After the kids flew the nest in 2015, a good friend invited Penny out for a group ride with ToD. 50 miles! Really?? Not so sure about that…but after a few weeks of solo rides, she was off on her first group ride, pleased that she managed to stay ahead of the gravel rider with a backpack. Of course, the cycling bug bit, and the weekends were soon filled with new adventures and friendships. She joined CBC in 2019, invited through friendships with current members. She has enjoyed being a member of several clubs over the years – TnR, Gyros, and serving as Event Coordinator/Ride Lead for ToD. She has served on the Board of Directors Velo4Yellow as Fundraising and Donation Chairman. She thrives in volunteering, being a member of the cycling community, and sharing her love for the sport with others.
Penny currently resides in Cary and is the Carolina Sales and Distribution Manager for AEM Group, with a 25+ year career in electronics component sales. She is President of the Carolina Electronic Rep Association as well as her HOA. She enjoys long walks with her Sheltie, Passion, and spending time with her son, Alek, who resides in Raleigh as well as hiking and kayaking if she can manage to part with her bike!
Danny Thomas - At Large
Danny is rejoining the TeamCBC board for the second time, having been one of the original five founding board members, and has been involved in virtually every aspect of road cycling for more than 60 years. Like most of us, he first started cycling as a kid but only got serious about it during rehab from knee surgery in the late 70s. A friend who was an ex-bike racer encouraged him to get his racing license and enter his first race, and he was immediately hooked. He raced USCF (now USA Cycling) road races and criteriums in the ’80s, raced Masters in the ’90s, then switched gears entirely and began Ultramarathon cycling in the late ’90s. He has ridden across the USA (twice), crewed for the Race Across America, and currently holds two UltraCycling records. He also ran a coaching business for many years and still dabbles in occasionally coaching cyclists and triathletes.
Even though cycling was his passion, engineering paid the bills. Danny retired after 40 years as an engineer/consultant in 2018 and spends most of his time now doing a seemingly infinite number of projects around his house in Holly Springs and spending quality time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.