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The 2017 AV Annual Awards Banquet was held at the Terun Restaurant, a new AV sponsor. We had a great meal with lots of food. The following AV members were recognized for accomplishments in 2016:
Elite Rider of the Year: Nik Barreto - Cat 3 Cal Cup winner, Cat 2 upgrade, Podium in first P1/2 race
Masters Riders of the Year: George Miranda - Winner of Burlingame, Coppertown, Modesto RR. Also Picnic, B ride and Hammer sponsor coordinator
CX Rider of The Year: Mark Howard - 10 race wins, BASP series winner, SuperPro Series winner, NorCal-SoCal State Champion
Teammate of the Year: Keith Morris - For selfless devotion to AV teammates over the last several seasons, resulting in multiple podiums and upgrades.
Most Improved Rider of the Year: Jorge Pont - From first upgrade point to Cat 3 upgrade, first podium and first CX win
Race Through the Categories Award: Julien Schaller - 5 to 3 in a season
AV Club Appreciation Award: Ken Nishimura - AV tax filings, Webmaster, Treasury transition, Election Coordinator
Volunteer of the Year: Debbie Merritt - Clothing and Membership coordinator, Webmaster, AV Data Scientist
AV Recruiter of the Year: Richie Vos - Recruiting most new members
Lewis and Clark Award: Dirk Bergstrom - For finding every dead end climb over 8% in Los Altos, Los Gatos and Saratoga
Heckler of the Year: Dave O-Brien - For racing the first CX race of the day and staying all day to heckle AV riders in every category
Most Miles on Club Rides: Steven Wu - A ride, B ride, Egan Ride, Peets Ride – you have done them all!
I Love Cycling Award: Rachel Goldeen - 12,509 miles, 783,428 ft, 1020 hours, 633 rides
Mark Howard has been dominating the Masters 35+ A CX races in NorCal this month! He won all 3 races of the SuperPro Series and won the last 3 races of the Bay Area Super Prestige Series and the overall of that series. He also won the masters race at CCCX and placed 3rd in the Elite A race a couple of hours later. In addition, he was 2nd at the Lobster Cup II and 3rd at the Surf City Halloween race. He's winning on all kinds of courses in wet as well as dry conditions. Congratulations Mark!