Member of the Month for September 2011

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 area for over 24 years and wishes that he had been riding for that long.  He has been the Wheelmen Vice President,  Membership for the past 2 years and does an outstanding job keeping the membership renewals and records for over 400 members up-to-date.

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 eventually joined the Wheelmen for the camaraderie and the variety of weekend rides.  Two of his favorite rides are Bullis County Park 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!

Last year, 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 where he 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 8 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 Cervelo R3SL with SRAM Red components.

Tony also enjoys participating in a number of charity rides each year.  One of his favorite charity rides is the Tour de Cure.  He likes to hammer during first day with the front pack and then ride with his team on the second day.

He  has been in the telecommunications industry for the past 20 years.  Today, he helps companies build service provider networks.  His team was involved in bringing Wi-Fi service to airline flights.  He now enjoys using that service during his flights around the country.

Join Tony for the next ride in Cibolo!