races that started in February and continued all season long with both individual and team competitions. There were some exciting individual performances for PV in the RKO Finale. The day was highlighted by Bill Brissman (assisted by a strong team) taking two 10-point primes and finishing in 5th place in the M55+ 3/4 race and protecting his narrow lead in the overall omnium in that category. Alex Jonas suffered a last-lap crash that cost him 2nd place in the E4 omnium. Despite having to walk his bike across the line after the field in the finale, Alex still finished 4th in the omnium. Thanks to contributions from many teammates over the course of the season, Pen Velo swept the master 3/4 team prizes as well as taking the best team prize in the 55+ 1/2/3 category.

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Day 2:

Day 2 was the NCNCA Masters District Criterium Championship, and it was a day for the PV Women’s team to shine. The PV women were represented by Sara Stearns, Heidi Fraser and 3-time district crit champ Norma Hilton. All three competed together, but in different age groups in the combined women’s 50+ race. All three put in strong performances, with Heidi animating the race with repeated attacks, Norma and Sara claiming Bear Jerseys in their respective categories, and Sara claiming a prime.

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Beat the Clock TT #4 – September 5, 2015

Good news! A date has been secured for the fourth and final event in the 2015 Beat the Clock TT Series! Changes to the NCNCA racing schedule made it necessary for us to postpone the TT event scheduled for July 11. It will now be held on Saturday, September 5 – just in time for those wanting to tune up their TT engines before the USAC Masters National Championships. Registration is now open. Click HERE to sign up.  UPDATED: Proceeds from this event will go to support Ed & Kim Perez as Ed is battles pancreatic cancer. Kim is a long-time PV member and generously volunteered her time to help with Beat the Clock for many years, so please help them out if you can.