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SDBC 2015 Sponsors

Please support our sponsors. Without them SDBC would not be able to maintain the racing teams and other activities that we have all enjoyed. Visit the sponsors page on the SDBC web site to view more information about each of our sponsors or click the logos to go the specific sponsor's web site.

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The Official Bike Shop of SDBC
and Sponsor of the Cat 1/2 Team

UC Cyclery, the official bike shop of the SDBC, is HIRING!  They are looking for both full time and part time employees to join their Sales and Service Staff.

If you  are passionate about bikes have excellent customer service skills and work ethic, this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

Please apply in person at UC Cyclery.

8715 Villa La Jolla Dr. #B
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-452-8842
Fax: 858-452-0525

Hours: M-F 10-8 , Sat 9-7, Sun 11-6

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Interested in advertising with us? Please email our Sponsorship Director for details.

The deadline for Weekly Update submissions is Noon on Wednesday. Updates are published on Thursdays. Email submissions to Submissions can include anything from photos to race reports and results, etc.

Classifieds for bikes and cycling related gear can be submitted by any SDBC member. Your add will run for three weeks. In the event you have not sold your items at the end of three weeks you can re-submit the ad. Email your classified submissions to Please provide any photos in the original size if possible.

If you are unable to view the Weekly Email Update correctly, you can view an archived copy here. All corrections are also posted to the online version as well.
A Note From the Clothing Director
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2016 SDBC Kit Design

The 2016 SDBC Kit is now available and the Pactimo store is open. Click the images for larger views.

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

Please be sure of your sizing. Neither Pactimo nor SDBC can be held responsible if you order the wrong size. Use the following link to access the Pactimo Custom Clothing sizing chart.

Nick Jones
SDBC Clothing Director

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A Note From The Membership Director


Now is the time to renew your membership for 2016. Still just $45! Prices go up Jan. 1st, 2016

An SDBC membership makes a great Christmas present for those hart-to-buy-for friends and family members. Great for them and easy for you.

Exciting things are happening in 2016 - take a look…

  • Expanded discounts to all members.
  • Increased sponsor support benefiting both the general membership and the race teams.
  • A new Women's Cat 1-2 Team.
  • A 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 for men, women & juniors.
  • Offer specialized training programs.
  • Continue our philanthropic work like the annual Christmas Toy Ride.
  • Keep our annual Beach Party and Borrego Springs 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 December.  There will also be a membership renewal letter showing up in many of your mailboxes, so you can send your renewal by mail, too.

Marilyn Detloff
SDBC Membership Director

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SDBC Sunday Ride, 12/20

San Diego Bicycle Club
Rancho Santa Fe Hilly

45 miles approx, and with some decent climbing. Leaves UC Cyclery at 8:30, led by SDBC member, with the focus on riding 2x2, freedom on short climbs with regrouping at the tops, and a coffee stop at Java Depot in Solana Beach before return.

Bring two bottles of fluid and be ready to roll at 8:30. A group photo will be emailed to you afterwards with a short write-up.

Our aim is to stay safe, be challenged, and and have fun together.

Michael  Pelkey
SDBC Sunday Ride Leader

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Help Wanted Fiesta Island Time Trials
San Diego Bicycle ClubFITT

Fiesta Island Time Trials is seeking a few volunteers as backup for timing operation. The only requirement is familiarity with tablets (either iPad or Android OS). No experience needed. Will train the right the candidates.

The time trial series is sponsored by SDBC. It's very well known in cycling community. And highly appreciated by new and experienced racers alike. The event runs in early spring and fall on Sundays. Each should last about two hours. You will be provided with an iPad. The training to operate the timing app should take no more than an hour.

If interested, please contact

Thank you!

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A Note From The Bike Coalition Liaison

SDBC Logo Remember, your SDBC membership includes membership in the San Diego County Bike Coalition which includes a number of benefits. See the new coalition website at

Safety tip of the week: Take a traffic cycling class from the Bike Coalition! Learn the latest about cycling safely in traffic! Everyone is surprised how much they learn at these courses - it really gets you to think about your interaction with motorists differently.

There are six Smart Cycling (aka TS 101) sessions open with the classrooms at Qualcomm and road sessions starting from Mira Mesa Rec center.

To register, just go to and view the Events Calendar (scroll down on the right), select the correct month and the dates have a blue dot on them. They are the first Tuesday of each odd month and the following Saturday. Or just click the direct registration link.

This is scheduled bimonthly for calendar year 2016 - Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov and the fee is $25.

Serge Issakov
Bike Coalition liaison

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In this Issue

Thanks to all that participated in the 28th Annual Light Up A Life Toy Ride last Saturday. It is your participation that helps SDBC make a difference for hundreds of children!

Select a link on the left to see what else is happening in the weeks ahead.

Be sure to check our website and social media pages for more information.

22nd Annual Parade of Lights Party
San Diego Bicycle Club

San Diego Bay

Sunday December 20th

It’s time for some Chili on the Bay

Join Ralph for the 23rd Annual
Parade of Lights Party on the San Diego Bay

Sunday December 20, 2015

The Chili Cook-off format will continue again this year. Ralph would be honored to have our guests serve as judges for the Chili Cook-off.

If you feel a bit more adventuresome please bring your Chili to the party!

Previous winners:

  • Robert Reid, MD (2004)
  • Randy Reid (2005)
  • Robert Citrano (2006)
  • Lindsay Bunn (2007)
  • Ralph Elliott (2008)
  • David Landman (2009)
  • Windy Storm (2010)
  • Eric Landman (2011)
  • Beth Landman (2012)
  • Tom Welch (2013)
  • Victor Hupp (2014)
  • ??????? (2015)

Location: On Harbor Island, San Diego Bay, near the public parking lot directly across from the Hilton Hotel. Look for Ralph’s big red truck with camper and flags. Remember parking is limited at this event so first come, first served.

Don’t let parking keep you away! Be creative: Ride your bike, take a cab, hitchhike, park at Spanish Landing and walk, skate, ride your scooter, or valet parking at the Hilton.

Time: Chili cooks should arrive by 3:30pm. Judges should start to arrive at 4:00pm for the 5:00pm “Chili on the Bay cook-off”.

What to bring: Warm clothes, Beverages of your choice, lawn chairs, blankets, a cheerful attitude, and a empty stomach! A public restroom is conveniently located within walking distance from our location.

Hope to see ya at the Parade of Lights

Questions - contact Ralph Elliott at (619-239-4321)
Or Email:

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SDBC Custom Sun Glasses CLOSOUT
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Only 5 Pair Left

SDBC Custom SPY Sunglasses

Help SDBC get out of the sunglass business! Get your partner, a friend, or yourself a great stocking stuffer!

The remaining SDBC sunglasses are available at a huge discount.

Brand new Spy sunglasses.  Retail $170.  Old Club price:  $85.  NOW JUST $49.  Quantities are limited.

Order Now for Christmas. Pay online at, or at the Saturday ride by cash, check, or credit card. No shipping charges if picked up at the Saturday ride. If shipping is required add $15.

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28th Annual SDBC Light Up A Life Holiday Toy Ride

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Every year the Salvation Army invites hundreds of San Diego families to select from the toys collected at the holiday distribution center.

On Saturday, December 12, the San Diego Bicycle Club hosted its Annual Light Up a Life Holiday Toy Ride with Santa (long-time SDBC member and initiator of the event, Ralph Elliott) once again leading a throng of cyclists (223), on a mission to deliver toys to needy children. As in previous years, the ride initiated at 8:30 a.m. from SDBC sponsor UC Cyclery in La Jolla, and then proceeded east to the Salvation Army Kroc Center at 6845 University Ave, approximately a 20 mile ride each way. Many participants chose to decorate their bikes and were in costume, adding to the festive holiday spirit, and before roll out, and with Santa MC-ing, prizes were awarded for the best decorated male, female, junior, and tandem riders. Riders chose to either deposit their toys in support vans to be delivered at the center, or to carry their toys to be dropped off at the collection boxes on site.

The weather was obliging, though chilly at the start, and with the needed assistance from SDBC members as ride marshals ensuring that the whole group made it through intersections, the event went off without a hitch. And there was wonderful support from several SAG vehicles, particularly from Javi Rodriquez, with his Ride with Javi support van following at the tail end of the group.

We arrived at Salvation Army around 10:15, dropped off our toys, and were then treated to complimentary coffee and tasteful pastries, after which our group photo was taken.

The return route is always fun heading back on El Cajon Blvd with many cars honking, pedestrians waving, and children cheering to Santa and "his band of elves" on their merry way back home.

Besides a very healthy turnout with members of the San Diego Bicycle Club, other cycling clubs represented included the aforementioned Ride with Javi Cycling Club, the SD Cyclo-Vets, Major Taylor Cycling Club San Diego, Blind Stokers Club, UCC, Adams Ave Bikes, Skyflash p/b Zoca, SD Recyclers, Descenders Cycling Club, Mira Mesa Cycling Club, North County Cycling Club, Sub 5, and the as yet two-member team from North Park, Vacation Forever. :)

Many riders took pictures that have been posted on the web, including Richard Lee, Pete Kane, and others, and then there is that FINE Dehnis DelaCruz video.

Take a gander! (YouTube video link)

Richard Lee Photos on Facebook:
    The Ride
    Salvation Army

Ride report by Michael Pelkey

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Attention 2014 SDBC Perpetual Trophy Winners

PLEASE Return NOW! Turn them in so we can complete the engraving for the 2015 winners in time for the banquet of champions.

2014 Trophies to be Returned
Midget BAR  Julian Munoz 
Senior Men BAR  Eric Geier 
Cyclist of the Year  Marilyn Detloff 
Most Improved Rider   Mason Turvey 

Please get these trophies to Ralph Elliott ASAP, or by Dec. 20, 2015; Thank you.

Ralph Elliot: 619-239-4321

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69th Annual SDBC Banquet of Champions - NEW LOCATION
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San Diego Bicycle Club

Please join the San Diego Bicycle Club for our annual banquet to celebrate our accomplishments during 2015 and kick-off our 70th year of bicycle racing!

The banquet is filling up fast. If you would like to attend the banquet, you should purchase your tickets ASAP. We need a few volunteers from 4:30-5:30p the night of the event. Meet at the Tango del Rey to help setup equipment. Contact the Special Events Director at


  • Sunday, January 24, 2016
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm Cocktail Hour
  • 6:00 – 8:30 pm Dinner
  • Raffle and Special Awards
  • Racing Team Introductions


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A Note From the Special Events Director

San Diego Bicycle Club Do you own a local business or offer a service? Can you help us out at our SDBC annual Banquet of Champions and donate a raffle prize? Gift Certificates for a service or product to raffle of any value would be helpful!!

Please contact Pat Murray at ASAP.

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25th Annual Christmas Day Orphan Ride

Friday, Christmas Day,

December 25, 2015

Friday December 25th, 8:30am

25 miles around San Diego Bay and back on the Ferry.

Meet at 1058 22nd Street in Golden Hill at Ralph’s. We will have coffee, donuts, juice and snacks before the ride. Do the ride, "Holiday Pace", drink coffee-mochas on Coronado Island, ride the Ferry back home to Ralph’s.

Back at about 12:15 in the afternoon, and don't forget to bring some money for the Ferry.

Merry Christmas & Enjoy the Ride!

Ralph Elliott, 619-239-4321

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SDBC New Years Day Ride
San Diego Bicycle Club

 Friday January 1st, 2016

Celebrate the New Year with a Fun Ride! Leaves at 8:30am from La Jolla Village Square, UC Cyclery.

Route: Out Miramar Road, Pomerado Road, through Poway, RB, over Lake Hodges, into Escondido, over to San Marcos, out Palomar Airport Road to the Coast Highway, down the Coast Highway to Java Depot, then back up Torrey Pines to the Finish!

No Fee, No Patch, No Sag, just a great way to start your 2016 training miles and miss a little football!

Happy New Year & Enjoy the ride!

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A Note from the Velodrome Director

San Diego Bicycle Club  

For all the latest info concerning the velodrome visit the San Diego Velodrome Association web site at

Victor Hupp
San Diego Velodrome Director

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Please see the note in the left column for details regardging classified submission and run duration . If your item for sale has been removed and yu have not sold it you can re-submit your ad.

For Sale: CX Race Wheels

Posted: 12/10/2015

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CX Race Wheels - Neuvation T1 aluminum tubular race wheels with Tufo Flexus tires, plus a spare pair of Tufo Flexus tires. Freehub is Shimano/SRAM 10-speed. Front rim was replaced last season and strung up by John Neugent himself. Front wheel is 600 grams, rear is 850 grams. You're CX race-ready for $100.

Contact: Miki Vuckovich

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