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Monday, September 26, 2011

It Started With A Melee.

Italian Fausto Coppi was once asked what it takes to be a cyclist in the pro peloton. Coppi uttered the now famous, “ride your bike, ride your bike, ride your bike” reply that forever cemented his status in cycling history. Coppi ended his career with five Giro d’Italia and two Tour de France wins. Coppi’s track bicycle hour record was held for nearly thirty years until Eddy “the Cannibal” Merckx decimated the cycling world in the 1970s.

Coppi’s humble beginnings were in lieu of being the fourth child in a five child family. He quit school at the age of thirteen and became an errand boy for a butcher. Eventually Coppi would save enough money to acquire a bicycle and win his first race at the age of fifteen.

KVIBE is dedicated to providing Kalihi’s youth with bicycles. Through cycling, it is the program’s hope that youths develop good health and sound futures. Local cycling team Cambio-Core will have members attending A Kalihi Melee on October 1st. A few of the attending members are currently residents in the Kalihi neighborhood. Please feel free to approach Cambio-Core members to see if road bicycle racing may be a suitable endeavour.

KJ and Cuyler Yogi will be hosting BMX bicycle activites. Confirmed is a bunny-hop competition with potential for other BMX-related shenanigans. BMX Hawaii will be sponsoring the events with booty. Cyrus Camp (formerly of KVIBE) will be in attendance at A Kalihi Melee as The Kickstand bicycle shop will be a prize sponsor.

Additionally, several members of HNL Bike Polo and Cycle Manoa will also make appearances at A Kalihi Melee with activities and information. And KKV’s Roots Food Program (the co-chair of A Kalihi Melee) will be on site demonstrating healthy living through good food - note “good food” not Jack-in-the-Box. Food is a life-source and the body is a temple, treat them accordingly.

KVIBE | October 1, 2011 | 10AM | A Kalihi Melee

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