The Official Word

by Rich Savitt



* The Free Lap Rule

* Race Numbers 101

by George Tomasich

Everest14-2wThe Everest Challenge Stage Race is a California racing scene classic. Over the years many CV members, had the opportunity to participate in this unique event, and share the experience with fellow riders...For the ones that are not familiar with this sanctioned USA cycling race, here is a little introduction: *"The Everest Challenge is every cyclist's chance to experience the same kind of climbing that "Le Tour" is famous for. Except that our Eastern Sierra climbs are longer, and our two stages are tougher, than any back-to-back stages in the Tour de France. Our three highest summits are much higher than the Tour de France has ever gone! The Everest Challenge offers a truly world class cycling experience with climbing that is unsurpassed. The scenic beauty of the Eastern Sierras is the setting for a unique and challenging race and ride for the US race calendar. The Everest Challenge is the hardest two day stage race on the USA Cycling calendar. Each day features three monumental climbs, with a total elevation gain of 29,035 feet in 206 miles. Cumulative time over the two days determines overall placing. But you do not have to be a USAC racer to come to the Everest Challenge to test yourself against these amazing mountains. Climbs are rated the same way as they are at the Tour de France, using a system of numerical ratings. Five of our six climbs are rated "HC" beyond category. Only the climb up Waucoba Canyon is "merely" Cat.1. No other ride in the United States packs so much climbing into two days. You will be climbing or descending nearly the whole race!!"

Read more: Everest Challenge Recap

by Carl Moler
October, 2014


First let me say what an honor it has been to be a long time member of and president of this club for the past 2+ Years. The Canyon Velo Cycling Club has a PROLIFIC PAST, a DYNAMIC PRESENT, and perhaps even more important, a BRIGHT and STABLE FUTURE.

First let's take a look at the past. The upcoming year will be the 30th Anniversary of the founding of Canyon Velo. I was not around then, and came on the scene a few years after that event. It is a testimonial to this club's founders (a number of whom are still active members) that this club has not only survived but in fact has a long history of excellence for nearly 30 years. There are a number of current members who held leadership roles in the club over the years and are responsible for building the sterling reputation of Canyon Velo as one of the Premier Cycling Clubs of Southern California. This club has been home, since the early years, to World, National, and State Champions and club members have always had a "Winning Legacy" when it comes to the competitive racing arena. In addition, Canyon Velo has historically participated in and/or supported numerous charitable and other worthy causes through cycling. Current and future club members are the beneficiaries of this legacy and have the honor of continuing these traditions.

Read more: President's Message

by Sue Griesbach

The 2014 race season is fast approaching, and in addition to the ever-popular State Championship events and time trial series', there are several events that usually draw lots of Canyon Velo club members.  First and foremost is our own annual race, the Roger Millikan Memorial Criterium on Sunday February 9.  This is the club's primary supply of funding for the year, and our only sponsored event.  We need club members and family members to volunteer to help out.  Pat Meagher will again serve as Volunteer Coordinator.  Thanks Pat for all you do!  There will be information on volunteer sign-ups coming out soon.

There are currently about 11 club members signed up to do the Stagecoach Century on January 18 in Ocotillo, including two team time trial teams.  This is not a USCF race, but it is a timed event if you care to know your results.  I'm pretty sure that Paul Leek holds some of the course records out there.  Get in some early season miles, there's still time to sign up!  More info here.

March brings the Southern California tradition of riding the Solvang Century.  Again, this is not a USCF event, but a well-organized event with great scenery, and lots of fun for the whole family to spend a few days escaping from LA.  Book your hotel room early, as things always fill up.  The ride is on March 8, and more info is here.

The SCNA Master's Championships are early this year!  The Master's championships will be in Bakersfield on April 19, and the Super Master's championships will be in San Luis Rey on April 26.  Watch the SCNA race calendar for more details.

April 27 is the date for this year's annual Diabetes Ship to Shore ride.  Another non-USCF event that can be whatever you want it to be.  There will be racer boys at the front, and lots of casual riders following along behind them.  The route goes over the big blue bridge, and through Palos Verdes so you get to see lots of places we don't normally ride.  Three CV members are signed up for our team so far.  Sign up or donate to their fundraising here.  

The SCNA Individual Time Trial championships will be held on May 24 in the usual Lake Los Angeles location, with the TTT events on May 31.

Join the company of your teammates at some of these great events!

by Dave Bell

As more riders join in on the Thursday and Sunday morning rides, I thought it might be a good idea to remind each member the proper technique in riding in a paceline.

The ideal paceline maintains the exact same speed throughout the ride. The single biggest mistake if for the rider in second position to accelerate in order to overtake the first rider. This is NOT how it works! The rider at the front maintains a consistent pace and moves into the wind when they are finished with their pull (typically, we just get in the habit of moving over to the right). The front rider is responsible for maintaining the same speed, moving over to the side when they are finished (at the same speed), and begin to slow only after moving out of the line. The second rider DOES NOT CHANGE SPEED. In fact, the entire group stays the same speed at all times. Only the rider coming off the front slows down long enough for the group to pass and get back on. If you are feeling strong, stay at the front longer - NOT faster! If you want to sit in, stay towards the back and allow the rotating riders back in ahead of your position.

Avoid the following 5 mistakes:
1. Speeding up when it is your turn at the front - this is normally caused by adrenaline or lack of experience.
2. Staying at the front so long you slow down the group.
3. Missing rotations and then going to the front and increasing the speed because you are well rested.
4. Slowing your speed at the front before moving out of the paceline.
5. Do not move into the top rotating positions unless you plan on taking a pull at the front.

A smooth, consistent ride is more enjoyable for all riders.

 by Sue Griesbach

Scenic2LRCanyon Velo had a sizeable contingent in the annual Solvang Century held on March 10. For some, this is an annual trek north to escape the hectic freeway-laden world of Los Angeles, spend some quality time with a loved one, and breathe in fresh air filled with the scents of Danish pastries and candy. For others, it's an early season test of one's strength and endurance. A low-key way to test the legs. How are they compared to last spring? How am I doing compared to some of the other California studs and studdettes?

Read more: Solvang Century - A Day To Remember



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