Bridgette DeShields, President
Bridgette has been a member of SRCC since 2010. She has served on the board for the past four years, and is currently the club Ride Director. Bridgette is a lifetime athlete with a previous career as an ice skater and ballet dancer and enjoys pilates, yoga, dancing, and hiking. She took up cycling in 2010, started riding with a group known as the “Turtles,” and became a ride leader. Bridgette enjoys traveling and has led private cycling adventures to Spain and Italy as well as “domestic” tours. When not riding her bike, Bridgette works as an environmental consultant for a firm headquartered in Seattle, WA and enjoys fine food (cooking and eating!).
Gary Weeks, Vice-President
Gary and his wife Chris moved to Santa Rosa in 2014 and joined the SRCC within a couple of months and has been enjoying the many rides since that date. He recently qualified as a ride leader with thanks for all the great SRCC training. Gary left his work behind when they moved up here from the South Bay. His interest in cycling grew from stories of his parents' cycling adventures in England, and he has been riding since about 1970 although did take a long break through all the 1990s and a bit longer, coming back about 2007. He still has his custom Condor from 1973 and anyone who knows him would agree that Gary likes bikes.
Dave Smith, Treasurer
Dave has been a member of the Club since 2011. He joined the Board in 2015
and served as Secretary. He currently serves as Club Treasurer. Dave
participates in many Club events, including tours, brevets, and the
Terrible Two. Dave is the co-owner of a water consulting firm.
Jim VanDeLaarschot, Secretary
Jim grew up in Green Bay, WI. He and his wife, Ellen, moved around the country for his job with the U.S. Treasury Dept and settled outside Sebastopol after they retired in 2013. Jim joined the club after buying his first road bike in the fall of 2014. He has since enjoyed many Team Wednesday, Friendly Friday and Tailwinds (formerly Team Penny) rides. Over the past year he has begun leading rides and struggling (with slowly increasing success) to keep up on B rides. Jim is very grateful to the club for the opportunities it has provided to explore beautiful Sonoma and Marin Counties and to meet a lot of wonderful people.
When not riding his bike, Jim is kept very busy maintaining the West County property where he and Ellen live and providing entertainment for their labradoodle puppy.
Jerry Applegate, Member at Large
Jerry Applegate has been an active member of SRCC since 2013. He's a regular rider with the Church of the Bicycle group on Sundays and sometimes leader on those rides. Jerry became religious about road riding when he could no longer run on a daily basis. Jerry volunteers for WCC, TT, and supprts the club in other ways.
He's retired, living in Healdsburg, living the Sonoma County dream, eating well and drinking great wine.
Jen Benedetti, Member at Large
Jen has been a member of SRCC since 2011; she left for one year and returned in 2016. She currently works full time for a winery as an Office Manager. She has started a women's evening riding club to encourage women to ride in a non-intimidating environment, it’s called NorCal Sisterhood of Cycling. She rides faithfully with her friends every weekend. On Jen’s downtime if she is not riding she is hanging with friends, family, making jewelry, baking or cooking.
Chuck Caffarella, Member at Large
Chuck Caffarella and his wife Stephanie retired and moved to Santa Rosa in December 2013. He joined SRCC and began riding regularly weekdays in the spring of 2014. He has taken advantage of SRCC sponsored tours the past two summers, volunteered at WCC’s and completed the 200 K version of the Terrible Two. He enjoys the challenge of riding with the Mountain Goats. He credits his participation on club rides for adding to his exposure to and appreciation of Sonoma County. He is especially thankful for the many new friends he and Stephanie have made through club participation.
Len Hirschi, Member at Large
became religious about the sport in the past 8 years. He mountain bikes on occasion but is addicted to
road riding. He leads the “Church of the Bicycle” congregational rides each Sunday. Len is retired and
aside from cycling enjoys cooking, drinking Sonoma County Zinfandel and working with his wife, Jenny
around their ranch.
Doug Simon, Member at Large
Doug joined the club in 1997 so that he could ride and hang out with his friends participating in that year's Central Coast Tour. He got hooked on the SRCC lifestyle and has been an active SRCC member ever since.