Beer on a Roll

One of our own SDBC members, Mike Addison, just completed a one-of-a-kind bicycle project this past summer.

From June 10 - August 23, Mike cycled solo from San Francisco to New York while promoting the Craft Beer industry. He had a videographer and they filmed the entire project (called "Beer on a Roll"), as they stopped at about 25 Craft Breweries across the U.S. 

The film will be featured at Blind Lady Ale House (3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116) Sunday, February 23, 8pm. It's a great brewpub, with amazing craft beer and pizza. Bring a friend! In the meantime, check out the "Beer on a Roll" Movie Trailer !


SDBC Cat 3 Team Sweeps Red Trolley


Red Trolley Criterium

The SDBC Cat 3 team swept the podium at the Red Trolley Crit last Sunday.  Eric Geier, Jonathan Guzman and Sean Mulderig took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Men's Cat 3 race.  Daniel Zitter took 4th place and Nick Jones finished 12th overall!

  • Kyle Kirby took 2nd place in the Juniors 13-14 men's race.
  • Ian MacNeill and Logan Bass took 4th and 7th place in the Men's Cat 5 race.
  • Noelle Camanyag took 6th in the Juniors 10-14 Women's race.

Boulevard Road Race

In the Boulevard Road Race, Peter Dufour won the Men's Masters 60+ race! Jim Swiggert took 6th place.

Gabriel Marocco took 3rd in the Men's Cat B Collegiate race, and Jonathan Deguzman took 4th place in the Men's Cat A Collegiate race.

HawkEye Road Hazards – An Eye in the Sky for Bicyclists!

By Richard L. Duquette, Esq.


I recently posted a request to TCSD’s list-serve asking for recommendations for topical and interesting articles for my site.  One member, inspired by the recent call for repair of our local roadways, suggested that we address the improvement of San Diego’s road conditions for bicyclists.   Taking her concern to heart, I gave it some thought.  

A great resource for this subject is Route Rehab, (, which is a service that charitably patrols the roads and removes debris.  This and other sources show a strong public interest in the safety of our roads, specifically centered on improved road maintenance.  Between these sources and my own experience in riding, there are thousands of perils on our roads, including potholes, cracks, uneven pavement, outdated drainage grates, unmarked construction sites, unmarked speed bumps, debris and more.

Bicyclists are particularly exposed to these dangers, especially at night, and far too many crash.  They are often injured, but not always badly enough to justify the cost of litigation.  As a result, a majority of these hazards are unreported to local governments.

As you may know, one way to attract the attention of a government entity is the threat of successful litigation.  This requires proof of the entity’s actual or implied knowledge of the dangerous condition.  Failure to act after such notice creates a strong case for liability.

An amicable alternative to litigation is to simply provide the government entity with notice of a specific condition, with the hope that the defect will be timely repaired in the interest of protecting its citizens.  Unfortunately, the people may be the eyes of the city, but the ultimate responsibility for repair lies with the government itself.  

In either event, fair notice must be given.  To this end, I created a website called HawkEye Road Hazards,, or “HRH.”  HRH is a mobile-optimized site with an interactive map of dangers to bicyclists, (pot holes, debris, construction and more).  On the site, a bicyclist can create a free account to report the location of road hazards with GPS coordinates.  A description and photo of the hazard can be uploaded and will be identified on a map for others to see.  The site also lists city road repair contacts, friendly bicycle shops, and other helpful resources.

With HRH, once a defective road condition is identified and marked on the aerial map, the bicyclist can e-mail the local repair department of the responsible entity to provide notice of the dangerous condition.  Having the exact GPS coordinate, coupled with a picture and description on the map, provides fair notice so the hazard can be fixed.  HRH contains web links to the proper road repair departments for notification of needed repairs.  These HRH markers also provide other friends with advanced warning to avoid injury.

To increase exposure, I have listed friendly bicycle shops to help spread the word because of their daily interaction with bicyclists.  This list will also assist you in case you are in need of a tube, GU or even a repair while you are on a ride.  By accessing the site, you can find the shop nearest to you in your time of distress.

My hope is that the word will spread and HRH will be used by more and more bicyclists and activists so that they can take action without delay or cost.  Again, it’s FREE to set up your own account for posts and updates to the map in real time, whether it be at home or even while you’re out riding.  In time, I’d like to see this idea spread across California, the United States and even become a global standard.  As always, our motto is, “Empower Bicyclists!”

In the end, I hope that this site and others like it will avoid bicycling injuries while saving taxpayers from the cost of litigation due to government neglect.

Keep in mind that if litigation against a public entity is necessary, in California the injured bicyclist must first file a government claim form before commencing suit.  This form must be filed with the responsible entity within six months of the injury, and is a mandatory precursor to filing a lawsuit.  If the injured party fails to meet this deadline, it will likely bar any right to seek just compensation.  

Government litigation is a complex area of law, and a lawyer should be consulted to protect your interests.  The claim form must comply with the law, including Government Code Section 910, et. seq.  Further, most lawyers attach exhibits, including a copy of the police report, photos, and other documents referenced in the claim form.

Even if the form complies with the relevant statutes, there are additional pitfalls.  Proper notice must be sent to all potential government entities, such as the city, county and state agencies.  It is far better to be safe than sorry when providing notices of claims.  Otherwise, a responsible entity may have a procedural defense against your claim.

After receipt of a claim, an entity will respond, usually with a boilerplate rejection notice.  After receipt of the rejection, you may proceed to file suit.  In rare cases, I have seen entities correct dangerous conditions and compensate individuals pre-litigation.

If you do file suit, remember the adage, “The King can do no harm.”  In California and most other states, public entities are often cloaked with immunities to liability.  It takes a carefully worded and well supported lawsuit to succeed.

In the interests of safety and justice, I hope you find my HRH site helpful.  Please spread the word, participate in the site, and keep the good ideas flowing to promote safe bicycling!

Ride Safe, Ride Strong!


Richard L.  Duquette
Attorney at Law

SDBC/Emerald Textiles Announces Rosters

SDBC/Emerald Textiles announces rosters, including new 1/2/U25 team

by Luke Ramseth (Cat. 1/2/U25 team captain)

The new-look SDBC/Emerald Textiles cycling team has announced its 2014 racing rosters, title and supporting sponsors and is fresh off a three-day training camp in Borrego Springs Jan. 17-19.

The longtime San Diego racing and recreational club is proud to add Emerald Textiles as its title sponsor for 2014. Emerald Textiles has been Southern California’s choice for commercial healthcare linen and linen services for 30 years, and has quickly developed a reputation for its focus on extreme cleanliness and environmental responsibility. 

Team colors will align with Emerald’s green, white and black, a significant departure from the traditional red, yellow and black of years past.

Supporting sponsors of the team include UC Cyclery, FMT Consultants, Medline, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Hi-Tech Bikes, Fluid Sports Nutrition, Java Depot, Dagan Law, Straight Nutrition, the Law Firm of Richard L. Duquette, and Pactimo clothing.

Rosters have been beefed up in each racing category, including Men’s Cat. 3, Men’s Cat. 4/5, Women’s 3/4, Masters, Juniors, and Mountain Bike teams. No other Southern California team will bring as much depth, at every level, as SDBC in 2014.

In addition, for the first time in a couple of years, SDBC has added a Men’s Cat. 1/2/U25 team that is equipped to take on Southern California’s best in both criteriums and road races. The team includes up-and-coming previous SDBC members Sean Mulderig, Dan Zitter, Isaac Guerra Marin, Drew Lawyer, Jonathan Deguzman, Ben Sarno and Edwin Clement. Newcomers include Ben Rathkamp, Luke Ramseth, and coach/racer Brian Kappus. Hi-Tech Bikes will be the proud sponsor. Members will ride SCOTT bicycles and wear SCOTT helmets provided by Hi-Tech Bikes. They will target primarily Southern California events.

More than 30 team members recently wrapped up a weekend full of riding and team-building activities in the desert town of Borrego Springs. Upcoming target races include the Boulevard Road Race and Red Trolley Criterium, Feb. 1 and 2. 

SDBC hosts the annual Barrio Logan Grand Prix, set for May 3, and the Fiesta Island Time Trial Series.

Team Rosters

Cat. 1/2/U25 Team

  • Brian Kappus (coach, assistant team manager)
  • Luke Ramseth (captain)
  • Isaac Guerra Marin
  • Ben Rathkamp
  • Sean Mulderig
  • Daniel Zitter
  • Edwin Clement
  • Jonathan Deguzman
  • Drew Lawyer
  • Ben Sarno

Cat. 3 Team

  • Peter Beck (captain)
  • Sean Mulderig
  • Daniel Zitter
  • Edwin Clement
  • Jonathan Deguzman
  • Drew Lawyer
  • Ben Sarno
  • Michael Frentress
  • James Frentress
  • Doug Krutil
  • Nick Jones
  • Mike Farkas

Railing corners, racing crits


By Luke Ramseth

About 20 SDBC/Emerald Textiles teammates rode out to Poway for a quick cornering skills tune-up and practice criterium last Saturday.

It was a reminder of where we all stand as the first big weekend of racing closes in. Feb. 1 is the Boulevard Road Race, and the Red Trolley Criterium the next day. Both are in San Diego County. 

We first went over several cornering basics. Here were the main points:

Positioning -- Be in the drops, and be relaxed. You’ll go faster in the drops through a turn (more aerodynamic), and you’ll also have more control, in case something goes awry. It’s stable. Ideally, the inside arm should be straighter -- more weighted -- and the outside arm should be bent. But sometimes, they might both be bent. Get low.

Your inside leg should be at the top of the pedal stroke, so as to avoid clipping a pedal (though often, you can pedal right on through). Your outside leg should be straight, and weighted. 

Keep your head and eyes pointed well ahead. Don’t get too caught up with what is happening immediately around you.

Using the full road and hitting the apex -- Use as much road as possible when hitting a turn. Pick a line, and stick to it. For a right hander, enter from the far left of the road, as far as you can go. 

Think of yourself as a slingshot as you head toward the apex (the tightest part of the turn) and exit out the other side, again, if possible, ending up on the far left of the road. If you don't lose any ground on the person directly in front of you, then you’re cornering quite well.

Braking -- It’s simple: Brake before you enter the turn, not in it (if you need to brake at all -- oftentimes it’s only a slight tap). 

Braking beforehand allows you to carry more speed through the other side, and it’ll also prevent you from accidentally locking up your wheel in the middle of the turn and sliding, especially if there’s any loose dirt or gravel in there.

Random tidbits -- When you’re in a race, corners can be bottlenecks ripe for crashes. You’ll avoid more of the carnage if you ride on the far inside, as people will slide out in the opposite direction. 

To pick up spots, however, you’re better served riding in the middle or outside when there’s a few people going through the turn at once. The inside can often clog up, despite being the shortest route.

After the cornering talk, we headed to the mostly closed-off criterium course, with three different types of corners to practice on.

Some of the team stood out in their sharp new SDBC/Emerald Textiles kits, delivered last week. Others had worn the old black and red, and some were dressed in a random assortment of other jerseys. The haphazard mix was ideal for a practice crit, as we broke up into three teams and took to the half-mile course near Scripps Poway Parkway.

There were several strong attacks, and even a few promising breaks. The pace was mostly high, and despite looking like it might splinter into a bunch of smaller groups early, everyone pulled together for a bunch gallop, Cat. 2s through Cat. 5s. 

It was a good early indicator of where we all stand -- some have been putting in loads of base miles, others still have some work to do. Some are smooth bike racing veterans, others are looking at their first race in a few weeks. 

We’ll come together again at training camp, slated for this weekend in Borrego Springs. Big rides, meals and meetings await.

After that, it’s off to the races.

Volunteers Needed for Boulevard Road Race

The UCSD Cycling Team is proud to announce the 2014 Boulevard Road Race. This is the largest and most successful race in the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference and also one of the largest in the entire country. The proceeds from this race almost entirely fund our race season and allow us to foster the talent of many collegiate cyclists.

We request that volunteers please notify Drew Lawyer (this years race director) at Remember that by volunteering, you are not just helping to make Boulevard run smoothly but are also giving back to the community by making a significant contribution to the UCSD Cycling Team's season and continued success.

If you plan to also race Boulevard, that is fantastic, and we are will accommodate that in your volunteer schedule so that you can do both. We will need volunteers at all times of the day, but the heaviest demand is in the early morning and morning while the collegiate fields are racing and many of our team mates will be kicking off their season.

Drew Lawyer and the UCSD Cycling Team



FITT Looking for iPad


We need an iPad!

SDBC is looking for a used second or third generation iPad (10” size) to run timing software for upcoming time trials in 2014. 

If you would like to donate one or sell it to the club for a “Ho, ho, ho” good price, please send an email to Happy holidays!

UPDATE:  we've found our iPad!  Thanks!

SDBC 2014 Kit

On Monday, November 25th the 2014 SDBC Kit design was unveiled to SDBC members at the Fit Kit Night at UC Cyclery. Those that attended were treated to pizza, beer, and other refreshments. For those of you that didn't make it the new kit design is shown below.

The Pactimo store is now open for orders that will be delivered early in January.

To access the Team Store from the club web site, click on Members, then SDBC Clothing, sign in with your email address and password, and follow the directions on the page.  If this is the first time you have ordered clothing from Pactimo, you will need to create your personal account.

Nick Jones
SDBC Clothing Director

Renew your Membership for 2014

Exciting things are happening in 2014 – 

  • Expanded discounts to all members.
  • Increased sponsor support benefiting both the race teams and the general membership.
  • A new 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.

SDBC Membership Director

2013 Winter Training Cycle


Use your Saturday mornings to improve your racing skills with our popular Winter Training Cycle program. WTC starts Saturday, October 5th. For the first Saturday only, WTC is open to members and non-members who are experienced D-1 riders or higher, racers, those considering racing, and cyclists who want to get stronger and faster. Beginning Saturday, October 12th you must be a current member of SDBC to take part.

WTC is modeled after Arnie Baker’s HIT (High Intensity Training) and ACE (Altitude Climbing and Endurance) programs. It is a periodized training program which focuses on (a) Base / Endurance training, (b) Strength and (c) Speed. It’s a vital part of our overall racing team development program and it benefits both racers and recreational riders.

This 3-month training program is designed by Coach John Jahelka. The rides are being organized and led by Wells Wang, Men’s Development Team director, as well as other men’s racing team members.

The Course

The course is 60 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing. We will be using the hills of the D-2 route but this is NOT the D-2 ride. WTC will form up as soon as the A-ride rolls out and immediately follow the B-ride, about 8:35.

Training includes:

October: BASE/ENDURANCE – Post-race season recovery and endurance work done each week at progressively higher heart rates.

November: STRENGTH – Intervals in large gear, slow cadence standing, sitting and some isolated leg training.

December: SPEED – High cadence intervals. Each week there are increases in heart rate intensity, leg speed, and duration. Intervals have been painted on the road surface. To get maximum benefit from these exercises both heart rate and cadence monitors are recommended.

More Information

For question and the most up-to-date information each week please log onto our Facebook page:

Mike McLaughlin – Training Director


SDBC Sunday Ride

SDBC is now hosting an ongoing Sunday ride leaving from UCC Cyclery at 8:30 a.m.

An SDBC ride leader will lead all rides and participants are expected to bring emergency contact information, be familiar with group riding skills, adhere to safe riding habits, and assist in keeping group together. Camaraderie is the key.

We will leave from the same time & place each week, UC Cyclery, go approx 40-45 miles, similar to our D2 Ride & pace, to arrive at Java Depot or possible other coffee shop around 11:00 a.m. It is not a beginners ride, nor a no-drop ride, yet we may stop for flats.

Routes will vary, with hills, possible pace-line work if applicable, and with at least one brief rest/water stop before coffee shop. It will be challenging at times, but overall doable & fun--like our D2 Ride.

Arrive at 8:15 for announcements, bring 2 bottles of fluid and be ready to roll at 8:30.

Ideas for ride variations encouraged, keeping in mind starting place & time constraints.

Contact SDBC ride leader Michael Pelkey at:



New Weekly Update Delivery


This week we have started to use Constant Contact to send out the SDBC Weekly Update. You should not see any difference, but I anticipate a better rate of delivery than we have experienced in the recent past. You will notice a new footer with links to manage your email address and to unsubscribe (why in the world you would want to unsubscribe is beyond me). Please note that this is separate from the SDBC member's website login information. Of course you can always email to change your address for the weekly update or have your address removed.

This change has taken place because last week we experienced problems with our hosting service when I attempted to send out the weekly update. Some you may have never received it and for that I apologize. That was the last straw for me so the decision was made to move to what I anticpate to be a much more reliable system to provide each and every one of you with plenty of reading material for that moment in your life or at work when you just need a distraction from it all!

Tom Welch
Weekly Update Director

D5 Ride Leader Wanted


Wanted: SDBC members committed to making the cycling world a better, safer place. The Club is looking for leaders for our beginner's D-5 ride. This is an 8-12 mile ride on Saturday mornings composed of cyclists who know how to pedal and mostly stay upright on their bikes. These cyclists are slow and not strong enough to ride with our D-4's, however, they have a heart for riding and are looking for instruction and mentoring.

While SDBC is a racing club and remains focused on racing, San Diego has come to look on SDBC as one of the top cycling organizations in the region. We need a corps of three or four cyclists who will rotate the D-5 leadership. During the summer we have D-5 riders on most Saturdays; during the rest of the year D-5 ridership is intermittent. On those Saturday's where no D-5 rider shows up, leaders are free to do whatever ride they chose.

If we cannot recruit three or four new leaders we will disband the D-5 ride. To volunteer please contact Mike McLaughlin, SDBC Training Director, at


Mike McLaughlin

Training Director


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