WHO: MARIN COUNTY VELODROME ASSOCIATION
The Marin County Velodrome Association (M.C.V.A.) was formed along with Velo Club Tamalpais (V.C.T.) by Gil de la Roza and Stephen Wilde in 1973. Its purpose was to promote and realize the building of a velodrome in Marin County, CA.
On September 25, 1974, V.C.T. members formalized the M.C.V.A. as a separate club with John Uhte as president, and other V.C.T. members as officers. The M.C.V.A., working with the Marin Cyclists Bicycle Club and Marin County officials, had tremendous initial success, with the Marin County Board of Supervisors setting aside land at McInnis Park in San Rafael for a future velodrome. Unfortunately, due to the inability to provide funding at the proper time, the land was re-designated for other purposes.
Since then, under the guidance of Chris Lang, the M.C.V.A. has been registered as a U.S.A. Cycling Member Club, and has organized many community and bicycle racing events, including seventeen of the nineteen Tour of Marin Bicycle Races.
The first Tour of Marin held in September of 1974 was promoted by Velo Club Tamalpais and the Marin Cyclists. The center spread of the 36 page program featured an artist’s rendering of the proposed Marin County Velodrome, and there was an accompanying article promoting and encouraging support for the M.C.V.A.
In 1992 with the closing of the San Francisco Presidio, there was some discussion of building a velodrome there. A velodrome in the Presidio is not being planned or considered at this time.
In 1993 with the Hamilton Air Force Base in Novato closed, the Marin Athletic Coalition was formed to aggressively promote the development of sporting facilities, including a velodrome, at that location. The proposed area has now been reverted to wildlife habitat marshlands.
There still is not a velodrome in Marin County, San Francisco, or the East Bay.
Now, with the full-time commitment of Gil de la Roza as Executive Director of the M.C.V.A. working with other dedicated visionaries, it is anticipated that the location will be found, the funding will be obtained, and a contemporary velodrome for Marin, and the San Francisco Bay Area will be realized.
Gil de la Roza: Executive Director, (firstname.lastname@example.org) was the Co-founder and first President of Velo Club Tamalpais in 1973 and helped form the Marin County Velodrome Association at that time. He has many years of marketing experience, including as the first Advertising Director for the first snowboard magazine, “International Snowboard Magazine” and as the Advertising Director for “Schwinn’s Cycling and Fitness” and “Ocean Sports International” magazines in the late 1980′s and early 90′s.
Chris H. Lang: Advisor, (email@example.com) has been a dedicated supporter of bicycling in Marin County. Aside from keeping the M.C.V.A. alive for all these years, his accomplishments include: Founder, and President of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition from its inception in 1998 to 2000, seventeen time Race Director of the Tour of Marin Bicycle Race, and President of the Fairfax, California Chamber of Commerce from 2005 to 2008.
Joe Breeze: Advisor, is a founding member of Velo Club Tamalpais, and a well known Mountain Bike Pioneer and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductee. He is a bicycle designer and builder, with his first Mountain Bike: “Breezer #1″ in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution. A founder of NORBA, the National Off-Road Bicycle Association, he now heads his namesake bicycle company: “Breezer Bicycles,” and is active as a Bicycle Museum Curator with projects at the San Francisco International Airport, the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, and the Marin Museum of Bicycling.
As the M.C.V.A. continues to evolve in our effort towards realizing a velodrome, we are adding additional members in Board Member, volunteer and advisory positions, including:
- Legal Counsel
- Tax and Financial Specialists
- Business Management Specialists
- Marin County Elected and Administrative Officials
- Fund Raising Manager and outside fundraisers
- Grant Specialists
- Membership Coordinator
- Newsletter Editor
- Events Coordinator
- Media and Press Agents
- Product Designers
- Bicycle Track and Road Racers
- Bicycle Industry and Retail Professionals
- Youth Development Athletic and Cycling Program Specialists
- Scholastic Bicycle Program Participants and Administrators
- Bicycle Clubs
- Velodrome and Facilities Designers
- Velodrome and Facilities Builders
- Velodrome and Facilities Management Specialists
- Velodrome and Facilities Maintenance Specialists
- U.S. Cycling Certified: Coaches, Trainers, and Officials
If you have talent and a passion in any one or more of these areas, and would like to join the Marin County Velodrome Association in our dedicated effort to realize a velodrome, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of what you can bring to the team.
Let’s do this! If not now, when?