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History of the Alto Velo Racing Club

Alto Velo Club History

 

The Alto Velo Racing Club is one of America's top amateur cycling clubs. Based in the Silicon Valley of California, Alto Velo supports and encourages bike racing across all categories.  The early days of Alto Velo saw the development of strong elite men's and women's teams to complement the masters racers. 2003 saw the elite men spin off a Tier III professional team (Webcor Cycling Team), while 2004 saw the elite women spin off to form the feminine branch of Webcor Cycling. 2006 brought yet another emphasis to the club – a juniors program led by Linelle Northcott.  While Alto Velo no longer supports a Junior team, it supports the Alto Velo Racing Team, which is open to all members who want to upgrade their category.

Additionally, each year the club promotes the Pescadero Coastal Classic, one of the toughest races on the Northern California Racing Calendar.

The club was founded in late 1992, and was voted the USCF Best First Year Club in 1993. Alto Velo currently has over 200 members.

2013 brought two new co-title sponsors to the club, Suffolk Construction and SunPower Corporation. 

2014 saw a change with co-title sponsor Suffolk replaced by LuxVue Technology Corporation. SunPower Corporation continued its support.

In 2015 SunPower Corporation became sole title sponsor.

 

Racing Highlights

 

Alto Velo has a tradition of success at the highest level of competition across multiple cycling disciplines. Club members have earned district and/or national championships in each year of the club's existence. Some of the highlights include:

US Olympians

  • 2000 - Karen Brems (formerly Kurreck) – RR and ITT
  • 2004, 2008 - Christine Thorburn – RR and ITT

UCI World Champions

  • 1994 - Elite Time Trial – Karen Brems
  • 2004 - Masters Match Sprint – Mark Rodamaker
  • 2012 - Masters 500m TT, Individual Pursuit - Leo Menestrina
  • 2013 - Masters Individual Pursuit - Leo Menestrina
  • 2012, 2013 - Masters Cyclocross - Karen Brems

USA National Champions

  • 1994 - Elite Match Sprint – Jeff Solt
  • 1995 - Elite 500m TT – Jill Giannetoni
  • 1997 - USPro Road Race – Karen Brems
  • 2004 - Elite ITT – Christine Thorburn
  • 2004 - Masters 500m TT, Match Sprint, Points Race – Mark Rodamaker
  • 2004 - Masters Kilo, Team Pursuit, BAR – Jeff Fillerup
  • 2005 - Elite Road Race – Katheryn Curi
  • 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 -  Masters Track - Leo Menestrina
  • 2008 - Masters Individual Pursuit - Karen Brems
  • 2008, 2011 - Masters Track - Linda Elgart
  • 2010 - Masters Cyclocross - Linda Elgart
  • 2011 - Masters Track - John Elgart
  • 2011 - Masters Road Race - Linda Elgart
  • 2013 - Masters Road Race - John Elgart
  • 2013, 2014, 2015 - Masters Cyclocross - Karen Brems
  • 2014 - Masters Individual Pursuit - David Trousdale

World Records - set in 2014 by Jim Turner:

  • 2K Individual Pursuit – men 75-79 in time of 2:48.483
  • 200-meter Time Trial - men 75-79 in time of 13.889 seconds.
  • The Hour – men 75-79 - 38,494 meters 

NCNCA District Champions

  • 2004 NCNCA Masters Criterium Champion - Linda Elgart
  • 2004 NCNCA ITT Champion (Elite Women) - Kim Boester
  • 2004 NCNCA Masters 4 KM Team TT Champion (track) - Peter Tapscott
  • 2004 NCNCA Masters Kilo, Pursuit, and Points Race Champion (track) - Tom Fahey
  • 2004 NCNCA Masters 500 meter ITT and 2000 meter Pursuit Champion (track) - Leo Menestrina
  • 2004 NCNCA Masters Criterium Champion - Bill Powell
  • 2004 NCNCA Masters Road Race Champion - Ron LeBard
  • 2004 NCNCA Masters ITT and Criterium Champion - Phyllis Olrich
  • 2004 California/Nevada State Climbing Champion (Elite 4) - Bo Hebenstreit
  • 2004 NCNCA Masters Cyclo-Cross Champion - John Elgart
  • 2004 NCNCA Masters Cyclo-Cross Champion - Linda Elgart
  • 2005 NCNCA Masters Criterium Champion - Peter Tapscott
  • 2005 NCNCA Masters Road Champion - John Elgart
  • 2005 NCNCA Elite Road Champion - Karen Brems
  • 2007 NCNCA Masters TT Champion - Linda Elgart
  • 2009 NCNCA Masters TTT Champion - Peter Tapscott
  • 2009 NCNCA Masters TT Champion - Linda Elgart
  • 2011 NCNCA Masters Track Champion - Linda Elgart
  • 2011 NCNCA Masters Track Champion - John Elgart
  • 2011 NCNCA Masters Track Champion - Peter Tapscott
  • 2011 NCNCA Masters TT/TTT Champion - Peter Tapscott
  • 2011 NCNCA Masters Track Champion - Leo Menestrina
  • 2012 NCNCA Masters Track Champion - Linda Elgart
  • 2012 NCNCA Masters Track Champion - John Elgart
  • 2012 NCNCA Masters Track Champion - Leo Menestrina
  • 2012 NCNCA Masters Road Race Champion - John Elgart
  • 2013 NCNCA Masters Criterium Champion - John Elgart
  • 2013 NCNCA Masters Track Champion - John Elgart
  • 2013 NCNCA Masters Track Champion - Leo Menestrina
  • 2013 NCNCA Masters Track Champion - Peter Tapscott
  • 2013 NCNCA Masters Cyclo-cross Champion - John Elgart
  • 2013 NCNCA Masters Cyclo-cross Champion - Linda Elgart