Donations for Nationals
Please help us send our SDBC 1/2 team riders to Track Nationals in Trexlertown, PA, July 25 - 30. College students Roger Ainslie and Eric Geier are both nationally ranked cat-1 track riders. They are hoping to compete together in the Madison event, as well as the Team Pursuit along with two other SDBC riders Ryon Graf and Kenyon Ralph. The 1/2 team will help to cover race entry fees. Your support will help them to afford the air fare, and other travel related expenses.
SDBC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. Your donation may be tax deductible.
SDBC will match donations up to a total of $3000.
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The SDBC matching fund will be distributed at the discretion of the Board of Directors and there is no assurance that funds will be distributed to any one particular racer
Or mail your check made payable to "San Diego Bicycle Club" to the following address:
San Diego Bicycle Club
PO Box 80562
San Diego, CA 92138-0562
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Eric Geier joined SDBC about 5 minutes after he moved to San Diego in 2011. Still, Wells wasn’t convinced that he was “racing team” material until Eric showed up on the A ride and didn’t embarrass himself at the Solana Beach sprint (he cut off stud loop, obviously). Eric found his cycling calling on the track and began traveling to NTC races in 2013. Since then, Eric has represented the club at tracks in San Diego, Los Angeles, Colorado Springs, Frisco, Indianapolis, Trexlertown (Pennsylvania), Rock Hill (South Carolina) and Atlanta. Eric won a collegiate national championship on the track in 2014, in the match sprint event.
This year Eric has refocused his energy on criterium racing for the Men’s P/1/2 team and endurance racing on the track. He’s excited to put to use all the hard work he and Roger have put into Madison training (Thursday nights, anyone?). He’s also thrilled to be a part of a very promising Team Pursuit squad that includes club members Kenyon Ralph and Ryon Graf. His individual events at nationals will be the keirin and scratch race.
When he’s not pretending to be a professional cyclist, Eric is a graduate student at UCSD studying MR imaging applied to lung physiology.
Roger Ainslie joined SDBC in 2016 as a guest rider for the pro 1/2 team, mainly to race with his friends on SDBC. With the help of his team, he won an early season criterium in San Diego. Later this year, Roger finished second overall in the State Criterium Championship and in the process became the Cat 2 State Criterium Champion. As much as Roger loves racing on the road with his buds, he has focused the majority of his time and energy to track racing. Roger is still looking for his cycling calling.
Roger looks forward to racing at Nationals with his teammates. He plans on doing the Scratch Race, Points Race, Omnium, Kilo, Individual Pursuit, Team Pursuit and Madison.
When Roger is not riding his bike, he is usually eating donuts with sprinkles and sipping on a coffee. If he isn’t doing either of those things, he’s probably fiddling with his custom carbon fiber shoes he and his brother made.
Ryon Graf has been a part of the San Diego racing scene since 2009, taking a pseudo-hiatus for a few years where he trained in secret and only raced Fiesta Island TTs on select early mornings while finishing his PhD. Now re-discovering the light of day (and his passion for racing) Ryon is back at the velodrome that he missed so much and racing any race he can get his wheels into. Drawn to the amazing community and the depth of racers on the track and road, he joined SDBC post-”hiatus” in 2016.
Ryon is a former Cat 3 CA State ITT champ, and while Ryon loves being in TT bars and a good, hard individual time trial, he is most drawn to the team disciplines of cycling, especially the team time trial and team pursuit. His quartet currently holds the Fiesta Island TTT record (40K, 48:19, set in 2012). As such, he could not resist when approached about representing SDBC as part of a great team pursuit squad with awesome teammates. He’ll be racing both Team Pursuit and Individual Pursuit at Nationals.
When not on the bike, Ryon designs new cancer diagnostics. If you ask, be prepared for him to talk for days about it, ignoring subtle social cues of boredom like rolling eyes.
Kenyon Ralph joined SDBC in 2016. A San Diego native, Kenyon has been competing in various athletic activities for his whole life. Kenyon started bicycle commuting to his first job while still in high school. He started racing bikes in 2013, and considers track racing and the San Diego Velodrome to be some of the greatest aspects of the sport. Kenyon is a strong believer in bicycles as transportation, and believes that bicycles are a simple solution to many of the world’s problems. Kenyon is proud to represent SDBC at the elite track national championships, and is grateful for the support of the Club.
After taking a women’s cycling clinic at the San Diego Velodrome in 2014, Esther fell in love with the track and decided to stop racing triathlons and focus solely on cycling. She hasn’t looked back since. While racing with the UCSD cycling team, Esther joined SDBC as a way to gain more race experience. She loved it, and she (along with the help of Bea) convinced many of her UCSD teammates to join her on the thriving women’s team.
Esther is a member of the SDBC 1-2 racing team and was recently named the 2016 SCNCA Time Trial Champion. While she has been successful on the road, her heart remains on the track (where it’s nice and flat), where she is a regular racer at San Diego Velodrome’s TNR. She has found a lot of success on the track, where she was named the 2015 SCNCA Champion in the individual pursuit, team pursuit, and women’s madison. She also rode to a bronze medal at the 2015 Collegiate National Championships in the individual pursuit. She currently holds the national title for the women’s madison and hopes to defend that title this year. Esther specializes in endurance events, and plans to race the individual pursuit, points race, scratch race, and the madison at elite track nationals this summer.
When Esther isn’t riding her bike, she’s busy thinking about how people think, and she recently defended her PhD in Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego. If she’s not in the lab, teaching, or on her bike, you’ll likely find her at a donut shop or sampling San Diego’s finest beer and coffee.