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August 2015 Rider of the Month - Leo Menestrina

08/19/2015, 10:00pm PDT
By Karen Brems

Leo wins 7 medals at Track Nationals

Leo Menestrina won 5 silver and 2 Bronze medals at USAC Track Nationals! 

Silver  70-74 scratch race

Silver - Points Race

Silver - 500 meter TT

Bronze - 70-74 sprints

Silver - 70 -74 2000 meter pursuit
 

Silver - team sprint

Bronze - Team Pursuit

He also set the National flying 250 TT record for 70-74 age group. At sea level. Time of 17.1 seconds, average speed just under 33 mph for 250 meters.  All this with a new 6 month old right knee!

He followed this up with 6 Gold medals at NCNCA District Track championships at Hellyer!

July 2015 Rider of the Month - John Markley

07/19/2015, 9:30pm PDT
By Karen Brems

John Markely wins CCCX race

John had his first win of the season in the 35+ 4/5 race at CCCX. Here is his story:

This was pretty straight forward typical masters race. Nobody really presses the issue and waits for the sprint.

This wasn't a race without controversy though. We got lapped by the 1/2/3 masters, and looks like Chris Evans at that. Anyhow a few from our group latched onto them which is a big no no. They formed a break on their wheels and rode out. The 1/2/3 tried shooing them away but they stayed. We yelled but they stayed. The scorer table yelled but they stayed. They were dropped to the bottom for that. Can't form a break on some cat 1 wheels and claim a win when the rest have pulled up to let them pass.

So the rest of us rode on waiting for the sprint. I knew 3 guys around me. One I raced with a bunch and 2 others I scouted. One was a 2 time kona iron man finisher whose doing road now and the other did well at pesky. We went 6 wide into the last corner. I had the inside line which helped but two others pushed harder than I did. Very close finish for us. Ended up 1st in age and 3rd overall after the official scorer bumped the breakway group down.

 

June 2015 Rider of The Month - Nik Barretto

06/19/2015, 3:30pm PDT
By karen brems

Nik Barretto wins his first race ever - Salinas Crit Cat 2/3

Nik Barretto is our June Rider of the Month. Over the last few weeks, Nik has had a number of outstanding results, but individually and as a supporting teammate. Recent highlights include 1st place at the Salinas Criterium against a Cat 2/3 field, and a 3rd place at the Dash for Cash from a long breakaway. In addition, over the 2015 season Nik has helped his AVRT teammates to a series of wins and podiums at the Santa Cruz Crit, Cats Hill, Memorial Day Crit and other races.

 

May 2015 Rider of the Month - Mark Howard

05/25/2015, 9:15pm PDT
By Karen Brems

Mark Wins Santa Cruz and Cat's Hill Criteriums

Mark Howard, a cat 3 member of the Alto Velo Racing Team, is our May Rider of the Month. Mark, a recent transplant from Australia and a former pro racer and mechanic, has had several outstanding results in high profile races in the last month, most notably wins at the Santa Cruz Criterium and at Cat's Hill. Mark is an outstanding racer and teammate, and exemplifies the qualities of Alto Velo and the Alto Velo Racing Team. We congratulate Mark on being named the Alto Velo Rider of the Month.


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