David, President of the Westchester Cycle Club, first joined the club in 2003. David has previously served as Vice President and as the D Ride Coordinator. David enjoys leading rides and exploring the countryside and backroads. Biking provides an avenue for David to enjoy the scenery and to leave the worries and stresses of the world behind.
At age 9, Bob took up cycling in the Bronx on a 3-speed Rudge because there was no bus to the new P.S. 24 more than a mile away. He customarily inflated his tires to 15 psi, oiled his chain with 3-in-1 oil when it squeaked and never had a bike lock. Having survived to adulthood and then some, Bob's goal is to encourage more C and D level members to ride more often with more confidence, and for that reason he runs WCC's Bike Camp.
Bruce Wells, Membership Chair, has been a member of WCC since 1985, and the author of My WCC. He previously served as President, Golden Apple Chair, and Membership Chair, which is his current function. Bruce started as a C rider and now currently rides with the A group. He leads the club's 200 mile ride every year, and has been known to serve a cold home brewed beer at the end of the ride.
Larry has been a club member for over 30 years and a board member for more than 15 years. He fell in love with cycling in the late 60's, and enjoys leading hilly C+/B- rides for the club. A retired Package & Graphic Designer, he handles the design of the our monthly newsletter, the Plain Spoke'n, as well as club clothing and Golden Apple material. He works closely with two talented co-editors who write, coordinate and edit articles submitted every month. The WCC (formerly Country Cycle Club) has been such an important part of his life, that he considers the work that he does as a "Labor of Love".
Michael, several years ago, took up cycling on an old heavy hybrid bicycle, to cross train for his primary sport of sculling. In the Spring of 2009 he accidentally discovered coverage of the Giro d'Italia on his television. His interest in the broadcast quickly shifted from admiring the scenery to fascination with the machines and competition. By the Fall he had given up sculling, bought a road bike and Bob's your uncle! (Photo courtesy of Shelly Mozlin).
Katie wonders at the many ways to enjoy life on a bike: A slow ramble on the bike path to get some gelato, or the annual WCC Double Century, a criterium, time trial or stage race, or a club party ride, teaching a child how to ride a bike or an adult how to ride better, touring on vacation or doing a triathlon, competing in a 24 hour ultra endurance race or enjoying the adventure of a 750 mile brevet, Kate loves it all. She writes a blog about her adventures: psycles-kttrue.blogspot.com/ Cycling has transformed her life. She met her husband Victor on a club ride, and married him at a bike race to the top of Whiteface Mt. For the past several years, she has been spreading the love by directing the Golden Apple. Katie is an educator by profession and a certified cycling instructor. She knows how to throw a great party, so be sure to sign up to volunteer and ride the Golden Apple this year.
Member At Large and B Ride Coordinator, Bill has run the summer weekend away trip for the last 7 years. For 2013 , he plans to work with Stu Shakman to help him continue the Spring Tush Tuneup weekend that Stu and Jane had so ably run for many years, and Bill will also be adding a fall trip to Cape Cod to the schedule. Bill is also the B ride coordinator, and he likes to ride trails on occasion as well.
Dave Wilson, former WCC President, is a longtime member who now dedicates himself to bike advocacy. He has spearheaded the club's Pedals for Progress used bike collection, resultng in the shipment of more than 500 bikes to Central America. He's a senior writer at The Journal News, where he covers Yonkers City Hall, contributes to LoHud.com's Politics on Hudson blog, and writes the cycling blog called The Savvy Cyclist.
Each spring, Mike gives a course called Effective Cycling on three successive weekends that introduces basic safety and riding principles to cyclists, new to the sport or for those who want to distill years of trial and error into a few short weeks. He served as former President of the Club, Newsletter Editor (in the days before Page Maker) and Program Chair. But Mike will perhaps be best remembered for the many wonderful and successful Golden Apple events he organized.
Debra Keiser is relatively new club member who has always loved to ride. As a longtime journalist and public relations pro, she publicizes WCC events, rides and activities anywhere she can and is working to make club events more visible through social media, particularly Facebook. She lives in Putnam County, works full-time in public relations and continues to freelance as a feature writer.
Al Kaplan is our New Members Advisor. A Bronxite through my college years and a Westchesterite ever since. I became "hooked" on cycling when, by chance, I met some Country Cycle Club members and rode 10 miles with them. I did my one and only Century Ride a few years later. I started leading rides on a regular basis, because the club has given me a tremendous amount of enjoyment (plus free exercise as a bonus); and, this is my way of giving something back to the club. PS: The Country Cycle Club is the previous name of the WCC.
Charles Goldberger, a club member since 1993, provides the club with pro bono legal services.