The Tantalus Time Trial coerces impressionable cyclists to ascend 1,400 feet of elevation. It also suggests that participants should pursue such matters as swiftly as possible. It was Ronald Ganot’s first bicycle race, and he placed second amongst juniors (photo by Colin Cross). One month later, Ronald and three other KVIBE youth would attempt the Hawaii State Team Time Trial Championship.
As Hawaii’s road bicycle racing season is now in full swing, KVIBE - with the help of cambiamento d andaturo - will be sponsoring underprivileged youth to pursue their cycling passions. On May 6th, four bleary-eyed youth collected themselves into KVIBE volunteer Larry Victorino’s truck and made their way to Kualoa Regional Park. They arrived at the park before dawn and the aura of anticipation was palpable.
Hours later, Kolii Remigio (age 13), Ganot (age 18), Marc Cris Balai and Richard Yamane (ages 17) were crowned the 2012 Hawaii State Team Time Trial - Juniors Champions. KVIBE is evolving, and it is the program’s belief that these bicycle experiences and friendships will give Kalihi’s youth a courageous chance to further themselves.
KVIBE is currently gearing up for summer and is kindly requesting public support. Recently the program lost diligent volunteer Eilif Knutson - who returned home to Oregon. If you are an adult of strong character, are passionate about bicycles, and want to better the lives of the youth of Kalihi Valley, KVIBE would love to have you as a volunteer. Donations of bicycles - in particular road bicycles - would be greatly appreciated and be given to youth who want to race them as worthy pursuits.
Meanwhile, the KVIBE facebook page is extremely active - there are a multitude of photos from the hawaii state team time trial and tantalus time trial as well as other events KVIBE has been active in the last month. KVIBE will be participating in the fourth installment of Green Machines at Farrington High on May 15th, so please drop by if it may find you well. Ride a Bicycle.