Larenzo seems to be behind the cash register at Just Peachy every single hour, each and every day of the week, even though he insisted he has Thursdays off. Everyone knows Larenzo and Larenzo knows everyone which is great because it makes shopping at Just Peachy just a little more enjoyable. We talked at the Oceanside Pier after a crazy hard ride up the coast. Larenzo was riding a Time bike equipped with Dura Ace 11-speed group with carbon wheels. He bought the bike at Leucadia Cyclery.
Everyone knows you from Just Peachy. How long have you been working there?
I’ve been working at Just Peachy for 10 years. It’s a long time but a good time.
Do you ride to work?
In the spring and summer I do but now (in the winter) it’s too cold and dark. We open at 7:30 a.m. so I have to get an early start and I prefer the car.
What is your favorite ride?
Mt Palomar by far. I enjoy the climb. I time myself from the store at the bottom to the top and my best time is 1 hour and 15 minutes. I climb the front and descend the south grade to Lake Henshaw and then head home to Carlsbad. It’s about 100 miles.
You also like to ride Grand Fondos. Which ones have you done?
I’ve done the San Diego and Big Bear rides.
Where did you grow up?
I’m from Puebla state in Mexico. It is a very mountainous region just east of Mexico City.
How did you get interested in bikes?
My brother, who is older than myself, got a bike so I became interested in riding from my brother. When I was 15 I got a Peugeot. Probably the best bike in town. I started to ride it to school which was 10 miles outside of town so I got in 20 miles a day. There weren’t bike lanes so I rode a lot in the dirt because it was safer. It had wider tires.
What goals do you have for the new year?
I am going to do the Everest Challenge which is out of Bishop. I would like to be one of the top riders. Ed. note- I went home and looked up the Everest Challenge. 205 miles over 2 days with 27,200 feet of climbing. I guess Larenzo does like climbing!
Thanks Larenzo. Guess we should head back.
Yeah, Let’s go.
And with that he disappeared down the road, out of the saddle, pushing the biggest gear possible. I didn’t mind though because I knew he would be at Just Peachy the next day and we could catch up then.
Interview by Mark Lathrop