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| Dan Dombeck||Susan Schenk|
|Aaron Lifford||Liz Kollar|
|Brian Vitulli|| Rodney Smith|
|Eric Cefus|| Ace Lashley|
|Gina Viselli|| Hayden Womelsdorff|
Racing has been a part of my life for many years starting out with road racing in the Midwest. Once I moved to Colorado, I found mountain biking and casual road rides enjoyable. In the past five years, I’ve picked up the race bug again and started Road, Criterium, Track and Cyclocross racing. This is my third year with SoCoVelo and for the past two years I’ve participated on the Board, Managed the Race team and also co-directed the SoCoVelo Criterium. Loving every moment.
I started casually riding about 5 years ago and last year I was introduced to crit racing through the SoCoVelo race series held at PPIR, and I was bitten by the bug. This will be my first formal year racing and I am super excited for it to be with SoCoVelo! This year I plan to race not only crits but some road and gravel races as well. I look forward to the upcoming season with my new teammates!
My first taste of freedom was my bright lime green Schwinn Varsity 10 speed in 7th grade. I then discovered mountain biking as a way to commute to my job after college. I started my racing career in my late 20’s and early 30’s with triathlons and progressed to various mountain bike races in my 40’s; including getting my belt buckle at Leadville 100, 5 years ago. My 2020 goals include some gravel races and some MTB races. While I may not be as fast as I once was, my smile and drive is as strong as ever.
I‘ve been riding and racing bicycles since the mid-1980s. From exploring old logging roads and power lines where I grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania to 2020 being my tenth year riding for Southern Colorado Velo, bicycles have given me freedom, therapy, friendship, and endless experiences. My fully rigid 1985 Bianchi Grizzly mountain bike (suspension was still at least five years away), too big and with cantilever brakes that struggled to slow me down, opened up a new world for me and set the course for a lifetime of adventure and healthy living. My Grizzly took me to my first bike race in West Chester, Pennsylvania (a cyclocross race), helped me develop strength and confidence for early success road racing in and around northeastern and central PA, and came with me to southern California and Colorado in the late 1980s and early 90s for years of road, criterium, an mountain bike racing. Another influence in my life has been my brother, Bill. His love, companionship, guidance, and direction toward this lifestyle was instrumental for me. His ownership of a bike shop in East Stroudsburg, PA, also helped fuel and support this newfound passion.
Bike racing took a back seat to university and young children during much of the 90s, but reentered my life in 2003 when I started focusing again on mountain bike racing while living in southeastern PA. Which brings me to now – nearing my 12th year living back here in Colorado and beginning the 2020 season with the friendship and support of my SoCo Velo team. It’s been a fun ride and it’s going to be a great year.
While I no longer ride that Bianchi Grizzly, I think of it often and reflect on what it gave me. It also makes me appreciate the advancements of bicycle technology and the stopping power of disc brakes.
As an avid gear head, I’ve raced everything from open wheeled dirt track sprint cars to Corvette’s. However, after graduating from college, my passion for speed and mechanics converged with my desire to get healthier, and my love for cycling was born. I bought my first “real” mountain bike in 2012 and started racing in 2013 in a local cross-country mountain bike series. In 2014, I won the Indiana State XC MTB Championships in Cat 3 (19-29). I also accumulated a few Cat 2 overall wins and a few Cat 1 podiums while racing in Indiana before I moved to Colorado Springs in late-2017.
After taking 2018 off from racing and then getting injured in 2019, I am really looking forward to getting back in the saddle and proudly wearing my SoCoVelo Team kit in 2020 as I compete in a few crits and several XC MTB races.
I started cycling while stationed in Arizona and absolutely could not get enough of it. After moving to Colorado in 2017 I got my first mountain bike and tried a couple of endurance races being that I can't seem to avoid pushing my limits. I joined SoCoVelo mid last year and enjoyed the experience with the various events. When I joined this year I decided I would give road racing a shot and look forward to getting out of my comfort zone. This year though my focus will be on the road, I plan on racing some gravel and xc races as well.
I began racing in 1991 and raced as an Elite mountain biker throughout the 90s. I mixed in some road racing in the later 90s and even tried my hand at cyclocross a couple of times. I raced all of the world cup and national cup races in the U.S. from 1994 to 1998 as well as the Americas Championships and the Twilight Crit of Athens. In all total I have raced in more than 300 mountain bike and road. In 2000 I stopped racing and focused on a career in aviation. I continued to do an occasional mountain bike race (the Banana Belt being one of my favorites) but in 2017 I began speed skating for Synergy at the U.S. Olympic training center and in 2018 won 6 gold medals and 2 bronze at the U.S. Outdoor National Championships. Now it’s time to get back into bike racing as I plan on competing in the Mountain Bike National Championships, some cyclocross races as well as trying my hand at some gravel races. I race as a Cat 1 on the mountain bike and a cat 2 on the road. Most importantly I have been married to Michelle for 28 years (she has two national championships in speed skating as well) and two daughters that speed skate and swim competitively.