Saturday, October 28, 2017
VIP Ride & Wine with Bob Roll on Sunday, October 29AVILA BEACH, SLO COUNTY COASTAL & WINE COUNTRY
Each year the SLO GranFondo is thrilled to welcome pro riders from throughout the country to inspire riders and to enjoy the beautiful California Central Coast for a weekend of riding fun!
Our popular Pro Panel will once again be hosted by the insightful, upfront and, yes, often funny, Bob “Bobke” Roll and include Pro cyclists as well as USA Cycling Chairman Bob Stapleton. This year’s Pro Panel will take place on Saturday at the Finish Line Festival.
New in 2017 is a VIP Ride & Wine reception with Bob Roll at Sinor-Lavallee Winery on Sunday. Tickets will be available for purchase during your SLO GranFondo registration or separately at RaceRoster.com.
If your professional team is interested in riding in our GranFondo, please contact Race Director Kelly Druse at Kelly@raceslo.com.
Bob Roll (born July 7, 1960, in Oakland, California) is an American former professional cyclist, author, and television sports commentator. He was a member of the 7-Eleven Cycling Team until 1990 and competed for the Motorola Cycling Team in 1991. In 1992 Roll moved to Greg LeMond’s Z team and added mountain biking to his racing accomplishments. Roll continued racing mountain bikes professionally through 1998. Roll is known in the cycling world, and to his global cable television fans, fondly, as “Bobke”.
Alison Tetrick has been a professional cyclist, which she pursued after playing NCAA collegiate tennis. Alison was born and raised on a cattle ranch in California and currently lives in Petaluma, California. Alison was introduced to bike racing by her grandfather, who is still an avid competitive cyclist and winning national championships at 84 years old. Alison has a B.S. in Biochemistry and a M.S. in Clinical Psychology. She is currently in a PhD program specializing in Neuropsychology. In 2014 she place 3rd at the World Championships in the Team Time Trial and won stages at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina and the BeNe Tour in Belgium. Alison is dedicated to investing in the sport of cycling and serves on the Board of Directors of USA Cycling and the Board of Advisers for the Women’s Cycling Association. She works with Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer as a spokesperson and advocate for the resources available to those affected by cancer. Read more about Alison at AlisonTetrick.com and CylanceProCycling.com.
13 years ago Matt was paralyzed from the chest down in an auto accident. At the age of 20 he was told that he would never walk. As a motocross athlete he was determined to rehab and get back to competition culminating in earning a spot on the U.S. Paralympic National Cycling Team roster. In 2016 he became the first American since 2011 to win the UCI Para Cycling World Cup Overall Champion. Matt is also six-time USA Cycling Road National and Criterium Champion and is a five-time member of the US ParaCycling Track / Road World Championship Team.
Holly started riding a bike in 2010 as a training source for her professional motocross racing and quickly fell in love with the sport. She started racing a bike in 2011 winning 30+ races and upgrading from a cat 4 to a 2 in one season. 2012 she started riding for Incycle and raced her first Pro 1-2 season getting her upgrade to a cat 1. As well as racing on the road, Holly also races mountain bikes and cyclocross. She’s completed Leadville trail 100 twice and the first year set the youngest women’s finisher under 10 hrs. She has also raced some Enduro races in the women’s Pro class taking a couple podiums and a top spot. While not on her bike, Holly works for Incycle bikes in Claremont, CA.
Ian is a 22 year old elite level bike racer, born and raised on the Central Coast. He really has grown up on bikes starting his racing career at the age of 14, quickly moving up the ranks on the racing scene and has the distinction of also having ridden every SLO GranFondo since its inception. Ian has raced on elite teams at a professional level all over North America, in Europe and also for the U.S. national team. In 2016, Ian was a part of ArtsCyclery.com/ Schnur Racing as a rider and a manager for the elite team, competing in much of the Pro Road Tour calendar in the US. Ian is also currently pursuing a BS in Kinesiology, at Cuesta College.
Neil Shirley is a retired professional cyclist, where he last competed for the Kelly Benefit Strategies. Neil now serves as an editor at Road Bike Action Magazine. He’ll be returning to the SLO GranFondo for the second time to tackle the beautiful SLO County roads. Read his latest at RoadBikeAction.com.
One of the most winning female cyclists in the world, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg has major victories aplenty under her belt including German National Road Race Champion, Stage 2 and the overall winner at the Tour of Chongming Island in 2011, and winner of 11 stage wins at the Giro d’Italia Femminile. Some of her favorite results are winning Vlaanderen, her first win at the Liberty Classic in Philadelphia in 2005, and a third place at the World Championship in 2011. Bringing thirty years of experience to the Specialized-lululemon cycling team, she is a veteran on the squad and just announced her retirement in 2014. Her home base is in San Luis Obispo.
View her full bio here →