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There certainly isnt much info on VVA considering all he did for the sport in the southern part of CA. All you SoCal guys post up your stories and info. Surely some of you out there have done the Reseda to Sea race. Some scans of the Topanga Rider's Bulletin would be really cool, too. And of course we want to know how the owl jerky tasted. :thumbsup:

Here's a VVA Topanga I recently picked up. The shimano parts date to late '82. Dont know if its been repainted or not.


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Fillet-brazed said:
CK posted some of those. Maybe I'll drag some over here.

Here are a couple VVA shots:


2003 Hall Of Fame ride in Crested Butte
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VVA article from Winning

Well I had to go and find this mag now that there is an "Official Victor Vicente of America"
thread. I hope these scans are clear, they are from the December 1983 issue of Winning
Bicycle Racing Illustrated. Nice history of VVA. There is also a 5 page article titled "Showdown at Crested Butte" that I will put up when I get a chance. There are some cool pics of Steve Cook riding his drop bar Cunningham and Dale Stetina on a TR.:thumbsup: Sorry about the order.......you will have to start at the bottom and scroll up:skep:
 

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SKULLY said:
Well I had to go and find this mag now that there is an "Official Victor Vicente of America"
thread. I hope these scans are clear, they are from the December 1983 issue of Winning
Bicycle Racing Illustrated. Nice history of VVA. There is also a 5 page article titled "Showdown at Crested Butte" that I will put up when I get a chance. There are some cool pics of Steve Cook riding his drop bar Cunningham and Dale Stetina on a TR.:thumbsup: Sorry about the order.......you will have to start at the bottom and scroll up:skep:

And that article was written by Owen Mulholland (as seen at the Repack 30th)

 

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Puerco Canyon

I was lucky enough to participate in Puerco Canyon and Reseda-to-the-Sea. Here's a poster of Kye Sharp promoting the Puerco Canyon uphill / downhill race.



Puerco Canyon these days.


My brother captured these images of a poor soul, a guy named George Sherman, catching oh so wrong air on the later to be named Sherman Shuttle water bar. Nice Mantis, George. Looks like you were running a 50t ring for the DH - as was the common ring size for SoCal fireroad bombing.





 

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SKULLY said:
Well I had to go and find this mag now that there is an "Official Victor Vicente of America"
thread. I hope these scans are clear, they are from the December 1983 issue of Winning
Bicycle Racing Illustrated. Nice history of VVA. There is also a 5 page article titled "Showdown at Crested Butte" that I will put up when I get a chance. There are some cool pics of Steve Cook riding his drop bar Cunningham and Dale Stetina on a TR.:thumbsup: Sorry about the order.......you will have to start at the bottom and scroll up:skep:

Thanks for posting that Skully. Neat stuff.

I'd also like to see that other stuff you mentioned. Keep it coming.
 

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I just turned up some slides of Vic, and I have a photo from the 1988 Hall of Fame ride, but I'll have to get next to the scanner. As mention, I posted the postcard and the coins on the other thread, and the scans are parked on my photo storage server, so you can just move the URLs over if you want.

Hey CK,
I might just have your shifter. I sent an email yesterday to the alias address but it seems like I recall a new address since then and cant find it...

If youve got some pics of the Reseda to Sea race when the Norcal boys rode down in Finley's bus that would be neat.
 

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Here's a shot of the man and his early machine:

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Hey Ho Charlie, Long time no see. I have tons of pictures, coins, books, flyers, mags ect of the days starting in 79. I will try to get them on the site here.

As for the shifter, I may have a few. I'm off to the shop in the next day or so and will look for them. This will be a hard one to part with, but I will for your hospitality when Kurt Brown and I passed your way in 82. Well now that I think about it, they may be Suntour Micro Lights and '89 era XT's. I'll keep you posted on what I find.

I had a 1982 25" c/c VVA 26 Simi Custom, S/N 007, which I toured, raced and lived on for many years. I restored it and then it got ripped out of my garage along with a custom Gecko racing bike. F'n roomies left the door open one night. The bike was on the way to the MTB Museum in Crested Butte. The original bike had a 22" chainstay length!. Needless to say, it was front heavy. Later the rear was shortened to 18".

Kudos to you and RC on the cover of MTB Action in Crested Butte. That is my "mimkee" on the back cover lookin out for rocks. LOL. I have that copy as well.

Take Care, KB
 

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Please, call me KB.
Victor made all his frames himself by hand. And I mean by hand with no power tools except maybe a hand drill for water bottles as I recall. He worked by a single 40w bulb in the garage. He commissioned the tig welding out. I had my welder friend tig my VVA26 and he annealed the joints with a torch, much to Victor's disapproval. No joint ever failed, and I put thousands of hard racing and touring miles on it.
Victor lives in Clearlake, CA. I hope we hear from him soon in this forum. I emailed him.
 

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Please, call me KB.
Victor made all his frames himself by hand. And I mean by hand with no power tools except maybe a hand drill for water bottles as I recall. He worked by a single 40w bulb in the garage. He commissioned the tig welding out. I had my welder friend tig my VVA26 and he annealed the joints with a torch, much to Victor's disapproval. No joint ever failed, and I put thousands of hard racing and touring miles on it.
Victor lives in Clearlake, CA. I hope we hear from him soon in this forum. I emailed him.
right on KB, we would really like to hear from him. thanks!
 
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