Peter Rinde, PresidentPeter developed his love for road cycling after the 2012 Pasadena Triathlon, in which he borrowed a friend’s bike for the cycling segment. He promptly gave up spin classes (except for inclement weather days), purchased his 1st road bike, and joined PAA a few months later. “For me, PAA possesses the wonderful combination of avid cyclists, of all abilities and interests, coupled with the desire to share the sport of cycling with the community.” Peter endeavors to pass his passion for cycling to his two daughters.
Leticia Montanez, SecretaryAfter a tragic skiing accident that caused a torn ACL and meniscus the surgeon recommended cycling or swimming as an option do avoid surgery and rebuild the loss muscle due to the injury. Surgery was not an option since it may impact her passion of playing ice hockey. So the bike was it! Leticia joined the PAA in the summer of 2012 to get acquainted with the bike and ride with others with similar skill level. She then decided to take on the role of Secretary after sometime it was time to truly make an impact for Women’s cycling and decided to take on the role as President. Becoming the first Female President in PAA history she hopes to encourage more women into cycling and racing.
Eddie Ramirez, Clothing Coordinator, Juniors Team CaptainEddie has been involved with PAA for about 10 years in various capacities, starting with the creation of a development program upon joining PAA. While serving as the Cat 4/5 Team Captain, he joined the PAA Board of Directors, where he quickly took on the role as clothing coordinator for many years. While in this role, he decided to step it up a notch and run for vice president. In 2009, he decided to take time off from PAA leadership and focused on riding and racing… mainly his mountain bike, thanks to the influence of Captain the Great Nor Oropez! The year of 2010 brought Eddie back to leadership—this time as the president of PAA. Eddie has also committed his service to the club for 2011 and 2012.
Charly KempAs a young kid, cycling was my first taste of freedom, an escape to areas unknown. And there is still just something about a new machine; I can still remember the joy of a sparkling new Mongoose for my 9th Christmas. As a member of the PAA board and greater cycling community I’d like to share my passion for cycling and give back, as I have received so much. Through PAA (and as a member of MWBA, IMBA, and USA cycling) I have re-invigorated a mountain bike endurance/XC racing passion. Focused on longer endurance events every season I continue to challenge my body and my racing trepidations. Although cycling is my passion my love is for family – my wife, son (9) and two daughters (6,4) – who are just as loving as forgiving when Dad gets home late from a ride. Living in Highland Park and working in South Pasadena I take full advantage of the SoCal climate and look forward to seeing you on the trails/road.
Johanna Tokunaga, Endurance Team Captain.Johanna started her humble beginnings of daily bike rides while toting a burlap bag to deliver the local newspaper with her brother and family dog. This evolved to riding around the UC Davis campus as a student and then becoming a triathlete in Hawaii where she was born and raised. After moving to California, she realized it was much too cold to swim in races on this side of the Pacific Ocean and decided to stick to cycling. Johanna served as PAA secretary for four years before becoming a team captain the Endurance Team. She is excited about returning to the board and continuing the fun as a team captain.
Nick Humby, Vice PresidentRacing his friends round the block when he was a kid ignited a lifelong love of all things cycling for Nick. After joining his local cycling club, he raced on the road for several seasons before his racing career was cut short by health issues. Nick gave up competitive cycling, but continued to ride and when the newly invented sport of mountain biking came along (yes he really is that old), he quickly transferred over to riding on the dirt, travelling far and wide in search of the perfect trail. Since becoming a family man, he has returned to riding and racing road bikes, and following a move to the Pasadena area, joined PAA in 2011. Nick’s passion for cycling is still strong and as a Certified USA Cycling Coach, he endeavors to help new and aspiring racers within the club.
Jim Small, Treasurer & Race Reimbursement CoordinatorBorn in Pennsylvania, moved to California when I was about 3 years old, spent early years riding BMX, then graduated to motorcycles and raced motocross for about 7 years traveling throughout California. Switched to road bikes in the early 1980’s and have enjoyed riding ever since. Employed as a CNC Machinist and enjoy my job immensely.
Brandon Heflin, Race CoordinatorBrandon Heflin is the founder & owner of CENTRIC BIKES, LLC (CENTRIC), a bike brand and coaching services company. He’s been coaching endurance athletes since 2002, has been USA Triathlon & USA Cycling certified for coaching. Brandon is also a competitive Cyclist, Triathlete and endurance sports enthusiast.
Craig PettigrewCraig Pettigrew was born in Miami, Florida on the very same day that James Dean died. He started playing trumpet in middle school, and attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Eastman School of Music, and Northwestern University. He has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and the Chicago Civic Orchestra, among many other notable orchestras and ensembles.
While at Northwestern, Craig veered away from music and received a degree in Radio-TV-Film from the School of Communication. After college, he moved to Los Angeles and quickly gained employment in the film industry, first working on documentaries as an assistant picture editor. In 1983, he started in the music editorial department for 20th Century Fox, and in 1986 began working full time as a music editor for films and television.
In June of 2008, Craig was diagnosed with what turned out to be Stage 4 stomach/esophageal cancer. After a year of treatments, which included chemo, a 9 hour robotic surgery, radiation, and more chemo, surgeon Kemp Kernstine of City of Hope told Craig that getting back in shape and renewed blood flow was of utmost importance if he wanted to keep his kind of cancer from recurring.