Col Vento Cycling
Col Vento Cycling is a local cycling team comprised of a diverse group of athletes from the Santa Maria and Central California Coast area. The name means “with the wind or tailwinds” in Italian which makes it a good fit to connect our 20+ year history as Team Tailwinds as well as the occasional windy conditions that occur in our area. We recently changed our name from Team Tailwinds to reflect changes in leadership, members, sponsors and some philanthropic efforts to promote cycling in our area.
We were established in 1989 and are a USA Cycling sanctioned club and a member of the United States Cycling Federation (USCF), which is the governing body of bicycle racing throughout the United States. We have grown from an eight rider team in 1989 to over 35 members representing cyclists competing in Masters, Women, and Category 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 road races and mountain bike races; tri-athletes and non-racers.
We train and ride together year round on the weekends and in the evenings when daylight permits. For more specific ride info, take a look at the Calendar. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for cycling enthusiasts to join and ride with an organization that takes great pleasure in the sport of cycling in the Santa Maria Valley. We offer our members opportunities to develop their skills as both racers and recreational riders. We support our members pursuit of personal goals and promote cycling as both as a fitness activity and a lifestyle.
Our Philanthropic Endeavors
In 2008 and 2009 we provided bicycles to underprivileged children by partnering with local businesses and non-profit organizations. To see these kids get new bikes is extremely rewarding. To get involved, contact Hans Kardel.
Our Racing Past
Team Tailwinds was responsible for bringing the Vandenberg Air Force Base Stage Race to the Central Coast in 1997, and 1998. This event was held in conjunction with the National Military Championships and drew riders from across the United States. The 1999 race was also a venue for the State Time Trial Championships. In 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 we held the Senior State Road Race Championships.
Want to know more?
If you'd like to join or are interested in sponsoring our team, a race or just plain find out where the cool rides are in our area, contact President, Bob Albrecht. He'll be able to steer you in the right direction!
Disclaimer - Bicycling activities involve risk and danger of serious bodily injury, including permanent disability and death. All participants in Team Tailwinds activities, club members or not, agree to release, discharge, covenant not to sue, and agree to indemnify and save and hold harmless Team Tailwinds, their directors, agents, sponsors and advertisers from all liability, claims, demands, losses or damages.