Tony Beauford joined the Wheelmen in 2003 and has been a very active club member since that time. He has lived in the San Antonio/Austin area for over 28 years and wishes that he had been riding for that long. He served as our Vice President of Membership from June 2009 through the end of 2017. He became our Executive VP in 2018.
Tony become a roadie when some of his friends in a spin class convinced him that he should give it a try. After borrowing a friend’s road bike for a weekend of riding, he decided to buy a road bike and has been an avid rider ever since. He soon joined the Wheelmen for the camaraderie and the variety of weekend rides. Two of his favorite rides are Woman Hollering Creek and Cibolo. He rides to Cibolo, usually does one of the longer routes, and when the rest of us are getting ready for a cold drink and lunch he's riding home!
In 2010, Tony had an opportunity to take one of his dream vacations. He went to France for the last two weeks of the Tour de France, rode a number of the climbs, and got to see the race up close. While the climbs were challenging, he never once got off his bike--even if he was only going 5 mph! His favorite climb was the Col du Tourmalet. Those who watch the Tour regularly will recognize this as one of the most challenging climbs on the Tour. He would love to take a similar trip during the Giro d'Italia.
He currently rides a Specialized Tarmac with SRAM Red components.
Tony also enjoys participating in a number of charity rides each year. One of his favorites is the Tour de Cure.