Monday, September 29, 2008


Happy Birthday Video

Happy B-day and it was a great party. All the food were great and hit the right spot and the right time after climbing PV hills! Please extend our thanks to the wife for the delicious posole, fruits, and flan!
I second that notion, hum good, ramon please thank the wife 2x's for us. Kapatid

From GIL:
Happy B-day Ramon!!!...KILLER post ride spread and an unsurpassed hospitality by you,your wife and daughters - as usual...

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Ditto That!!! That was a great turn out. 17 riders all in all. Thanks Ramon and Fabulous Family for your generous pre and post ride food. Sorry you got sucked into riding hills Kapatid.. I guess if they told wouldn't have ridden and missed all the fun.. Your stories of todays riding experience from beginning to end was so hilarious.. my stomach was hurting from laughing so hard.. Now we know who your back seat rider/driver is..hehe. New hill to try besides Granado and it's much longer and steeper is CROWNVIEW 17% for 1mile...YIKES. . Luis Pita, Aaron, Rosalie, Ed Morente, Mang El and Lito made it all the way up to the summit..

The Chicken Pozole was so delicious and just how I remembered it from last year. This year, I also tried the Pork Pozole..WOW just as delicous. Dennis took most of the good meat/fat and bones, Ed M. and I were stealing the meat from his bowl. Hope you didn't mind Dennis.
From Mang El:
To those of you that didn't make it to Ramon's b-day, you didn't know what you miss. We had a lot of fun just riding thru the foggy morning.. then when the sun came out we were rolling the nice scenery of Palos Verdes, beautiful place. I don't even remember the streets, I was bz watching the views & beautiful houses. We tried to climb the hills that they were climbing (just want to make sure how steep) he he.. steeper than my backyard but too short.When we got back to Ramon"s place.. like what Rosalie said.. No wonder why Rosalie didn't miss this ride.Thank you Don Ramon, wife & daugther for your hospitality.Soup (Pazole) was delicious & what else? Comaradarie was the best.Pictures were evedent of the ride & post ride.Good pictures... Robert.
From Ryan:
Happy Birthday Don Ramon, sorry I missed the post ride B-day celebration I woke up late and ended riding by myself from my place to Encanto yesterday. Sounds like everybody had fun at your villa.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Deo’s Paceline Training and Exercises

Sunday morning started with Lito A., Rhey, Jeffery, Gil, Kapatid, Milton, and myself ready for Cycling Basics 101! Deo started by showing us about 30 different types of stretching and exercises! We warmed up pretty good as we did about 10 counts of each exercises with reverse movements on some. He advised us to do all of these exercises every morning. Some of the exercises also included sitting on the ground where you need some type to sheet or padding to sit on and also a wall to lean on for the other ones but this morning, we were pushing my dirty white van! Wearing any kind of sneakers is a must but not cycling shoes. We quickly redid all the exercises as a recap as he was expecting us to do them all first thing every morning.

Next we hopped on the bike and only strolled slowly by pairs side by side around the parking lot. And the task was to lean against each other. It proved to be difficult as this needs to be practiced a lot! We did that for a few minutes before heading to the road. Then Deo divided us into 2 different groups. As soon as we were lined up, the 2nd group coming from behind came in faster and gave a little push on the sides of each rider in the leading group. These 2 different routines were really good especially to get a feel of close riding, where you really have to use your body to balance and not your steering.

Next we practiced our rotation. The rider who just veered off as the pace leader let the next lead rider know if he was clear to go to his front. Same at the back where you will let the pack know that you’re the last one moving up so the next rider will know when to change to the faster line. The slow paceline was not tight as expected but became more fluid as we did more laps.

We all noticed that we were conversing a lot but this time was more on letting the riders around you that you are there and letting them know your next move. These all boiled down to a safer ride and a much better and organized paceline.

Deo really got good feedback that we wanted to schedule this class every Sunday morning. Hopefully we can encourage a bigger attendance and if we get more responses in our yahoo group, shout box, and from scheduled rides, then we’ll get this on the calendar once or every other Sunday. Let your voices be heard!


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Arden at Masters Track National Championships

Arden’s biggest race of the year, the Masters Track National Championships has concluded with top notch racing experience. This event was held from September 2 - 7, 2008 and was hosted by Hellyer Park Velodrome in San Jose CA, Steve Pelaez’s home track.

In his age group of 40-44, the field was strong that he didn’t make the cut for the Match Sprints. His Flying 200m time trial just like all other Los Angeles and San Diego sprinters and champions were perfect but was not fast enough for the competition. That meant they were not able to compete in the Match Sprints. Arden placed 21st out of the 28 competitors with a new personal best of 12.5 seconds for an outdoor track.

The next day, he was signed in to team up with Jim Rouche and Eric Manuel for the Team Sprint. If you remember Eric, Bob Hansing and State Champion, and also Arden’s teammate during last July’s Team Sprints at SCNCA State Track Championships that was held in San Diego. Jim on the other hand is a strong Omnium competitor and also from South Bay Wheelmen. Unfortunately, they placed 8th despite their strong ride.

Despite the strong competition, he is very fortunate to be able to compete in this event with the help of the ADOBO Velo members. He is very thankful for the support he received.