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2019 Club Awards

03/07/2019, 9:45pm PST
By Lindsay Howard

The winners of the Club Awards for 2018 year!

On February 24th, Alto Velo Racing Club held our annual Banquet dinner. This was a great evening to come together and reflect back on the past year in cycling, reminisce on our biking adventures, wrap up the racing achievements, thank our wonderful volunteers, enjoy some good food and drink, and find out who won our coveted club awards!

First we thanked our awesome club sponsors, and it was a great opportunity for us to meet those who made it to the event. We then thanked our outgoing Board members - Jorge Pont, Mike Reed, George Miranda, and myself, and welcomed our new Board members - Stephan Dolezalek and Gregoire Denis. 

And then on to the awards: 

Racing awards:

Elite Women's Racer of the Year: Arielle Little

Elite Men's Racer of the Year: Richie Vos

Master Men's Racer of the Year: Bernardo Tapia

Racing through the Categories: David Michael Sweet

Men's Teammate of the Year: Madden Titus

Men's Most Improved Racer: Hoss Hayati

CX Racer of the Year: Sam Schneider


Club awards: 

Club Appreciation Award: Tom Romano

Club Volunteer of the Year: Jerry Leugers

Most Improved Club Rider: Sanaz Komanji

Ride Leader of the Year: James Nicol

President's award: Katheryn Curi


And the 'if it isn't on Strava, it doesn't count' awards: 

Lewis and Clark adventurer: David Schrier - longest average ride distance 56.1 miles / ride, and most average feet climbed per ride 5229 ft / ride

Climber of the Year: Jorg Heinemann - 862,264 feet

Fastest average ride speed: Jeff Pickett - 20.11 mph average

Mountain Goad (steepest average climbing): Sally Annis - 133 ft/mile average

Ultra Cyclist (most miles of the year): Emily Cleary - 15,517 miles, 1068 hours


Congratulations to all winners, and cheers to everyone for a fun and safe 2019 year of riding! 

- Lindsay

Riders of the Period Q3 2018

10/17/2018, 10:00pm PDT
By Lindsay Howard

Peter Tapscott - for achievements at the NCNCA District Masters Track Championships

Carola Berger - for being a fantastic teammate and mentor racing in the women's team

Matt Hepworth - placed 2nd at Winter's Road Race and 4th at Dunnigan Hills Road Race in Elite 3s

Erik Schiller - won Red Kite finale criterium in P12 category, as well as outstanding racing performances in 2018. 



Alto Velo's Suit to Protect the "Alto Velo" Name Settled

Alto Velo has a 20+ year history of operating a bike  racing  team based in Northern California, and its riders have won  hundreds of world, national, and district championships in the various cycling disciplines—road, track, cyclocross and mountain.    The "Alto Velo" name is  an important part of that rich cycling  history.  Last year,   a new wheel manufacturer and a related bike racing team began using the  "Alto Velo"  name without our authorization  and even though we requested that they discontinue using  "Alto Velo",  they refused.   Alto Velo was forced to decide whether to take action to  protect its name or give up the name,   and the decision was made to file a suit  in federal court in order to preserve the name.  Alto Velo filed the suit and the wheel company and racing team settled the suit in December 2015 by agreeing to discontinue using the "Alto Velo" name in the future.    Alto Velo only sought to protect its name, and when they agreed to stop using the name, Alto Velo was anxious to settle.   With the settlement, Alto Velo will continue to use the "Alto Velo" name going forward and build on its already rich racing history.   


2015 Picnic

The annual Alto Velo picnic was held July 19 and a good time was had by all. Again, the venue was Serra Park in Sunnyvale and the highlight was the mountain bike polo. 

A big thanks to George Miranda for organizing, Robert Orcutt and Valley Vending for providing drinks, as well as SunPower, DFJ, Dave Keefe, Realtor, and Dr. Fletcher, DDS., for their continuing financial support that makes these events possible

See photos and video below..

Bike Polo by Nick Laszlo

AVRT training video

Drone enthusiast and Alto Velo sponsor, Mark Bailey of DFJ, filmed and produced this short video of a training session for our racing squad SunPower Racing. Many thanks to Mark for his time and creativity.

Please go here to watch:

Il Caschetto Giallo - back issues of club newsletter

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