Tidewater Bicycle Association

Our History

TBA was initially founded in 1972 and became incorporated on July 23, 1975 with Mike Smith, William Schroder, and the late Jerry Balonis forming the initial board of directors.

On July 24, 2014 the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) accepted TBA's revised and restated Articles of Incorporation. These governance changes position TBA to better serve our Hampton Roads communities in the areas of active transportation, bike education and safety, public health, bike tourism and charitable engagement by the cycling community.

From John McKee's research here is a list of TBA's presidents through our many decades of service to Tidewater's bicycling community:

Bruce Drees (2012- present)

Steven Zeligman (2009-2011)

Tom Coghill (2008)

Rick Powell (2006-2007)

Tom Frohlich (2004-2005)

John McKee (2002-2003)

Kim Aldridge (2001)

John McKee ( 1999-2000)

Carole Taylor (1996-1998)

Frank Giresi (1995)

Tom Adler (1994)

Joe Scalet (1993)

Brian Bielitz (1992)

Laura Fisher (1991)

Warren Puckett (1990)

Jim Dyer (1989)

Al Owens (1987-1988)

Bill Phelan (1985-1986)

Jan Stark (1983-1984)

Richard Armstrong (1980-1982)

Ed Rykbos (1977-1979)

Bill Schroder (1975-1976)

Brian Minkin (1974)

David Howland (1973)

Dr. Wayne Boring (1972)


TBA: The Early Years (recollections)

Bill Schroder (Co-Founder and Past President):

Unfortunately I cannot locate any pictures that the club would enjoy.  I do have many recollections of the club and its members.  The most vivid memories I have was all the fun we had.   The TBA in the 70s was small enough that you knew almost all the members and no matter how far, fast or slow you rode there were always people to ride with.  Mike and I along with several others rode very hard and did numerous double and yes, triple centuries.  But, we also enjoyed the slower rides with Ed Rykbos, Frank Penello and so many others.  A highlight was what we called “eat outs” where we would meet once a month at a local restaurant and enjoy good food, good stories and each other’s company.  The TBA was a very sociable club and I think riders at all levels felt welcome.

 

I had the honor of being with the club for almost twelve years and of all the clubs I have belonged to before and after I still consider the TBA the best and my home club.  As a sidelight, I was lucky enough to hold every officer position excepting racing VP.  Probably the one I enjoyed the most was newsletter editor.  It gave me a chance to talk to the members and more then one member said it was like getting a letter from Bill.

 

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