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Meet The DiscoverNEPA Cycling Team

Catch them on the road, on the trails, in major competitive races, or on a community ride through your town.

Ten Determined Cyclists, One Defining Passion

 

It started with a couple guys, a genuine love for cycling, and some amazing NEPA roads and trails.

Formerly racing under the name Veloce Elite, this hardscrabble group of cyclists brought their talents and passions together to build a future for cycling in NEPA. They come from different walks of life and from all over Northeastern Pennsylvania, and today, they make up the DiscoverNEPA Cycling Team.

In the beginning, it seemed like there were only a few scattered clubs meeting up on weekends for rides. Quickly, however, other cyclists started to take notice, explains Aaron McNany, one of the founding team members. “It was really great to have the camaraderie, and it was energizing for the local cycling scene to have something new taking root.” The team became official. And as it started to grow, so too did their impact on the local cycling community. They began focusing more on racing professionally throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and developing competitive athletes right here at home.

“Now, in 2019, we have a roster of 10 dedicated and disciplined cyclists who are committed to representing their sport and their region in a positive way through both competitive racing and giving back to the community.”

– Aaron McNany, DiscoverNEPA Cycling Team

Representing NEPA on the Road and Off

 

In three years, the team has competed in professional races up and down the east coast.

Their disciplines are as varied as their backgrounds. Some prefer the road, others gravel and still others are all about the catch-all challenge of cyclo-cross. Together the 10-man team has racked up dozens of podium appearances and top 10 finishes in their first three years.

This season will be their first wearing the signature DiscoverNEPA kit. The team is also sponsored by Montage Mountain Resorts, Aaron Hovan Oil & Gas Law, and Scranton Neurological Associates. They expect to represent Northeastern Pennsylvania at over 75 USA Cycling-sanctioned races throughout the year. And you can also catch them competing in non-sanctioned events like the ultra-popular Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo. Race fans can get up close and personal to the action with the DiscoverNEPA Cycling Team at three major local races: The Hardware XC – PA State Championship, The Pocono Road Race, and the Electric City Classic.

 

 

Don’t miss one of NEPA’s most exciting, fastest-growing outdoor sports.

Get your old bike out of the garage. Grab some new gear and perhaps a coffee at Veloce Scranton and August Coffee, the team’s home base. And if you’re up for it, join them on one of their community rides. And be sure to keep an eye on the DiscoverNEPA Cycling Team as they tackle the 2019 race season.

Meet the Team

  • Aaron McNany

    Clarks Summit, PA

    “I absolutely love riding in the Thornhurst/Spring Brook area south of Scranton—the area is very scenic, the roads are great, and it’s pretty often that we spot Bald Eagles, bears and deer.”

  • Austin Banks

    Mountain Top, PA

    “We call it the Bear Creek Café route. Usually, my father and I and some friends ride from Mountain Top to the Bear Creek Café. We have breakfast, stop at the Francis E. Walter Dam, do a quick loop around Penn Lake and head back home. It is a really good route — about 50 miles in total.”

  • Kyle Mervau

    Spring Brook Twp., PA

    “I love riding around where I live in the Springbrook/Moscow area, but I also really love riding the climbs and roads by Frances Slocum State Park. That whole area is amazing. Probably my favorite.”

  • Mark Keith

    Scranton, PA

    “I’m always stunned by the pastoral beauty of the rolling and verdant green pastures and farmland up in Waverly. A close second (maybe even a tie) is heading down the valley from Scranton to Wilkes Barre using a combination of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail and some flat and quiet roads.”

  • Patrick Brown

    Scranton, PA

    “Whether I’m looking to climb the road to Montage Mountain, Route 307, and Snake Road, or ride the rolling hills of Ransom, Falls, and Nicholson, the views and nature on a warm summer day are always perfect.”

  • Ryan Dubas

    Susquehanna, PA

    “My favorite places to ride are Susquehanna and Wayne Counties. The rolling hills and country roads are a challenge and also have far less car traffic. There are no flat rides up here and that’s fine.”

  • Zackary Curran

    Factoryville, PA

    “Saturday Morning ride from Veloce. We head out to 502 in Moosic, climb up and over to 307 and make a fast descent back into Scranton. Overall, it’s a great training loop, averaging around 25 miles.”

  • Jake Possinger

    Scranton, PA

    “My favorite ride in NEPA has to be the Moon Lake State Forest Recreation Area in Hunlock Creek.”

  • Max Greene

    Scranton, PA

    “My favorite ride so far is a loop from Waverly Township around Lackawanna State Park, past Mannings Dairy Farm (making a quick stop, of course) and back to Waverly Township.”

  • Aaron Hovan

    Tunkhannock, PA

    “I enjoy riding through rural Northeastern Pennsylvania — pretty much anywhere north of Tunkhannock.”

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