Following his fathers footsteps, at age 6, David started his sporting career with competitive running. At 14, he picked up bike racing and has been hammering ever since.
He’s cranked out more than 200,000 miles with his fair share of victories, defeats, drops, flats, spills, thrills, & mishaps. A former USA Cycling Midwest Regional Assistant Coach, he’s raced all over the world and has tried out twice for USA Olympic Team.
In his 29th season, pinned more than 2000 race numbers, which would equate to a 5 years long stage race, retired from Elite Competition in 2012 and still participates in local local events.
Director of Verge Sport, his "day job" is supplying over 20,000 kits annually to athletes around the world with dealers in 18 countries.
Sal started riding at the age of 19 as way of recovering from an injury sustained wrestling in college. Once recovered, he fell in love with cycling, left wrestling and pursued road racing.
He’s competed internationally for Baboco-Revor (Belgium) as teammate of 3 Time World Cyclocross Champion, Erwin Vervecken, participated in top level North America Events while gaining a wealth of tactical knowledge.
Eddie Burlem - Cat 3
Eddie has pedaled through 18 consecutive seasons of bike racing all while balancing family, non-racing friends and life.
Paul McCarthy - Cat 3
In 2013, Paul bought his first road bike. He started out as a commuter, then got into organized rides, GFNY, riding with the pelotons at Prospect Park and in 2017, at age 50, racing.
Paul finished top 5 in 6 of his 9 Cat 5 races in 2017, won the Cat4 Lucarelli & Castaldi Series Masters Jersey for the 2018 season and upgraded to Cat3 at the close of the 2018 season.
Paul is also a board certified Nutrition Coach and helping Vela Society athletes learn how important nutrition is to performing optimally.
"It's not just what you eat before, during and after a workout or race that will help your perform better, it's how you eat all the time!"
Carl Calderon - Cat 3
Carl has been a regular at Floyd Bennett Field this season known for his explosive sprint.
Jackson Ho - Cat 4
Jackson has been a regular at the Floyd Bennet Field races and upgraded to Cat 4 Spring 2018.
Erik Shahumyan - Cat 4
Erik is a regular at Prospect Park morning rides & FBF races. He recently upgraded to Cat 4 in Summer 2018.
Yechiel "Chili" Moseson - Cat 4
Chili started racing this year and is a young, strong addition to the Vela team.
Israel Carrasquillo - Cat 5/Vela Group Ride Coordinator
Israel, “Izzy”, doesn’t need an introduction because you’ve likely already met him and if you don’t know him, you know someone that does…he’s everywhere, Prospect Park, 9W, FBF loop. He’s one of the nicest people you will ever meet and has great routes all over the city.