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