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

Natalie Wang

April Rider of the Month

Natalie Wang

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

Katherine Nadler

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

Chris Besaw

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

 

2015 Barrio Logan Grand Prix Race Director’s Report

2015 Barrio Logan
Saturday, May 2

It’s that time of year again and planning and preparations for the 2015, 19th 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.

Volunteers can sign up here.

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

A Note from the Velodrome Director

Attention velodrome racers or anyone interested in the velodrome: the season is approaching and I have spoken to Dave at UC Cyclery about a deal on track bikes. SDBC members already get a 10% discount, but he said that if we can get a commitment on a number of track bikes to order there is more room to discount and the process is easier than one at a time. Contact me and let me know if you are interested in a track bike, and we can get with Dave to start the process in time for track classes and the racing season.

Also, if interested in joining the SDVA SDBC members get a 50% discount. Let me know and I will email you a waiver and the contact info for the SDVA .

SDBC Velodrom Director
Victor Hupp

velodrome@sdbc.org

Visit Juan Carlos

  Memorial Rehabilitation Center

Memorial Rehabilitation Center

Many SDBC club members have recently visited Juan Carlos Viñolo. He really enjoys visits from cyclists in particular, so if you can, go say hello to him! He will be at Sharp Memorial Rehabilitation Center until mid-November. The best time to visit is between 3 and 6 pm. He works pretty hard during the daytime with the therapists preparing him for independent living.

The building is directly EAST of the Sharp Mary Birch parking garage on Health Center Drive. (That's the one with the stork on it you see from 163) If you are coming north on 163 get off on Mesa College Drive and turn east then south on Heath Center Drive and park where the stork is (or park on the street for free along that road). Then walk between the buildings and go to 2929 Health Center Drive - you will see lots of picnic umbrellas and a sliding glass door that faces WEST (towards the parking garage) go in there and turn left. Then at the end of that hallway is reception. Juan Carlos is in room #140 (As of 9/24/2014)

 Michael Pelkey, Juan Carlos and Serge Issakov

Michael Pelkey, Juan Carlos and Serge Issakov

From Serge Issakov:  "Michael Pelkey and I went to visit Juan Carlos today. I was very impressed with his demeanor and character. I can only imagine what he is going through, but can tell you he is dealing with it effectively. He was out on the patio and independently mobile in an electric wheel chair. He should be home in about 2 months. He does plan to go back to his job and looks forward to cycling again on a handcycle. JC welcomes visits. I encourage you to go."

2014 Invitation to the Junior State Championships at The Barrio Logan Grand Prix.

Hi, my name is Coach Jesse Eisner.  I am the Junior Director and Coach of the San Diego Bicycle Club’s Junior Team.
 
I’d like to invite you,
your junior team,
and your club to participate
 in The Barrio Logan Grand Prix on May 3rd 2014.
 
This is The San Diego Bicycle Club’s sixth year hosting the Junior State Criterium Championships. 
           
The San Diego Bicycle Club awards all junior state champions with a California state championship jersey. A Junior State Champion is eligible to race the rest of the 2014 criterium season in their State Championship Jersey.
           
You can register now at www.usacycling.org
 
We are excited to have you come race with us.
 
Till then,
 
Enjoy some footage from last years junior men’s  13 14 race.

Cheers,
Jesse Eisner
619-962-3176
jesseeisner22@gmail.com
www.eisnercoaching.com

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