YO! MFS CRIBZ: California Edition
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YO! MFS CRIBZ: California Edition

In this episode of YO! MFS Cribz, Manual for Speed has been granted exclusive and unprecedented access in the Los Angeles area homes of five seasoned pros to catch a glimpse of their decadent SoCal lifestyles.

IYO! MFS CRIBZ: California Edition

There is no denying that the world’s top cyclists are a breed apart, they are competitive thoroughbreds, human wunderkind graced with nearly limitless physical prowess. What they do on a bike, with their seemingly effortless speed and cagey instincts, is a sight to behold. A sight that creates hordes of ravenous fans and colorful motorcades that stretch beyond the horizon, a sight that fuels respectable economies and liberates the oppressed. These demi-gods are responsible for all of it, a great gift and a great burden, a weight that takes considerable effort to support even for those granted such remarkable powers. Even with all of their stamina and endurance, these cycling phenoms need a place where they can recover, hydrate, and watch House of Cards. Superman has his fortress, Batman his cave, and these real life superheros, they have their apartments, condos, and flats.

 

In this episode of YO! MFS Cribz, Manual for Speed has been granted exclusive and unprecedented access to the Los Angeles area homes of six seasoned pros to catch a glimpse of their decadent SoCal lifestyles. YO! MFS CRIBZ California Edition art by Brian Kaspr.

IIPhil Gaimon

Years in the House: 0.5

 

Estimated Number of Days Spent in the House Per Year: Phil estimates he’ll be around 150-175. Jen around 275. Some of those days even overlap!

 

Number of Miles to Nearest Coffee Shop: .3

 

Favorite training ride:

Phil: When friends visit, we take them on the Hollywood tourist route: Up Multiview Canyon to escape The Valley, down Nichols Canyon into the city, through Hollywood Blvd to Griffith Park, climbing up to the Hollywood sign.

Jen: Everyone loves getting a pic with the James Dean bust at the Griffith Park Observatory. I also like riding the Santa Monica Mountains on the west side and stopping at Old Place on Mulholland for a bottle of Coke on hot days.

 

Five Favorite Features and/or Possessions:
Phil: I love the townhouse lifestyle: you can lock it up, turn everything off, and leave for as long as you want. The plants are gonna be dead, but the leftovers are fine.

Jen: The leftovers are actually NOT fine. But Phil has a stomach of steel and a level of guilt about throwing away food. My favorite possessions are my guitars, my first bike I had as a kid, and my collection of old photographs that document my childhood through my teenage rebel years.

Phil: Proximity to Toluca Lake, with its many fine coffee shops and eateries. This allows us to ride the tandem bike to dinner on a regular basis.

Jen: I like it when Phil lets me ride the front of the tandem.

 

Favorite Secret Spot in SoCal:

Phil: The Magic Tree aka The Wisdom Tree at the top of Cahuenga Peak. It’s a 30 minute hike up to the top. History states that Ginger Rogers turned down Howard Hughes’ marriage proposal there, after he planted the tree for that very occasion. There’s also a plaque dedicated to Hugh Hefner further down the trail, which dumps you out at the back of the Hollywood sign.

 

As specifically as possible, what roads would you take to get to Venice Beach? Any traffic related anecdotes are appreciated.

Phil: I would take Multiview up to Mulholland, dodge potholes all way through Beverly Hills to Sepulveda, and down Sepulveda—but be careful at the stop sign, because there’s a cop that loves to give tickets to cyclists right there. There’s a shortcut to San Vicente through Veteran’s Park, but I always miss the turn and take Wilshire. Then take San Vicente all the way down (probably stopping at Cafe Luxxe) to the ocean, heading south to Venice from there.

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The Gaimon + Whalen Home
b. 28 January, 1986 in Columbus, OH. Currently rides for Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies. #kasualklub
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IIITino Alzate

Years in the House: 3

 

Estimated Number of Days Spent in the House Per Year: 180+

 

Number of Miles to Nearest Coffee Shop: 10k

 

Favorite training ride:

To Thousand Oaks, down through Malibu and then Santa Monica.

 

Five Favorite Features and/or Possessions:

  1. My health.
  2. Riding my bike.
  3. Video games.
  4. Drinking coffee.
  5. Foosball.

 

Favorite Secret Spot in SoCal:

The beaches in Ventura.

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The Alzate Home
b. 1989, Tuluå, Colombia. Currently rides for Champion System-Stan's No Tubes (also pictured, teammates Bryan Gomez and Demis Aleman). Tino has been a semi-permanent fixture in the Ferro home, who have been hosting him (and others) since his days with Team Exergy several years ago.
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IVMichelle Khare

Years in the House: 0.75

 

Estimated Number of Days Spent in the House Per Year: I have no idea.

 

Number of Miles to Nearest Coffee Shop: 0.1 miles.

 

Favorite training ride:

The La Grange Nichols Sunday Pain Cave Ride!

 

Five Favorite Features and/or Possessions:

  1. Balcony.
  2. Indoor wall-mounted bike rack.
  3. Natural light.
  4. My cycling-related art.
  5. [Michelle didn’t name a fifth thing.]

 

Favorite Secret Spot in SoCal:

My favorite spot to go to is the outlook at the top of Saddle Peak in the Santa Monica mountains. You can see from the valley to downtown to the ocean! Well worth the climb. 🙂

 

As specifically as possible, what roads would you take to get to Venice Beach? Any traffic related anecdotes are appreciated.

After about 15 minutes of junk miles, I can hop on the LA river bike path which is a straight shot from Culver City to Venice Beach completely secluded from cars. I wish Los Angeles had more secluded bike paths like this!

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The Khare Home
b. 10 August, 1992 in Shreveport, LA. Currently rides for BMW p/b Happy Tooth.
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VTom Soladay

Years in the House: 3

 

Estimated Number of Days Spent in the House Per Year: 150

 

Number of Miles to Nearest Coffee Shop: One mile. Not to disappoint but I don’t do coffee shop rides. I mostly drink decaf at home and prefer to be pedaling when I’m suited up.

 

Favorite training ride:

I created the “local hills ride” a few years ago. It consists of all the steep neighborhood roads I know between Glendale, Pasadena and the base of the Angeles National Forest. 2,500+ ft of climbing per hour for 4 hrs. All of that and yet I’m never further than 10 miles from home, no climb takes longer than 15 minutes and you never repeat a hill in the same direction. Ecstasy. (Secretly, I like that I can quit/bonk at any point and be close to home!)

 

Five Favorite Features and/or Possessions:

  1. On-demand TV shows with my wife.
  2. Popcorn maker with Kerrigold.
  3. Electric skillet that fits French toast and bacon simultaneously.
  4. Body pillow for side sleeping (between the knees).
  5. My two-tone wedding band.

 

Favorite Secret Spot in SoCal:

There’s a hidden neighborhood in the hills of north Glendale that you’ll only find if I take you. It’s a small little cutout but for those few blocks I forget where I am.

 

As specifically as possible, what roads would you take to get to Venice Beach? Any traffic related anecdotes are appreciated.

Venice Beach?!?! I’m married and in my 30s now. Am I cool enough to go there? The closest I get is by riding the San Gabriel River Trail down to Seal Beach.

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The Soladay Home
b. 20 August, 1983 in Bethesda, MD. Currently rides for Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies.
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VIJesse Anthony

Years in the House: 1.5

 

Estimated Number of Days Spent in the House Per Year: 170

 

Number of Miles to Nearest Coffee Shop: 4.5

 

Favorite training ride:

Out Hidden Valley to Westlake Blvd, down Decker, up Mulholland Hwy climb, across upper Encinal, down Kanan, up Latigo, down and back up Rockstore, across top of Mulholland, down Westlake blvd, across Hidden Valley back home.

 

Five Favorite Features and/or Possessions:

  1. 2-car garage.
  2. Weber grill on the back porch.
  3. Shun chef’s knife.
  4. Quiet side street.
  5. Big kitchen.

 

Favorite Secret Spot in SoCal:

No secret, but Pedalers Fork is my absolute favorite spot.

 

As specifically as possible, what roads would you take to get to Venice Beach? Any traffic related anecdotes are appreciated.

If I were driving to Venice Beach I would take the 101 to the 405, get off at Venice Blvd and roll down to VB.  If I were riding, I’d head out Hidden Valley to Westlake Blvd, up Westlake to Mulholland, across the top up Mulholland to Kanan, right on Kanan, left on Latigo, up and over the top of Latigo down to the PCH and take the PCH down to Santa Monica.  From Santa Monica, I’d take Channel Rd to Ocean Ave, and across Ocean Ave down to VB.

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The Anthony Home
b. 12 June, 1985 in Beverly, MA. Currently rides for Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies.
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VIIStefano Barberi

Years in the House: 2.5

 

Estimated Number of Days Spent in the House Per Year: 200

 

Number of Miles to Nearest Coffee Shop: In Southern California there is a Starbucks every mile in every direction.

 

Favorite training ride:

Probably something with Decker Canyon but most roads interconnect somewhere, so I don’t usually make a set plan for a route. I just figure out what I’m trying to accomplish that day and let that dictate the route.

 

Five Favorite Features and/or Possessions:

  1. Cats.
  2. Evo.
  3. Bed, for it’s positions.
  4. High ceilings.
  5. Natural light.

 

Favorite Secret Spot in SoCal:

I’m gonna go ahead and keep it secret. SoCal sucks, it’s expensive, over populated, lots of traffic, no roads (or trails) to ride, smog and pollution everywhere, and too hot… Jesse and Phil will vouch for me: it’s no Boulder.

 

As specifically as possible, what roads would you take to get to Venice Beach? Any traffic related anecdotes are appreciated.

If I had to ride there I would leave here and head to Potrero, through Hidden Valley, take a right on Westlake Blvd/Decker and head towards PCH. cool 10-12 minute climb with some steep ramps followed by a steep six mile downhill to PCH, then head south on PCH through Malibu and eventually end up in Venice Beach. I don’t normally go that far South on PCH just because it’s a bit busier that way than it is say North of Topanga Canyon.

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The Barberi Home
b. 27 March, 1984 in São Paulo, Brazil. Currently rides for California Giant Cycling.
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