The Red Peloton has been an active group in the last month or so! We have had some remarkable racing results as well as extraordinary displays of endurance and altruism. The Red Kite Omnium and NCNCA Crterium Championships were August 30- 31 in Pleasanton and Red Peloton finished with impressive results! On Saturday, in the Women’s Cat Pro 1/2, Nina Strika finished in second place, and on Sunday, Mike Charleton finished on top of the Men’s Master division 45-49 Cat 1/2/3, while Kristin Drumm took the top spot in the Women’s Master’s 45-49 in the Cat 1/2/3/4 race! Also putting in a notable performance was John Witkowicki, on Saturday placing 11th in the Men’s Masters 55+ Cat 3/4 and Greg Hay placing 16th. John went out for a second day on Sunday placing 7th in the Men’s Master 60 -69 Cat 1/2/3/4/5. Aaron Schmitz placed 11th in the Men’s Cat 2/3 race. Congratulations to everyone for making a strong and inspiring showing!
The USA Cycling Master’s Road Nationals followed the championships September 3 – 7 and again Mike Charleton, making a strong showing, placed 7th in the Men’s Master’s 45-49 Crit. John Witkowicki, placed 21st in the Men’s Master’s 60-64 Crit, 14th in the Men’s Master Time Trial, and 29th in the Road Race. John showed amazing endurance and effort racing all three disciplines competing with some of the best in the country! What a great way to finish out the season!
Endurance , Fundraising & Community Service
This year’s Tour de Fuzz was again a successful event and Red Peloton was out in force to help with the KOM challenge. This event has grown significantly each year and the proceeds go to a great cause, the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy of Sonoma County and the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Foundation. Thank you to our sponsors who helped out Timothy Brown and John O’Connell, and to team members Linda Eichhorn, Greg Hay, Keith Howell, Lauren Lee, Shannon Mitchell, Anette Niewald, John Prouty, Star Stevenson, Doug Wagner, and John Witkowicki. It was a warm day and I know the climbers appreciated our support! For those of you who have not yet volunteered for this event, the food is amazing so keep it in mind for a volunteer opportunity for next year!
We had a very large group from our ranks who participated in the Sea to Sierra fund raising ride to support Women’s Recovery Services of Santa Rosa. This is a three day ride nearly 300 mile ride from the Sonoma Coast to the edge of Lake Tahoe. This year, they had the King Fire to contend with but they persevered! Kudos to Kamran Azmoudeh, Pam Collum, Neil and Jean Martin, Louise Penna, Mark Pierpoint, John Prouty, Kim Simoni and Doug Wagner for combining what they love to do with supporting the community at the same time. As a group they donated their reimbursements for this event directly which ended up being an $810 donation to WRS.
Anette Niewald rode in the Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS. She reported the weather was perfect and the route was beautiful! Her reason for riding was in support of a local cyclist Paul Stimson, who has been diagnosed with ALS and she said that she and others raised $36,685!
Many team members served as marshals at this years’ Levi’s Gran Fondo. Despite a few accidents the marshal leaders reported it was one of the safest years. Great to see so much participation from the team spreading goodwill among the thousands of riders who are new to the area and perhaps not completely prepared for the ride they signed up for. Our presence was undoubtedly a welcome comfort and the new hi-vis jerseys and Velotoes shoe covers really made us stand out!
A few of our team members were able to put on their swagger for Sutter Pacific’s Catwalk for a Cure. Dave Haddox, Kris Kersmarki, Mike Charlton and our Pres. Nick McGowan all donned a little pink in support of those suffering from breast cancer. Red Peloton has helped to raise over $1 million for this cause!
And last but not least by any means….we had a great group of team members supporting the annual Team Swift ride. Many thanks to Eric Cinnamon, Pam Collum, Kristin Fladseth , David Haddox , Kris Kersmarki, Samir Moalla, Louise Penna, Laurie Peterson, Nina Strika, Doug Wagner, Michelle Wood, and to John Prouty who piloted a SAG wagon and rumor has it, his work was exemplary!