2019 LG Cup 500M Sprint Rescheduled
The 2019 LaGrange Cup 500M Sprint at the World Famous Encino Velodrome has been rescheduled to Sunday, August 11th due to rain. The 500M sprint is comprised of two laps of the Encino Velodrome. You will be held in position at the start line by an official. Countdown to zero and you’re off! The key to a good time is getting off the line and up to speed as fast as possible and then holding that speed for the next 35+ seconds. You don’t have to be a trackie to get a rush from this experience and your standard road bike is just fine for this event.
This year, we will be holding the event from 10am to 1pm so anyone who wants to get their warmup on the Nichols ride can do so and then ride over the hill to the track. Like last year, there will be no start times. Arrive whenever you like, get your warm up and then let us know when you’d like to take your timed run.
More reminders to come. Registration is up on the our website.
La Grange Grand Prix
The La Grange Grand Prix on June 2, 2019, was an extraordinary bike racing experience. Everyone seemed to have a very positive experience from a racer’s perspective and a spectator’s perspective. Race Director Zach LaBry did an outstanding job and Race Czar Joe Duerr made it happen. Many many thanks goes out to thankless club volunteers who showed up starting at 3 am and many stayed until 8 pm to clear the venue of any trace of a bike race.
La Grange Happy Hour Monday, June 24
Hotel Shangri-La at 1301 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, California 90401 will be the site of the next La Grange Happy Hour from 6 pm to 8 pm. Come spend some time with your old friends, new friends, fellow cyclists and teammates off the bike. We will be on the rooftop bar enjoying drinks and watching the sunset. DRESS CODE NOTE - NO FLIP FLOPS :)
Come early, the first few drinks are on the La Grange tab!
May LG 50 for 50 Ride
LG member Lee Ziff was in charge of this month’s LG 50 for 50 ride. The group met at SVO (San Vicente and Ocean) and rode down to Palos Verdes and out to the far side of the peninsula to White Point Beach where SAG was provided by Amy Weiss, the wife of club member Jonathan Weiss. A lunch was hosted by Lee back at his house at the end of the ride.
Santa Barbara Century June 22
Please join us for another La Grange Century as we ride north to Santa Barbara. The ride starts at the Van Nuys Train Station and departs at 7 am sharp. We will be stopping at San Vicente and Ocean for our first stop for those that don’t want to ride over the Sepulveda pass. We will roll from there around 8 am.
This is a group ride, which means we stay together, and you should be able to ride at an average pace of 18 MPH. There will be four stops approximately every 20 miles for food and drinks from the truck. If someone has a mechanical, the group will stop so that we all stay together. You should not be riding ahead of the group.
$20, which includes the meal at Casa Blanca in Santa Barbara and and transportation of your bike back to Van Nuys. You must prepay via PayPal by Sunday, June 16th at 10 pm so that we can confirm restaurant reservations and purchase goods based on the number of riders. The club’s PayPal email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please choose "send money to a friend" so the club does not have to pay any transfer fees. If you do not have a PayPal account, please send $20 to:
Rich Hirschinger, DDS
9615 Brighton Way Suite 323
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
You are responsible for your own train ticket, and most people purchase a coach seat but you can buy a business class if you so desire. Please buy a ticket for Amtrak 792 Pacific Surfliner departing Santa Barbara (SBA) at 4:40 pm arriving Van Nuys (VNC) at 7:09 pm.
You can bring a duffle bag with a change of clothes, which will be transported to Santa Barbara on the truck. Please plan on carrying your personal stuff back on the train. If there is room in the truck we can transport it but bikes take priority.
July 14 LA City Proclamation Day
Save the date! Sunday, July 14th, which is Bastille Day, the City of Los Angeles will present the club with a proclamation recognizing the club’s 50th anniversary at the start of the World Famous Nichols Ride. We expect a huge turnout for this so be sure to mark it on your calendar now. Post ride crepes will be served at San Vicente and Ocean!
Nick Gillock Wins the Tour of the Gila
Succeeding in a stage race requires a careful balance of training, recovery, strategy, and will. This year, at the 2019 Tour of the Gila Stage Race, Nick Gillock put it all together and won the Men’s B 50+ Category and came in 3rd in the entire Masters B field.
The link contains an incredibly detailed race report with phenomenal photos for Nick’s 4-day adventure as an amateur stage racer in Silver City, New Mexico. For each of the 4 race stages (2 Road Races, 1 Time Trial, and 1 Criterium) there is an individual report.
Please take the time and enjoy the report as Nick takes you through his highs and lows, trials and tribulations, rivalries, near-catastrophes, and small victories. View the report here.