Posted By: Pierre Campana-Jourda | Jul. 4 2012
Summer is serving up sunny, warm days with blue skies out in Napa and Sonoma. We can no longer hide that it’s always a great time to join us on a tour! As we design your custom cycling vacations, we aim to guide you to the most scenic routes and make sure you don’t miss any of the hidden gems that make cycling in our regions so special. However, in order to get you there, we also have to ensure that you are set up on equipment of high quality and reliability. In California, our bike guru is Kelly Silberberg. He inspects, fine-tunes, and preps all bikes for our California Wine Country cycling tours. He does such a great job all bikes look and ride as if they were going out for the first time. Now that’s one greasy compliment!
Kelly was born in Marin County, California. His passion for cycling and all things bike related began at an early age. Kelly began racing BMX bikes in the early 1970’s when the sport was just getting started. About the same time he got his first road bike or “10-speed” as they were called then, a beautiful English made Dawes Galaxy. He loved the road bike because it allowed him to go further and faster than he could on his BMX bike. Kelly’s older brother was a bike racer and bike mechanic. He taught Kelly how to fix his own bicycle and got him interested in road racing.
During his college years Kelly raced for the UC Santa Barbara collegiate cycling team and worked at the campus bike shop. After receiving a degree in Marine Biology he pursued a career in Fisheries Management. Kelly spent 15 years working for the National Marine Fisheries Service as a Research Biologist. After marrying his wife Lorraine, a multi-time masters National and World Champion track cyclist, he left the Fisheries Service and started his own construction company.
Kelly and his wife have been competing in masters cycling events for the past 15 years. Their racing endeavors have taken them all over the United States as well as Australia, Portugal and Cuba. When not riding or racing their bicycles, Kelly and his wife like to spend time with their two Great Danes, Kona and Hilo.
We certainly appreciate Kelly’s handiness with all things bike and wish him and his wife fast legs and fast times on their next racing endeavor. Next up for Kelly: The San Rafael Twilight Criterium.