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Long Beach loses its 106-year-old symbol of cycling
Long Beach loses its 106-year-old symbol of cycling

Octavio Orduno, known as the oldest cyclist in Long Beach, if not the world, has died. He was 106. The retired aerospace mechanic from Santa Paula was a local celebrity among cyclists in the south bay. Every day, he would pedal down Ocean Boulevard to the beach, park or farmer's market — ignoring the roar of lawn mowers and growls of pit bulls, but always smiling as he passed young women in flowery skirts. Some days he would get stuck on an incline and had to will his legs to pump. Drivers from passing cars used to cheer him on, "You can do it!" "He was our Superman," said his daughter, Angelina Orduno. A stubborn one. The father of six preferred a...

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