Snoqualmie Valley welcomes cycling club
March 13, 2013
By Sebastian Moraga
These folks want to take you for a ride. In a good way.
The Snoqualmie Valley Vélo Club, the brainchild of several cycling enthusiasts, looks to keep the lovers of the bike and their passion in the Valley.
“We felt there was a large base of riders in the Valley,” one of the club’s eight co-founders, Andrew Leon, wrote in an email. “And, we live in some of the most beautiful territory for biking. Many of the other clubs come here for their rides, and we felt there should be a way to bring the community together here.”
The club was started this winter, gathering cyclists of all skill levels, from children to adults, and their unmistakably colorful kits.
“Our mission is to create a cycling community for all levels of recreational and competitive cyclists,” the team’s website stated. “And, to support the sport through advocacy, education, fitness and adventure. “
The Vélo Club also wants to become a presence in the community beyond the bike, another of its co-founders, Luke Talbott, wrote in an email.
“Supporting the Mount Si High School Mountain Bike team, and events such as the Tanner Jeans Bike Rodeo,” wrote Talbott, a self-described “adventure guru.” “Riders are coming together in a community to ride, support and foster cycling in our Valley’s youth.”
“We also see our focus on youth cycling and advocacy as an important part of our mission and something that sets us apart from many of the clubs in Seattle,” he wrote. “We’re doing as much as possible to supplement costs, donate, provide scholarships for the club, educate and provide resources to help younger riders.”
Leon wrote that it’s not uncommon for cycling clubs to refer to themselves as vélo, the French word for bicycle.
More than 40 riders registered in the club’s initial weeks. As of March 9, membership had grown to about 60 people.
Talbott added that the club’s high school-aged team has started practices and has six members.
“I think we have a pretty good chance of being in the top three teams in the state,” Talbott wrote. “Provided we find some girls, because team scores include the highest female score.”
The search for girls continues, but the search for sponsors has been over for a while. Attachmate, a private software company, agreed to sponsor the team the first week of February.
The team suited up with uniforms in late February, and they are still taking in members on the team’s website, http://svvc.sites.teampsnap.com.
“We are very excited for all things to come,” Leon wrote. “We are already planning both member and public events here in the Valley that we believe will bring organic growth to cycling locally and help attract other cyclists to come to the Valley.”