Dear VeloViet Family and Friends,
We definitely end the year with a lot of fun! First it was the XMAS party and yesterday, the VeloViet hosted another fun bike clinic, the Descend Clinic. The goal for this bike clicnic was to stress safety in the art of descending, and to teach our new and current members the right technique in going downhill. Master Racer Haldane conducted the Descend Clinic.
Master Racer brought a top-notch training crew with him. Assisting Haldane is Jacques DeVore, an accomplished cyclist and endurance coach to professional sport teams, Luke "The Beast", our best descender in the VeloViet club, and Cap't Thomas, our leader of the VeloViet club.
It was freaking COLD in Malibu!!! I had on 3 layers, plus a newspaper stuff behind my jersey, and was still freezing! Note to self... don't forget to bring the full-finger gloves next time!
Here are some photos of Haldane in action instructing us at the meeting point.
Photo - Haldane Drawing Out Details of a Downhill Turn
Photo - VeloViet Members Listen Intently
Our lightweight climbers and world-class descenders were especially excited about this clinic, as this is an opportunity to showcase their strengths to the Veloviet club. Climbers like Uyen "The Puma" and Rock Racing Trio sharpen their claws and prepare their gameplan for a mass attack uphill.
Photo - The Puma Posing Before the Attack!
Photo - Rock Racing Crew
Photo - Kristy and Nancy Ready for the Climb
A customary photoshoot before we depart.
Photo - Pack at the Bike Clinic
Photo - The Gorgeous Ladies at Today's Clinic
Photo - The Guys in Multiple Layers of Cold Weather Clothing
Game on and the climbing starts! Man was it cold in Malibu! I was shivering early in the climb and thought I should have brought that extra jacket. I sure don't know how Quang and our VeloViet Minnesota Crew can even ride in colder weather than this!
I resorted to sprinting uphill trying to warm myself up. Certain folks I noticed were so happy in the climb, especially our 2011 Queen-of-the-Mountain Kristy. Kristy was grinning from ear-to-ear on these hills while the rest of us were gritting our teeths mashing up the Piuma hill.
Photo - VeloViet Pack Climbing Up Piuma
Photo - QoM Kristy is Looking the Happiest on the Climb!
We regroup about a quarter up the climb. Here, Haldane and Jacques dishes out additional instructions on the descend. Tips like inside leg up, push down on outside leg, brake before the turn, entering the turn farthest from the apex but not go over the yellow line, etc...
Photo - Group at Wait Point #1
Photo - Descend Instructors - Cap't, Haldane, Jacques, and Luke
Then we did a number repeats on descend, climb, descend, in small group, large group, and individual. Instructions and additional critiques were given each time as we climb back up to do the descends again. Race Photographer Allen Bean were situated near the bottom and was taking video and photos of us. Allen got nice photos of some of the folks. Here are some below.
Photo - Cap't Leading the Pack Downhill
Photo - Master Descender Luke "The Beast"
Photo - Jacques Giving Tips to Kevin
Photo - BaoAnh and Guest Garry Leaning into the Curve
Photo - Kevin and Hoa Looking Ahead into the Turn
Photo - Steve Extending His Knee Out into the Turn
Photo - Kiet Looking Sharp Going Downhill in His VeloViet Uniform
Photo - Anh Minh Descending While Riders Climb Uphill
We graduated at this lower level in the hills and climbed to the halfway point of the climb. At the top here, we all had a good laugh as someone mentioned Anh Minh had like 150 psi in his tubular. Haldane mentioned that this high pressure should be reserve for the Velodrome and on the road we should be running only 100 psi.
Photo - Haldane Instructing Anh Minh on Tire Pressure
We did a couple more repeats at this distance, but first even more photos.
Photo - Group at Wait Point #2
Photo - Kristy About to take the VeloViet Ladies Down the Hill
A few of us graduated top-of-the-class and we went all the way up the top of Piuma! Throughout this clinic, I was most impressed with Billy and Co, who not only climbed in their tandem, but also climbed to the top of Piuma!
Photo - Yes... Tandems Can Climb Too!
Photo - Uyen, Phong, Billy, Co, and Luke at Top of Piuma
Bike Clinic over, we return to the car park and went to get something to eat. This is the best time as we got a chance to gossip with each other. I went with the first group to the Pita House and had delicious beef and chicken kabobs. Afterwards we met up with the second group at Canyon Burgers.
Photo - Group #1 at the Pita House
Photo - Group #2 at Canyon Burger & Grill
Photo - Male Models Posing on the Steps of Canyon Burger
A real fun and rewarding day today with the VeloViet Crew! Special thanks to Master Racer Haldane for coordinating and leading this 2011 Descend Clinic. And of course, much thanks to the support staff of Jacques, Luke, Cap't, and Allen.