NOTE: This article was posted on behalf of Rich Grella by Mike Minard
The phone rang during the evening of January 29, 2002. Robert Vogt Jr. was calling. While it’s always a pleasure to talk to Robert, this call was different. Robert was calling to deliver the chilling news about our friend, Donnie Vignon, and his sudden passing from a massive stroke. After a brief conversation regarding Donnie and his final arrangements, I hung up the phone to tell my family the sad news. With admiration and reverence, I told my young sons about this fine young man. Then I went to my downstairs office and cried.
It’s always a shock when a young person passes away, but this was different. This was Donnie, and he was only 28.
With the long winter slowly grinding to a finish, Stark Velo team members are preparing for the 2014 racing season. Recently, a team meeting was held at Gateway Conference and Event Center in Green, Ohio. ( Subway Headquarters ) This year’s race schedule and changes were discussed, and old friendships were renewed. New team mates and new sponsors were introduced. The new team kit design was previewed with much enthusiasm. Sizing and order placement is forthcoming.
Stark Velo appreciates all our sponsors and their desire to support local, grassroots bicycle racing. Several loyal sponsors return, while others join our team for the first time. We look forward to representing all theirs brands throughout the year.