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Bios: Men

(In alphabetical order)

Steve Burdette: I began riding for fitness when I was cross country ski racing in grad school in the early 80’s. I didn’t start racing until 5
years ago at Addison. Since then I have been racing a little more each year.  Although I’m not often in contention for a top 10 finish, I enjoy the competition and the drive racing gives me to improve my fitness. This season I am trying to focus more on being fit and fresh for cyclocross season. When I am not riding my bike I am skiing or hiking with my family or working at my job as an R&D engineer at Corning.

Brian Klotz: I have been racing since 2006 when my brother invited me to come and do a Team Time Trial with two of his friends, but I was
riding long before that, doing an annual century with my dad and brothers.  Before riding, I had been a runner for most of my life, competing in Division 1 in college.  I like the fellowship that comes with being on a team, so I am really glad there are so many people in this area who want to ride and race together.  It also allows me to see how much folks truly love to be out on their bikes against all odds, which motivates me to always do my best.

David Paccone: I was a life-long runner, from junior high school all the way to a Reebok sponsorship on the road and track.  But
all those years and miles took its toll and the surgeries racked up.  Then, faced with cancer, I needed to get my physical activity back.  I turned to cycling, and have been racing for a bit over three years.  Road racing is fun, Time Trialing suits me, and Cyclocross is a mixture of everything crazy and fun with cycling... and I love them all.  I like to race often, hate to not finish, and am satisfied if I continue to improve.  Away from the bike I live in Skaneateles, and work way too many hours in my profession of affordable housing development and management.

Dave PrughAlways loved cycling, but have gotten into it more the last few years.  Have been a part of Corning Race Team since its
beginning.   Favorite rides usually are unpaved, which led to… Cyclocross!   As for road racing, give me a flat course please with a sprint finish.  When not cycling I might be running, playing or coaching basketball, and when not doing that I’m an Engineer, living & working in Bradford County PA.    "Free the Endorphins!!"

Paul Speranza: About 10 years ago I bought a mountain bike and fell in love with cycling all over again (we all did as kids right?),
especially trail riding. I began racing shortly after and really like how it forced me to push my limits. Several years of racing the difficult courses and stiff competition in the Mid-Atlantic Super Series helped me reach a cat 1/expert level in the cross county mountain bike class. I also now do some road racing and plenty of cyclocross in the fall. The longer races really appeal to me like the Iron Cross, the Prattsburgh Ramble and the Shenandoah Mountain 100 where I placed 2nd in Masters class a couple of years ago. Of course I like to take a break from riding during our upstate New York winters to take advantage of the terrific cross country skiing and have been learning telemark skiing. That usually gets me totally refreshed and ready when cycling season comes around.

David Yacobelli: I was born on May 5, 1970.  I began racing bikes at 13 years of age.  Much of my bicycle racing has centered around
mountain biking.  I have raced as high as Semi-Pro.  Some highlights include a 6th and 7th place finish at the Shenandoah 100 in the single-speed catagory.  Many of the skills of mountain bike racing transfer to cyclocross racing.  A few years ago I was lucky enough to finish 2nd to Gunnar Shogren at the Iron Cross and finished 2nd again as a Master in last years Iron Cross.  I began racing road bikes more competitively 2 years ago.  I have much to learn on the road, but was able to win last years Tioga Velo Club RR series, place 2nd at the Owasco Flyer, and finish 5th at the Tour of the Battenkill. I currently race as a Cat 3 on the road, but have been working hard to move to Cat 2.  I am also a  small business owner and love skiing in Vancouver, BC. when I can get away.  Really looking forward to a great season of racing and learning.