Naples VELO History

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In 1994 Clint Kronenberger, Sr., a local Bicycle Shop owner, informally established the club. The rides started in the parking lot in front of Clint’s store in the Marketplace at Pelican Bay. And to this day that location remains the starting location for most current Naples Velo rides.

On April 28, 2010, the club was officially organized as a 501c7 trust under Federal and State of Florida laws. The founding fathers of the Trust were Paul Schuler, William (Bill) Beynon, Adam Schmitt, Paul (Andy) Robinson and Suzanne Hawkins. Paul Schuler became the first president of Naples Velo Bicycle Club, dba Naples Velo.

Andy Robinson was named the second president

Joe Rose was the third president

Bill Beynon was the fourth president

In May of 2015; Don Rupprecht was named the fifth president of Naples Velo.

October 13, 2015, Naples Velo Cycling Alliance, Inc., a 501c3 corporation was incorporated under the laws of the State of Florida. It provided a facility for receiving tax-deductible contributions to support eligible projects of Naples Velo. Don Rupprecht was named the first president of NVCA.

October 2015 the Board of Trustees adopted a new Mission Statement.

In August 2017, Frank Kistler was named the sixth president of Naples Velo.