March Rider of the Month: Renee Robinson

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March Rider of the Month

Renee Robinson

Renee is part of the Women’s 123 Team!

1. What is your profession/job title?

Account Executive in construction industry... if anyone’s hiring I’m looking :)

2. Which SDBC team are you on?

The Women’s 123 Team

3. What's your go-to song to pump you up before a race?

I don’t have a “go to” song but I like most anything with a good up-beat to it.

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

My nervous tick is rubbing my eyes at the start line, for some reason they start to itch just before the start whistle.

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

Anything healthy with a nice, ice cold beer or two.

6. What’s your favorite race and why?

Some of my favorite races have disappeared and other than our local Barrio Logan race I would say Roger Milikin as this is one of the only crits that has a women’s masters 40+ division. Racing against all the 20 & 30 year olds and trying to hang on to all the attacks is getting harder and harder!

7. How did you find out about SDBC?

The first weekend after I moved here from Northern California I started out on my ride down the coast and this huge group turned in front of me off of La Costa. I decided to jump on the train and it was fast! Later I learned it was the SDBC A ride and I met a few people that invited me to coffee. The next Saturday I showed up at the start of the ride and rolled out with the B group and met so many welcoming people that I just kept coming back. During the year I met a few of the master’s women who were racing and they convinced me to go to the dark side and race with them. That was 5 years ago.

8. What’s your favorite flavor of Fluid??

Passion Fruit with caffeine

8. Anything else you would like to share?

The club has a great development program for people wanting to get more skills and get faster, they also have a great race program for men, women, master’s, mountain, track, cross and juniors, but what makes any club are the people and friendships you develop along the way as you’re logging those miles!

March Rider of the Month: Jaron Johnstone

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March Rider of the Month

Jaron Johnstone

Jaron is part of the Juniors team and a freshman at Torrey Pines High School!

1. What is your age/grade/school?

I’m 15 years old and in 9th grade at Torrey Pines High School.

2. Which SDBC team are you on?

Juniors.

3. What's your go-to song to pump you up before a race?

I’m able to get pumped up and excited without a song.

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

I spend most of my time before a ride being asked by my dad where my shoes are. After an early ride, I take a shower and go back to bed.

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

A burrito.

6. What’s your favorite race and why?

I like criteriums because they’re fast and over pretty quickly. I also like track races for the same reasons.

7. How did you find out about SDBC?

I started biking in 5th grade when I completed the Ride Across California. I wanted to continue, and my dad’s friend, Pat Murray, suggested SDBC.

8. What’s your favorite flavor of Fluid??

Fresh Citrus

8. Anything else you would like to share?

I have two pugs named Fred and Ethel.

February Rider of the Month: Jenna Klein

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February Rider of the Month

Jenna Klein

Jenna is part of the Women’s Cat 1/2/3 Team!

1. What is your profession/job title?

Content Producer and Athlete Content Management — which is just fancy wording for writing copy and playing with hashtags.

2. Which SDBC team are you on?

Women’s Cat 1/2/3 Team.

3. What's your go-to song to pump you up before a race?

Last season it was a lot of Black Panther soundtrack, Grimes and Frank Ocean. My listening habits are eclectic, but as long as it gets me psyched I’m game!

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

Not sure if it’s goofy, but I like to race in white socks.

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

My true guilty pleasure has to be Salt & Pepper Kettle chips—the big bag. Not exactly a meal, unless you eat two bags…

6. What’s your favorite race and why?

San Luis Rey Road Race, for a few reasons! Not only is SLR one of the last road races remaining on the calendar in So Cal, it’s relatively local so I love supporting this race. I was also lucky enough to win this race as a cat 4 after coming back from a pretty bad separated shoulder injury— along with 8 weeks off the bike—so I feel pretty emotionally attached to this race as well. Leading up to the race, I was riding the trainer 8-10 hours a week and told myself the work would be worth it, and it definitely paid off.

7. How did you find out about SDBC?

Once I started racing, it seemed like all the awesome local women raced with SDBC, so that’s where I wanted to go. I love being part of a team that is also affiliated with a club that does so much for our local cycling community.

8. What’s your favorite flavor of Fluid??

Passion Fruit Tea with caffeine!

8. Anything else you would like to share?

Riding bikes has allowed me to make amazing friends, explore new places, and create some of the most memorable experiences of my life so far. If you’re not riding bikes, you’re missing out!

December Riders of the Month: Kim Jaya & Maison Chen

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December Riders of the Month

Kim Jaya & Maison Chen

Kim and Maison are SDBC's power couple!

1. What is your profession/job title?

Maison: Radiologist at Kaiser.

Kim: Occupational medicine physician at Kaiser.

2. Which SDBC team are you on?

M: Men’s Cat 3.

K: Women’s team.

3. What's your go-to song to pump you up before a race?

M: Most of the time, I am getting the kids ready for their races before my own race. Instead of songs, I just yell at them.

K: Maison’s yelling pumps me up.

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

M: No. I am NORMAL.

K: I change my socks right before my races. It’s all about the socks.

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

M: Fried chicken, fried chicken sandwiches. Anything fried.

K: Whatever is in the fridge.

6. What’s your favorite race and why?

M: Belgian Wafer Ride. I am getting too old and too scared in crit races. Belgian Wafer feels like a long cross race, which I also enjoy racing in. Also, because Kim likes it and we can do it together.

K: Belgian Wafer Ride. I like riding on the road and in the dirt. The race combines the best of two worlds.

7. How did you find out about SDBC?

M: When I moved to San Diego 7 years ago, I didn’t know anybody. On a Saturday morning, I was riding on San Diguieto and got passed by the A ride. I sat on the group and found out about the club through the other riders. I decided to join because my favorite color is green and the team has a green kit.

K: Maison.

8. What’s your favorite flavor of Fluid??

M: Blueberry pomegranate.

K: Same.

9. Anything else you would like to share?

M: Despite the change in team color, I have decided to stay with the team because of the friends I have made.

November Rider of the Month: Kevin Festini

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November Rider of the Month

Kevin Festini

Kevin is part of the Men's Cat 1 Team!

1. What is your profession/job title?

Senior Mechanical Engineer at Illumina Inc.

2. Which SDBC team are you on?

Men’s Cat 1 Team.

3. What's your go-to song to pump you up before a race?

Time Trials: “L’estasi Dell’oro” by Ennio Morricone and Road Races/Crits: “Saturday Night Special” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

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

I always line up my shorts to my tan lines.

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

It’s a tie between a nice big chocolate chip cookie or an In-n-out Double-Double.

6. What’s your favorite race and why?

The San Dimas Stage Race has to be my favorite. It is like a mini Tour de France in Southern California with Yellow, Green, and Polka dot jerseys up for grabs. It keeps the race animated as there are parallel tactics being played out for each jersey.

7. How did you find out about SDBC?

Through the locally famous Saturday group ride when I first moved to San Diego!

8. What’s your favorite flavor of Fluid??

No question - Fresh Citrus.

October Rider of the Month: Heather Odom

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October Rider of the Month

Heather Odom

Heather is part of the Women's 1-2 team and a kindergarten teacher!

1. What is your profession/job title?

I am a Kindergarten Teacher in my 36th year of teaching. I turned 60 last June. Yikes!

2. Which SDBC team are you on?

I am a member of the Women’s 1-2 team.

3. What's your go-to song to pump you up before a race?

Do you mean my go-to pre-race food?? Ha Ha! PB&Orange Marmalade - always, no fail.

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

I say a prayer on the start line of every race, no crashes, good racing, and a Thank you Lord as I cross the finish line, not goofy, but true. I may even say a little prayer before the Sat rides too!

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

As a rule, I eat anything, anywhere, anytime…..especially after riding.

6. What’s your favorite race and why?

I love the criteruim in Yuma, fast, 10 turns and super interesting. Dana Point is a favorite too, and Barrio Logan. Always fun to race downtown or in town.

7. How did you find out about SDBC?

When I started racing in 1985, SDBC was the only game in town. Lots of support, good team mates and a big group to beat, especially up Torrey Pines which was the last part of the Saturday ride.

8. Anything else you would like to share?

SDBC is a great team, with terrific participation in the community. Good support of the juniors and I am proud to be a part of a club with such a rich history.

October Rider of the Month: Roger Lovett

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October Rider of the Month

Roger Lovett

Roger recently joined SDBC but has been a long time racer!

1. What is your profession/job title?

I am the owner and chief mechanic at Bernie's Bike Shop in Ocean Beach in operation for nearly 30 years. Because I am 6'4'', I developed my own racing frames because nothing fit me!

2. Which SDBC team are you on?

Masters Road, Track and Mountain Bike Teams.

3. What's your go-to song to pump you up before a race?

I don't listen to music before racing - yeah, I know, I am old school.

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

I roll around and talk to everyone then when the race starts, I am usually the guy in the back.

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

Jack in the Box tacos.

6. What’s your favorite race and why?

Points Race on the velodrome - because it is more an endurance race with many opportunities for scoring so it is exciting to watch.

7. How did you find out about SDBC?

I raced against SDBC as a junior, but SCBC has always had a great prescence in the racing community. I joined recently after a long break from USAC racing.

8. What’s your favorite flavor of Fluid?

Blueberry Pomegranate.

8. Anything else you would like to share?

I am looking forward to participating in the UCI Masters Track Worlds competition.

September Rider of the Month: Stella Hale

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September

Rider of the Month

Stella Hale

Stella is a sophomore in high school and is part of the Juniors team!

1. What is your profession/job title?

I am 15 years old and I am in 10th grade at San Diego High School.

2. Which SDBC team are you on?

I'm on the Juniors team and I race on the Velodrome, Road, and also do Cyclocross.

3. What's your go-to song to pump you up before a race?

Probably Stigmata by Ministry, but Terrible Lie by Nine Inch Nails is a good one too.

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

Not really, but my dad and I have the tradition of going to IHOP after the Ontario Criteriums.

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

A fried egg on rice with fried spam.

6. What’s your favorite race and why?

My favorite criterium course is the Jurupa Valley Grand Prix, which is now gone, and my favorite race on the Velodrome is the Keirin.

7. How did you find out about SDBC?

I found out about SDBC through a fellow Junior, Noelle Camanyag. I was looking for a club, and SDBC was the perfect fit.

8. What’s your favorite flavor of Fluid?

Definitely the Blueberry Pomegranate: It’s the perfect flavor for a long ride!

8. Anything else you would like to share?

I’d like to give a special thanks to all of the amazing SDBC Women, with extra kudos to the amazing Pat Murray, Esther Walker, and Angela Lee for being such a huge support to me through the years.

September Rider of the Month: Jasper Verkuijl

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September

Rider of the Month

Jasper Verkuijl

Jasper is part of SBDC's CAT 1-2 team!

1. What is your profession/job title?

Airline Pilot Boeing 747 at KLM

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

Don't really have one! But I like Moby - Green Sally & at the Dana Point race this year Evan got me into Shipping to Boston.

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

Nothing really goofy, just check my camera, shoes, and food. I always try to eat at least a last bar or banana just before the race.

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

Panda Express. The bigger the plate! + Extra side of chow mein, 2500kcal boom!

5. What’s your favorite race and why?

The Dana Point race this year. Cool views while racing and nice finishing straight. Also, I wasn't planning to race the pro race but did it anyway after racing the 2/3 (I used my Netherlands UCI license). I actually finished pretty well!

6. How did you find out about SDBC?

I got in touch with the team after racing them last year when I was still with Big Orange.

7. What’s your favorite flavor of Fluid?

Fruit

8. Anything else you would like to share?

Thanks for selecting me as rider of the month! It's been great racing for SDBC this year. SEEEYAAAH!

New - Your SDBC Membership Account!

For the first time in San Diego Bicycle Club history, we are using a membership software program; it’s from Membership Works. No more manual spreadsheets, which take a ton of time and is error-prone. So we’re joining the 21st Century! YEA!!

This system is powerful and flexible. You'll be able to access members-only features, update your personal information, renew your account, view the membership directory, and gain access to events and members-only content. One of the cool things is the members-only membership directory. As you’ll see when you create your personal account, you control what, if any, information goes into the directory.

The members of the Board of Directors have already created their profiles. They report everything was super easy and fast. Should take less than 5 minutes. Details are below.

If you have questions please contact Membership Director Marilyn Detloff at membership@sdbc.org or Webmaster Tim Perkins at webmaster@sdbc.org

Thanks and here’s to keeping the rubber side down,

Mike

Mike McLaughlin, President San Diego Bicycle Club

 
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Your Account

Select Members -> My Account.  

Select "Request Password" 

Enter the email address that you have registered with SDBC.

Click "Request Password"

The system will send you a temporary password that you can use to login to your account

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Change your Password

After you have logged in with your temporary password, you can change the password using the Change Password link

Update your Profile

Once you've logged in, Click on the Profile tab to edit and complete your profile.  You can upload a photo for you business card which will be included in the Member Directory.

Your safety contacts can be added on the "Additional" tab.

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Member Directory

To view the Member Directory, click Members -> Member Directory.  You can search for members by typing their name in the "Search For..." box and clicking the Search button.

August Riders of the Month: Alarcon Sisters

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August

 

Riders of the Month

Alarcon Sisters

1. What is your age/grade/school?

Alexa: My grade school is 12 grade or senior year, and I am 16 years old.
Salma: I am 19 years old, I am about to start my second year at Southwestern College and my major is Molecular Biology.
Edely: College student at Southwestern

2. Which SDBC team are you on?

Alexa: SDBC junior team and Cat 3 women’s team
Salma: I am on the women’s team and a cat 4.
Edely: SDBC Juniors Team (And Women’s Cat 4)

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

Alexa: Nice for what by Drake
Salma: The song that pumps me up before a race is the one called “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5
Edely: Stole the Show by Kygo

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

Alexa: I just like to listen to music while riding.
Salma: I listen to music while riding, it’s not really goofy but that is the only thing I do other than enjoying my ride.
Edely: I don’t have any goofy rituals before or after riding, I just like to listen to music while riding.

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

Alexa: I really like eating pizza.
Salma: My favorite meal to eat after a long ride is tacos for sure.
Edely: My favorite meal I like to eat after a long ride is pizza.

6. What’s your favorite race and why?

Alexa: My favorite race is Valley of the Sun because it is exciting having to race for three days in a row and I love the second stage which is road, the course is awesome.
Salma: My favorite race is Ontario Grand Prix, because it is really fast and I think it is a really cool circuit.
Edely: My favorite race is Barrio Logan because I love the course so much and it is fun to race and have fun at the same time.

7. How did you find out about SDBC?

Alexa: I found out about SDBC when I attended the Thursday night training at the San Diego Velodrome.
Salma: I found out about SDBC because I was a San Diego Velodrome Junior member and the coach told us about the team, and almost all the juniors there are on the team.
Edely: I found out about SDBC when I started going to the velodrome every Thursday to train and almost every junior was on SDBC.

8. Anything else you would like to share?

Alexa: Nothing else.
Salma: I honestly have had a wonderful time racing with my teammates on SDBC, they are all really awesome and the best thing is that the team really supports juniors which is amazing. I am really glad to be a part of it even though I am not a junior any more.
Edely: I love being part of the SDBC team!

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 your 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 your 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

Natalie Wang

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

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!

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