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Wolfpack Hustle Civic Center Crit

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This past weekend I was able to get in a lot of good riding. Saturday I took a turn on the Calfee Dragonfly Adventure. I rode up to Mulholland, and then west. I kept on riding on the dirt portion until I reached the Backbone Trail heading down to Will Rogers. I hadn’t been on the Backbone Trail since my old mountain biking days, and I was excited to give the trail a go on the Calfee. The ride was excellent, and it really confirmed what I’ve known since childhood – Los Angeles is an excellent city for cycling. The roads and trails are some of the best I’ve ridden anywhere, and the variety is astonishing. To drive home the point, I headed downtown Saturday evening to check out more cycling at the Wolfpack Hustle Civic Center Crit. This was the second edition of the race, but the first I attended. I was quite impressed with the event, and having City Hall as a backdrop was absolutely beautiful. Los Angeles has turned a corner in terms of cycling. Every day on my commute to work, I see more and more cyclists. People are taking to the streets, and I believe the secret is out of the bag: Los Angeles is a year round cycling destination. The beautiful photo above was shot by Loic Zimmermann.



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Mavic 125 Anniversary Project

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Yesterday Mavic took the wraps off the 125 Anniversary Project Bikes. Select builders were chosen to create a commemorative bicycle honoring Mavic’s 125 year history. Bicycles from Argonaut, Lynskey, Mosaic, Ritte and Seven were revealed at “La Maison Jaune” in Newbury Park, just outside Los Angeles. The inspiration for the bikes is the Ksyrium 125 Anniversary wheel, released earlier this year. Aaron Barcheck from Mosaic, Spencer Canon from Ritte, Ben Farver from Argonaut, and Mark Lynskey from Lynskey were all on hand for the unveiling. The bikes feature custom paint schemes as well as custom details like a “Mavic” drop out on the Lynskey. The project was initiated to celebrate innovators in the US cycling industry, all the while celebrating the French company’s rich 125 year history in cycling. Full coverage of the bikes can be seen over at The Radavist.

 



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Breaking Away

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This week has been amazing, as I’ve had the privilege of preparing for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures event at the western anchor of this Sunday’s CicLAvia. To mark the occasion, the Academy Museum will present giant movie stills from the film Breaking Away. In addition, the Masi bicycle from the film will be on display, on loan from the film’s lead actor Dennis Christopher, who will also be on hand for photo opportunities. To prepare for the event, I was able to meet Dennis Christopher, and pick up the bike from its secret location in Los Angeles. Talking with Dennis, and seeing and handling the bike, was magical. Breaking Away was a pivotal film for me, one that easily sits atop my list of favorite films. Being able to connect with some of the history behind it is something I will not forget. I’m having a hard time concentrating at work, as I would prefer to stare at the Masi, and admire all its gorgeous details. The beautifully designed lugs and the top of the line Campagnolo gruppo are wonderful to look at. The stories Dennis shared with me were also amazing. The best part of all this is that anyone attending CicLAvia will be able to do the same. The Masi will be on display all day, and Dennis should be on hand for a few hours starting at about 1pm. I expect there will be a pilgrimage of sorts, and I hope everyone will come out for the day and enjoy looking back into a great bit of film history.



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Jay Mark Johnson @ CicLAvia

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Another great reason to attend the April 6th edition of CicLAvia is this installation by Jay Mark Johnson. This is sponsored by MOPLA (Month of Photography, Los Angeles), and is taking place in front of 5900 Wilshire Boulevard.

In conjunction with the April 6th CicLAvia’s bicycle route of Wilshire Boulvard and with support of the Miracle Mile Chamber, join us for a featured photographic installation by celebrated Los Angeles Artist, Jay Mark Johnson, in front of 5900 Wilshire building. The photographic installation will showcase images of cycling cultures from Los Angeles and Siem Reap, in celebration of the global, cultural interchange and MOPLA’s 2014 theme of Communites + Cultures: Focus on Asia.



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