Thomas Pennell manages Pennell Venture Partners, a venture capital firm. Thomas started racing bikes in 2000. Results in the last year include podium finishes in the Spring Bear Mountain 40+ race as well as in the Bermuda Grand Prix 40+ road race, criterium and GC. Prior results he is likely to recall in times of poor form include a 4th in the Cat 3 Green Mountain Stage Race GC; 2nd place finishes at the Cat 3 Bear Mountain, 40+ Coupe des Ameriques road race, and masters Pete Senia race (the latter taking place the day after the far more significant birth of son Reed—yes, thank you Stephanie); as well as a solo road race win and GC win at the Bermuda Grand Prix. Thomas leaves to his teammates the squabbling over who has the best looks, quickest wit and greatest ability to exaggerate accomplishments.
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
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.
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.
Paul Levis currently lives in Briarcliff Manor, NY with his wife Bekki. He works as a financial planner at Summit Financial Consultants in Yonkers, NY. He first started participating in endurance sports in high school when he joined the track team. He ran the 400 meter, 800 meter, 1600 meter and Cross Country. He then went on to run track at Villanova University and was coached by Marcus O’Sullivan, three time World Indoor Championships gold medalist and member of Ireland’s Olympic team. An unfortunate knee injury resulted in a premature end to his running career. Unable to run he turned to cycling to keep in shape. After one summer of riding he realized he missed the competition he enjoyed when running track. He fell in love with the speeds and tactics that racing entails. He currently holds a USCF Category 2 license and a level 3 coaching license. His strengths on the bike include climbing and time trials.