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about us

Our vision is for a safe, easy, and convenient cycling network that connects where people live, work, and play. This bicycle coalition supports SAFE infrastructure and bike routes. We are able to educate, inspire, and activate the Temecula Valley community to create a world-class network of SAFE recreational and active transportation infrastructure for all ages and abilities. BTV is dedicated to all levels of riders, from recreational to highly competitive, we are about building a community of cyclists.

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Welcome BTV's Executive Director
Felicia Horton

Bike Temecula Valley is excited to announce Felicia Horton's appointment as its new Executive Director. Felicia brings a wealth of experience to the organization, having previously served as the Executive Director at Tour de Palm Springs. The team at Bike Temecula Valley is confident that Felicia's expertise and leadership skills will help take the organization to new heights. Congratulations to Felicia on her new role!


Board of directors

Gary Oddi  |  Founder of Bike Temecula Valley

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Gary has been riding bikes since his cousin gave him his old Schwinn Varsity 10 speed back in the 60’s. A retired teacher and school administrator, he also has built a broad repertoire of cycling experiences; he is a former Triathlete and was the first Cycling Director/Coach for the Great Oak High School MTB Team, where he gained much of his interest and knowledge about cycling The Temecula Valley Region.

Along with his advisory role with BTV, Gary is an itinerant administrator for The Temecula Valley Unified School District, (where he keeps in touch with community youth cycling needs), the Coordinator

of the Murrieta Creek Regional Trail Four Cities Planning Team, sits on The City of Temecula Community Services Commission, and continues to lead rides and educate the community about active transportation.   You can contact Gary at garyoddi@tvbikecoalition.com

Ernie Castro   |  President
Ernie Castro is a recent retiree who moved to Temecula in 2021 with his wife, Lisa.  Ernie and Lisa have a blended family of 5 children, 2 grandsons and a granddaughter on the way. Ernie worked for the federal government for 36 years in various roles within the intelligence community and military.  Looking to retire, Ernie and Lisa spent 5 years visiting various cities to find the right location for their next stage of life.  After visiting Temecula, they felt immediately that this was a special town. They knew Temecula could provide a high quality of life, proximity to family, and a vibrant, growing community. And since his 2 grandsons live in Carlsbad, the decision was made!  Ernie and Lisa purchased a home in Sommers Bend in early 2021. Ernie is a life long cyclist and triathlete and has enjoyed learning the routes in the area.

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Dale Borgeson    |   Vice President of the Board

Dale is a native Californian and a founding member of Bike Temecula Valley. He has been an active cyclist throughout his life and transitioned to an ebike five years ago. He and his wife love to incorporate cycling into their travels. Dale is a retired elementary teacher and has lived in the Temecula Valley since 1990. As vice president he enjoys promoting our coalition so others can learn about our accomplishments and join in the efforts!

 

"A memorable bike story comes from my early teens," Dale recalls. "A friend and I decided to create a tandem bike from our old 10 speeds. His dad helped us weld the frames together, and all was good until we crashed it into a curb. We

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learned a few more things about bikes from the tinkering we did."

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Shelley Jackson   |   Board of Directors Secretary
Shelley has been a resident of Temecula since 1988, back where you couldn’t go anywhere without running into someone you know. She raised her three daughters here in Temecula and all were involved in many community activities. She has been an active member of Bike Temecula Valley and served as Board Secretary, since 2021.

After 10+ years of road biking, and then not riding much for several years, Shelley and her husband discovered ebiking 2 years ago. Since then, they have ridden a combined 6,000 miles and now have 5 ebikes! Shelley & her husband do a lot of RVing, and now plan their ventures around where they can ride

their ebikes. In the past 2 years they have ridden around local beaches in CA, Ventura, Monterey, Morro Bay, Sedona, Grand Canyon AZ, Bryce, Zion, Snow Canyon UT, Jackson/Grand Tetons MT, Idaho, Washington State, Oregon and of course, the beautiful Temecula Valley! Many more adventures for them, coming in 2023.

Jeff Kingsberg  |  Youth Program Coordinator
Jeff Kingsberg has been riding bikes in the Temecula Valley since the early 1990’s. He recalls the days he and a buddy or two could get out and ride on the major roads in Southwest Riverside and North San Diego County without too much worry over safety. Today, he continues to enjoy riding often on the safe and bike friendly Santa Gertrudis Trail and is pleased to be part of the Bike Temecula Valley (BTV) Coalition.

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Jeff is a retired thirty-five-year teacher from the Temecula Valley Unified School District and
continues to invest in our schools as a Girls’ Basketball Coach at Great Oak High School. As BTV Youth Coordinator he seeks to connect to our local school teams and continue to bring our younger cyclists of all abilities into Bike Temecula Valley.

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Jamie Pettengill    |   Insurance Committee
Jamie and his wife (Gay) have lived in Temecula since 1988 raising their family and working in the area as an insurance agent and an educator respectively. Jamie spent 29 years working in the insurance business as an Agent and a Sales Executive for a Fortune 100 company. He retired in 2015 and has made volunteering a big part of his retirement life dedicating his time to the First Tee program, Habitat for Humanity, The San Diego Zoo Safari Park and most recently the Red Cross. When not volunteering, he enjoys golf and traveling with his Wife in their Motorhome to all parts of the country.

Biking is a new activity that Jamie and his wife jumped into over a year ago havingpurchased their first E-Bikes. Weekly riding in the Temecula area, down at thebeach or on RV trips has become one of their most favorite ways to enjoy timewith friends and the outdoors. Jamie became a member of the Bike TemeculaValley Coalition this past year and is looking forward to dedicating time to theorganization to assist with insurance matters and generally supporting the long-term goals of the group.

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David Matics    |   Technology Coordinator
David grew up in Temecula in the 90s, back when dirt trails endlessly crisscrossed the undeveloped hillsides.  David and his school friends spent many summers riding their bikes all across the valley, exploring every neighborhood and learning every road.

Today, the Matics family enjoys going on safe family rides together
.  David currently works as a Network Technician at Hemet

Unified School District by day, and also serves on the City of Temecula Public/Traffic Safety Commission, where he advocates for pedestrian and bicycle-friendly infrastructure.  He believes that transportation, mobility and connectivity are essential to residents' quality of life in the valley.

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