At the December 12, 2016, membership meeting, the 2017 Kenosha Velodrome Racing, LTD. board will be elected. All are welcome to come to the meeting to cast their vote and becoming members for a small $10 donation. The meeting will be held at 7:00pm at the UAW, Local 72, 3615 Washington Road, Kenosha, WI.
These are the nominees:
Larry Otter –
Chris Riva – For the past two years I have been the President of Kenosha Velodrome Racing. I have enjoyed working with many different people, as we work to plan events at the velodrome. Over the past two years there hasn’t been a project that I haven’t been a part of, from helping with Monday Night Stock Bike Program, Organizing the Ribbon Cutting, working with and attending City Council meetings, and managing all forms of media; the website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the Newsletter, to name a few. I grew up in Kenosha and have spent many Tuesday Nights at the track watching the exciting racing. Kenosha has a very unique landmark and I hope to be a part of making it great again. Next year is the velodorme’s 90th Anniversary. We want to continue the Monday night stock bike beginner program and make Tuesday night an event to bring families to. We will also look to host state championships and national level races. In order to do this, we need to better engage the Kenosha community and raise awareness among bike racers. By working together, we will make the velodrome an entertainment destination for all Kenoshans.
Art Hicks – As a candidate for Vice-president of the Kenosha Velodrome Association, I am interested in continuing the tradition of outstanding programs at this fine facility. I have participated for several years in both the Tuesday night and Wednesday night programs. I am a USAC licensed race official and coach, and am a past president of the Kenosha Racine Bike Club. I live in Racine and work in Kenosha.
John Horton –
Christy Hoff – With one year of experience in my current board position, I am excited to see the Washington Park Velodrome on the cusp of becoming – once again – a premiere racing venue. Our brand new racing surface and historic location together make the next few years very important in making that dream come true. I have served in each of the board positions with various other organizations (Kenosha Women’s Network, Wisconsin Roller Speed Skating League, 4-H, and Kenosha Kennel Club to name a few). While I have personally raced at our track, I have never been one of the ‘heavy hitters’. I just love riding my bike whether it is in circles or on the road or in the woods.
John Cline – I am a current racer at the Velodrome and have been involved with the track since 2009. I broke my first ribs on this track. I have been racing all over the country and in many UCI events. I am the current Vice President of the South Chicago Velodrome, which will end in a month. I am originally from Columbus, Ohio and bounce around the country as a software engineer as a living. I am really looking forward to the new season and the new track and hope to help bring many riders back to this great venue.
Two Members at Large
Robby Gauss – My name is Robby Gauss and I am going for an at large member because this track has been a part of my life since I was about 6. From junior racer to official to a master now. I have missed racing here a lot the last 2 years and greatly look forward to having a world class racing calendar and once again a hill full of supporters. I think with the right people on this board we will have just that.
Preston Hamilton – I am a track racer and promoter. As a past president of both the Illinois Cycling Association and Wisconsin and Illinois Bicycle Racing I have experience that has helped me to have been a positive influence at the monthly KVA meetings. I would be honored to be reelected as a member at large.
David Wilson – I have two daughters that have been part of the Monday night program since 2010. My eldest daughter is now in her 3rd season as a Kenosha Velosport member. I am in the second year as treasurer for Kenosha Velosport. I am entering my eighth year of being part of Monday night and junior racing so I would bring that voice to the board. I would like to be part of the Velodrome board because I would like to see the velodrome reopen successfully and having a board that is unified will be key. I would bring a willingness to work with the entire board and membership towards rebuilding the track program. This past year I helped Doug Bell tear down at some of the Monday night races and helped served food at the past few Monday night picnics.