The Chesapeake Wheelmen were founded in 1946 is one of the oldest clubs in the United States and the oldest in the state of Maryland. The club commemorates the founders by naming the club championship trophies after them. Every fall the Wheelmen host a three race series, sometimes over three days, consisting of a time trial, road race, and a criterium with the highest placing rider in the “A” category being awarded the historic “Lauf-Fuller Trophy”, while the “B” category winner takes home the George “Sandy” Sandruck trophy.
Art Lauf – born 1921 in Germany, came to the US at 3. Farmer by trade, built houses, father of two girls – Christie and Kathy, married to Millie Lauf. 13 times Maryland State Champion, rode six day races, three times National BAR Champion. Liked hills, rode everyday, could dress and undress on rollers, rode a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Died 1969 of a brain tumor.
Clyde Nitz – long time cycling supporter & promoter in the 50’s and 60’s. Still holds the unpaced Baltimore – Philadelphia record. Printer by trade.
George Clayton Sandruk, Sr. – ran a bike shop in Baltimore, Maryland; father of George Sandruk.
George Sandruck, Jr. – worked as an engineer at Martin Marietta in Baltimore, Maryland. Former district representative, founder and long time officer of the Chesapeake Wheelmen. Died 2000.
John & Zay Phillips – parents of Bobby “the Baltimore Bullet” Phillips.
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|CW TIME LINE|
|1946||Chesapeake Wheelmen Founded |
by Clyde Nitz
wins National Championship
|April 1997||Heritage Park Time Trail|
|April 1998||Tour De Warsaw|
|Nov. 1998||Cat Point Cyclocross|
|Sept. 1999||Tour de Prince Georges|
Meet the Club
The current officers.