July Rider of the Month: Lan Tran

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July

 

Rider of the Month

Lan Tran

Lan is part of SBDC's Women Master Racing team!

1. What is your profession/job title?

Retired dentist.

2. What's our go-to song to pump you up before a race?

"On And On And On" by ABBA

3. Do you have any goofy rituals you do before/during/after riding?

In the morning before the race, I look at my eyes in the mirror and say “Yes I can”. During the race , I just count my breath “In , Out”. After, EAT, what else!

4. What’s your favorite meal to eat after a long ride?

Machaca Burrito

5. What’s your favorite race and why?

In Match Sprint, I have to think about the tactic against the other racer. Sometimes I was able to beat the faster racers just because of tactics. My second favorite is Team Sprint. We have to go fast from the get go and try to stay together to make us look pretty.

6. How did you find out about SDBC?

Friends, been riding with them for years. My favorite girl friend is Pat Murray and I keep saying I will race for SDBC for more years. I am happy to be on the same team with her and Esther Walker is my favorite racer to watch. She inspires us.

7. What’s your favorite flavor of Fluid?

All of them

8. Anything else you would like to share?

I love baking cookies and cake to share with my teammates and friends.

July Rider of the Month: Cody Jung

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July

 

Rider of the Month

Cody Jung

Cody is 26 years old and a member of the SDBC where he raced with the Cat 3s this year and just upgraded to Cat 2!

1. What is your profession/job title?

C4 Para Cyclist on US National Team, ESL Teacher and Bike Sales Specialist.

2. What's our go-to song to pump you up before a race?

"Look Alive" - Blocboy JB & Drake or "Dark Flag" - Phinehas

3. Do you have any goofy rituals you do before/during/after riding?

Before - Pray for safety. After - Cat cows (If you're a yogi, you know what that is).

4. What’s your favorite meal to eat after a long ride?

Smoothie Bowl

5. How did you find out about SDBC?

You can’t really ride in San Diego and not find out about SDBC.

6. What’s your favorite flavor of Fluid?

Pomegranate

7. Anything else you would like to share?

I have mild cerebral palsy that affects my left side, so in addition to “normal” racing, I also race in Paralympic events. I recently won the Para Cycling TT US National Championships in my classification, and have been selected for the World Championships team (Maniago, Italy August 2-5). If you want to learn more about what I do, where I ride, and what I eat check out my Instagram: @codydanieljung

June Rider of the Month: Evan Christenson

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June

 

Rider of the Month

Evan Christenson

Evan is a member of the SDBC 1/2 Team. He is a junior at UCLA studying applied mathematics.

1. What’s your go-to song to pump you up before a race?

I always default to the Dropkick Murphys. But somedays call for a little gangster rap too.

2. Do you have any goofy rituals you do before/during/after riding?

I’ve been caught smiling and waving at gopros mid corner while crit-banging-That’s always a favorite. Oh and the pre-race meditative porta potty weight loss regiment is a must.

3. What’s your favorite meal to eat after a long ride?

A tub of Ben and Jerry’s. Not too picky on flavor, as long as it’s not Cherry Garcia.

4. What’s your favorite race and why?

That’s hard because there’s so many good ones. I loved the Tour of the Battenkill while it was still around (RIP). The one time I got to do Boulevard it was my first road race and that was a blast (RIP). Nevada City Bicycle Classic had an amazing vibe to it and was incredibly brutal. Sea Otter circuit is cool just being a Motogp fan. And I always like the tension behind the national championship races. Everyone shows up with lofty dreams, but inevitably, they’re always crushed…

5. How did you find out about SDBC?

They’ve been around for years. I remember the old red kits and thinking they were so cool looking. Can we go back to red next year??

6. What’s your favorite flavor of Fluid?

I definitely have been slamming some of the Blueberry Pomegranate lately. Perfect mix of light, hydrating, and delicious!

7. Anything else you would like to share?

Not really

June Rider of the Month: Pat Murray

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June

 

Rider of the Month

Pat Murray

Pat is a member of the SDBC Women's Team and Mountain Bike Team. She works as an instructional Lab Technician at Grossmont College School of Nursing.

1. What’s your go-to song to pump you up before a race?

OneRepublic - When the Love Runs Out.

2. Do you have any goofy rituals you do before/during/after riding?

I use chapstick non-stop waiting for a race - that's my nervous tick.

3. What’s your favorite meal to eat after a long ride?

Rubios!! Classic Shrimp Burrito.

4. What’s your favorite race and why?

The Team Pursuit is my favorite race (velodrome) because it is a team race that utilizes everyone's abilities to the maximum. It is a dance of timing and cohesion like nothing else I have ever experienced on the bike.

5. How did you find out about SDBC?

I couldn't ride on Saturdays, so I first started riding with SDBC's Sunday ride with Michael Pelkey. Serge Issakov would have to tell me to get on his wheel because it was too fast for me when I first started. :)

6. What’s your favorite flavor of Fluid?

Cinnamon Vanilla (Recovery), I have it right here next to me!

7. Anything else you would like to share?

I never understood how a 'race' could be a 'team event' until I raced with the SDBC Women's Team. Even if you don't step onto a podium box, if your team-mate does, everyone on the team is a winner. There have been so many races over the last few years where competitors (and even team directors) have approached the SDBC women to compliment our teamwork. That we are known as a hard-working experienced group is a wonderful feeling.

May Rider of the Month: Evan Aparri

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May Rider of the Month

Evan Aparri

Evan is 12 years old (race age 13), is on the SDBC Juniors Team and is in 6th grade at Oak Valley Middle School.

1. What’s your go-to song to pump you up before a race?

I don’t have a specific song that I listen to.

2. Do you have any goofy rituals you do before/during/after riding?

No goofy rituals for me...I just like to hang out with my friends before and after races.

3. What’s your favorite meal to eat after a long ride?

I like to eat sushi anytime, especially after a race.

4. What’s your favorite race and why?

I like Barrio Logan the most because there is a lot of competition.

5. How did you find out about SDBC?

I wanted to improve my biking for triathlon races so I joined SDBC.

6. What’s your favorite flavor of Fluid?

Plain water is the best!

7. Anything else you would like to share?

I am a triathlete.

May Rider of the Month: Maddy Ward

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May Rider of the Month

Maddy Ward

Maddy Ward is a member of the Women's 1/2 SDBC team. She is 23 and a 2017 graduate of UCLA!

1. What’s your go-to song to pump you up before a race?

The entire Black Panther album is pretty bomb.

2. Do you have any goofy rituals you do before/during/after riding?

Sadly none that I can think of.

3. What’s your favorite meal to eat after a long ride?

Massive burrito!

4. What’s your favorite race and why?

Sea Otter Circuit race, because I just raced it yesterday so it's fresh in my mind haha but also the course really plays to my strengths and I love the fast descent on the Corkscrew.

5. How did you find out about SDBC?

I met Esther, Katherine, and Lily through collegiate racing and once I moved back to San Diego after graduation I was very excited to be on their team.

6. What’s your favorite flavor of Fluid?

All flavors!

7. Anything else you would like to share?

I want to thank my parents for their endless support as I continue to grow as a cyclist. And also I am so happy and proud to be a part of the SDBC women’s team. I've made lifelong friends and it's so fun to get to race with such a talented group.

April Rider of the Month: James Perren

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April Rider of the Month

James Perren

1. What’s your go-to song to pump you up before a race?

My first go-to song is “Long Way to the Top” by AC/DC. I can also get inspired by any good Steve Miller or CCR song.

2. Do you have any goofy rituals you do before/during/after riding?

One ritual that has become a favorite of mine is to dedicate my ride to a person who has an influence on my thoughts and feelings of that particular day or week. It’s basically a ‘ride dedication’ ritual that I have integrated into my life. The actual dedication can be to a friend, family member, co-worker, team member, etc. Other targets of my dedications might be directed towards random people I hear about in the media that are general recognized for doing something positive for the common good. These might be ‘Person of the Week’ on ABC Evening News for instance.

A second ritual is that I now find it as a necessity to stretch before and after each ride and race. The minimum time is 100-120 seconds. The MacKensie stretch for my lower back with this ritual allows me to continue riding and racing with minimal back pain.

3. What’s your favorite meal to eat after a long ride?

Traditional Italian spaghetti certainly takes care of calorie needs after a good and long ride.

4. What’s your favorite race and why?

One of my favorite races is the Races at the Lake (RATL) in Akron, Ohio. I lived in that part of the country for a few years and this race impacted me greatly. I really like the quality of the course pavement and the combination of the short hill and downhill with a few slightly technical sections. I would drive from Ann Arbor, Michigan to get to this race in the early season, but I very much enjoyed the drive and the race environment. I never did very well there, but I certainly like that area and that particular race.

5. How did you find out about SDBC?

I found out about SDBC by checking on the USAC website to search for clubs in the area. I reviewed a number of the clubs in San Diego County and then opted to try the Saturday ride. After giving that ride a shot, I spoke with a few people on the ride and at the shop and made my decision partly based on the potential for socially engaged riding and racing in Southern California. I have been pressed and very pleased with the choice I made. It’s sincerely great to be part of something!

6. What’s your favorite flavor of Fluid?

Orange is the flavor I like the best.

7. Anything else you would like to share?

Riding and racing bicycles are important parts of our lives as SDBC members. I can see that it is part of our identities. It is for me. The bicycle has allowed me to become a better person. But I also see a tremendous amount of responsibility that come with the freedom. I know this brief statement does not clarify what I mean by that to all of people. Hopefully someday we can chat about it and I will be happy to explain myself. See you on the road or at the races.

April Rider of the Month: Natalie Wang

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April Rider of the Month

Natalie Wang

Natalie is an 11-year-old member of the Junior Team and was the 2016 USA Cycling 3 Time National Champion. She's currently in 6th grade at Carmel Del Mar Elementary.

1. What’s your go-to song to pump you up before a race?

Feel it still – Portugal. The Man

2. Do you have any goofy rituals you do before/during/after riding?

Before each race, I’d like to be alone in a quiet setting for a while and go through my strategy in my mine. After the race, I am Just being happy that I am and I enjoy socializing and hanging out with the racers.

3. What’s your favorite meal to eat after a long ride?

Instant noodles and ramens!

4. What’s your favorite race and why?

The Crit because there’s more cornering and I get to see more spectators which pumps me up.

5. How did you find out about SDBC?

When I started riding at the velodrome I had friends on SDBC; Coach Jesse Eisner was the assistant coach at the velodrome and he was the SDBC Junior Team Director at that time in 2016.

6. What’s your favorite flavor of Fluid?

Gatorade with water!

7. Anything else you would like to share?

I am thankful for the support that SDBC has given me. I get to race any races I want as long as my parents and other parents take me.

March Rider of the Month: Katherine Nadler

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March Rider of the Month

Katherine Nadler

1. What’s your go-to song to pump you up before a race?

Thunderstruck by ACDC

2. Do you have any goofy rituals you do before/during/after riding?

Load up my custom, hand made Craft House Bag which holds all my ride essentials in a stylish waterproof/sweat proof compact case that fits perfectly into one of my back pocket. I also happen to be the creator of these bags!

3. What’s your favorite meal to eat after a long ride?

California Burrito

4. What’s your favorite race and why?

Barrio Logan Grad Prix, in part because it’s our home race so there are always familiar faces cheering us on and also because I enjoy the technical figure-8 course.

5. How did you find out about SDBC?

When I first started racing bikes two years ago as a UCSD collegiate racer I had several female teammates also riding for SDBC who encouraged me to join to further increase my exposure to racing. The sense of community I’ve gained through the racing team and club as a whole has been invaluable and I have enjoyed the opportunity to mentor newer racers so that we may continue building women’s cycling as a sport.

6. What’s your favorite flavor of Fluid?

Passion fruit – that extra kick of caffeine is great!

7. Anything else you would like to share?

Thank you to whoever nominated me for this award!

March Rider of the Month: Chris Besaw

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March Rider of the Month

Chris Besaw

1. What’s your go-to song to pump you up before a race?

Anything Kygo.

2. Do you have any goofy rituals you do before/during/after riding?

Not necessarily goofy, but it is an absolute requirement for me to get a good stretch in after every ride or race. I find that I stiffen up and won’t be ready to go next time if I miss it.

3. What’s your favorite meal to eat after a long ride?

Thai Red Curry with brown rice.

4. What’s your favorite race and why?

My favorite race is the Tuscon Bicycle Classic. I love stage races, and this one is such a blast. The TT is a short-lung blasting course, and the circuit race has some punchy rollers, which makes for an extremely tough race. In 2017, the team came together and executed a perfect race strategy to take home the GC which made for a memorable race that won’t soon be forgotten.

5. How did you find out about SDBC?

I moved out to San Diego from Wisconsin 3 years ago and joined another local club, and Wells reached out after a few of the races and suggested I join the SDBC racing team, as there was a full 1-2 racing team.

6. What’s your favorite flavor of Fluid?

Definitely the Passion Fruit Tea!!

SDBC Raises Its Visibility At SDG&E Biking Event

SDBC Membership Director Marilyn Detloff showcased the Club and its Saturday rides at SDG&E’s “Pedal for the Cause” event. SDG&E used this week's event to focus cycling and to raise funds for its team in support of cancer research here in San Diego. Marilyn reports she expects to see some of these folks at our Saturday rides. She’ll be at a second SDG&E event on Thursday, about the time you’re receiving this week’s update.

Thanks Marilyn!

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¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!

San Diego Bicycle Club partnered with the Family Health Center of San Diego to host ¡Vive tu vida/ Get Up! Get Moving! This past Saturday in Logan Heights.

The event included free health screenings, sports and fitness activities. SDBC staged a bike rodeo led by Barb Trenchi and Bruce Stromko where more than 70 kids came out to learn the ropes and basic bike safety. In the theme of supporting safe cycling, SDBC also hosted a helmet giveaway – led by Marilyn Detloff – that benefited about 100 kids! Talk about a great day for an even better cause!

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A Note from the Veledrome Director

First, the track is going to get a resurfacing in September. We will close the facility for riding from September 14 through September 26th. In this short time the riding surface will be re-paved and painted. We will add an additional cool-down/warm-up circle in the northern half of the infield and will make some upgrades to other parts of the facility. This is going to be a TON of work and we will be seeking your help to ensure this goes off smoothly. It's your track and now's the time to really get involved.

Our website recently received a facelift too. We hope this layout better serves to inform and bring in more riders to our facility. Check it out! If you're a current member, there is a members-only area that is accessible through a secure log in. Requests are manually verified against our current member's list. Once you have been verified (usually no more than 6-8 hours) you will be able to access the Members-Only tab under Membership on the website. In there you can find the current membership list, member documents, as well as BOD meeting minutes. It is currently an evolving section; so if there are things you feel are missing let us know.

Starting August 1st, 2016 memberships to the SDVA are 50% off. Memberships will be valid to the end of this calendar year. New members will receive the same benefits as current members as well as a combo into the facility to ride during open hours. To apply, please fill out the form in the New Members section attach a check or money order and send it in.

SDVA link - sdvelodrome.com

Some reminders:
Public hours are on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. During this time ANYONE is invited to ride their bicycle (any bike) on the track. Please bring a helmet and be prepared to sign a waiver.
Members are allowed to ride only during Open Hours on the track. All scheduled events are noted on the calendar.
Motor Pacing is only allowed by SDVA approved coaches.

Victor Hupp
San Diego Velodrome Director
velodrome@sdbc.org

2016 Barrio Logan Grand Prix Race Director’s Report

I’s that time of year again and planning and preparations for the 2016, 20th Annual Barrio Logan Grand Prix are in full swing! Currently we are working hard to ensure this year’s will stand up to if not surpass, it’s outstanding reputation as one of Southern California’s premier bicycle races! Again this year we will be the SCNCA Junior Criterium Championships and part of USA Cycling’s Road Development Race Series. Plus we will feature races for Elite Men and Women, Master’s and our always popular Kid’s Races! New this year we will be having a Bicycle Safety Rodeo and the Helmet Give away at Cesar Chavez Park on San Diego Bay!

Right now we are working feverishly on raising the $6000. Cash prize list committed to this year’s race. But we need your help! If you have any leads on someone or a business who you believe might like to sponsor the race (how about you???) please give me a call. Everyone loves a race with lots of “primes”, SDBC has over 400 members, if each member acquired just one prime, this year’s Barrio Logan Grand Prix could give out 400 prime prizes!!! Primes can be just about anything: gift certificates, dinners, clothing, services, bike parts, auto parts, gift cards, cash… let’s get creative!

Speaking of needing your help; it’s time to start signing up for one of the many race day volunteer positions. Positions available are in the areas of; registration, course set-up and tear-down, course marshalling, hospitality, expo area, equipment truck driver, etc.
So if you have any ideas on sponsorship, or you want to volunteer, please give me a call (619-239-4321) or you can reach me on the World Wide Web at: Ralph@mgeracing,com

See ya at the races,

Ralph Elliott
2015 BLGP Race Director

Barrio Logan Sponsorship

The 20th Annual Barrio Logan will be held on May 7, 2016. Interested in becoming a sponsor? We provide our sponsors with widespread exposure through local, regional and national advertising prior to, during and immediately following the event. See the Sponsorship Flyer and contact Ralph Elliot if you're interested.

Thanks!

Ralph Elliot
Race Director
619-239-4321

From The Bike Coalition Liaison

Safety tip of the week: When riding in a paceline look much further ahead than when riding solo and adjust for obstacles sooner, to give those behind time and space to do so too. So this doesn't happen:
Facebook Video - Rider crashes trying avoid bollards

Legal rights tip of the week: Can bicyclists be cited for impeding traffic? San Diego cyclist Bill Davidson, who is not a lawyer, recently argued why the answer to this question is no:
Facebook post explaining why cyclists in California cannot be in violation of impeding traffic (CVC 22400)

More and more cyclists are learning their rights to use the full lane and the associated safety and comfort advantages that come with it, but some in law enforcement are not there yet. Example from Park Blvd last week:
YouTube video - San Diego Police Department Officers still don't quite get it

Remember: your SDBC membership includes membership in the San Diego County Bike Coalition which includes a number of benefits. See the coalition website at sdbikecoalition.org.

Serge Issakov
Bike Coalition liaison
bikecoalition@sdbc.org

Changes to Bicycle Access to Camp Pendleton

We received the following message this week from Carl Redding at Camp Pendleton Marine Corp Base:

Camp Pendleton wanted to give you an update on our visitor access policy. We value the great relationship we have with the area cycling community and wanted to develop a process allowing cyclist’s continued access to Camp Pendleton.

By March 1, cyclist will be required to register in order to have access to the base. An online process will be complete mid-February and base access will be good for one year. Cyclist will need to re-register every year. Until the registration process is finalized, cyclists will still be able to enter the base with their U.S. or State government issued identification card just like now.

After March 1, all cyclists will need to be registered and show their U.S. or State identification when entering the base. Once the registration process is up and running in a few weeks, we will share the link. Our goal is to maintain a great relationship with area riders but also balance that with security and protection for our Marines, Sailors, civilian employees and families. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Please be respectful when entering and riding on the base!

Thanks,

San Diego Bicycle Club

 

Note From The Membership Director

Join or renew now for 2016 and get the 2015 Membership Rate - $45!

NOTE:  Membership fees are being raised effective 1/1/2016.  See here

Exciting things are happening – look...

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  • Expanded discounts to all members.
  • Increased sponsor support benefiting both the race teams and the general membership.
  • A new Women's Cat 1-2 Team.
  • An entirely new Club kit. Fun!

So whether you’re an experienced racer, an endurance cyclist, a recreational cyclist, or someone just getting into biking, when you join/renew, you’re teaming up with hundreds of other cyclists to help us:

  • Keep our Saturday rides free and open to everyone.
  • Offer coached training rides for all levels of riders.
  • Expand our racing program.
  • Offer specialized training programs.
  • Continue our philanthropic work like the annual Christmas Toy Ride.
  • Keep our annual Beach Party and Borrego Spring Camp-out ride free to members.
  • Advocate for cyclists rights.
  • Create a safer riding environment.

You may renew on-line – we’re picking up the registration fee this year, OR pay by cash, check, or credit card at most Saturday rides in November and December. There will also be a membership renewal letter showing up in many of your mailboxes, so you can renewal by mail, too.

Marilyn Detloff
SDBC Membership Director
membership@sdbc.org

A Note From the President

Dear SDBC Member,

The Club is in the process of converting to a tax-exempt 501(3)(3) entity.  As a tax-exempt, sponsors will be able to deduct contributions to the Club as charitable deductions.  This should enhance our ability to obtain more corporate sponsors.

To affect this change, the state of California requires that we amend our Articles of Incorporation with the following changes:

  1. Expressly state that we will not engage in any activity that is not permitted under IRS rules pertaining to 501(c)(3) entities,
  2. Upon dissolution of the Club, all assets will be distributed only to another tax-exempt entity, and
  3. Both the Board and the Members have approved these changes.

The restated Articles of Incorporation that we propose to adopt can be viewed by clicking the following link - Restated Articles of Incorporation.  

We will conduct an email vote next week and will be have paper ballots available at UCC before the Saturday ride September 12.

Thank you,
Jim Swigart
President
San Diego Bicycle Club

 

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