Every rider knows the importance of a good set of lights. GLK is lucky enough to have the support of Cygolite, a bike light company that has been around since 1991. They make some of the best lights on the market that are designed and assembled right here in southern California. They have helped us stay a bit safer on our weekly night rides and during the occasional night alley cat.
The Expilion model is the model used by yours truly and most of the GLK team.
As you can see these things are bright! Perfect for dark canyon road and river bed rides. They have plenty of modes to save battery in the more populated areas. If you’re looking for something not quite as intense as the Expilion there’s several more to choose from on their site at www.cygolite.com . If you would like to purchase these lights support your local shop! Almost every shop will be able to order them if they are not in stock. Come out on our Monday night rides if you’d like to see these lights in action first hand!
It was hot, the roads were narrow, and the competition was fast. Ladera ranch started off the way it ended. With bangs everywhere. Crashes in turn 1 and 4 primarily cut fields down, and slowed up races leaving win predictions in the air from cat5s to the pro races. The cat 4 race was faster than any race we’ve seen all season, speeds of 30+mph kept the pain faces on all 40 minutes. A big crash in turn one only 4 laps in shredded the field and had everyone out of the saddle to catch the lead wheels. James Stocker and Joseph Griffith fought through and ended with helmets up, and rubber down. James came out of turn 4 2nd just in front of yet another gnarly crash over the center divider, (the same divider james hopped over and CX’d his way through to pick up a sweet $60 prime) and held the spot through the sprint finish for the podium! Joseph however was just behind the crash and had to kick one more time to stay in top 15 finish count. In the cat 3 race Jerry Rios had his first taste of hurt, but it wont hold him back. He finished up the race with his OTR team mate John Lance. Considering the 38+mph kick for the last 3 laps. I’d say he done good.
That sweet sweet podium.
The day was long with no end to the heat, but thanks to our team and friends efforts, the day had no short supply of good times. GLK went deep into the fixed gear qualifying with 7 riders and managed to get 5 of them into the final along side big names like Chaz Christiansen (MASH), Mark Marino (CadenceXlow), and Alvin Escajeda (Leader Bikes), just to name a few. Shezad , Jerry Rios, and our junior rider Alexis played the odds and brought our their road bikes for some geared fun too. In the end we had GLK in the top 10 for both fixed and road finales! What the fuck else could we ask for?! Wolfpack put on truly great event with this crit. With beer gardens, gold sprints, city cross, and beer races there was plenty going on, not just for the riders, but for the community. A huge thank you to our sponsors A*P*X*, Whittier Cyclery, and THRONE CYCLES for keeping us on two wheels with great products. JT Delivery for assuring our equipment was transported to the race safely, Frumentos Deli for keeping the carbs coming, and Lagunitas for making sure the after party is always tasty. The Unified Title Series is underway, and we cant wait for the next one. Now excuse me while i rush to Dana Point and catch James Stoker, and Jerry Rios make #hoodratvelo proud at the grand prix. See you all on the roads, and on the course.
Serious progress for our Cat 4 Star Jerry Rios was made over the weekend at the San Dimas Stage Race. Coming in the top 10 during the Mountain Time Trial he saved plenty of leg for the RR managing an impressive second place in the Road Race around Bonelli Park. Our teammates Shezad Bruce, and James Stocker were caught up in the mix behind one of the many crashes but managed to dust off and prep for the next day’s stage race (James would later find he was DQ’d due to cut off times and not allowed to race the crit). Jerry held on to good time and fought for his jersey when necessary . He pulled out 4th place in the Cat 4 Crit, which put him in 2nd place overall for SDSR Cat 4 GC, only seconds away from Brian Washburn (BWASH). For GLK’s first stage race this season we couldn’t ask for more… The moral is high and the team is prepping for greater things.
See ya next year SDSR.
One of our team riders was interviewed by LA Weekly after the event.
Initiated by Jerry Ramos, an O.G. marathon crasher, and one of his Whittier Cyclery teammates, we totally smoked the cops for a while. “[Me and my teammate] were screaming ‘[LAPD] won’t hit you! Just go!” And so we did. And you know what? LAPD didn’t hit us.
Here is a link to the article: http://goo.gl/4EfUkZ
We’re approaching a new year so fast it feels like we’re spinning out! A great deal of studying and hard work has been spent in the saddle, and some times on the tarmac shaving those skin grams. So much learned , but we can never know enough. Here are some highlights of the past 6 months or so.
Deep in the pain cave at Fortune 700 for the Jerry squad
We took part in great races this season (Wolfpack Hustle series, Fortune 700, DTLA grand prix, King of turnbull, E11 crit, to name a few). In the Socal Cycling game Shezad Bruce, and James D Stoker got their podium fame with some 1st place wins at the cat 5′ resume builders for Shezad, and James against huge fields
In this game things change, and we have to harness that change for the better. In that spirit Jerry Rios has moved away from the GLK team and joined up with LA rivals(In racing, not in the community of course ) GSS or better known as the Gorilla Smash Squad. I’d like to take the time to wish him the best and even better, say how much i cant wait to race against him. Good luck bud, you’ll be missed, but its not like we dont see him every week anyway. 2014 is looking to be an interesting year. Stay posted for some more GLK news….Im out for a spin.
CicLAvia – Heart of LA returns to the streets that started it all as we explore downtown Los Angeles on bike, foot, stroller and many more creative means of locomotion. The Heart of LA route follows in the footsteps of our first five events and helps Angelenos rediscover the origins of the City of Angels. Whether you’ve ridden these streets before or are new to CicLAvia, the Heart of LA route promises something new to discover.