Favorite bike quote: “Life is a beautiful ride” Dawn began riding with the Village Idiots in 2014. This introduced her to other cycling sports – mountain biking and CX. Dawn has competed in sprint triathlons, CX races, Mountain bike races and Xterra triathlons. She became the social director of VI in 2015 and held that post for 3 years. As president, she hopes to continue the VI spirit with fun, safe cycling and camaraderie. Dawn is excited to partner with knowledgeable cyclists to bring clinics, rides, and leadership..
Nothing Compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike!, Lisa’s love of cycling began as a kid when she enjoyed road rides with family and raced BMX. In college she began mountain biking and continued road riding and racing for a college team. She continues to enjoy road riding the most. Lisa has completed many rides and races including 100 mile events and a one-day 150 mile ride across Florida. She enjoys encouraging women to join the cycling community and is proud to be a part of an organization that gives back to the community.
“Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride” – Eddy Merckx. Stephanie and her husband Chad began riding with the Village Idiots long before its inception. After many miles and many years, she has recently branched out into the exciting world of racing. As a new member of the board, she hopes to increase the the club's impact in the community, bring attention to the importance of safe cycling practices, and have fun in the process!
I began riding with The Village Idiots back in 2010, shortly after I retired. It began as a way to stay fit & healthy, and soon became a one of my most enjoyable hobbies. Since I was new to Road Biking, I was not able to keep up with younger members, so I focused on leading the D Group for new members and created a C Minus Group (19 MPH Max) for experienced riders who were not comfortable or not yet able to ride the C Group (21 MPH Max). I am very proud to see so many people who started in the D Group graduate to the C, B, and even A Groups. Throughout the years I have stayed with the C & C Minus Groups and will continue to ride as long as my health permits. I volunteered to be Treasurer for the club on a temporary basis when our last treasurer resigned. That was over six years ago. So much for a temporary fill in. I’m proud of our Club’s accomplishments, especially our donations to local charities and growing the local riding community in Lakewood Ranch.
Favorite bike quote: “ Are we riding or are you hiding” credited to all-time great Lance Armstrong from his book ‘Its not about the bike’ My cycling timeline: BMX racing from age 8 to 14. Started MTB in North Carolina in 1993 Started road riding in 1994 Started riding with VICC in 2011 I have made some amazing friends in this cycling club! I look forward to being your new social director and having some fun events throughout the year! Ride Strong!
“You can’t get good by staying home. If you want to get fast, you have to go where the fast guys are” – Steve Larsen
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep riding. Started cycling as a hobby, but shortly became part of my life. Joined the VICC in 2018, thankful that life has put a fun group of people in my path and that I can call friends.
Bill Schmidt started road cycling in 2014 and joined the VI. Since then he has completed three Gap, Team Tony ride across the state, Hincapie grand fondo, Puerto Rico Vuelta and many other rides. Now he is focusing on mountain biking
Kevin Publicover came to Florida in 2011 from Nova Scotia Canada with his employer. Runner, cyclist and hockey player for many years. VICC was a deciding factor in living permanently in Florida with always having someone who wants to push harder and the best group of friends that he has ever met!