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Bike to Work Day – May 9

This Thursday, May 9, is Bike-to-Work Day all over the Bay Area. Bike commuting is good way to build/maintain fitness and is good for the environment, too! We encourage both new and experienced cyclists to take the opportunity on Bike-to-Work Day to try bike commuting – or keep at it if you’re already a veteran bike commuter. The local bicycle coalitions and corporate sponsors make it easy by organizing “energizer stations” all over the area, where you can grab a snack as well as get information about bike commuting, and perhaps a little schwag!

Links to Bay Area Bike-to-Work Day information:

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties)

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (San Francisco)

Bike East Bay (Alameda and Contra Costa Counties)

Other Bay Area Counties

Bikes and Brisbane!

This article by Matt McNamara originally appeared in the April 2019 Edition of the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce Luminary newsletter

Cycling fans, mark June 22nd on your calendar! The 2nd Annual Peninsula Velo Brisbane Criterium is coming back to Sierra Point for another full day of fast paced race action! The race is held on a short course along Sierra Point Parkway and Marina Drive by the Brisbane Marina, that packs 8 turns into each 1-kilometer lap. Each race lasts 40-70 minutes and there are 10 different races throughout the day, starting at 8am.

At first glance it may not seem a logical combination, bikes and Brisbane. But truth be told the City of Brisbane has long been a friend to the competitive cycling community in Northern California. Perhaps you read the recent Luminary story on the January 1st San Bruno Mountain Hill Climb, an annual tradition for the last 35+ years, also hosted by Peninsula Velo. That is just one of the quality race events that have been held over the years in and around the city.

In the early 2000’s, Brisbane was host to two stages of the highly regarded Pilarcitos Stage Race and several of those same courses continued as standalone events promoted by Tom Simpson and his crew at Pilarcitos Cycle Sports. The Ronde von Brisbeen – a play on a legendary Belgian race known as the Ronde van Vlanderen or Tour of Flanders – was a short, but punishing circuit, that climbed up South Hill Drive, then plummeted down Valley Drive, easily hitting over 40mph.

Mr. Simpson is perhaps best known in the cycling community for his long-standing Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross Series. The queen event of that 5 – 8 race series was always “The Night Race” held at Sierra Point on one of the last undeveloped parcels of land out by the Marina. Every November a cadre of several hundred enthusiastic racers would descend on the parking lot and bumpy dirt field to engage in the madness that is cyclocross. Think steeple chase meets mud bath! Flood lights were brought in to illuminate the course, teams and clubs would build elaborate areas with lighting and BBQ’s, catered tacos and live music. It was truly an event!

The other standalone event that was routinely held in Brisbane – The Sierra Point Criterium. From 2004 – 2011 Pilarcitos hosted a technical and demanding race on a short 1-kilometer course with 8 turns including a 180-degree u-turn at the same Sierra Point venue as The Night Race. Last year Peninsula Velo resurrected the race and over 225 riders came out to give it a go!

Hoping to build on that momentum, the race is back for 2019 with a similar format of “primes” every couple of laps to keep the pace high for each category. Race Director Matt McNamara noted that a prime (pronounced preem) is a prize or award at the end of an announced lap. Cash is king when it comes to primes, so the race is nearly all cash based for every category. The crowd prime is a favorite, just drop some dollars in the bucket at the start/finish and watch ‘em go! Another unique element, according to McNamara, the 501c3 Prime. “Starting with a donated purse of at least $100 in each category, we aim to let the winner of the prime choose which local 501c3 they’d like to donate to, then we write a check in their name for the donated dollars.” Interested in supporting a 501c3 prime or another element of the race? Contact McNamara or Peninsula Velo. It’s a great way to get your company’s name in front of a good cause or just do something cool that helps your neighborhood.

The 2019 Brisbane Criterium will be held this year on June 22nd. There are 10 different categories of racing on offer for riders across ages from 18 – over 55. Both Men and Women enjoy equal prize money in all categories and the racing is fast and furious thanks to numerous primes on offer. Races range from 40 – 70 minutes in length depending on experience level. The top Women’s Pro race is set to launch into 50 minutes of racing at 11am, while the mens Pro field rounds out the day with 70 minutes of high-paced action starting at 4:30pm. To learn more about the event, including volunteer and partnership opportunities, visit Peninsula Velo online at

2019 San Bruno Mountain Hillclimb – It’s a Wrap!

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

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:

Course records:

Event photos by Katie Miu

Podium photos by David Siler

Video by Stan Tsang

Andrew Hsu Named PV Advocacy Director

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.

A Great Day of Racing at Brisbane!

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!

New Year’s Day Tradition Opens NCNCA Road Season

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!

Race results

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Katie Truong’s Photos

Alex Chiu’s Photos

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.


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!

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!