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.



When: 8:30am – 11:30am (be READY TO ROLL at 8:30am!)

Where: Meet at the Woodside Town Hall parking lot.

Route: 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!


Brand new kit for 2017!

PV Women recruiting for 2017


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.

A Look Back: Bill Robertson

For this installment of our PV history series, we take a look back at another illustrious rider from the earliest days of the club. Bill Robertson was already doing epic rides with the “big boys” as a 13-year-old and began racing as a junior in 1970, before Pen Velo was founded. He raced for Pen Velo (then sponsored by Talbot’s) in the mid-1970’s as an elite Cat 1 racer. He won the District Championship Road Race in 1975 and the Cat’s Hill Classic in 1976 while sporting the PV colors. He also competed in the Olympic Selection Road Race in 1976, again wearing a PV jersey. Bill retired from competition in the early 80’s. During his competitive career, Bill often raced against local legend Lindsay Crawford. But it was not until after a chance meeting while riding on Skyline Boulevard that Bill and Lindsay cemented a friendship based on their compatibility as riding partners that continues today. Click HERE to read Lindsay’s account of their friendship and some of their adventures.

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Bill Robertson, still riding 45+ years later

A perfect example of a life long love of cycling.

Since I, probably, have more miles riding with Bill then anyone else, I was asked to write a little of his cycling history.

I first met Bill in late 1969 when he was just short of 14 years old and already had a reputation of riding with the “big boys” on leg breaking 100+ mile rides which often included a fair amount of dirt roads/trails.

Bill was a member of PV in the mid ‘70s and had many successes, including 1975 District RR Champion, while wearing the PV jersey.  During that period as Cat I racers, we competed in the same race but had not yet cemented our relationship as two very compatible road riders.

During his teen years he traveled to Europe with the notorious Jobst Brandt and was introduced to the awesome roads of Western Europe.  A love of riding the Euro mountains, especially the Swiss Alps, has never left him.

During the early ‘80s both of us retired from competitive cycling and moved on to getting on with our respective lives.

Not much contact between the two of us until a chance encounter in 1986 on Skyline Blvd. Of course we were both on bikes. After chatting on the side of the road for over an hour, we committed to getting back into a high level of fitness with the goal of reliving his Euro experience some 17 years earlier and to return in July 1987.

Our plan was to arrive in Europe at a very high level of fitness and we succeeded by putting in some incredible miles in the process.  Many times weekends would include back to back 100+ milers including “Sierra rides” (Ebbets, Sonora, Tioga, etc.).  Plus, many more weekday miles sandwiched in between work and family.

July 1987 we arrived in Zurich with no reservations other than flights over and back, a rough route plan shaped like a figure 8, and a small saddlebag (weighing 6 1/2 lbs.) with every thing we needed for the three weeks.  Averaging 100 miles and 10,000 feet per day we never faltered due to our fitness.  Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria and Luxemburg all included in the figure 8.

Our plan was to continue this madness every other year until we fell of our bikes and, of course, that didn’t happen but, we did manage ’87, 89, & 91 with one of the interim years spent riding most all the Colorado Rocky Mountain roads (dirt and paved) above 10,000’.

Because of Bill’s time consuming, successful business, cycling had to go on the back burner after the ’91 trip until this past year or so and he has returned to cycling at age 60; enjoying it as much as ever.

On a personal note; I couldn’t have found a more compatible riding partner.  Reliable, punctual and very skilled bike handler.  We have such a mutual trust of each other’s bike handling that we ride very close to each other and some have said from certain angles it looks as if we’re on a tandem. If you’re curious about how well that works, ask him sometime about the two of us run off the road by a Corvette driver along the west shore of Lake Tahoe.

Lindsay Crawford