The 53x11 Monday Ride is on for this evening, and Chic-fil-A a back too! We'll be giving away a chicken dinner compliments of Chic-fil-A of Sharyland to the first rider up Mount Chingon (intersection near 10th and 2nd). Wheels always down at 6pm sharp, we'll see you soon!!! ... See MoreSee Less
I sat down after prayer outside the church in Hebbronville when my good buddy, Krrish, snapped this photo. Each year's SB250 brings it's own adventures, stories, and challenges. I had never ridden for than 74miles on a fixed gear bicycle, but I decided months back that today would be the day.
Riding and building fixed gear bicycles has been a passion of mine since the late 90's. Living in Austin, all the "cool triathletes" would ride them in the off-season. I instantly fell in love with track bikes after building my first "fixie". The simplicity, the speed, the linear power transfer, the way I felt the bicycle gave me a connection to the road in a way that a freewheeled bicycle couldn't.
Casey Swanson, the ride director, thought it best I ride with the A-Group. I was skeptical. Knowing I can hit some pretty decent speeds with my gearing on shorter rides, I wasn't sure I could maintain pushing that same gear for 145 miles, the distance from McAllen to Freer. But he insisted I could and gave me the the confidence boost I needed to join the group.
The morning went smoothly. My alarm set and waking me up at 4am, shortly after Abraham, Yanira & Co. swung by for me. Bags were prepared the evening before and it was as simple as loading my bicycle and gear to get going.
The feeling the departing morning of a SB250 ride is intense. There's feelings of anxiousness and nervousness in the air. Riders want to get rolling and volunteers are equally as ready to get the ball rolling. But there was one thing missing from our group, our second team captain! But we all know German Madrazo likes to show up fashionably late to all his rides.
Our departing time was 6am, he rolled up at 5:56. German would prove to be an integral part to the A-Group through the day pulling the pack and maintaining a consistent pace the next two days. There's a reason this guy is about to complete Ironman #15, he's tough as nails.
Rolling out of the parking lot that AM, my right leg would start cramping up a bit before we hit FM107. NOT the reaction I wanted from my legs, especially when there was still so much road ahead. I told my self to relax. I was familiar with almost all the riders in the A-Group and this was comforting. Jeremy. Freddie. Memo. Alex. Winston. German. I knew these guys would help me through any rough patches I might encounter along the way.
The next 138miles were a blur. There was a lot of laughs, a lot of screaming (Memo get impatient), a lot of salt pills, a few Ensures and a few honey buns as well. Joel who was providing SAG kept us all in check at each of the stops with great music and nutrition. Then the inevitable happened. About 7 or 8 miles from Freer, my right leg seized. The hills finally got the best of me. I couldn't hold on anymore. I got dropped. I was stuck by myself.
Robert, the second SAG vehicle, pulled up from behind me as my leg started screaming with cramps. I took my time getting off my bike and sat down on the deck of the trailer. I threw myself a 20-second-pity-party, stretched, and slammed down a Dr.Pepper. 10mins later I felt like great again and hammered in the last few miles. A majority of the A Group was already there. We celebrated with beer... and a bit of tequila too.
My goal for this year's SB was to complete 100miles on my fixed gear and volunteer the second day. I almost doubled my previous record distance and when this photo was taken I was dead-set on completing the remaining 45 miles to the town of Freer.
Later that evening I put pen to paper and calculated how many revolutions of the crank, pedal strokes, it took me to get from McAllen to Freer. Exactly 97,476. That's more seconds than there are in a day!
This year we had our biggest group consisting of 90+ riders and we helped raise 35,000 dollars for Spina Bifida Texas. I am grateful to Casey & Jackie for organizing this ride as well as Velisa, Winston, & Team McAllen Cycling for helping put on another stellar event.
I always tell riders you don't have to be phenomenal cyclist to complete the SB250, just a phenomenal person. My memories created on these rides from McAllen to San Antonio will forever be cherished and I definitely plan to participating again next year, and for MANY more years to come. ... See MoreSee Less
Packet pickup for the SB 250 is today from 5-7pm at La Quinta Inn and Suites. Every participate must sign a waiver before you receive your packet. We will be at the start beginning at 4:30am on Friday! Again, thanks to all the sponsors we will be riding in these awesome kits all the way to SAN ANTONIO! ... See MoreSee Less
Are you ready/pumped/excited for this year's SB 250? We certainly are! Packet pickup will be held tomorrow Thursday, June 23rd at La Quinta Inn & Suites located at 4607 N. Cage Blvd, Pharr, TX, from 5-7pm. You'll be able to pickup not only your packet, but your kit by Castelli Cycling, and a complimentary pasta dinner from Pizza Hut too! Good luck and we'll see y'all soon!!! ... See MoreSee Less
Keep the uber-bright RGV sun out of your eyes while you're riding! Wally's Bicycles just received in a summer shipment of Oakley's and we're stocked up with Jawbreakers and the new Evzeros too. Besides looking way cool, did you know the Jawbreaker is also wind tunnel designed and tested? Maybe that's why all the fastest riders in town are wearing them! ... See MoreSee Less
For many of us, this is the last 53x11 Monday Ride before this year's SB 250 Ride from McAllen to San Antonio. Last week was (what I believe) the hottest Monday ride we've had all year, and I'm sure today temps will be no different! Wheels always down at 6pm sharp, we'll see you soon! ... See MoreSee Less
Anilia Gonzaba and her husband John are avid cyclists. It seems every week they visit our shop with new stories from their cycling adventures someplace somewhere. Anilia was looking for a full suspension bike, in carbon, with 27.5 wheels to upgrade her from her old full suspension, full aluminum, 26" bicycle. The Cannondale habit fit her description perfectly. We wish you and your new ride many new adventures together Anilia, we can't wait to hear the stories you two create together! ... See MoreSee Less
Registration for the RGV's biggest triathlon of the year is officially open! Remember that this is an open water swim and we offer both sprint and Olympic distance events. Our event fills to capacity every year so please make sure to register early to secure your spot!
Johnny & Paola were back again this week, this time with the whole family! Their younger son, Caleb, is serious about riding and ready to join his big bro Mateo on the dirt! He'll be riding his Cannondale bicycle through every dirt road he can find and through summer vacation too (even straight-A students need a break from time to time). Good luck to all the, Herrera's! ... See MoreSee Less
Everyone knows Johnny-Gearz! The Herrera's are a very athletic family, and they're always participating in local events from mountain bike races, to 5k's, to duathlons. Johnny is ready to join his wife Paola and three kiddos hitting the dirt on his new Cannondale Catalyst. Best of luck, we'll see y'all out on the trails soon! ... See MoreSee Less
I'm always reluctant to be in photographs, but Big John wouldn't let me get out of this one. Even though it's been about five or six years since this titanium bicycle left our shop he wanted his photo taken! Big John has been TEAM MCALLEN CYCLING Chaplain for as long as I can remember. He gives the riders a blessing and prayer before each ride and also at many of our Triathlons. Thanks for everything you do for our community Big John, we'll see you out on the road very soon! ... See MoreSee Less
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree! His Pops' Leonel Garza III is a seasoned triathlete while young Leonel is a new member of the Junior Maniacs Triathlon Team coached by Sandy Triplett Overly. Nel has been participating in triathlons for a few years now, but this is his first adult, 700c bicycle, and we're excited about seeing him fly through the course at his next event! ... See MoreSee Less
Christy & Andi Garza are getting ready for their first triathlon in Marble Falls next month. They're avid runners, swimmers and now they're ready to tackle the bike leg of their training on their new Cannondale Synapse's. We're excited to see their results and sure they're going to do great too. Keep an eye out for the two sisters on your next group ride and be sure to tell them hello! ... See MoreSee Less
Wally's Bicycles is proud to be a sponsor of the SB 250 ride. Check out details to the ride below and if you'd like to keep up with the latest on the SB (like our super awesome rainy ride last week) follow their Facebook page by following this link!
Hosted by Big John Meet us at Jarachinas Rd, La Joya Texas. Out and Back course approximately 13 mile loops (You can do as many loops as you want) 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. See y'all soon! ... See MoreSee Less
Although George has been a fixture in our shop for a long time now, he has decided to pursue other opportunities. We wish him nothing but the best as he moves on. This being said, times change and things evolve. Wally's Bicycles is now looking to fill the position of a part-time bicycle mechanic with the possibility of this turning into a full-time position sometime in the future. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact the shop. We are looking forward to working with a new individual and giving other people the chance to become part of our business as we start a new chapter at Wally’s Bicycles. ... See MoreSee Less
Wally's Bicycles is proud to announce that the 53x11 Monday Ride is now sponsored by the.... 53x11 Monday Ride!!! Before & after each ride you can check out our Beerometer and Pizzameter (featuring Pizza Steve) displayed in the front of the shop to see where our supplies are at. A ginormous thank you to all the riders who have been pitching in and of course to Chick-fil-A of Sharyland for sponsoring our ride with a free chicken dinner to one rider each week. Wheels always down at 6pm SHARP!, we'll see y'all soon! ... See MoreSee Less
There's not a more experienced Ironman in South Texas. Period. 13 decals across the top of his top tube (#14 is missing) that exemplify endless hours of training, traveling... suffering.
German Madrazo, owner of Valley Running Co., is the RGV's foremost running guru. Spark a conversation with him about running OR triathlon and you will ignite a fire that will last for hours!
German has just hopped on a Cannondale Slice for Ironman #15 and beyond. Equipped with Di2, it's his first bike with electronic shifting and we're sure he's going to love it. Good luck with all your future Ironman's, German, and thanks for continuing to let Wally's Bicycles be part of your journey! ... See MoreSee Less
Betty Solis is a staple of the cycling community. She's a 5am'er, a triathlete, but most importantly a phenomenal person. It's IMPOSSIBLE to keep a straight face around Ms.Betty, so you can imagine the task at hand when we were going to surprise her with a new Cervélo! All of us at the shop did our part at playin' it cool in helping her hubby Terence come through with the ultimate bday gift. You can see her rolling on her new ride at this year's SB 250 ride from McAllen to San Antonio. Good luck, Betty! ... See MoreSee Less
We all know this guy! When he doesn't have is 933,902,835 kids in tow, he's out training for events like IRONMAN and most recently the Ultra 520K Texas. Memo just picked out a new Cannondale Slice to help him conquer the Ultra 520K Texas. Super light, aero and equipped with Di2 electronic shifting, we're sure him and his new steed are going to do great on the 320mile bike leg of the triathlon this October.
You can follow Memo and all of his crazy adventures on his new website, daddydonttrain.com or on twitter at twitter.com/daddydonttrain. ... See MoreSee Less
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