Do you want to get more involved in the club? Is there a program or initiative that you think would benefit the club and its members that you'd like to take on? Whether it's leading a La Grange Century (thank you Rich Hirschinger), advocating for bike lanes (thank you Kory Klem, Jonathan Weiss, Jack Weiss, Rich Hirschinger, Susan Gans, Eric Bruins, Jay Slater and Mark Elliot) or smoking brisket and ribs and serving it up at this Sunday's CBR Criterium (thank you Patrick Barrett), everything La Grange does is done by volunteers. So if you'd like to volunteer alongside your fellow La Grange members and help the local cycling community, please reach out to me. And as always, ride and abide!
President, Velo Club La Grange
Bike Lanes in Beverly Hills
In case you missed it, La Grangers were instrumental in getting bike lanes on Santa Monica Bolvd in Beverly Hills! Great work!
From Rich Hirschinger:
[On June 20] the Beverly Hills City Council unanimously approved bike lanes for North Santa Monica Blvd in a vote of 5-0. This was a multi-year effort by bike advocates led by Mark Elliot, Eric Bruins, and Kory Klem. La Grange members who spoke included Bennett Ross, Jay Slater, Susan Gans, Jonathan Weiss, whose son also spoke, and me. They have not decided on what color to use to paint the lane, and the bike lane will be between 4’ 6’ and 5’ 0’ wide on both sides of the street.
Someone who counted said that 43 people spoke, 39 were in favor, 3 opposed, and 1 was cautious. Of the 3 that were opposed, two were former mayors of Beverly Hills. One of the former mayors, said that all the cyclists in favor of bike lanes were “professional cyclists,” so congratulations everyone, you are now a professional cyclist. 😂
For those that are interested, the meeting video replay is online at http://beverlyhills.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=5610 I could not play the video in Chrome but I could in Firefox. The numbers next to the names are the time stamps when the speakers started speaking.
Bennett Ross 19:00
Former Mayor Tannenbaum 55:10
Former Mayor Krasne 1:00:45
Jonathan Weiss 1:06:00
Jack Weiss 1:22:00
Rich Hirschinger 1:22:50
Kory Klem 1:25:30
Susan Gans 1:34:50
Eric Bruins 1:49:00
Jay Slater 2:01:10
Mark Elliot 2:09:40
From Jonathan Weiss:
It took a village, but La Granger/BH resident Kory Klem catalyzed and professionalized the multi-year effort.
Prior city councils earned Beverly Hills’ “Black Hole of Biking” label. The first speakers last night were the former mayors defending their legacy: both opposed.
Kory got to know the BH electeds by serving on a blue ribbon commission, junior leadership group, walking with the Mayor, etc. (sacrificing some details here). He also helped long-time campaigner Mark Elliot’s Better Bike blog, which details the story.
Kory waited out the entrenched opposition and made space for last night’s motion – literally – by helping convince BH to widen the road while deferring on bike lanes.
Two more shout-outs (and no slight to the other club members who pitched in):
La Granger/BH resident Bennett Ross got doctor’s permission to leave his bed to testify that he might not have been hit in NYC weeks ago had there been marked bike lanes putting the van driver (who veered into him when avoiding a swerving car) on notice that bikers were on that road.
Finally, aside from his estimable expertise in dentistry, I understand why Rich Hirschinger does so many professional seminars: he delivers at the microphone.
Enhanced Enforcement in Culver City
Upcoming Events July 2017
July 1-23: Le Tour de France
July 1: Helen’s Cycles Monthly Group Ride, 7:45 am Helen’s SM
July 1: Saturday Ride with I.Martin Bicycles, 7:45 am I. Martin LA
July 1: Helen’s Cycles MDR Weekly Group Ride, Helen’s Marina Del Rey
July 1: Bahati Foundation/Methods II Winning Ride & Food, 8 am Santa Monica
July 2: CBR Series Finale (LG Race/BBQ), Dominguez Hills
July 2: Helen’s Cycles / TriFit Beginner Ride, 7:45 am Helen’s / Santa Monica
July 2: Bikes and Brunch, 8 am Pedalers Fork Calabasas
July 3: LAVRA Monday Night Sprints, VSC Carson
July 3-4: Firecracker 5000 Omnium, Redlands
July 4: Holiday Ride / Mandeville PRs, 8 am COTKU
July 5: Ride the Black Line 2, Encino Velodrome
July 7: Citrus Twilight Race Series, Redlands
July 8: SCWTS Encino Inferno Omnium, Encino Velodrome
July 8: Helen’s Monthly MTB ride, 7:45 am Helen’s SM
July 8: Helen’s Cycles MDR Weekly Group Ride, Helen’s Marina Del Rey
July 9: 805 Thousand Oaks Grand Prix, Newbury Park
July 9: LAVRA TT Series, VSC Carson
July 9: La Grange + Phil Gaimon Happy Hour, 4 pm – 7 pm Nighthawk, Venice
July 9: Echelon-duro, Montecito
July 11: El Dorado Race Series, Long Beach
July 12: Board of Directors Meeting – All current members are welcome to attend!! 7 pm Yahoo! Center across the street from Helen’s Cycles Santa Monica
July 12: Redlands Sumer Cycling Academy, Redlands
July 14: Citrus Twilight Race Series, Redlands
July 14-16: USA Masters Games Omnium / SCNCA Super Masters Crit Championships, San Diego
July 14-16: AZ Track Weekend, Encino Velodrome
July 15: Helen’s Cycles Women Only Group Ride, 7:45 am Helen’s SM
July 15: Helen’s Cycles MDR Weekly Group Ride, Helen’s Marina Del Rey
July 15: Tehachapi MTB BrewFondo, Tehachapi
July 16: Raymond Fouquet Memorial Nichols Ride
July 18: El Dorado Race Series, Long Beach
July 19: Ride the Black Line 3, Encino Velodrome
July 21-23: SCNCA Elite / Junior Track Championships, VSC Carson
July 22: Helen’s Cycles MDR Weekly Group Ride, Helen’s Marina Del Rey
July 22: Rivet Raid Ride, Thousand Oaks
July 25: El Dorado Race Series, Long Beach
July 29-30: US Kids Track Cycling Challenge, VSC Carson
July 29: Helen’s Cycles MDR Weekly Group Ride, Helen’s Marina Del Rey
July 30: Manhattan Beach Grand Prix (LG Race), Manhattan Beach
July 30: Women’s Track Session, Encino Velodrome
July 31-Aug 5: USA Cycling Elite / Junior Track Nationals, VSC Carson
Special thanks to Joey Santa Cruz for putting this list together
Later in 2017
Sep 16: LG Cup Stage 3 - Piuma Hill Climb & Club Picnic
Nov 5: Club Photo & Annual Award Show Banquet
2017 La Grange Cup Stage 1:
Encino 500M Results
2017 La Grange Cup Stage 2:
Trancas 20K Time Trial Results
Dan Chapman Shoots the LG Cup Time Trial
And more from Erick Rodas
A Message from Sponsor
Seth Davidson Law - Bike Injury Lawyer
Seth is on vacation this month but we'll look forward to hearing from him in our next La Voix!
July Race Results
Here are your Top 10 results for July. Please note that this is as reported from USA Cycling - if you're not on the list and should be, check your racing license!
Great job La Grange Racers!
Cycling on the Internet
Cycling on the Internet
with Matthieu Delcourt
Because it’s summer and the fondo season is approaching, we need to ride longer and harder. It is time to remind ourselves where all the water points are in the Santa Monica Mountains. Here is the famous interactive map locating all water points (fountains, outlets and restrooms…) known in the Santa Monica Mountains. Need to refill those water bottles before it’s too late? Just go to https://www.zeemaps.com/Water_points_in_the_Santa_Monica_Mountains to find the exact location of more than 44 water fountains you wish you knew existed (the map has been updated in 2017)!
Please contribute if you know of a water outlet that is still missing and add the appropriate marker to the map. You can also spread the word and share the map to all of your cycling friends. And remember, treat the water fountains and the area surrounding them with respect (no degradation, littering, etc). Enjoy!
[Ed: There is also a Facebook page, check it out: https://www.facebook.com/waterpointhesantamonicamountains]
The Month in Pictures
Membership Has Its Privileges
Among many other great reasons to be a La Grange member, your membership provides you with the following benefits:
- Helen's Cycles: 20% off parts and accessories; 10% off bikes and components. Special pro-deals throughout the year.
- Cannondale: Pro-deal pricing on Cannondale bikes. Includes road, TT, cyclocross, MTB and track. Discounts too low to mention by email. Contact Dan Weinberg at Helen's Cycles for order details.
- Giro: Pro-deal pricing on Giro Synthe and TT helmets. Synthe helmets include custom La Grange graphics, as used by our race teams. Available each year at Helen's Night.
- Mavic: Pro-deal pricing on Mavic road race wheels. Contact Dan Weinberg at Helen's Cycles for order details.
- Rudy Project: 52.5% off sunglasses, including prescriptions. Go to the Rudy Project website and use VIP code "lagrange". Please feel free to share this code with friends and family!
- Bonk Breaker: 25% off all Bonk Breaker products at Helen's Cycles.
- Castelli: Special members-only pricing on custom La Grange kit.
- TriFit: Special pricing on memberships ($79/mo. with no initiation fee) and 20% off on physiological testing (blood lactate, VO2 max, etc) at TriFit LA.
- Peet's Coffee & Tea: $1 off any espresso-based drink.
- Del Rey Deli: Artisan sandwiches and sides in Playa del Rey. Just mention you are a La Grange member and they will give you 10% off your order.
Thank you to our 2017 sponsors: