New York State Bicycle Racing Association 1Q Quarterly Meeting Minutes

New York State Bicycle Racing Association 1Q Quarterly Meeting Minutes

Telecon: 7pm-8pm, Wednesday, 15Mar17
Dial in: 1 (605) 475-5920 Participant code: 298-2449#

Officer/Board Attendees: Jeff Poulin (President), Tom Weichmann (Vice President), Dave Beals (CX), Mike Cormier (Vice President), Lucia Deng (NYC Rep), Leona Chin (Junior Rep), Tony Sylor (Junior Rep), Rich Scaduto (WNY Rep), Gary Toth (Permit Coord; Adirondack Rep), Kelly Neuner (Women’s Rep), Shane Ferro (Women’s Rep)

Officer/Board Absent: Noel Bonk (Secretary- at work!), Liz Marcello (Officials Coord- on holiday!), Lloyd Campbell (Central), Justin Strauss (Junior Rep), Eric Ragot (Hudson Rep), Myles Romanow (LI Rep)

President’s Report (Jeff Poulin)

• Actions since the annual meeting update: the following minutes record actions approved by the board and completed since the annual meeting, with rationale:

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Juniors “United” Ride Recap

Parents, coaches and riders coming togther to build communication and training opportunities for Juniors! Enjoy the ride recap shared by Douglas Toback, a parent of a 12 year old Junior Racer.

And we’re off …..

What an awesome day – far exceeded what was planned.

First off – this happened because of our team coaches and parents! Commitment!  We had parents coming in from everywhere to make this happen – we had someone drive from PA, they came by Van, from the end of Long Island –

Everyone pitched in – Coach Dave (Star Track) drove the support car, Nolan (Cuevas) rode with the group, Maura made the apre ride sandwiches …. Diana got DJ and me out of the house!

Then there are our junior riders!!  The came ready to go –

The first wave of the areas best – State and National champs – cross discipline – with one goal – riding to smile – meeting each other and getting ready to make this a killer year. And it clicked- all our kids, our riders, our racers were talking, laughing and working together. The day was balmy and sunny – I was thinking about wearing shorts

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NYS Champion – Dominic Stobart

Learn a little more about the current NYS Cat 4 Criterium Champion with the  NYSBRA Rider Spotlight!

Photo credit – Patrick Schnell Bike Race Photography

Name: Dominic Stobart

Age: 45

Road Category: 4

Team: I ride for Twin Six, a clothing company based out of Minneapolis.

Tell us a little about yourself: When I’m not riding my bike I work as a TV Producer in New York City. At home I have a wife, three kids, two guinea pigs and five bikes.

How did you originally get into cycling: As a kid I raced BMX but was too afraid of crashing to be good at it.

After I left high school I went to London England to study art. Living in a big city is expensive and I soon ran out of money so bought a second hand bike at an auction to get around.  The bike opened my eyes to the city and changed my life forever.
When I left college I got a job as a bike messenger and travelled around Europe racing in messenger events and competing on the track. I’ve been racing bikes in some form or other ever since.

What’s your specialty/strength on the bike: I’m tall and weigh about 175 lbs which makes me a sprinter. I enjoy the tactics of crit races and track races. I’m too heavy to climb hills and too lazy to be good at time trials.

What’s one thing people are surprised to know about you: I do almost all of my winter training on a track bike on rollers. It’s a very low tech set up but very effective!

What does being the NYS track champion mean to you: It’s a huge honor. I’m very grateful to all the organizers and volunteers who put on the races – without them the sport would not exist. I try to always take a moment to thank the organizers at the races that I attend. I think that everyone should do this. This year I want to race as many crits as I can while I’m still champion. I think it will be fun for the other riders to see the jersey in their field. I don’t expect to win anything.

Photo credit – Patrick Schnell Bike Race Photography

Are you a current NYS Champion and want to be included on the web and newsletter? Contact the NYSBRA Secretary.

 

 

NYS Champion Spotlight – Mark Wagner

Learn a little more about the current NYS Cat 1,2,3 Track Champion with the NYSBRA Rider Spotlight!

 

Name: Mark Wagner

Age: 30

Road Category: 4

Track Category: 2

Team: Deluxe Cycles Racing

Tell us a little about yourself: Up until this past year, I was turning wrenches as a bike mechanic, but now I’m working as a mechanic at the Rockefeller University’s power house. The schedule gives me a great opportunity to train and race. Beyond that, I like to go sailing, but it’s really hard to get out on the water once track season is in full swing.

How did you originally get into cycling: My brother convinced me to get a bike for riding around in college, which was in a small town in the middle of nowhere, Missouri. The freedom and fun that the bike offered was unbeatable. I was lucky to go to a school with a collegiate team. None of us really knew what we were doing, but it was great learning about training and going to races together.

What’s your specialty/strength on the bike: Track racing, of course. More specifically shorter scratch races and keirins.

What’s one thing people are surprised to know about you: Once I got hooked on track racing, I all but abandoned road racing. It took me 5 years to get my 5 to 4 upgrade on the road.

What does being the NYS track champion mean to you: Being NYS champion means I have the opportunity, and I would say responsibility, to really help promote and grow the sport of track cycling in the state. I’ve been to enough velodromes across the US to see the results of a dedicated track community that helps racers to train and learn together. For instance, in my ten years of racing, I’ve seen one madison at our track, whereas madison practices are a mainstay at most other tracks, which is especially sad since the name of the races comes from when it was raced at Madison Square Garden.

Are you a current NYS Champion and want to be included on the web and newsletter? Contact the NYSBRA Secretary.

Final Annual Telecon Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the Annual Teleconference are now available for download.

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