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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Katie Truong’s Photos
Alex Chiu’s Photos
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.
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.
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.
Pen Velo Women at the Beat the Clock TT
Pen Velo Racing/Summit Bicycles is now recruiting women road and cyclocross racers for 2017. In addition to adding more riders to our strong W55+ masters team, we are especially looking to add racers in the younger masters age groups as well as elites (under 35). All experience levels and categories are welcome. If you want to find out what we’re all about, please come to our first recruiting ride on Saturday, October 15. We’ll meet at the Woodside Town Hall parking area (map) at 9:30am for a casual no-drop ride around the Peninsula. Route is TBD – it will include rolling hills, but no sustained climbs.
To RSVP for the ride or to ask questions, click HERE.
Can’t make this ride? We plan to have another one in November, also in Woodside – date TBA.
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.
We 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 PezCyclingNews.com’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!
Matt 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!