Many thanks to the 124 racers and countless volunteers for joining us for our annual New Years tradition on San Bruno Mountain. The fastest time of the day was 15:09.39 by Andrew Holmes, an E5! Congratulations to Robert Pasco (M 55+ 1/2/3) and Courtney Nelson (W 3/4) for breaking the course records in their respective categories!
We rolled out some new technology with our timing flow, and unfortunately, there were some kinks. We very much appreciate the patience that everyone showed as we worked through those issues, and as a result, we made some final adjustments to times after the event. Updated results can be viewed at OnTheDay.net.
Best wishes for 2019, and we hope to see you all at the Brisbane Criterium! (We have some special things planned…stay tuned!)
Timing results: https://ontheday.net/2019/san_bruno/
Course records: https://penvelo.org/pdf_files/SBHCrecords2019.pdf
Event photos by Katie Miu
Podium photos by David Siler
Video by Stan Tsang
We are pleased to announce that Andrew Hsu has taken on the new role of PV Advocacy Director!
Many of you know Andrew’s longrunning commitment to club as the former PV President, super cyclist, and overall awesome person. What many of you might not know is that Andrew stepped down as PV President in order to pursue his passion of bicycle advocacy, joining the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Board. The position of Director of Advocacy is a natural fit for Andrew to expand his passion and help PV’s voice within the community.
Also, a special thanks to Bill Brissman (280 bike trail), Dave Kristofferson (Canada Road paving), and Bill Fallis for working diligently behind the scenes to make this long overdue position happen.
And thanks, of course, to Andrew for accepting this new position.
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!
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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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.
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 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!
Pen 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!
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!
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!
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