USI’s new group included our friends Dave Kliger, Thomas Savino, Abdul Kabia, Eduardo Atehortua, and Efraim Rojas. Most of these folks were interested in racing and used Metro as their base.
The club soon grew to approximately 25 members including Mark Lalloo and Karen Bauer along with others who took turns volunteering to help organize and make the club better. Karen deserves special credit for taking USI to heart and reaching out to as many of the old timers as she could while at the same time nurturing the new group of members. Past members like Jack Visco, who raced beginning the 20’s, John DeLuca and Tony Fiore who raced in the 30’s, and Peter DeBeuk who raced before and after WW II had extensive communication with Karen. They all sincerely appreciated her efforts to help revitalize the club. Mark has been a key contributor since he joined. He’s led just about every Monday night ride the club has had since 1995 and been race director for almost the same amount of time.
The club bylaws were revised in 1995, and USI established itself as a not for profi t organization in NY.
From 1995 the club grew steadily to over 100 members. Working with High Caliper Bicycle Company brought the club into contact with store co-owner, Ed Cangialosi, who had done his first rides with the club out of Metro a few years earlier.
The club started a monthly time trial series and revived the club championship with a points program designed to give both racers and nonracers the opportunity to compete.
Aside from the lovable mess known as the Gimbels ride which grew out of the USI ride leaving the Bronx down the street from Otto’s place, Rides were available every day or evening of the week except Friday. A new ride was born when Otto and Hilda Monaghan began going out on Tuesday and Thursday mornings on what was quickly dubbed the Unemployment Ride. (It’s amazing how many unemployed members there are when the weather is good.)
The USI was able to stage USCF races at FDR Park in Yorktown Heights, but ironically the success of the race has since made the venue unsuitable with too many racers entering the race for the park to comfortably handle.
During this period the club had its first overall women’s champion in Shari Stillman who competed successfully and also worked as a USCF coach.