Cycles Veloce, or “Fast Cyclist” in Italian, was established in 1982 as a competitive cycling team. Originally comprised of 15 members, Cycles Veloce quickly gained a national reputation for grooming young up-and-coming talent and preparing them for the pro ranks.
Some of the more famous luminaries include:
- Linda Brenneman, twice winner of the Redlands Classic. In 1995 she won Redlands and was a member of the 1996 US Women’s Olympic team racing in the red white and blue colors of Cycles Veloce.
- Scott Fortner, longtime Saturn professional rider, won the Redlands Classic in 1992. Christian Kriek raced a season with Cycles Veloce before joining the Jelly Belly Pro team in 2012, as well as Louis Meintjies for a brief period before moving on to MTN Qhubeka.
- World Champions include current and former members Mark Hoffenberg (Road Cycling) and Ruth Clemence (Road Cycling and Time Trial), Kenny Fuller (Road Cycling and Time Trial), Sue Davis (Duathlon), Reed Johnson (Xterra Triathlon), Fiona Petersen (Triathlon).
- National Champions consist of Neal Stoughton (Road Cycling), Kenny Fuller (Road Cycling and Time Trial), Linda Schnepf (Road Cycling), Mark and Sherry Norton (Tandem), Sue Davis (Duathlon).
Cycles Veloce, a.k.a. Team Simple Green, has devoted much effort into growing the sport of competitive cycling and furthering the notion that cycling is a healthful and environmentally friendly sport. No air or water pollution, just exhilarating physical activity in the great outdoors. Cycling is a speed sport that doesn’t waste the earth’s limited resources or pollute the world we live in.
Our club concept is also growing outside of our humble So. California roots. We have members and competitors located in Arizona, North Carolina, Colorado and even New York. Still our main population of riders reside in Los Angeles, Orange County and the city of Temecula California.