Fleet Street's Bike Valet - May 21

Fleet Street has been contracted to do bike valet for the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California. The ride is California’s version of the Tour de France (which lasts 21 days) but is this one is only seven days. It began in Northern California and Stage 4 is from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita (passing near Ojai); Stage 5 is from Ontario to Mt Baldy; Stage 6 is around Big Bear Lake. Most important, STAGE 7 on May 20 starts at Mountain High Ski Resort and ends at the Pasadena Convention Center. American cyclist Coryn Rivera, who won the Tour of Flanders last month, is among the favorites, along with Alexander Kristoff and WORLD CHAMPION Peter Sagan. These riders and teams are truly world class.

Fleet Street will be located about 25 yards from the finish line where there is a "festival"...food, vendors, etc. Load in is at 8 a.m. (we try to get there a little earlier). The festival starts at 10 and the riders will arrive between 12:30 and 1 p.m. We should be done about 2:30. We will provide lunch and arrange car pools. No special experience is necessary. We need people to sign participants in, move/rack the bikes, and return the bikes to the cyclists. We have done this before and are very organized.

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Harvey Tapper has Polysystic Kidneys with 4% renal function.  He is in need of a kidney transplant.  If anyone knows of someone who is willing to donate a kidney for him, please contact his nephrologist:
                                     Dr. Lawrence Guziel
                                     7230 Medical Center Dr., Suite 205
                                     West Hills, CA 91307
                                     (818) 345-0664
When you call Dr. Guziel's office, let them know that you want to be tested to see if you're a donor match for Harvey Tapper. His blood type is A+.
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