Bob Fidani's Birthday Moorpapk Ridge Ride. Club members are invited to join us for this scenic ride through the Ventura County foothills. We will be riding past citrus groves, avocado groves, and ranch farms traveling on country roads. Ride distance is 35 miles, with some climbs, gradual descents, and flat roads.
This is a NO GIFT, NO CAKE, birthday cycling event
After ride: BBQ (hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks). Spa/Jacuzzi will be heated and available for those interested.
We will meet at: 4412 Coffeetree Lane, Moorpark, ca. 93021
Call or text for gate code:(805) 501-4457
Time: 8:30 AM
Ride start: 9:00 AM sharp!
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It's been a long week, kinda of like the movie "Groundhog Day" but with better weather. So as the picture below says
The riders assembled in front of Oxnard FD station joined by friends, family and co-workers for the fast 50 miler from Oxnard to the Santa Monica Pier.
Oxnard FD Engine 62 provided an escort to the onramp at Las Posas Rd and Highway 1.
The weather was cool and slightly overcast which is great riding weather. Riding south on the coast towards Malibu and beyond is an incredible experience. The road surface is generally good with just a few moderate hills and a glance towards the open water often finds dolphins providing an "escort" near the shoreline.
We want to thank the department and especially battalion 5 folks for their support in escorting the riders from county line to the pier. After a short refueling break at 88's, the riders were anxious to make the final short push to the pier. It's been a long week with families and friends awaiting their arrival.
With hugs, high-fives and fist bumps all around it was time for a closing ceremony and lunch before we return to our routines as we know them.
Fire Velo welcomed acting Chief Deputy Mark Bennett who rode in with the group from north of Neptune's Net. Chief Bennett's comments of support for the ride and the recognition for the department was well received. Perhaps the chief will ride in 2014 where he'll simply been known as Mark, for our ride has no rank.
Fire Velo made presentations of framed jerseys to the following;
Annenberg foundation for their grant which made it possible to purchase and outfit our support trailer.
Retired Culver City Deputy Chief Neil Petzing for his assistance in the Annenberg grant.
Aaron Straussner & Julie Sherman of Straussner Sherman for their long time support of the ride.
Family of Kevin Woyjeck who was killed on the Yarnell fire. Accepted by Paul Schneider.
In memory of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Accepted by Paul Schneider to transport to Prescott FD.
I want to thank our webmaster Bob Fidani who takes my stories and formats for our web page on Fire Velo.
Also thanks to John Clare who handles fire protection for Phillips Petroleum. John provided most of the pictures for these daily stories and did so while riding his bike at break neck speed. John is a veteran ultra distance cyclist who can be found doing double centuries (200 miles) on a regular basis. John is seen here with a Santa Monica FD vehicle. Thanks also to Santa Monica FD & PD for their assistance.
Finally thanks to all of our support staff who were our cycling "Sherpas" for the week. Loading and unloading bags, bikes, water and food for the purpose of letting the riders focus on riding. Again thanks to Muriel Jones and Mickey Gallagher for the hometown welcome and refreshments.
525 miles down the coast for the purpose of raising funds to support non-profit groups that provide education, resources and support to firefighters and their families dealing with the ravages of cancer. Every rider has some form of connection to the disease. Some are survivors, some have lost family members, co-workers or friends. We even had one rider cut her ride short in order to return home for another round of treatments following the discovery of a new cancer.
This event exists because Jim Berklite loves cycling and hates cancer. It was Jim's vision of a firefighter cycling club and what that club could do to make a difference in our brother and sister firefighters and their families. Our preliminary estimate on funds raised is $46,000.00 to date and we expect more to follow. We received significant print and television media this time including the east coast. Fire Velo and it's riders are making a difference in our communities, the fire service and in the battle against cancer.
Thanks to all who rode, to those who contributed money and time, to those who read these postings and to the families who support us each and every day.
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