Posted on Dec 17 2013
by Larry Goodman

Raymond was born December 26, 1920 in a small town that was a suburb of Paris. Growing up he loved sport, soccer was one of his favorites; he played in a soccer match on his wedding day. He also embraced bicycle racing and was a keen participant in local events.

During WWII, Raymond was pressed into forced labor and transported to Germany. Granted leave to visit his family, he never returned and ultimately joined the French Army. Following the war, Ray met the lovely Marie, the companion of his life, at a summer resort.

 Raymond was trained to be a welder but that work was scarce so he became a waiter. Following other family members, Ray and Marie immigrated to America and settled in Chicago. In 1956, they moved their family, now including daughters Raphaele and Michele, to Los Angeles.

 Ray continued to pursue his career and worked in some of the area’s top restaurants including Chasen’s and Matteo’s. Raymond and Marie were part of the growing French community in Southern California. They watched as the interest in finer dining, beyond steak and potatoes, grew. In 1968, Ray took the plunge and opened the La Grange Restaurant on Westwood Boulevard.

Posted on Dec 3 2013
by Robert Efthimos

Thank you to Tour of California winner Robert Gesink, Belkin and the Belkin Pro Cycling Team for spicing up the Tuesday ride today! Here's a video of the ride: 

Posted on Nov 28 2013
by Brian Pera

Thank you everyone for a great turnout at today's Meals On Wheels holiday ride.  Thanks for riding, thanks for donating to Meals On Wheels and thanks go out Catalina Coffee for being such a gracious host.

A few if us stopped by for a nice visit with Raymond afterwards.  It was gratifying to see him in good shape and in good spirits.  He thanked us for coming but in reality it is all of us who thank him for founding such a great cycling club.  A day of many thanks indeed.

Posted on Nov 19 2013
by jrcdzn

The fastest cyclists in the world are descending on Carson.

The world of cycling returns to the Velo Sports Center for three days.

The Los Angeles Grand Prix (LAGP) will serve as a point accumulation opportunity for cyclists to qualify for the UCI World Cups later in the year.  In addition to hosting domestic and international elite competitors the race will also integrate adaptive sport by running events that will make up the 2013 US Paralympic National Championships.

Posted in: Misc
Posted on Nov 18 2013
by Tom Hill

Last Sunday, November 3rd was the Beverly Hills Gran Fondo. Riders began lining up on Rodeo Drive at the start line in front of Brooks Brothers at about 6:30 a.m. for a prompt start at 7:00 a.m.

The energy was high as we were lead out by two Lamborghinis and a group of police motorcycles. The pace was brisk as we headed down Santa Monica Blvd. and San Vicente to the coast. It was nice having the intersections blocked as we blew through all the red lights with the police escort. Once we turned up Topanga Canyon the lead motorcycles went away and we were on our own.

Posted in: Reports
Posted on Nov 18 2013
by Rachael Kadosh

It's time for our annual Thanksgiving Day Ride for Meals on Wheels. Each year we do this ride as a way of giving back to those less fortunate in our community. 

We will meet @ Peets in Brentwood at 7:45 AM for a group photo and depart at 8:00 AM.

We ask that each member (guests are welcome) donate any amount to help our clubs designated charity to provide meals to homebound individuals in the west LA area. Please ask your boss, friends and family to donate to this worthy cause. MOW representatives will be at Peet's with pre- ride snacks and to handle the collection of money. Cash and checks will be accepted. Please make checks payable to "Meals on Wheels of West LA".

Posted in: Misc
Posted on Nov 14 2013
by Jay Slater

Fellow Members-

Final Results for the Board of Directors are now complete:

Returning to the Board for Two Year Term:  Jay Slater

New Members of the Board of Directors for Two Year Term:

Cheryl Sweeney - Robert Efthimos - Tom Fitzgibbon

Members Continuing for One Year: Brian Pera, Joe Camacho, Cathy Robbins, Larry Goodman,                                                                            Marco Fantone


Posted on Nov 13 2013
by Brian Koester

You got until November 17th to order your 2014 kit. It's been redesigned for 2014 so you gotta have it!Check out the details and order link at

Posted in: Misc
Posted on Nov 12 2013
by Brian Pera

For those of you didn't hear the announcement at the banquet, you'll be happy to know that Marc Thomas is our 2013 La Granger Of The Year.  Thank you Marc for your tireless, selfless efforts helping with the Brentwood Grand Prix, your service on the Board of Directors, heading up Membership, leading Drills for Skills and the Tour of the Neighborhoods rides- just to name a few things.  Words cannot describe or do justice to the actions of this very special member of our club.  Congratulations Marc! 

Posted on Nov 5 2013
by Brian Pera

It’s time to vote for La Granger of the Year!
Voting is open now until Saturday.  Don’t wait until the last minute to vote only to find out you can’t due to some glitch on the web site.  Why?  Because we won’t be around on Saturday to offer tech support.  So vote NOW.

Here’s where you go to view the candidates YOU have nominated:

Then click on the yellow “Vote” button on the top right and that will take you to the voting page.
Please vote for just ONE person and mark them as your first preferences.  Leave the others as “no preference”.

Please make sure you LOG IN FIRST.
Most people that had trouble voting for the Board elections and signing up for the banquet was due to log in issues.

Speaking of the banquet, don’t forget to sign up for that too because that’s where the La Granger of the year will be announced.