Hello Sun Coast Velo club members.
The leadership team has decided to make some major changes to the team/club for next season. Our demographics have changed, over the years. Most of us no longer race. But we still love to ride our bikes and want to continue riding with our friends and staying in shape. We have decided to re-form the team with the following "About Us" statement:
"Sun Coast Velo was formed in 1999 as a Master's Road Racing Team. We have had great success in this endeavor, winning the SoCal Cup for best Master's Team many times. We have since expanded to include mountain bike, gravel, and cyclo-cross racing.
Now, we are changing our focus from a racing team to a cycling club. As such,
our focus will be on group recreational cycling, though many of us will still be racing. Our members and sponsors want to enjoy safe group rides throughout San Diego County. Our goal is to have fun, be safe, and stay in shape."
Here are some more details of our new plans:
Instead of using our sponsor funds to subsidize the cost of racing, we will be using those funds to help defray the costs of our team clothing, and have more team social events.
We are working with our current financial sponsors: John Wallace (JW Floors), Ray Fox (RF Medical Architect), and Don Melucci (Mission Carpet Distributors) for their continuing financial support for 2023. They don't care if we are racing, but they want to see us in our team clothes on group rides. Many of you already know them, and if you don't, we expect that our new format will bring us all much closer together. They are all strong riders and are enthusiastically looking forward to our new "look". In time, we expect they will become your friends, teammates, AND sponsors. Instead of requiring members to enter races, we will encourage you to join in on club rides.
We will be going with Santini for our club clothing. They will give us very good price breaks. I will be sending everyone a survey to see more accurately what price breaks we can expect. Santini will also give us a 10% price break on each item, besides the price breaks we get for higher quantities.
Your annual membership dues will be $75.00. For this, you get a standard jersey, standard bib, a pair of arm warmers and a vest. This would cost you over $400 at retail prices. We encourage you to buy more of our club's clothing when you place your orders. You won't get a better price!
We will still have a team license with USAC for those who still plan on racing.
We need volunteers to help run the club. Please consider the following positions/jobs that you could take on:
leadership team members
website host; maintain our club ride and events calendar
club ride hosts
Steve Horine has volunteered to be our Treasurer.
Joey Valdivia and Ray Fox will be our clothing designers.
Does this new "club" appeal to you? Do your cycling goals now center more on
"having fun?" Do you enjoy the camaraderie and safety in group rides with you friends and still like to keep in shape? Do you enjoy the coffee stop at the end of the ride as much as the ride itself? If so, you are the ones we would like to have on the "club" again next season.
For those who are leaving to join Ken Winston's MTB racing team, we wish you well.
Please let me know, in the next week, what your plans are so we can finalize ours.
To become a member, please e-mail Reed Moore at <email@example.com>.
Reed and the leadership team.