Fun, Fitness, Friendship and the Love for Bicycling

"Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, as long as you live." - Mark Twain

"When man invented the bicycle, he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man.  And (unlike subsequent inventions for man´s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became.  Here, for once was a product of man´s brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others.

Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle." ~ Elizabeth West

History of Bicycles

XeDapViet (XDV), a registered member of the League of American Bicyclists, was officially established late March of 2013. We are three year young and growing!!!  Our Facebook page:

XDV's 11 of 2015 Dash Across America
From left to right:  Christina Catunao, Duc Hoang, Dzung Dang, Phung Nguyen, Theresa Vo, Linh "Cervelo Rider", Lena Nguyen, Fr. Tam Pham, Tri La, Tom Madden, Tom O'Driscoll

2015 Year-End Letter from Dzung Dang, Club President

Dear XDV-ers,

As we close out 2015 and as 2016 begins to dawn, it seems like a great time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished, the journey we’ve taken to get to where we are and the plans we have for an exciting and fun 2016!  The common thread tying us together is the love of bicycling, the friendships, the passion to excel, and the rewards of doing for others.  We created a new community - led by examples and inspire others to succeed. That’s what makes us proud to wear our XDV jersey!

XeDapViet (XDV) has had a fantastic year that was filled with both challenges and accomplishments and I will quickly recap:

Let’s start with a one in a life time trip from May to June, Dash Across America (DAA). This was a 3004 mile 21-day coast to coast bicycling journey to commemorate 40th anniversary of the Vietnamese American journey to freedom and to raise awareness and funds to combat modern-day slavery.  Also, the journey started on Memorial Day to pay tribute to those heroes who valiantly fight and give their lives to preserve freedom.  We partnered with What Extent Inc., founded by Justin Too, and raised $31,419.  This amount was allocated and distributed to 1) Boat People SOS (BPSOS) for the fight against human trafficking, and 2) many orphanages that XDV supports in the Central rural region of VietNam as well as started the XDV Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program.  

Said program is currently going very strong in Yen Thanh, VietNam, under the guidance of Nguyen Hoang Ha.   Poverty is the main factor preventing the children from staying in school but one of the biggest challenges is the commute itself to school!  With the gift of a bicycle, we believe that the child will understand that there are those who care for him/her and wish him/her nothing but success and grow up to be a productive citizen of society and will pay forward.

In addition to our great fundraising result, there is the human factor.  Out of this trip, we got to create, form and ally relationships with Team XDV Houston, Team XDV SoCal, Team Velo Viet Orange County, Team Viet Velo Virginia, and VIVO (Vietnamese Volunteer Foundation) lead by Quyen Mai.

It's knowing that nothing is ever accomplished or gained without being connected to others.  I’m grateful for being with and achieving cycling goals with many of you. Congratulations to all members with your awesome 2015 accomplishments:  Super Randonneur (200K, 300K, 400K, 600K) finishers, Paris-Brest-Paris 1200km (750 miles) Randonnée finishers, Boston Marathon finishers, Half Ironman & Ironman finishers,  California Triple Crown (CTC) winners, CTC  Stage Race winners, and CTC Gold Thousand Mile Club winners.

We tried something new this year, too, by trying out to be a part of the prestigious California Triple Crown hosting the Carmel Valley Double Century Test Ride on Saturday November 14th, 2016.  We had so much fun with the riders as well as the volunteers exploring this beautiful scenic route on an extremely beautiful weather day.   

On the home front, in addition to the weekly Saturday / Sunday rides lead by Phung Nguyen, we have Giovani shaken things up by adding Hump Day Rides on Wednesday nights. Gio is also breathing life and glamour into our XDV 2016 Calendar and once again, all for the various charities XDV supports.  The calendar will be available at our 3rd Annual New Year Party on Saturday January 2nd, 2016.

A hot off the press email just came to me as I’m writing this letter.  We just got confirmation that we have a donation of 50 bikes (yes, 50!)from the Stafford Municipal School District in Stafford, Texas.  This is from Duc Hoang and Lena Ngoc Nguyen’s (Team XDV Houston) connection and the culmination of three months of their hard work with communications and logistic planning with the school district office.  It’s such a blessing and for sure, 50 children will be so happy.

As for 2016 plans we are in the process of incorporating XeDapViet and will seek non-profit 501(c) status.  Also, moving forward I'm doing some clean up of our XDV group email.  XDV does not charge a fee for membership but instead asks for participation in of three ways: participate in a ride or a get-together with us, or volunteer for us, or join California Triple Crown (CTC) and name XDV as your home club.

Last but not least, to round out the year, please come join us and ring in 2016 at our Third Annual New Year Party on Saturday January 2nd, 2016.  Details to follow.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.  Thank you for a phenomenal year!

ACTC April 2016 General Club Meeting Presentation Slides:

XeDapViet Dash Across America

YouTube Video

XeDapViet Dash Across America

Down Memory Lane ...

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T. S. Elliot

Paris-Brest-Paris 2015
 The oldest long-distance road cycling event, 1,200 km (746 miles) in distance from Paris, to Brest, and back to Paris again in a time limit of under 90 hrs!

"By three methods may we learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
second, by imitation, which is easiest;
and third, by experience, which is bitterest." - Confucius

"When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations.
When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence.
When power corrupts, poetry cleanses." - John F. Kenedy


Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.
Henry Ford

"The best rides are the ones where you bite off much more than you can chew
...  and live through it." - Doug Bradbury