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Stella Dela Vega (aka VeloVega)
Moderator: Give us a quick 411 on VeloVega
Stella: I’m an urgent care physician trained in surgery and family medicine. I joined Big Orange in late 2015.
M: What's the inspiration behind your awesome project?
S: I’ve wanted a CX for as long as Squid Bikes has been around. It was started by a couple of my friends, one of whom is Emily Kachorek who races professionally, previously on road with the US National Team and now on CX with Squid in the UCI circuit. She was and continues to be the inspiration for Squid and for me, too. She’s creative, smart, adventurous, and a genuinely rad human being. I was also inspired by the idea behind Squid Bikes’ DIYFS (Do It Your Fucking Self) attitude. You can do as much of the DIY as you want. I basically ran with that idea like a geek on steroids—from painting the bike, to choosing my own components and really understanding the technology behind them, then to the mechanics of the final build.
M: What does the customized paint theme mean to you?
S: I spray painted the bike with a gradient of colors to represent the sunset and blue to interchangeably represent the ocean and sky—all of which I identify with deeply as a sailor. I then used acrylic paint to "tattoo” the bike with Maori and Filipino tribal symbols that represent my heritage and principles I aspire to like strength, genuine connections, growth.
M: How long did your project take, acquisition to build up?
S: It took 1 month, although it could have been been done sooner and total actual work done on the bike was about 5 days worth. Some components were in back order, so I took my sweet time painting the bike until last components came literally the day after, which was then just the day before the actual build! #procrastinator. Spray painting took an afternoon with a bike ride and some beer + chips in between. Tattooing took 3 nights and some wine + chocolate in between. Bike build took a day with Jason Morin at his Shift Mobile Bike Shop, followed by a nighttime dirt ride, of course!
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