Salvatore Abbruzzese can TT extremely well, that he got 3rd in the recent Mengoni in a break he initiated (his third of the race) and that he always reminds us to race with fire in our bellies.
Mark Alden lives with his wife and 2 daughters in Montvale NJ. Mark is an accomplished bike mechanic with almost 2 decades of experience. After years of riding/racing street and dirt motorcycles Mark switched to bicycles (around 1989) in search of more economical 2 wheeled fun. After doing the occasional race during the 90’s Mark started to race steadily in 2000 and worked his way up to cat 2. Past wins include 2010 CRCA power points race, 2010 spring series (35+), 2009 CRCA power points race, 2009 Tokeneke RR (35+), 2009 Nancy Morgenstern Memorial (40+), 2008 Balloon Festival (30+/40+), 2005 Jockey Hollow Challenge (35+), 2004 North Stonington Classic (cat3), 2004 Unionvale RR (cat3) Other results include a 2nd at Unionvale 2008 (35+), 4th overall at the 2007 GMSR (30+), 2nd at Battenkill 2007 (30+), 2nd at Jiminy Peak 2007 (35+). Mark also occasionally makes some art
Joe Azze hasn’t allowed much to be known about himself except that he’s a personal trainer for a living and racing at the pro level on a mountain bike. We were going to write more about Joe and make up ridiculous stories for his bio, but Joe’s a nice guy so we’ll just leave it at that.
Originally from NY, Chris has returned home after a 16yr stint in CO where he started racing bicycles in 2000. He currently holds a category 1 license and enjoys all types of racing and in the past has excelled in races of attrition and when the road goes up. Chris comes back to the sport after a 7 year hiatus and looks forward to getting familiar with the NYC racing scene.
Notable past results:
2013 Pete Senia Memorial Brooklyn, NY master men open 4th place.
2013 Hunter Mountain Fall Classic Road Race Cat 1/2/3/4 | Master | 40+ 1st place.
2005 Outside Magazine’s Tour of the Gila Individual Time Trial | Pro/1 5th place.
2005 Excel Sports Boulder Stage Race Stage 2 Pro/1 5th place
2005 Excel Sports Boulder Stage Race Pro/1GC 4th overall
2004 Bob Cook Memorial Mt Evans Hill Climb Pro/1 5th place
Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Jason found his way to New York City via, a long stint Ski Racing and collage in Vermont. Currently running his own Entertainment Management Company and Co-Founder of the Occupational Safety start up business, VITA Products, Inc. his focus is never far from the long love affair he has with bike racing. Starting his bike racing career as a Jr. for the Philadelphia based team Bike Tech, when shift levers were still on the downtube, Jason has raced competitively all over the North East. Currently a “young guy” stuck in a slightly older guys’ body he continues to race, train and look for every opportunity remind anyone who will listen that he’s still racing with the young guys!
Jason joined the team for the 2013 season, and made such an impression in his initial year that he has now risen to become co-captain of the team.
Andy Collins is back for his second year on the team, and is looking to build off of a strong 2009 which saw him earn a number of top 10s and stepping on the podium once taking 2nd place at the very hard Tour of High Bridge. Off the bike Andy is a very talented painter and shows at the the Marc Foxx Gallery in Los Angeles and the Corvi-Mora Gallery in London. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Ashley and their dog Lada.
Bio to come…
Eddie Espitia has been racing since 1995 and enjoys all aspects of racing. He has raced all over the country and world including races such as Superweek in Wisconsin, the Tour of Ohio and last year the Vuelta de Colombia Senior Master. He has won criteriums at the Tour of Ohio and hilly road races such as the Bear Mountain Spring Classic. Eddie has worked as an auditor in the past and is currently working as a hedge fund accountant. He rides to work a short 10-mile commute on a daily basis. His other interest includes mixing house music with his two turntables, and he also holds a private pilot license.
Tomi was recruited to the team in 2014 specifically to block the wind for Zach and Mike. At 6’3” 220 lbs, he is a sprinter and leadout man by default, but occasionally dabbles in the breaks. To pay for his arsenal of bikes, Tomi teaches high school math and art in a Brooklyn public school. When he isn’t working or riding, he prefers to sit on the couch, read, play video games, and illustrate his graphic novel.
Zachary Koop is a bicycle mechanic at Cyclesport in Park Ridge NJ. He began road racing in 2008 and currently holds a USCF Cat 1 Road license. Zach also is a USCF licensed Cat 1 Mountain Bike Racer.
Some recent road racing accomplishments are: 1st Place CRCA A Race, 2nd Place Cat 3 Harlem Skyscraper Classic, 2nd Place Cat 3 Tour of Somerville, 3rd Place Cat 3 Bound Brook Cycling Classic, 4th Place Cat 3 Tour of Colts Neck and 2nd Place P123 Lucarelli & Castaldi Prospect Park Race. Zach’s strength on the bike is in the sprint. When Zach is not racing, training or commuting to work on his road bike he enjoys time on his BMX bike and in the ice rink playing hockey. Zach lives in Ridgefield Park NJ.