dVELO was founded in July 2005 by a group of deaf and hearing cyclists in Washington, DC. Their first trip was from the Gallaudet University Tower Clock to Mt. Vernon and back, totalling nearly 30 miles. See photo below:
Front Row: Brendan Hlibok (Greg’s son) and Ryland Fernandez (Ralph’s son)
Second Row: Ralph Fernandez, Reyes Hourihan, Chie Iwasaki, Bev Buchanan, Devon Whitmore, Sean Hourihan
Third Row: Will Garrow, Flavia Fleisher, Greg Hlibok, Wayne Langbein
The purpose of the club is to promote the sport of cycling among deaf and hard of hearing people. The club consists of riders at all levels of cycling experience. Some members have 20 or more years of cycling experience, and others are just starting. Some members are involved in road racing, some in mountain biking, and some just ride for fun. Membership is open to all, no specific skills or experience is required.