La Voix - September 2017

Dear members,

With the unofficial end of summer just around the corner, we are jumping straight into the "offseason" with this edition of La Voix. So while things are relatively quiet on the surface, we have some really exciting developments in the works that we will be announcing as early as later this month. So stay tuned!

Robert Efthimos
President, Velo Club La Grange
www.lagrange.org
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Velo-Club-La-Grange/280123768478
https://vimeo.com/channels/lagrange
http://app.strava.com/athletes/337152
https://vimeo.com/user11846099/videos


Board of Directors Elections

Fellow members:
 
If you’ve ever wanted to have a greater influence in the direction of our Club, now is your opportunity! Once a year our Club votes to elect members to serve on our Board of Directors, the 2017 BOD election will take place in only a few weeks. If you are passionate about La Grange and interested in participating at a higher level, we strongly encourage you to run for a seat on the Board. We always welcome new ideas and energy especially at the Director level.   
 
This year, in compliance with the bylaws of Velo Club La Grange, we will be holding elections for four (4) seats, each carrying a two (2) year term on the Board of Directors. These four (4) seats are currently held by Joseph Duerr, Robert Efthimos, Rich Hirschinger and Brian Koester. Current seat holders may choose to run for re-election to the Board. The elections will be run on the following schedule:

Tuesday, September 5th through Wednesday, September 13th: Self Nomination Period.  A call for nominations announcement will be made on September 5th.  Any club member in good standing may run for one (1) of the four (4) open seats mentioned above.  Each member who wishes to run for election must submit a Self-Nomination Statement. Nothing fancy, just a few words to introduce yourself to the Club and why you’d be a good choice. Nomination Statements are to be submitted via email (**instructions to follow).

Friday, September 15th: Announcement of Candidates.  Nomination statements will be posted on the La Grange website.

Saturday, September 16th through Sunday, September 24th: Voting Period.  **Voting ballots and instructions will be sent individually by email.  PLEASE vote. Yes, your vote counts and matters!

Wednesday, September 27th: Election results announced.

Wednesday, October 11th: New Directors seated at November Board of Directors Meeting.
That's all for now and more to follow. 
 
In the meantime, please consider running for the Board and start working on those nomination statements!
 
Best,
 
Joseph Santa Cruz
Secretary, Velo Club La Grange


Upcoming Events September 2017

 
Sep 2: Helen’s Cycles Monthly Group Ride, 7:45 am Helen’s Cycles SM
Sep 2: “Shut Up Legs” Ride with I. Martin Bicycles, 7:45 am I. Martin Bicycles
Sep 2: Encino Velodrome Quarterly Swap Meet, Encino Velodrome
Sep 3: Jackie Price Dunn Memorial Omnium, San Diego Velodrome
Sep 3: Helen’s Cycles / TriFit Beginner Ride, 7:45 am Helen’s Cycles SM
Sep 3: Herra Fixed Gear Crit, Vernon
Sep 6: Ride the Black Line (Final!), Encino Velodrome
Sep 9: Turbulence Crit, San Bernardino
Sep 9: Helen’s Monthly MTB ride, 7:45 am Helen’s Cycles SM
Sep 9: Helen’s Cycles Arcadia Monthly No-Drop Group Ride, 8 am Helen’s Cycles Arcadia
Sep 9: Best Buddies Challenge – Hearst Castle, San Simeon
Sep 10: LAVRA TT Series, VSC Carson
Sep 10: SLO MTB, Avila Beach
Sep 13: Board of Directors Meeting – All current members are welcome to attend!! 7 pm Yahoo! Center across the street from Helen’s Cycles SM
Sep 16: LG Cup #3: Piuma Hill Climb, 9 am Las Virgenes/Piuma
Sep 16: Annual Club Picnic, 12 pm, Rustic Canyon Park
Sep 16: The Forsythe Cup, 5 pm Encino Velodrome
Sep 17: Helen’s Cycles / TriFit Beginner Ride, 7:45 am Helen’s Cycles SM
Sep 23-24: SCNCA Masters Track Championships, San Diego Velodrome

Special thanks to Joey Santa Cruz for putting this list together


Finishing Out 2017

Oct 16: Castelli Store Opens for New Kit (NEW DESIGN!) Orders
Nov 5: Club Photo & Annual Award Show Banquet


July Racers of the Month

Yes that is a check pinned to Lucy Archer's speedsuit! This year, Lucy raced her first season on the track, raced at all three velodromes in July (including the newly paved San Diego Velodrome), has been attending the Encino Women's Skills clinics to improve her skills AND had the gall to show up and race the Omnium at her first ever Elite Track State championships. Since she couldn't race at MBGP (no women's 4/5 or men's 5 category) she didn't race, but rode over to support and cheer. She's new to the team and shows up / gets involved.

Yes that is a check pinned to Lucy Archer's speedsuit! This year, Lucy raced her first season on the track, raced at all three velodromes in July (including the newly paved San Diego Velodrome), has been attending the Encino Women's Skills clinics to improve her skills AND had the gall to show up and race the Omnium at her first ever Elite Track State championships. Since she couldn't race at MBGP (no women's 4/5 or men's 5 category) she didn't race, but rode over to support and cheer. She's new to the team and shows up / gets involved.

Marco Fabrizio got hot in July winning back-to-back Cat 3 races as the CBR Criterium and 805 Thousand Oaks Grand Prix, but we'll really be impressed if he can convince a bank to cash that giant check.

Marco Fabrizio got hot in July winning back-to-back Cat 3 races as the CBR Criterium and 805 Thousand Oaks Grand Prix, but we'll really be impressed if he can convince a bank to cash that giant check.


2017 La Grange Cup Current Standings

Here are the current standings for the 2017 La Grange Cup, as calculated by Directeur Sportif Marco Fantone. With lots of close categories, many will come down to who can get the job done at the Piuma Hill Climb! Just 15 days away, so put down that donut!


A Message from Sponsor
Seth Davidson Law - Bike Injury Lawyer

#EWAW

By Seth Davidson
seth@sethdavidsonlaw.com
(424) 241-8118, 24/7
Bike Injury Lawyer and 2017 Velo Club La Grange Sponsor

I have a friend who is very excited about the upcoming South Bay Cycling Awards. She and others erroneously refer to this respected event as the “Wanky Awards.” Very insulting. Sad.

Anyway, my friend keeps hashtagging everyone #ewaw, for “Everybody Wants A Wanky.” This is super insulting. Please don’t call them the Wanky Awards. Disgusting.

This august event takes place on October 14 at 5:00 PM at Strand Brewing Co. in Torrance. The first three hours of this very prestigious award ceremony are spent giving beautiful, handmade horseshoe plaques to incredibly deserving recipients. Many people have waited a lifetime to get one of these.

From 8 to 10 it is a dance party, with lights, a DJ and a dance floor. We’ve also added a photo booth so that you can memorialize the seriousness of the event for your grandchildren.

What’s most awesome is that Velo Club La Grange has donated $1,500 to help make the event a success. It is a complete coincidence that VCLG members are now finalists for about half of all the awards. An award like this cannot be bribed or bought; each finalist was chosen based on merit alone.

VCLG’s contribution helps make it possible for the first 400 people to eat free and get free drink wristbands for their first couple of beers. So please arrive at 5:00 ready to eat if you are planning on a meal. The crowd will descend like locusts and once it’s gone, it’s gone. Also, once the venue’s capacity is reached, the doors will close and you will be forced to go next door to the brewery proper and listen to everyone else celebrate while you nurse a warm beer next to some fellow playing shuffleboard.

Patrick Barrett will also be providing his legendary barbecue for the lucky early arrivals.

Many have asked what the dress code is, and although we ask that you wear your best t-shirt if you can, many others will be dressed to the teeth and beyond. Co-announcer Rahsaan Bahati will be the sharpest dressed guy out there, so bring your A Game if the t-shirt basket is full and you want to cut a dashing figure on the dance floor.

This is the event’s fifth year, and we’re celebrating another solar cycle of fun, camaraderie, Strava doping, and rather hard-to-believe tales told ‘round the dinner table. Whether or not you made the final cut, I hope you’ll put this on your calendar and come support the men and women who are vying for top honors.

Because everybody wants a Wanky.

END

[About Seth: Seth has been cycling since 1982 and road racing since 1984. More than 90% of his practice consists of representing injured cyclists in the South Bay and West L.A.]


Cycling on the Internet

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Cycling on the Internet
with Matthieu Delcourt

[Ed: This is Matthieu's swan song as a La Voix columnist, as he has now highlighted for you every cycling website in existence on the Internet (more or less). Thanks Matthieu! Now get back to climbing and riding us off your wheel!]

We’ve all been in the situation where we can’t upload our ride because the Garmin file is missing or corrupt!!! If it’s not on Strava it didn’t happen! That’s the hard truth! And it hurts when it’s a ride on the Stelvio or a PR on Piuma!

Fortunately there are few options to go around this that you can try:

- Plug your Garmin device to your computer and locate the directory “Activities”, the file might still be there

- If it’s absent you could still recover it using a free data recovery application such as Eeaseus: https://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/free-data-recovery-software.htm

- Probably your best bet would be to fix the .fit file directly on the Garmin Online Fit Repair Tool: http://garmin.kiesewetter.nl/ There you can upload your ride and re-download an uncorrupted version.

- You can also strip fields (such as power, heart rate etc) if you know they’re wrong for some reason or you can even combine multiple activities into one. To do so, just go to https://www.fitfiletools.com and re-upload the new file in Strava.

- Finally, worse case scenario, you could post on the Garmin forum and people in the community will help you and may fix it for you. You need to be logged in to post and attach your file:

https://forums.garmin.com/forum/into-sports/cycling/edge-510-aa/110536-help-needed-for-a-corrupt-fit-file?fref=gc&dti=308730995883010

- A good factory reset of your Garmin may also help to prevent this to happen again

In any case, use your Strava app on your phone as a backup!!


The Month in Pictures

Eric Bryan 2nd in GC at the Mt. Whitney Stage Race.

Eric Bryan 2nd in GC at the Mt. Whitney Stage Race.

Garrett Olsen takes the win at the final Telo of 2017.

Garrett Olsen takes the win at the final Telo of 2017.

Does he get to keep the jersey until March?

Does he get to keep the jersey until March?

World Famous Nichols Ride - Which kit do you wear?

World Famous Nichols Ride - Which kit do you wear?

Looks like Piuma training to me.

Looks like Piuma training to me.

San Clemente Century crew.

San Clemente Century crew.

Alex Deroche in the mountains.

Alex Deroche in the mountains.

Womens Race Team ride around Griffith Park.

Womens Race Team ride around Griffith Park.

Team Guatemala made the trip north to guest ride for our Mens Race Team at the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix.

Team Guatemala made the trip north to guest ride for our Mens Race Team at the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix.

The La Grange Womens Kit - not just for women anymore!

The La Grange Womens Kit - not just for women anymore!

Climbers gonna climb...

Climbers gonna climb...

Last chance to get your free 2017 La Grange Cup socks is coming up at the Piuma Hill Climb...

Last chance to get your free 2017 La Grange Cup socks is coming up at the Piuma Hill Climb...

...and if you didn't pick up your socks from the Encino 500M or PCH 20K Time Trial, go see Erick Rodas at Helen's Cycles Santa Monica!

...and if you didn't pick up your socks from the Encino 500M or PCH 20K Time Trial, go see Erick Rodas at Helen's Cycles Santa Monica!


Thank you to our 2017 sponsors:

 

Helen's Cycles: helenscycles.com
Cannondale: cannondale.com
Castelli: castelli-cycling.com/en/home
Giro: giro.com
Mavic: mavic.com
Rudy Project: rudyprojectusa.com
Herbalife24: herbalife24.com
Bonk Breaker: bonkbreaker.com
TriFitLA: trifitla.com
Peet's Coffee: peets.com
RAAM: raamcorp.com
Lee Ziff: Lee Ziff
APEX Law: apexlaw.com
Seth Davidson Law: Seth Davidson Law
CalBikeLaw.com: calbikelaw.com
Dr. Rich Hirschinger: facepaindr.com
Dr. Daniel Geller: drdangeller.com
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