La Grange - The Prez Sez August 2004 onjour and greetings from Nice France, one of the most beautiful resort areas I have been to. B Thank you Claude for the recommendation and arrangements at the Elysée Palace Hotel. We In The Online Issue: are not coming home.......just kidding. The Prez Sez By now the historic significance of Lance Armstrong’s 6th Tour de France win is settling in. The News, Announcements world knows that a record has been broken and by an American. I cannot tell you how proud, amazed Welcome to New Members and influenced I am by this man. Lance and his Postal Team have most certainly and almost single From the Editor handedly changed the level of interest in cycling in North America. I truly believe that the momen- Race Volunteer Info tum will last for some time and will be fortunate for all of us who are passionate about cycling. Aron Gahdia, Thank You LG Mario Seri, A Week in the Life Our Backroads trip to France in conjunction with the last week of the tour was absolutely epic. Mike Zagorski, View From Afar Thanks to the orchestration and detail of our own La Grange member Alan Berro and Backroads Contact La Voix staff, Rich Snodsmith, we had a chance to ride the classics including Mont Ventoux, l’Alpe d’Huez, Rogues Gallery of Racers Col du Galibier and Col du Télégraphe. Riding with La Grangers Rob Kassan, Chris Allen, Alan Racing Photos Berro, Bruce Mitchell, Randy Mermel and Mark Needham, we were able to ride to our hearts content Weekly Rides and personally view Lance making history at a couple of the tour stages. Spectacular! Note: Not all sections are in the In the Alps we met up with La Grangers Susan Gans, Sari Watkin, Milana Dolezal, Emmett mailed black & white version. Albergotti, Mark Wyman and Gene Seymour. In addition, our group of 18 included some amazing athletes and friends who we had the pleasure to ride with and behind. Former world champion Mike McCarthy, Olympic rower Jason Gailes, triathlete Chris Berry, a couple of crazy Canadians Rick Simpson and Joe Miotto, a team of phenomenal riders from Northern California and finally a flat- lander from Singapore who was amazingly relentless on the hills. A detailed story of our trip with pictures will be included in our next La Voix. Velo Club La Grange Westwood is a non-profit organization dedicated to the sport of cycling. Founded in 1969 by Back to the homefront. We are gearing up for our La Grange West LA College Grand Prix on Sunday Raymond Fouquet, it has a 35-year his- August 8th.This event is shaping up to be one of the best LA cycling races - a great course, good tory of supporting bicycle racing in So Cal. prize money, rich in primes and excellent organization, thanks to race director David Kiere and all USCF member #1232. the dedicated volunteers. Speaking of volunteers, don’t forget to sign up for a time slot day so you Address all club correspondence to: are on our list for a tee-shirt. VCLGW, 2118 Wilshire Bl, Suite 525, Santa Monica, CA 90025 Attn Duncan Lemmon Now for my last couple of days in Nice on the Côte D’Azur. Au revoir visit our website at Duncan Lemmon www.lagrange.org President 1 news announcements news announcements news announcements news announcements news an VCLGW and Big Orange Racing THE WEST L.A. COLLEGE GRAND PRIX Welcome to our New Members! Call For Volunteers The Grand Prix is our biggest and most important club event of the year, and the volun- Michael Audette teers are essential to its success. The main job of the volunteers is to make the course Ben Bush safe for the racers. Also, the volunteers serve as cheerleaders for La Grange/Big Orange Justin Gallen racers! Many racers commented last year that having course marshals stationed around Mark Needham the course, cheering them on, really helped to pump them up for a victory. Besides the Michael Perz fun of volunteering and the excitement of watching the racers hammer by, you’ll get a very cool free T-shirt, breakfast or lunch (depending on your shift), Susan’s home-made chocolate chip cookies, and even the chance to blow your own whistle and say things like “Roger that, little buddy” on the walkie-talkie. And maybe even a suntan. So if you haven’t yet volunteered, send Bill Mock a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org. See the next page for volunteer information, as well as directions and race information. From La Grange Picnic And Hill Climb Sept 19 The Annual La Grange Club Picnic and Letter from the Lost Coast Chapter Mes Amis: the Hill Climb will be Sept 19th, 2004. The Due the unfortunate circumstance of park is already reserved for the picnic, Bastille Day falling on a workday, the Lost Editor which is free to club members. Rich Coast Chapter’s ride was rather poorly Friedman will do catering, as last year. attended. Nonetheless, Jim Guedmin (on the right in the photo) and I upheld the acers. That’s the word for the month. Call For Good Stories Those of you who travelled to bike in distant places, please organize your stories and pictures, and send them to me for publication! tradition by going for a spin up Price Creek road (not too far from Ferndale). It was a gray morning on the redwood coast, but then this was mainly an excuse to end the ride at the Eel River Brewing Co. in R Not only our racers, but all the rac- ers we will see at our race next Sunday, as well as all the ones we have enjoyed in the last month. So this newsletter includes not only a few stories Fortuna with lunch, the TDF on OLN by a our own racers, but even pictures of Raymond’s Album is no longer up and several large and excellent beers (we some of them, so you can recognize them Raymond’s album is off the website - highly reccommend the IPA). All in all, a Sunday. it’s huge and shouldn’t just sit there. If great time was had, especially by Richard you want to see it again, just email me at Virenque and his many fans. Just back from France myself - so of course email@example.com. Vive La France, the newsletter’s late! This time there were Richard Heisler, Lost Coast Chapter a few leftover nasty details, that didn’t get Daily-Ride Pictures on the Website Eureka, CA taken care of until recently. The Daily Ride photos in the July La Voix are now up on the web separately. You can First, the online web version of La Voix actually see the people! They are at will be Acrobat 5, I won’t do Acrobat 6 http://www.lagrange.org/lavoix/weekday.html to you again. I had not realized that there were so many problems with upgrading, so we’ll just avoid the probelms - sorry for Paul Kopit has done his 100th Double! the inconvenience. Paul made his way into the California Triple Crown Hall of Fame a long time ago And then there are a few website updates. when he rode his 50th CTC double cen- The Daily-Ride pictures are now up on the tury. He has now doubled that record by web; Raymond’s Album is down. finishing 100 doubles at the recent Grand Tour. Congratualtions, Paul! Please do note in the Announcements sec- tion the Call For Volunteers for our August Les Mots du Mois 8th race; and the Call For Good Stories from your summer wanderings. Tony Cruz is having a Good Year! Ex-La Granger now-Postie Antonio coureur - (adj.) good at running, swift Tailwinds to you Cruz won the Tour de Nez Omnium sheridan bentson this year. He finished 3rd in the TT and le coureur cycliste placed 2nd in both the famous Tour de la coureuse cycliste Nez crit and the Road race. Watch for cycling racer him in the Vuelta in September! 2 fo volunteer info volunteer info volunteer info volunteer info volunteer info volunteer info volunteer VOLUNTEER INFORMATION FOR THE WEST L.A. COLLEGE GRAND PRIX Sunday, August 8, 2004 Sign Up Directions to the Race and Parking To sign up, send your contact info, T-shirt size, and choice of cat- From the 405 Freeway north or south, exit at Jefferson and head egory and shift (see below) to Bill Mock at firstname.lastname@example.org. east. Jefferson becomes Playa and then Overland. After approx. He will email you back to tell you if it is available. Most slots left one mile, turn right onto Freshman Drive into the West L.A. are shift #4 and tear-down Sunday after the races. College campus. There will be someone at the entrance to direct you to the appropriate parking area. Racers If you are racing, make your volunteer request compatible with Volunteer Check-In your racing, giving yourself time for warm up and cool down. All course marshals and on-call floaters must check in at least 20 minutes before the start of their shift, to leave time to acquire the Staff T-shirt, whistle, and name tag, and to read the instruc- Volunteer Categories, Duties and Shifts tions, learn how to use the walkie-talkie, and walk to the assigned location. Parking Area personnel will know the location of the Shifts for Course Marshals and Floaters: Volunteer Check-in Table. Shift #1 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Shift #2 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you have a second, consecutive shift as a course marshal, please Shift #3 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. wait at your first position for your replacement to arrive, and then Shift #4 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. go directly to the designated position for your second shift, as You can sign up for more than one shift, consecutive or not. quickly as possible. There is no need to check in again unless there is a problem (call Susan or Bill on the walkie talkie or cell PLEASE ARRIVE 20 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR SHIFT, in phone if there is a problem). order order to read the instructions, learn how to use the walkie- talkie, and walk to your assigned location. The course is quite Notes on the walkie-talkies: please use them only when neces- spread out - you may want to bring your bike to get to your loca- sary (e.g., to call the Volunteer Coordinator if you need to take a tion or dash to the bathroom. break, if you see an accident, if you need water, etc.). Please keep them with you at all times. Give your radio to the course marshal 1. Course Marshals: 12 marshals during each of the 4 shifts, to keep cars who replaces you, or if you are last shift, turn it into Bill Mock at and pedestrians from interfering with the racers, look out for dangerous the Volunteer Check-In Table. DON’T FORGET TO DO SO!! debris in the road, and report accidents. Marshals will have a club-pro- vided walkie-talkie to stay in touch with each other, the medical staff and Food and Water the race director. (Minors must be at least 16 years old.) Coffee and bagels at the Volunteer Check-In Table in the morning. Later in the day, sandwiches, water and snacks will be available. 2. On-Call Floaters: 6 floaters during each of the 4 shifts, to cover for The food and water is ONLY FOR VOLUNTEERS. Please don’t all the extra details. Such duties might include relieving a course marshal walk away with plates of sandwiches and bottles of water for your who needs to go to the bathroom or get food, substituting for a marshal friends - we’d run out of food and water for the volunteers! who shows up late or doesn’t show up at all, picking up the food for the volunteers if the restaurant won’t deliver it, taking food, water and suntan What to Bring lotion to the marshals at their location. Floaters must remain on the race Walkie talkies will be provided, so you won’t need your own. course premises for their shift, and must have a cell phone with them, so Suggested items to bring: that they can be reached immediately if their services are needed. They Sunscreen; Hat; Cell phone (required for all On-Call Floaters); are free to move about the course until they are called to duty. your own full water bottle (just in case); your own Snacks; Broom (for sweeping streets); folding chair (we may have a few); work 2. Course Set-Up - Saturday Afternoon or Evening: 6 strong persons to gloves for set-up and break down crews. set up the hay bales and arrange the barricades. Time TBD. You will be contacted with information about when and where to meet. Bicycles If you ride to the race, you can keep your bike with you if you are 3. Course Set-Up - Sunday Morning : 10 people from 6:00am to a course marshal. We cannot guarantee the security of your bike, 8:00am, to set up hay bales, arrange barricades, sweep up debris, put up but there will be someone at the Volunteer Check-In Table at all tents, etc. Hot coffee and fresh bagels will await you! times - they can try to keep an eye on any bikes left there. 4. Course Break-Down - Sunday Afternoon: 10 people from 6:00pm Kids to about 7:30pm, to UN-do all the work done by the course set-up folks. Whether or not it’s a good idea to bring your kid(s) depends on This work will start as soon as the last race ends. the kid. If they need a lot of your attention, it’s not a good idea. But several kids worked alongside their parents last year and were 6. Prime/Purse Disbursements: 2 people who are very familiar with a big help and had a great time. Note: unfortunately, we cannot race procedures, to help organize and disburse the primes and purses. guarantee that we’ll have enough T-shirts for all of the kids. 3 cers racers racers racers racers racers racers racers racers racers racers racers racers racers rac Thank You La Grange! by Aron Gahdia In a year and a half I went from being a very average rider (in my mind a killer on the bike) to a State Champion. I started racing last season and my first race was a disappointment. Before I joined La Grange, I was riding hard for 2 years. I dropped as many people as I could on training rides. I had no idea how to train; I only had one speed and that was at a heart rate of 150 bpm to 180 bpm all out, every time I rode. When I came to La Grange I thought a few of you guys were amazingly strong and I was taken aback. I started to do the training rides and found myself placing well and thought I would race and really test myself. In my first race (Blvd. Road Race) I placed 22nd. “Stinks”, I thought. I wanted to win. It was humbling, and I realized this takes work, and asked myself if I was willing to work that hard. I hired Josh Horowitz as my coach and did everything he said and didn’t stray by even a beat of my heart rate. Now this took most, if not all, the fun out of it at first, but through the specific training regime I found purpose. I wanted to race and in my mind that was now all that counted. When I started racing I thought it was about being fit. I now know it is about being expe- rienced and clever. Fitness comes in too but it takes a lot of races until you start getting the dynamics of the race which, in itself, is an art that I find so fascinating. I put in my time and was humbled regularly. I didn’t quit but just when I was ready to, I would place well and get a burst of motivation to race again. Then there were the crashes... I crashed a lot.... But every time I crashed, I would tell myself, “If you didn’t crash, you would have placed.” I also got lots of encouragement from you guys which was so important to me. I am not genetically gifted, in fact if I was in the past, I probably squandered most of my athleticism on drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes, which I did regularly for 20 of my 37 years. I will now upgrade to a Cat. 2 and I hope to do well there! When I raced, I had passion and tenacity and it paid off. I think for anyone who starts racing, they need to know that in every race you will learn. Bike racing is a thinking man’s sport, you need to keep going, and with the effort create momentum, and when you least expect it, success will find you. A Week in the Life of a 60+ Master by Mario Seri It all started when a friend recommended that I do a road race in Vannenberg. Now this was not a course that suited me as it is known to be quite hilly - ughh! I nonetheless competed and finished in a respectable 8th position. Then it was back to Los Angeles, where my wife and I barely slipped through the fire- related traffic in Santa Barbara. I got in a brief night’s sleep, then I was up again at 5 AM to go to the race by the Ontario Airport. At Ontario I mustered up a 2nd place finish, losing at the line by a hair. The following Sunday I raced in San Fernando. This proved to also be a challenging course with its long straight and sharp 180 degree turn. At this race I had to face Club P.A.A.’s 8 man team. P.A.A. was out in full force as this is an event that the club sponsors. I knew it was going to be tough so I made up my mind to stick to a very simple strategy - get to that turn in the lead on the final lap. The only problem was that every other competitor had the same plan! And that is how it played out. I hit the final lap turn in first place, followed by a pack of riders. I took off in a winded sprint as I exited the turn. Those last 750 meters hurt, but it was worth the effort. 1st Place in San Fernando. POST SCRIPT - Good fortune remained on my side two weeks later at Encino Velodrome’s Masters State Championship. I won gold in the 40 lap Points Race in the 100 + degree weather. 4 ers racers racers racers racers racers racers racers racers racer announcements announement View from Afar by Mike Zagorski In the June ‘03, after five years of juggling mountain bike racing and university, I had escaped Architecture school and defected to the “dark side” know as road racing. At 24 years old, time is running out for me to chase my dream of becoming a pro bike racer, so I enlisted ex-pro Kevin La Voix Email Address Livingston as my coach. The old earthlink email address for La Voix will be retired. The current (and In September of the same year, Yoko (my stable) email address for La Voix is Japanese wife) and I left my native wet email@example.com and windy Scotland for the warmth of The other address from which you may O’ahu, Hawaii. Almost ideal for train- receive La Grange notices is ing but not exactly conducive to chasing firstname.lastname@example.org the pro dream! There is great enthusiasm Please note these in your address book. for racing on O’ahu and some pretty fast guys, but overall the quality and quantity of racers doesn’t match that found on the mainland. For some people, being “a big fish in a small pond” is sufficient, but for me, I need something more. The only way for me to satisfy my racing fix involves trips Yahoo E-groups to the mainland. Regional CA races would be nice, but I decided to make the most of the La Grange has set up a club Yahoo email travel expense by jumping into the fire and racing NRC events…. Perfect for getting my e-group to pass timely information, gos- legs ripped off! sip, stories, race reports, biking trivia, and other relevant information. If you are not At the end of 2003 after a few e-mails across the pacific, I signed up with the LaGrange in the e-groups and would like to be, con- Elite Men’s team for the ’04. tact Stu Press at SMPress@aol.com This is my first season as a Cat 1 and each race has been a learning experience. So far this year, I’ve raced the Tucson Bicycle Classic, Pomona Valley Stage Race, Redlands Classic, and La Vuelta de Bisbee, with my best placing so far a 16th in Stage 3 at Tucson. Without the outstanding support I have received from my coach, awesome teammates, sponsors, volunteers, supportive wife, and a very understanding employer, competing at these races would still be a dream. I also can’t forget the endless support I’ve had from Contact La Voix: my mum since the early years. Please send in submissions by the 20th I might not see much of Chris Horner other than at the start line but with each race I sur- of the month. Do include your name and vive, the learning curve is diminishing. Racing on the mainland has pushed my fitness to phone, and enclose a SASE if you want a higher level – I finished a close 2nd in a local stage race (I won the TT stage putting 2 photos mailed back to you. Digital files minutes into riders that were putting time into me in mid-March!), and won my age group may be MS Word documents or image in the State Criterium Championship on May 16. files, sent as email attachments or mailed on a CD or zip disk. My next trip to the mainland will be in July to the 5-day Cascade Classic stage race in Mail: Sheridan Bentson Oregon. This is the main race of the season that I plan to be at peak fitness for, so I hope 16615 Merivale Lane to do LaGrange proud. Thanks for all the support! Pacific Palisades CA 90272 Email: email@example.com Aloha Phone: (310) 454-9693 Change Newsletter reception at: http://lagrange.org/lavoix/lavoixchange.htm For La Grange e-groups info, contact: SMPress@aol.com Cover Photo: Josh Horowitz at the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Oregon. Thanks to The Bend Bulletin. 5 cing racing racing racing racing racing racing racing racing racing racing racing racing racing rac Rogues Gallery of [some] La Grange Racers Editors Note: My request for pictures and quotes was met with varying degrees of responsiveness. So, if you didn’t respond, you’re not here! Aron Gahdia, Cat 3 Bart Leivo, Cat 4 Mike Zagorski, Cat 1 “Cat 3 State Champ!” “I said I was going to do “You only live once, race it, and I did it” like it’s the last time” Matt Bromen, Cat 1 Kyle Millar, Cat 5 “Cycling is the hardest “What doesn’t kill you sport, but it’s also the only makes you most rewarding.” stronger.” David Keire, Cat 3 David Manpearl, Cat 4 Pete Morris, Cat 5 Multiprocessing Watch for Bears! “Pedals in squares, talks in circles” John Hackman, Cat 2 Larry Crane, Cat 4 “Getting dialed in.” “..hmmmm...” Marco Fantonel, Cat 3 Stu Press, Cat 2 Mike Garrett, Cat 1 “Let’s get it on!!!” “Look pretty, race what- “Train hard, eat plenty” ever.! Kathleen Rameriz, Youth “In the dust of defeat as well as in the laurel of vic- tory, there is much glory to Sam Womack, Youth be found.” “Yeah, but does my hair look okay?” Chase Womack, Youth Josh Womack, Youth Joy Womack, Youth “You call this a hill?” “Time to get up for “My ballet teacher wants what?” to kill me for racing...” 6 Cascade Classic, Bend Oregon Racing Photos Top Left: Geoff Rapaport Top Middle: John Hackman Top Right: Mike Zagorski Glendale Criterium photo by Bill Mock Above: Victor Ayala Redlands - Olympic Qualifier photo by Bill Mock Middle Left: Geoff Rapaport Lower Left: Tony & Geoff 7 Photos by Bill Mock San Diego Omnium Top Left: Claudia Ribet Top Right: David Keire Bottom Right: Aron Gahdia Redlands Wms Olympic Qualifier Bottom Left proudly sponsored by weekly rides Mon Snooze ride: 6:30 a.m. blissfully under covers. Tues Marina ride: 6:30 a.m. at San Vicente at 26th. 27 fast, flat miles. Wed Mandeville ride: 6:30 a.m. at San Vicente at 26th. 20 miles, hills and heartbreak. Thurs San Vicente/Hill ride: 6:30 a.m. at San Vicente at 26th. 4 hilly, hellish laps. Fri Friendly Friday ride: 6:30 a.m. at San Vicente at 26th. 27 flat, recovery miles. Sun Nichols Canyon Ride: 8:00 a.m. La Grange & Westwood, to Mulholland and back. 27 miles of serious hills. Coffee at PEET’S afterwards. VCLGW expects the following from participants on all rides: • Helmets MUST be worn at all times. • Courtesy to motorists, pedestrians and fellow cyclists. • Observation of all traffic signals and laws. • Safe riding at all times. • Respect of the intended pace of the ride. La Voix is copied, folded, and mailed by the online services of the USPS. • Respect of the guidance of the ride leader and/or senior club member.