The Annual Velo Club La Grange Awards were handed out at the Annual Club Banquet on November 8th, 2015 at Caffe Roma in Beverly Hills. Congratulations to the following recipients:
By nature, I am a climber and had largely given up on the idea of winning a bear jersey at the SCNCA District Road Race Champioship in Bakersfield because the course has only relatively short climbs and the sprinters/power climbers tend to win on the last 600 yard power climb. For two years in a row, I was in the lead on that little power climb and finished 4th and 3rd behind the power climber/sprinters in my 60+ age division.
With some key advice from my coach (Ron Peterson), it became clear that I needed to break from the crowd at some point this year. So about 1/3 of the way up the first climb on the second of two laps with about 17 miles to go, I hit it hard. I looked back after 10 seconds and saw no one responding so I hit it again and continued to accelerate. I got several hundred yards on the crowd over the top of the climb. One guy made a run at me before the turnaround, which was fortunate, because we agreed to work together. Really worked well as we held about a quarter mile lead until just before the final power climb when 3 or 4 of the sprinter types had closed the gap to 20 seconds or so.
It's a puzzling mystery: Drivers who expose themselves to immense financial peril by having minimal or no uninsured motorist coverage. Are they taking the risk or just uninformed?
"If you are involved in an accident in Los Angeles, it's a high likelihood that it will be caused by drivers who are uninsured or underinsured," said Gerald E. Agnew, a Torrance-based serious personal injury attorney. "The only recourse for your damages is your uninsured motorist coverage, not your liability coverage. Many people have $1 million in liability insurance and $15,000 in uninsured motorist. We've seen responsible citizens who thought their insurance would ensure their security, and instead suffered terrible financial consequences because of this situation with uninsured drivers on the road."
This upcoming morning (10/5), we will celebrate the life of Stu Press with a slow-paced Nichols ride. While this has been a very difficult last 24 hours for all of us, we owe it to Stu to have a great turnout to celebrate a great human being. We’ll leave at the usual start from La Grange and Westwood and end up at Peet’s Brentwood where we can hang out and share our favorite Stu stories with each other.
Last night Ivy secured her second gold medal in the Junior National Championships being held at the Carson Velodrome and the overall title on points to become the 2014 National Omnium Champion. She did it in a dominent fashion. Starting from the first lap she covered every attack from her main rivals on points but let the other attacks go. She didn't waste an ounce of energy in her 16 lap scratch race. And when it was the bell lap, she laid down a devestating attack that left everyone in her wake. She pedaled like a woman on a mission with no one behind her able to make up any ground. When she crossed the finish line first her smile was from ear to ear as she punched the air with emotion.
Dexter was following a strong wheel going down the back straight on the last lap of his 4 lap scratch race. That wheel belonged to Alex and he's taking Dexter right to the front of the race. But then in turn 3, Alex overlaps the wheel in front of him and that rider decides to go up track. Their two wheels collide and Alex's front wheel goes wobbly. Right at that momnet a small opening occurs below Dexter on the black line. He instinctually dives down and comes out of turn 4 in second place with some momentum towards first. He can't make up all the ground but does come across in second place and takes home a big ole silver medal. It's the happiest I've ever seen him before after a great race result.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
The 2nd and 3rd events in the annual LG Cup are coming!