VCViolet Crown Club Meeting - Monday at Mangia's

It's time for another Violet Crown Club Meeting....Monday, Feb 4th - Tomorrow Night
Mangia's Pizza on Mesa ( Off Far West )
630 PM - Refreshments
700 PM - Meeting
Tentative Agenda
2008 Budget - Greg
Club By Laws - Greg
New Web Site - Greg
Rosedale Support /Contributions - David S
Lago Vista Race Support - John C
Race Results - All

Posted by Violet Crown on February 3, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (2)

VCWeekend Rides (February 2-3)

Rides this weekend will be:

After consulting with the ride committee it has been determined that
we'll meet at Einstein Bagels at Braker and 183 on Sat and roll out
at 8:15. Direction to be determined by a vote of the ride committee
the morning of the ride.

Sunday, Freewheeling 8:15 rollout. (No really)

David Henderson

Posted by Violet Crown on January 31, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0)

VCSuperdrome class report by Andy Wilks

I drove up to Frisco this past weekend for the Superdrome development course
which they require before you can race there. I had previously raced
only at Alkek in Houston.

It was a really cold 40F, but the weather looked like it would stay dry
and 13 people showed up. I think about 5 or 6 of us had our own bikes,
the rest grabbed some rental bikes from the bunker and then got them set
up with pedals and seat height adjustments.

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Posted by Violet Crown on January 28, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (2)

VCCopperas Cove Race Report by Greg LaKomski

The first race of the season is always challenging and yesterdays Copperas Cove Road Race was no exception.  With temperatures hovering around 40 degrees and a moderate north wind, every piece of riding gear you had bought with was barely adequate. Thank god for the sun. Teams from every corner of Texas and several other states were there.  I assume that for someone from Kansas it felt balmy. VC put in a strong presence with Greg Hall, Rick Hall, Seymour, Lynn Cornet, Scott Yates, Mike Haney, Doug Ballew and Donna LaKomski.  Aaron Foreman – a Cat 2 who is the owner of Orthopedic and Prosthetic Technologies and my sponsor was also in attendance.

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Posted by Violet Crown on January 22, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (1)

VCThe Clothing Czar has gone crazy!

and has slashed prices dramatically on the 07 windshells and skinsuits!
Windshells are reduced from $55 to $35 and skinsuits are reduced from
$95 to $65! Get em fast because they won't last long at these prices!
I am headed to Houston for cross racing this weekend so your best bet is
to come to the meeting Monday night at Mangia to take advantage of these
deals. If you can't make the meeting you MIGHT be able to get in touch
with me on Monday afternoon (426-7670) to arrange a pick-up.

Wind Shells XS2 S5 M4 L4 $55 $35
Skinsuits XS1 S4 M3 L1 XL1 $95 $65

Posted by Violet Crown on January 4, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0)

VC2008 Clothing Orders Now Being Taken!!

2008 Violet Crown Clothing Orders Now being Taken!

Great pricing on jerseys for PREPAID PREORDERS!!

All preparations have been completed and Violet Crown is now able to
take preorders for the new 2008 jerseys and shorts. The preorder period
begins today and ends January 24th, 2008.

Due the generosity of our sponsors, Violet Crown is offering PAID CLUB
MEMBERS the new 2008 jerseys in both regular and full zip at very
attractive pricing for PREPAID orders received prior to January 24th,
2008. Team shorts will also be available for preorder. Per club
policy, 2008 jerseys are required to be worn for rider reimbursement to
be claimed. It also is a great thing to do all the time to support our


Short Sleeve, Pro Fit, Micro-airdry, 3 back pockets: Regular Zip Jersey
$38, Full Zip Jersey $45


Regular Zip Jersey $58, Full Zip Jersey $65


Louis Garneau - Tech - 9 - Ergozone chamois, 8 panel Team Shorts $62

Please be aware that although the club will order and stock a limited
number of additional FULL ZIP jerseys and shorts, availability cannot be
guaranteed. So take advantage of the pricing and get what you think you
will need for the year now!

The above pricing is available to PAID CLUB MEMBERS ONLY!!

Per club policy, Violet Crown Memberships are for the calendar year for
$20 individual/$

30 family and expire on December 31st of a given year.
Also per club policy, members paying after October 1, 2007 are
considered to be members for the 2008 calendar year. At this time the
following members have paid their dues and are eligible for the REDUCED
Kenny Lloyd
Tom McMinn
Mary Beth Farrar
Robert Fiddes
Dave Barnes
Gary Castillo
David Bizzell
Tom Giesberg
Scott Yate
David Serrins
John Miller
Chuck Basset
Robert Andrews
James Karthauser

If you believe you paid your membership dues after 10/1/2007 and are not
on this list contact Greg LaKomski at
<> . Otherwise, pay your dues.

Membership forms will be available and preorders will be taken at the
January 7th club meeting at Mangia Pizza.

For those unable to attend, membership forms and clothing preorder forms
are available here and here.
All membership forms, preorder forms, and checks must be in the Violet
Crown post office box on January 24th to count for preorder pricing so
do not wait until the last minute. Orders received after this time will
be included if possible in the order count but additional payment will
be due prior to distribution. A new membership form is required to be
completed for all members - new or old! Please make sure it is

Violet Crown, PO Box 10186, Austin, Texas, 78766-1186

Posted by Violet Crown on January 4, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0)


The January meeting is the seventh at Mangia, Mesa and Spicewood Springs Road, 6:30 pm.
We will have a presentation by Nick Crumpton - new club sponsor for 2008.
Updates on the new jerseys, the new website and reimbursement policy.

AND - ELECTIONS - post YOUR campaign platform following........

Posted by Violet Crown on January 1, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (1)


I have decided to temporarily stop being the weekend ride leader.

I at least want to get through the uncertain weather winter time frame as I
can't be depended on to show up if the weather is iffy.

I will continue to make the rides when possible.

So for the time being, the upcoming week's rides will be (unless David
decides to list something else):

Saturday - Einstein's Brother's Bagels, Braker Ln. & Hwy. 183, 8:15am

Sunday - Dave's Freewheeling Ride

Ted Dunbar

Posted by Violet Crown on December 20, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)


Come out and cheer on your local 'crosser. The race is Sunday morning. Juniors begin at 9, Mens Open at 1 pm.

Thanks to all the volunteers who are making this happen and the TRC Cycling Club,sponsored by OBOX Solutions, and to the Travis County Parks Department.

Thanks very much to the local sponsors of the race; Linda Craig Massage for prizes, Texas Coffee Traders for coffee, and the Mangiazilla truck will be out there for pizza.

Directions to the park follow.


Posted by Violet Crown on December 8, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

VCPaul and Yolanda Duva Welcome a New Daughter!

DuvabirthViolet Crown offers our heartfelt congratulations to former VC'er Paul Duva and his lovely wife Yolanda on the occasion of the birth of their new daugher Gabriella Sienna, who was born November 20th. We understand everyone is in great health (although possibly a little sleep deprived).

Posted by Violet Crown on December 4, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (3)