Lights... Camera... Action!!!
The 2011 VeloViet season officially ended last night with a Hollywood-themed, end-of-year, Christmas party at Mac's bachelor pad. The men and women of the VeloViet Cycling Club came out dressed to "thrill" and brought along their dancing shoes. Here is how the party went...
My family and I arrived at 7 PM and the party has just got started. I honestly did not recognized some members without their cycling kits as people came up to me and said hi. I quickly break out the camera and took photos. Here are pictures of some of the members in their party gear.
Photo - Brian, Larry, DuyAnh, Kevin, and Guests
Photo - Big Minh, Kiet, and Brian
Photo - Mrs FedEx, FedEx, Guest, Kristy, Sarah, and Haldane
Photo - Keith, Ironman, Ted, and BaoAnh's Date Christina
Photo - Donovan, BigH, Kazu, FedEx, and Brian
Folks were circulating around as you can see from the photos. Here are some more photos of members chatting with one another.
Photo - Steve and Haldance Having a Good Laugh
Photo - Andy and Mac Warming Up to Each Other
Photo - Donovan and Anh Minh Enjoying the Food
Photo - Best of Friends Ironman and The Archer Kazu
Photo - Tuan Rubbing BigH's Bald Head for Cycling Luck
Photo - The 3 Amigos, Thang, Chi, and Steve
There were a few folks capturing the moment. I was taking pictures, along with Jonathan and Kiet, while Cuong was working the video camera. Here we are in action:
Photo - Phong Taking a Brief Rest from Taking Pictures
Photo - Cuong Working the Video Camera
Photo - Photographer Jonathan Resting Prior to a Shoot
Most members brought their significant other to the party. I was introduced to a quite a few spouses and fiances. In between taking photos, I got a chance to talk "bike" with Rose's husband Peter who is a Cat 3 racer. Peter and Rose moved from Chicago, and he was saying that he is surprised folks were not riding in 60 degrees weather as this is still "ridable" temperature to him. I cracked up when I heard this, and mentioned that OC folks won't come out of bed if temperature is in the 60s, let alone ride! We gotta talk to Rose and ask her to bring Peter out soon.
Here are some photos of couples.
Photo - Rose and Her Husband Pete
Photo - Lisa and Long
Photo - Sang and His Wife
Photo - DuyAnh and His Date
Photo - Ngoc and His Wife
Photo - Danny and His Wife
Photo - James and Minh
Photo - Hung and His Wife
Photo - Andy and His Date
Photo - Billy and Our Bartender Amy
Ladies, ladies, ladies... All of the VeloViet Ladies and member's spouses were absolutely gorgeous! Everyone was dressed to impressed as the theme was Hollywood!
I was blown away at how nice some of our gals were looking in short skirt dresses and curly hair. Those cycling kits, helmet, and glasses do not do any justice to our ladies. Check them out below.
Photo - Uyen Posing Hollywood Style
Photo - Kristy and Sarah
Photo - Nancy, Tammy, and Tina
Photo - Minh, Guest, Karen, and Thu
Photo - Sarah and Paulina
Photo - Julie and Co
Photo - Lilliana and Kristy
Photo - Mimi, Minh, and Karen
This is a family affair so kids were present as well. Here is some photos of the future of the VeloViet club!
Photo - Chris, Marcel, Emily, and Sebastian
Photo - KyAnh's Fashionable Son
Photo - Father and Son, Brian and Blake
Photo - Marcel and Mom Lilliana
Photo - Nancy and Her Daughter
Photo - KyAnh's and Family
At 8 PM sharp, the program started with Thomas playing the Master of Ceremony. He talked a little about the club and the rides that we had in 2011.
Next the microphone was turned over to Keith to present the non-cycling awards. There were a lot of members who supported us off the bike and these folks were officially recognized first. Here are some of the recognitions:
Photo - Awards Ready to be Handed Out
Photo - Public Relations, Me!
Photo - Sport Director, Haldane
Photo - Biggest Loser, Steve (Lost 45 lbs Since Riding with the VeloViets!)
Photo - Recruiter of the Year, Rock Racing Brothers
Photo - Contributor of the Year, Cuong
Then came the cycling awards. Everyone have gotten so good this year that the selection were extremely hard. The winners are:
Photo - Best Tandem Crew, Billy and Co
Photo - Mr Century, Keith
The most recognizable cycling awards have got to be the King and Queen of the Mountain awards. To earn this most treasured awards, one have got to have done the epic rides involving the highest catagory climbs.
On the lady's side, Queen Kristy captured the QoM through her accomplishments on the GMR and Malibu mountains. I still remember Kristy putting the hurt to me on those hills in Malibu!
Photo - Our Podium Boy Luke Handing Out the "Queen of the Mountain Award" to Kristy
On the men's side, this award have been held in the past couple of years by the mountain man FedEx. This year though, newcomer The Archer Kazu showed that he is a climbing force to be reckon with as Kazu captured the 2011 KoM. On GMR, Luke Kazu captured the first place prized to the Baldy Village, and in Malibu, he was consistently one of the dominating forces on the front.
I can't wait for 2012 as I believe these two mountain men, FedEx and Kazu, will clash fighting on the high slopes. There too will be a handful of other lightweight cyclists that will chalenge these phenom climbers.
Photo - The Archer Kazu Excited in Receiving the "King of the Mountain" Award
The most outstanding cycling award in the Tour de France is the yellow jersey general classification (GC). In the VeloViet club, the GC too is the most outstanding award, as it recognized a cyclist who not only can climb, but who can perform in all terrain. That award goes to...
Photo - Best Overall, The Beast Luke
Now we get to talk about what to expect next year. Haldane, FedEx, and Luke spoke about the 2012 Bike Clinics, the mid-week bike training, and the need for more volunteers for our growing club. Here are the guys in action:
Photo - FedEx Talked About the New Mid-Week Training Rides
Photo - Luke Talked About Future Volunteering Needs
Photo - Haldane Talked About the 2012 Bike Clinics
Ok all the cycling awards handed out, time to recognized our valuable sponsors. Here are some of our sponsors:
Photo - Steve Getting Recognize for California's Teriyaki Grill Sponsorship
Photo - Keith Receiving the CDM Capital Sponsorship Award
Photo - Mac Doing the Dance for the MacTax Sponsorship Award
Something not on Captain's agenda is our surprise recognition for the positions of VeloViet Co-Captain and Captain. Toan has been Captain's right-hand man, working on the rides as A2 Road Captain and behind the scene at all of the VeloViet events. A well deserved recognition!
Photo - Toan Getting Recognized as Co-Captain of the Year
For Captain's trophy, I told the story of when I first met Thomas. When I met Thomas in 2008, he used to come out to our rides with his color coordinated yellow shoes, yellow kit, and yellow bike. So I used to think of Thomas as Mr. Bling-Bling based upon his appearance.
Then I found out that he can used his legs on the bike as well. In the 2009 Palm Springs Century, Thomas and Scott pulled Long and I around for the entire 103 miles. On those previous Sunday's rides, he used to hurt us Newbies as he was so strong!
As I got to know Thomas in this past couple of years, I began to see his leadership style. he has a quiet and commanding style that works well in a large diverse group like ours. I honestly don't think there is anyone else that can lead the VeloViets but Captain Thomas. Congrats Cap't!
Photo - Captain Getting Smooched by the Podium Girls and Recognized for His Achievement as Captain of the Year
All the awards handed out, all the speeches done, now it is time to get down and PARTY!!!
The live music was performed by none other than the Rock Racing Lam Brothers. These 4 brothers were jamming on the bongos and on their guitars, occasionally accompanied by the female singers that they brought. Man... these guys are talented!
Photo - The Lam Brothers Jamming
Photo - Loi Working the Bongo Drums
Photo - Gorgeous Singers Brought by the Rock Racers
Photo - Party Singer Toasting the VeloViet Cycling Club
Photo - Uyen and Lilliana Enjoying the Live Music
The OC cyclists proved that they can use their legs for other things beside cycling. Here the VeloViet members and their guests got busy on the dance floor in front of the band.
Photo - Guests Ready to Hit the Dance Floor
Photo - Mac Boogying Down
Photo - The Ladies Getting Busy on the Inside Dance Floor
Photo - Captain Showing Us He Can Dance
Photo - The Outside Dance Floor Was Crowded
The 2011 VeloViet season ended with a big Christmas party. Special thanks goes to Billy, Co, and Julie who help lead the pkanning of this party. Once again, camaraderie and friendship were solidify in this festive off-the-bike celebration. It's not just about the bike... but the parties as well ;-)
From the VeloViet Family, and from my family, I wish a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our members, our friends, our supporters, and to you all who follow us on the VeloViet Blog. Here is to the 2012 season, and we hope to see you cycling on the OC roads!
Photo - Phong and Family Wishing You a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!