The Official Word

by Rich Savitt



* The Free Lap Rule

* Race Numbers 101

by George Tomasich

editor's note:  This year the Ride Organizers offered an option called the Tour de Big Bear HC Category for a limited number of entrants. CV had 3 members participate in this incredible challenge that was tackled by some of the most talented riders in our area and included multiple Tour de France participant Freddy Rodriguez. At 117 miles with 12,000 ft of climb it ranks as one of the toughest one day events out there.

CV also had multiple participants in the "normal" 107 mile version of the event. Great effort by all of the CV members who completed these challenging courses! Thanks to George for his account!!


This year's Tour de Big Bear offered a very difficult route option,

The Tour de Big Bear HC category.

bigbear2017 1The HC category is a new feature which Big Bear has recently added to really up the challenge for 200 brave cyclists who don’t believe the standard version is hard enough. At 117 miles and over 12,000 feet of climbing at altitude and multiple K.O.M.’s it offers quite the long day in the saddle.

Local respected and accomplished cyclist John Hormbeck made the following statement... "It’s events such as these which are needed as recently so many local races have been removed from the calendar that rides like these are much appreciated..."

Big congratulations to our three undaunted CV club members who participated in this new challenge for being part of an elite group of cyclists including Alison Tetrik, Phil Gaimon, Chad Hall, Jon Hornbeck, and (Multiple Tour de France Participant) Freddy Rodriguez.

Canyon Velo Tour de Big Bear "HC Category" Participants

PATRICK COPP outstanding result, finished 12 overall (1st 50+) 06:16:03

bigbear2017 2SIMON BIBEAU finished 40 overall 06:59:07 after cramping in mile 106 and getting decoupled from the chasing group. Impressive Onyx pass KOM time 32:23 and still 80 mi to go..
RICHARD KWOK another example of high endurance and commitment, not giving up until the last pedal stroke finished 66 overall 7:40:51
A second group of CV members were part of shorter but still incredibly challenging "The Climb" ride option that covered 107 miles with "Only" 9000' and the Onyx Summit KOM!

bigbear2017 3Canyon Velo "The Climb Category" Participants

GEORGE TOMASICH ( first place Master 50+ Onyx Pass KOM)


How to Stay Safe and What to Do After a Bicycle Crash in Yorba Linda, CA

editor's note:  This article was received from a club member via email, and the origins of the article are unknown.  Canyon Velo Cycling Club does not encourage or endorse the use of any attorneys or third parties with respect to any cycling accidents.

Bicycling has gained significant popularity in recent years. Unfortunately, as more cyclists are on the road, more crashes involving bicycles can occur. Even the safest riders can still be injured in a cycling accident, so everyone should be prepared and know what to do in the event they face that situation.
Colliding with an automobile is one of the greatest fears many cyclists have about riding. While many people enjoy riding bikes, they don’t feel safe about venturing out when there is inadequate or nonexistent or inadequate bicycling infrastructure. On occasion, bicycles and cars will collide regardless of the safety precautions in place.

What to Do if You Are Involved in a Car Crash

• Make sure the police are called to the scene to complete an official report. Sometimes a bicyclist may not realize he or she has suffered injuries until several hours after the crash. What seems to be minor injuries could actually be serious and permanent, so make sure you have a report done regardless of how minor the crash may appear.
• Don’t try negotiate with the driver who was at-fault. The driver may not give you information that is accurate. While there are drivers who will initially apologize and accept blame, they may later deny their negligence. The officer will get accurate identification, insurance information, and details about vehicle ownership.
• Make sure the accident report is accurate. Make sure that you give a statement and that all witnesses are listed, along with their contact information. Even if an accident report is not given, make sure you get the actual name, address, phone number and insurance information for the other driver as well as the names and contract information for any witnesses.
• If you are able, use your smartphone to take photographs of the crash scene. Take pictures of the roadway, the damage to your bike and the vehicle, photos of your injuries, and photos of any damage to your helmet or your clothing.
• Seek medical treatment for your injuries as quickly as possible. This is the most important thing to do after a crash! Your very first stop should be your local hospital. Your injuries may be much more serious than you believe. You will also need medical records to establish the extent of your injuries and to confirm that you were indeed hurt in the accident.
• Follow up with medical treatment as necessary. Have any recommended medical care, such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, or orthopedic specialists. You will need an accurate record of all your medical bills to write a demand letter for the other driver’s insurance company.

If you are involved in a bicycle crash in Yorba Linda, CA, there are several places to seek medical treatment:

• Placentia-Linda Hospital, 1301 N. Rose Drive
• Kaiser Permanente Orange County Medical Center, 441 N. Lakeview Ave., Anaheim
• Anaheim Regional Medical Center, 1111 W. La Palma Ave., Anaheim

When bicycling, use extreme caution. But remember, regardless of how safe you may be you could still end up in an accident. You should always be prepared for emergencies. One of the best ways to avoid crashes is to follow local bicycle laws.

California Bicycling Laws:

• Contrary to many motorists’ belief, you aren’t required to ride in the bike lane, and you aren’t actually required to stay on the right of the lane. While in general the law says you should stay to the right and use bicycling lanes when available, you can ride your bike elsewhere if you believe it is safer to do so.
• In order to avoid obstacles, bicyclists are permitted to move into the middle lane. This is also permitted when there are cars parked along the curb because motorists may open car doors without noticing the bikes approaching.
• You have to make yourself visible at night. You are required to have a headlight on the front of your bicycle and reflectors on the rear of the bicycle. You are also supposed to have reflectors on each of the bike’s pedals, your shoes or ankles as well as on the sides of the bike.
• In California, bicyclists must yield to pedestrians. You are required to stop just like a car for people who are crossing the street.
Take all of the proper precautions to protect yourself and avoid the likelihood of a crash. If you stay alert and take care to follow all of California’s bicycle laws, you can hopefully avoid all crashes and ride without incident.

This article was provided by Personal Injury Help and was not written by an attorney, and the accuracy of the content is not warranted or guaranteed. If you wish to receive legal advice about a specific problem, you should contact a licensed attorney in your area.

by Christy Frazelle

Dbl16 1rI want to thank everyone who participated in the continued training toward the very notion of doing a double century. There is no way I would have even considered it before Stagecoach! I am still so thankful for that experience...The countless Saturday CV centuries since September 2015 have been a blast and hold very fun memories for me...So, after Rob Kelly suggested it, I thought, why not double the fun and do The Camino Real Double Century?!

Canyon Velo Eleven Strong:
The day started early, as Team CV started to arrive and gear up around 5am ready to roll by 6:30am with the “fast group”
...As you might have guessed, CV hung in just fine. In fact, in the first 25 miles or so, every time I looked up it was either Danny Davisson or Brett Chambers pulling the group.

Down to Nine:
Unfortunately, around mile 30, unbeknownst to the rest of us, Chris Morris’ Garmin decided to launch itself off of his bike which caused him to fall behind considerably. The silver lining was that Clint Shaffer was nearby so they had a 200 mile adventure together. They never gave up!!
All of which is a story in and of itself- although we texted whereabouts throughout the ride, the next time we saw them was exhausted, in the parking lot, over cold beers...I am hoping Chris M. will tell the story as it is very entertaining and with his quick wit, demands a laugh throughout.

And Then There Were Seven:
Mile 89: First lunch, and then the climbing began...good and bad timing depending who you are.
While Steve Ferreira, Richard Kwok, Chris Bergstrom, Wesley Kridle, Brett and Danny picked up the pace, I decided to stay with a couple of legends (Rob Kelly and Paul Leek)...We laughed, chatted, and enjoyed some pretty stunning scenery...This part of the ride seemed to mark the beginning of a beautiful day!

Dbl16 4rI imagine the group got split somewhere ahead because the three of us stumbled on Wes, Chris B., and soon after, Rich and Steve. We never saw Brett and Danny after that. They finished about an hour ahead of us, so I am hoping they had a great journey as well!

As mentioned before, with the (almost weekly) century training rides, the first hundred of the double did not feel much different to me. I had a “personal time goal” in mind, but I realized very quickly, if I wanted to enjoy the day and the CV family, my personal agenda had to be set aside. In fact, as I tried to rush people along at one of the SAG stops, I remember Rob smiling at me with a sucker in his mouth....”Just relax and enjoy.” ...Coming from The Double King himself, his words had an instant effect on me.

After mile 130, it all became a little blurry in my memory. I was getting hungry which scared me a little. Bars and Gu’s were not cutting it for me, and I didn't want to bonk. Thankfully, Richard, a Camino Real vet, gave me hope and told me that “Cup of Noodles” awaits me around mile 175. I think at that point we all talked about food and described everything from donuts, grilled cheese to hamburgers and ice-cream for about 45 miles.
Let me tell you, when I finally held that “Cup of Noodles” in my hand and took my first bite, it was the single best thing I had ever tasted!

Things worth remembering:
Dbl16 2r*At a stop, Wes pointed out his brother’s badge pinned on top of our 2016 kit sleeve with the TK (in memory of Todd Kridle)...It made me think of all the stuff Wes had gone through last year. I felt so thankful to be on this ride with him. His first double as well...Inspiring to say the least.

*After the group got split and we rolled up on Wes and Chris I started to worry that we lost our whole group. Seeing Steve and Richard sitting at the end of the road with smiles on there faces was like a little oasis! They had beans and they saved them to pull us through the next 25 miles!

*Around mile 145 Chris B. looked at me with tired eyes and said “This is going to be ugly...We are a long way from finished...” I watched the group make him smile and in turn, I saw him gain some momentum and pass that energy around the group telling jokes and making us laugh.

*Several times, I watched someone reach out and pat another on the encouragement and spirit.

*Antonio Pkwy hit Paul hard. Rob stayed by him and my guess is they made each other laugh and distracted themselves from the pain. After that, all I saw was Paul Leek come to the front of the pace line and pull us for miles into a pretty strong headwind.

Dbl16 5r*Our final 25 miles through The Oaks (up The Wall) and through Santiago Canyon at 6:30pm in pitch black with our lights shining bright and freezing our arses off...Rob Kelly pulled us strong all the way through to Jambo!
Like a boss. Boom.

*Lastly, as we were nearing the last ten miles of our very long journey, we came upon a gentleman who is obviously just as eager to get off his bike as we are to get off ours...He races by us at a attack? All seven of us chase him down (Steve leads the chase) we hit a red light..The light turns green —out of the saddle, it’s ON!! We race him all the way to the finish. He was actually very serious... (probably half frightened wondering who these crazy people were)...We were laughing so hard!

Bike epiphanies:
Dbl16 3r*200 miles is a long time to be on the bike, however with the right people, it’s time well spent.

*The best and most rewarding distraction to pain on the bike is a deep belly laugh with a friend.

*Seeing one of your mates in pain then in turn go to the front of the pace line to do work is one of the best motivators to not give up.

Thanks for reading about my first double! I can only hope sharing my perspective will encourage you to join us on our next adventure!

by David Stanton

I recently competed at the Masters Road Nationals, held in Ogden, Utah.

My event, the Individual Time Trial, featured State Champions, and other highly ranked athletes from all over the country, especially, it seemed, from Colorado.

The TT events were held on a very hilly course on Antelope Island, which is actually in the middle of Great Salt Lake, and is at 4600 ft of elevation. There is a fairly steep, 1 mile climb right out of the gate, which causes an unsuspecting racer to blow up early, if they don't pace themselves. This climb is repeated at the end of the 34 K race.

My 60-64 field turned out to be the hottest contested of the day, as 2nd and 7th were separated by only 22 seconds. Three racers were within 1.5 seconds for the final podium spot, and, unfortunately, I got the short end of the stick this time, just missing a medal by that scant 1.5 second margin.

I did improve my time by nearly a minute from last year, but, of course, there's a lot of ways you can find two seconds! I think I was lulled into a false sense of security also, as I started 8th from the end, passed 5 racers, and had nobody close behind-thought I was doing better than I actually was.

Definitely learned some more valuable lessons, which I hope to take into next year's event.

As always, it was an honor to represent our fine club!

by Rich Savitt

"I'm riding to the green tent," said one of the cyclists to the official repeating the necessarily simple instructions his coach had given him as he lined up in the concrete canyons of downtown Long Beach for his turn at the 500 meter time trial on Shoreline Drive. Green was the color of the canopy covering the timing equipment at the finish line.

This past week I had the opportunity to volunteer as a cycling official at the Special Olympics World Games. The officiating crew was a mixture of local USA Cycling officials like myself, some from across the nation and some international (Netherlands, Germany, India) with Special Olympics experience. Although key members of the Games Organizing Committee (GOC) and technical support are professional employees of the Special Olympics International, I am one of 30,000 volunteers that have been mobilized for Special Olympics World Games all over LA.

The event follows International (UCI) regulations and rules specific to Special Olympics. During a quick orientation meeting the day before competition, I receive my uniform and credentials. We also get a dose of Special Olympics principals and a few tips on how to interact with the athletes and coaches to minimize miscommunication or cultural offense. For example, eye contact is very important and gesturing should be done with fingers together and palm facing up instead of pointing. The athletes may have the intellect of a child, but they are not to be treated as children as many are adults.

Dignity and inclusion are the name of the game. Competition is designed to establish ability levels during preliminary events and division participants into groups of no more than eight athletes of similar capability for final competition. Not coincidentally, the podium at Special Olympics accommodates eight places (gold, silver, bronze to the top three and participation ribbons to the others). Equally important is a requirement on the athlete to make an "honest effort" during those preliminary heats. For time trials, a performance improvement of more than 15% between preliminary and final could get them disqualified.

It is very exciting to be on the venue the first day of competition and see all the delegations arriving. There are a total of 178 athletes from 34 countries in cycling, USA, Libya, Greece, Cyprus, Great Britain, Costa Rica, Russia, Germany, India, Pakistan, Israel, Iran, UAE, Morocco, Belgium, Netherlands, Burkina Faso, Ecuador and Uruguay to name a few. The quality of racing machines are equally diverse. Some are single speed. Some are mountain bikes. Some are carbon fiber racing bikes. Some are "town bike" type cruisers. Some are tricycles (depending on the cause, some level of motor skill impairment often accompanies the intellectual impairment). Likewise the skill level of coaches varies from delegation to delegation and a fair amount of mentoring is taking place with coaches meetings and coaching clinics throughout the week. During the pre-event coaches meeting, the sport technical director (leader of our crew) emphasized that we (coaches, officials and athletes) were going to all be part of a single team throughout the week to make this the best experience possible for the athletes. Coaches of all delegations looked after each other's athletes and equipment and tools were shared where needed.

Everyone is very friendly and encouraging. High-fives and fist-bumps seem to be universally understood gestures. One morning while walking from the car park to the venue, a Long Beach pedestrian, seeing my uniform, asked if I was working with Special Olympics. I said "yes" and she reached out to shake my hand and thank me. All of the volunteers are equally cheerful from early morning to late evening.

The entire week was an inspiration. The competitors were inspiring. The official in me was inspired to be working with other accomplished officials. The event promoter in me was inspired to see the attention to logistics and detailed planning behind this event. The competition did not disappoint either. There were several close races which ended in sprints. But the non-competitive finishes were just as much fun to watch, riders beaming with pride and waving to their delegation as they crossed the line or brows furrowed in what for them was intensity of effort regardless of the speed. Link to photos on Google+ 



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