Okay VeloViet Sunday Brothers and Sisters... we are going into home turf of the A1 crew (aka the Saturday Malibu Crew). The Saturday Crew have been training on the Malibu hills for a few months now, they will have an advantage of scoping out the terrain on Saturday without us, they have massage ladies after their Saturday ride, they have a sag car filled with steaks and eggs on their Saturday ride, they will sleep an extra 1-1/2 hour on Sunday, and they will be strong!
But we Sunday Malibu riders have heart and determination! We will hunt and attack these Saturday animals until we catch 'em all on the hills. We will be a larger army than they are. We will go into Malibu stealthly and take out the heart of the Saturday Crew, just like SEAL Team 6 with Bin Laden. You can run Saturday Crew...but you can't hide!
So Sunday Brothers and Sisters... come on out to Malibu and help! Do not fear.... we will not leave an injured rider behind. We have the sag car on Sunday too. Do not fear good pain... embrace it!
ATTACK... ATTACK... ATTACK!!!
The Saturday Crew enjoyed a day of relaxation, full body massages, and wine by the sea, while the Sunday Crew burned in the Sun working hard to clear the local bike trail full of rocks. Here is picture of some of the Saturday Crew dining by the stars at Duke's restaurant.
Photo - The Gorgeous VeloViet Ladies
Kidding!!! I think the Saturday Crew did a tough ride. I did not ride but perhaps folks whho went can tell us a bit about it.
ATTACK... ATTACK... ATTACK!!!
Unfortunately, I was on the receiving end of the attack. Those Saturday riders were still strong! Both Lukes (The Beast and Kazu) were here today and they were going nutz on them hills. Both the guys were feed off each other's energy and lit up the first hills of Latigo!
Photo - The Sunday Attack Crew
Photo - Front Riders Luke and Luke
Photo - The Pack Chasing
The pack chased hard after these two, and contained some of our best climbers: Billy, Gerardo, Arnel, and Hoa. This front group disappeared quickly as the roads turns steeply upward.
Photo - Gerardo focusing on the Climb with Arnel Following
Photo - Second Pack Chasing
Kristy (aka Queen of the Mountain) was all serious on the climb. She had her game face on and up the pace on the steeper section of Latigo. She had all the guys, including me and Cap't, scrambling to respond.
Photo - Kristy... All Focus in the Climb
There were a total of 2 sag vehicles: Master Photographer Allen and Haldane in the car and Yvonne, Chanh's wife, and his daughter in the van. Allen and Haldane were hopping back and forth on the route, stopping to take photos or passing a rider a drink, while Yvonne were carrying the main food and drinks. Both sag teams performed flawlessly!
Photo - Haldane Giving Toan a Push
Photo - Haldane Delivering Water to Kristy
Photo - Sag Van and the VeloViets
A little later, it was Thomas throwing down the hammer and gunning for it. Hoa and I was nearby, and only Hoa was able to respond to this acceleration.
Photo - Thomas Making a Move on Hoa
Photo - Ironman Practicing His "Top of Climb" Winning Gesture
At the halfway mark, we enjoyed a little rest at the Biker Bar. I had a chance to snap a few more photos.
Photo - First Crew to Biker Bar
Photo - My Ducati is Faster than Your Ducati!
Photo - That is a NICE Bike!
Photo - Uyen and Roxy
Photo - VeloViet Crew at Halfway Point
We proceeded back up Latigo. Everyone was slowly going away from me and initially I thought I was just tired. A little later, I started bouncing on the road and looked down. Darn it... an almost flat tire!
As I was changing, a few VeloViets came up and I waved them on. Uyen and her friend though was adamant in staying and making sure I had no other mechanical issues. Thanks Uyen!
Off we went again and reached the crew in front who waited for us on top of the hill. Seems like there were a couple of cute bikers there and the guys wanted any kind of excuses to stop and chat with these folks.
Photo - Keith Chatting with a Couple of Cute Bikers that We Met
We quickly descend Latigo and rolled back to the car. Time to eat!
Photo - Time for Some Lobster Tail!
Photo - Hey... That is A Lot of Shrimp!
Photo - Master Photographer Allen Bean On The Other Side of the Camera
Photo - Paulina and Cap't Preparing to Order a Feast
Photo - Sang and Uyen Getting Ready to Order Some Chow
Having a brew after a hard ride is the best! We all toasted to Anh Minh (aka Ride 4 Beer) who could not joined us today. Here is to you Anh Minh!
Photo - Anh Minh... Here is a Toast to You!
Photo - Duc and Billy Enjoying a Brew
Of course a good ride must end with some group photos. Well here are some!
Photo - Tom Cruise and Kristy
Photo - VeloViet Beach Team
Photo - Beach Group
The kids had a great time playing in the sand, while the wives gossip. My wife Tina had a great time hanging out at the beach with Tammy, Kiet's wife. These two were the only ones on there as the other ladies were probably out shopping!
Photo - Going to Find Me Some Treasure!
Photo - Burried in the Sand
Photo - Marcel and Sebastian of Team 6 Found and Slay The Beast
I thought today's ride was actually easy... but I did not do the ride yesterday which I was told was a lot harder. These folks who rode both days were absolutely beat after today's ride. Here is a photo that described what they felt!
Photo - The Vultures Came Out for a Feast on Today's Casualties
Special thanks again to Allen for those gorgeous photos, Haldane for pushing us up those hills, Yvonne for carrying food and water to us, and Yvonne's daughter for supporting her mom in the van. All the e-mails are buzzing back and forth already from riders voicing their appreciation to the #1 sag team!
See you all on the road soon! I hoped you enjoyed the brief recap and pictures!