Looking to get a bit dirty this Memorial Day Weekend? Wally's Bicycles is proud to be a sponsor of the Inaugural XC Eliminator MTB Race happening this Sunday at 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM in Harlingen. Head on over to their Facebook event page for more details!
This first photo was taken 15 years ago, amidst my first Half-Iron in Oceanside, California. Flying colors from The University of Texas at Austin's Triathlon Team, I found myself crossing the line somewhat unsatisfied and thinking, "I wanna do a full". I learned a lot during that solo trip to California: how to open water swim, the importance of nutrition, but most importantly, how kind strangers can be to a young college kid far away from home.
The second photo is of my best friend who taught me much growing up but especially in college. Israel and I met in 3rd grade and stayed best friends through junior high, high school and through 4years rooming together in college. While he never got into the sport of cycling or triathlon, he was integral to my growth by teaching me much about friendship, letting loose... partying, music, and lets not forget the art of procrastination .
Through 4 years of rooming together we leaned on each other through endless good & bad times. Whether it was partying until the wee hours of the morning on 6th Street, studying super late into the nights at the PCL Library, or regularly attending evening Mass at St. Austin Catholic Parish, we had each other's back. And through all this we both somehow managed to walk away with a diploma too. #tbt ... See MoreSee Less
Who: All Bicycle Riders What: Ride of Silence When: Today, 6PM Where: The Monitor Why: Raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured while riding. ... See MoreSee Less
The weekend was wet, but it looks like Monday will be a fun-day, the sun is out! Our ride is rolling hard this evening, winner of the sprint up Mt.Chingon gets a free chicken dinner compliments of Chick-fil-A Sharyland! See you soon! ... See MoreSee Less
From our boy Fernando Flor graduating (headed away soon to work on his PhD) to all the athletes who raced in the local Los Fresnos Tri, and definitely all those athletes who braved the conditions at IRONMAN Texas this past weekend, all of us Wally's Bicycles are proud of you, and I've said it a gazillion times, thank you for letting us be part of your journey! We'll see y'all soon!!! ... See MoreSee Less
Valley Business Report did a write up on Wally's Bicycles and all our other local shops. A picture of our ever-growing 53x11 Monday Ride was featured as the cover shot for the article! Check out the photo or pick up a copy next time your in our shop! ... See MoreSee Less
On Monday KGBT Channel 4 News came over to our shop for an interview. Check out the video link below, you can catch a glimpse of myself, Commissioner Veronica Whitacre, as well as spy a view of our bike/back room which includes posters of an American flag, the Pope, and Jan Ullrich. Yes, we have all our priorities straight here at Wally's Bicycles!
Wally's Bicycles will be hosting packet pickup for the Kids Just Tri It Triathlon today from 5-7 and tomorrow from 10-12. Read below for more info! ... See MoreSee Less
KIDS JUST TRI IT TRIATHLON REGISTRATION CLOSES TODAY AT 3PM THROUGH MCALLEN PARKS & RECREATION. Packet pick up is today from 5-7pm and Saturday from 10-noon at Wally's Bike Shop in McAllen. No registrations will be accepted at packet pick up or on race day. Don't miss it!
Now that you've registered for SB 250 there will be 2 training rides this Saturday May 7th!
1. Out and Back course approximately 13 mile loops hosted by Big John (You can do as many loops as you want) Meet us at Jarachinas Rd, La Joya Texas. Ride starts at 7am sharp! Park at the school and bring your own supplies. This ride will give you feel of some of the hills we will encounter as we head to San Antonio.
2. 105 Mile Ride (18-22 miles per hour) hosted by Casey Meet us at Wally's Bicycles in McAllen, Texas. Ride starts at 5am sharp! Get there early if you need to prep. SAG vehicle provided with water. Please bring lights on your bikes and all other supplies you will need. ... See MoreSee Less
This has to be one of the coolest sales in our shop's history. Why? Because this man has known me my entire life, he's my Mom's little brother, my uncle! Jaime Ramirez has been very active since I've known him and just recently started participating in triathlons with Coach Overly's, Maniacs. I'm sure you're going to see more of my Uncle in the future, keep an eye out for him on his black P2! ... See MoreSee Less
We have a contender! Memo Tijerina Jr. will be participating in the Ultra 520K Texas this coming October. With the help of a handful of local sponsors he will compete and complete the three-day ultra endurance event held in Salado, Texas, one of the hardest events in the sport of triathlon. If you know Memo you know he's not only a great athlete, but a great person and dad as well. Each athlete participating in the event must gather a "crew" to support them through the three-day event, here Memo is pictured with his Crew Cheif and dad, Guillermo Tijerina Sr.. All of us at Wally's Bicycles are happy and excited to be part of his training and journey to the finish line. ... See MoreSee Less
We have a confirmed registrant from the RGV for October's event! We'll have more on who tomorrow, meanwhile click on this link to see pics from this past weekend's training camp taken by our buddy Rick Kent, they won't disappoint!
Our 53x11 Monday Ride now has a Prime on everyones favorite climb, Mt. Chingon! This is the climb near the end of our ride as we're re-entering town (near the corner of 10th & 2nd) where everyone is in a world of hurt… but we always sprint up anyway!!!
First rider to the top today gets a free dinner courtesy of Chick-fil-A Sharyland. Wheels down at 6pm SHARP, we'll see y'all soon! ... See MoreSee Less
Wally's Bicycles will be on board at the Official Ultra 520K Texas Training Camp this weekend. If you're an ultra-distance athlete or looking for a distance that's a bit longer than an Ironman, this might be the right event for you! Check out the flyer or link below for details.
A while back I sat down with a lady who had a triathlon training group in the RGV. We talked a bit... a lot, about current and future plans, her for her training group and me for my plans to open a bicycle shop. 9 years later we're still great friends. Who doesn't love Sandy Triplett Overly? She's a great person, a phenomenal coach and although it looks like this Cannondale Bicycle is just a "bit" too small for her, you can catch it at Camp University's Night at the Races Silent Auction next week. We're sure it's going to brighten up a kids day and start tearing up the road very soon! ... See MoreSee Less
First a 100k ride at the Jalapeno100 and now this! At 9 years old, Alora Jeremy Valladares not only came out to join our 53x11 Monday Ride, but she CRUSHED it too! She's a super-awesome, super-fast, and super-smart cyclist. Keep an eye out for this little lady on your next ride, sharing the peloton with her is a privilege! ... See MoreSee Less
Michele Sweet was one of the VERY first cyclists to purchase a Cannondale bicycle from Wally's Bicycles. She's a regular at our shop,a great person and now she's moving over to the trails on her 27.5 Catalyst. Michele, we wish you two many happy adventures together!! ... See MoreSee Less
We started off with what seemed like a monster headwind and of course at the turn-around-point a front blew in and we had another bigger, more massive headwind that was mixed in with a bit of rain. Never a dull moment on the 53x11 Ride!
We roll out at 6pm every Monday evening, rain or shine. Come out, enjoy the ride, the company, a cold one after the ride, and don't forget to tighten your axle nuts ... See MoreSee Less
A couple of years back this gentleman walked into our shop and purchased one a mtn bike from my personal stable. He's been unstoppable since. Bubba Angel is nothing short of inspirational. I don't know a person who rides more back to back days than this cyclist right here. Whether it's on the dirt, on the road, the US or Mexico, rain or shine, day or dark, one thing is for certain.... BUBBA WILL RIDE!!! Proud and honored to sell this gentleman his first new bicycle in a VERY long while. Good luck, Bubba & thanks for being a great friend to everyone!!! ... See MoreSee Less