Weekly Roundup: Fourth of July, Tour de France & National CiclaValley Day!

2015, where have you gone?

We’re already halfway done, but at least it’s time to bask at our most glorious time: our midway point!

We celebrate our nation’s greatest holiday, the Tour de France launches and let’s not forget Independence Day as well.

In case you  don’t know, July 6th is national CiclaValley Day! Yes, Mr. CiclaValley was birthed on this date sometime loosely in the late 20th century(the exact year is kinda blurry).

Just like you, I plan on just calling today Monday, but if today you randomly quote the “Karate Kid”, add the 818 prefix to all calls or gag yourself with a spoon, it’ll bring a little smile to this leathery face.

So far, the only cycle-centric gift I can share is this jersey:


You live long enough, someone will get you a jersey add you to their drinking team, regardless of taste. If you’re able to study the details, this jersey hails from Romania and even has my name personalized(although misspelled). Despite the jersey’s message, I promise not to imbibe at any point while wearing this green and yellow sheath.

The Tour de France kicked off Saturday in the Netherlands setting the tone for what looks like to be a very exciting 102nd edition. Stage one featured Rohan Dennis edging out favorites Fabian Cancellara and Dan Martin in a 13.8km time trial. Sunday’s stage looked tame on paper, but the wind played havoc on Nairo Quintana and reigning champ Vincenzo Nibili’s yellow jersey aspirations.

  Andre Greipel powers past a fading Mark Cavendish to win Stage 2 and take control of the Green Jersey.  

While Greipel took the stage, Fabian Cancellara(bottom) takes third and possession of the yellow jersey after Cavendish lazily pulls up.

Another highlight: The great crowds of Utrecht.


Meanwhile, back here in the good ole’ US of CiclaValley the city was gripped by cycling fever as families everywhere took to the street to celebrate the Fourth of July.

In my little hood of Valley Village, not only was our parade the largest in history, but was joined by such dignitaries as Congressman Brad Sherman, Councilman Paul Krekorian, City Attourney Mike Feuer, State Senator Bob Hertzberg and State Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian!

One official mentioned the possibility of adding temporary no parking along the route for next year. Me excited already!



The type of bike gang you want to roll with.



I’m going to have to check the specs on this.



This was our Lanterne Rouge.


Let’s also give a shout to the valley adjacent Bike SGV for rolling in the Hacienda Heights Fourth of July Parade.