Today was the first race of the year and as usual the juniors race was in the wee hours of the morning at 7:30am. Only the poor Cat 5 men had it worse with a start time of 7am. Last year this race was 25 degrees so todays temp of 48 was down right balmy. Flight school had a pretty good turnout with Dexter Koester and Lenny Melamed racing in Mens 10-12. Daniele Rivelo racing in Men 13-14. Ivy Koester racing in Womens 10-14. Trevor Goodman, Sam Melamed and Noah Schlosser racing in Mens 15-16. The Mens 15-16 got a head start and then they launched the women and younger men’s groups. The Mens 13-14 raced later in the morning.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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".
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
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
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!