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:
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 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!
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 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.
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..
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: https://vimeo.com/136159403