Founded in 1960 by local legend Ted Ernst, South Bay Wheelmen support national and international cycling competition by teaching, training, racing, and community activities. Ted is a member of the US Cycling Hall of Fame, is on the Board of Directors, and is very active in SBW events, including running the kids races at the annual Manhattan Beach Grand Prix (MBGP) which he started in 1961.
South Bay Wheelmen is the official club sponsor of the USA Cycling (USAC) sanctioned Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. This race in the heart of Manhattan Beach each summer draws top professional racers from all around the world to the 2nd oldest one-day race in America. The MBGP is one of the highlights of the USAC National Race Calendar. Each year, almost a thousand amateur and professional racers and thousands of spectators take part in the best bicycle race in southern California.
SBW has the special distinction within USAC organizations of supporting development of competitive skills by sponsoring two special race series for riders. These are the Dave Richardson race series including road races and criterium races, and the Baxter Time Trial series. Both of these series are scored by age and/or skill level to provide effective motivation and improvement in racing skills and cycling conditioning. These races are an excellent way to learn and maintain skills before competing in amateur United States Cycling Federation USCF events, and obtain skills and conditioning essential for national and international competition.
SBW participates in weekly local rides (Easy Riser, Weed Wackers) for riders of beginning to intermediate skill levels and promotes several local group rides encompassing all abilities. The club holds regular clinics in the winter months to teach basic skills and bike handling techniques to less experienced cyclists, and those more experienced who wish to sharpen their skills.
SBW has several yearly social and fund raising events including a club picnic in February, a Pizza party in the fall, and a Christmas Holiday party. SBW participates with other cycling organizations in traditional holiday rides on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's.