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About the Wenatchee Valley Velo Club

What our Velo Club does

Wenatchee Valley Velo Club is a Wenatchee-based cycling group that welcomes both road cyclists and mountain bikers. Our goal is to promote the sport through advocacy, including educating the community about safe cycling, and by holding events and social rides. Our events and activities include Saturday club group rides during the warmer-weather months, the Tour de Bloom Omnium the first weekend of May, the Ride of Silence in mid-May, the Dark Side Festival in late September, the Fall Classic Ride in October, and the Yeti Ride on New Year’s Day. We support communities and businesses throughout the Wenatchee Valley. We are a member of Washington Bikes, formerly known as the Washington State Bike Alliance.

History

Wenatchee Valley Velo Club got its start in 1998 when a group of riders interested in spreading their enthusiasm for the sports banded together. The first cycling club in the community, the Wenatchee Wheelmen, had gone out of existence, and cyclists were searching for an identity on local roads and trails.

Soon after formation, Wenatchee Valley Velo had a jersey designed and produced, thanks to local sponsors. The first edition of the club’s annual race was held in 2000, and it put Wenatchee Valley Velo in the “official club” category with the USCF.

What started as a cool jersey soon blossomed into a full cycling kit, and what began as that first race transformed itself by 2004 into the Wenatchee Stage Race.

The stage race, now known as Tour de Bloom, has become one of the premier events on the Washington racing calendar, and the kit is recognized around the state and Northwest.

The club’s growth has been felt in other areas, too. The original monthly meetings have led to social rides and gatherings, other events and rides, and advocacy for cycling on both the local and state level.

Contact info

Wenatchee Valley Velo Club
P.O. Box 1991
Wenatchee WA 98807

Club president
Steve Schwind
Email: steveschwind@hotmail.com

Tour de Bloom race director
Ace Bollinger
Email: acebollinger@nwi.net

Our Sponsors

Arlberg  |  Confluence Health | Misson Ridge | Van Doren | Stifel  | Bollinger Construction  | Garlinis  | Still Properties | Greg Brown State Farm | Anjou Bakery | Wenatchee Orthopedics  |  Rookard Custom Pools  |  Wenatchee Valley Brewing

 

 

 

 

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