China DH Race

Dealer of Hangzhou sponsorsed a DH racer in 2014.  Madwheel Yang Rui racing on a KHS DH 150 won the third prize in New Racer group. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a racer with aspirations of moving on up.

Thin Air & A Beautiful View: A View from The Top of Sherman Pass

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Author Brian McCulloch Photo Credit: Danny Munson

At 53 miles, the Sherman Pass Road Race that starts just outside of Pearsonville near Ridgecrest, CA. This is by far not the longest race that I have competed in this season. However, with 8,700 vertical feet of climbing that begins with a 16 mile climb, this is without a doubt, one of the most difficult races I will compete in this season.

As the promoter of the event, Steve Barnes does not mince words and aptly calls his company, Anti-Gravity Cycling… it’s an appropriate name, and I can tell you that for 3.5hrs of my Saturday I was fighting with gravity to make the vertical ascent of Sherman Pass as quickly as possible!

With most of my teammates rocking the Cascade Cycling Classic, I was the sole participant for our team at Sherman Pass. Now, I may not be known for my climbing prowess, but I do love riding my bike hard, and this race definitely allowed me to do that. When I arrived at the start line just before 6am on Saturday morning I was temporarily taken back by the view of the road ahead. The race starts on a frontage road off Rte. 395 and quickly scurries up the mountain on Nine Mile Canyon Rd and tucks back into the mountains out of sight. It was an ominous sight and I should remind you that the first climb is sixteen miles, not nine like the name of the road indicates… What gives!?

The race starts in the heat of the desert/valley and climbs through the pine tree lined passes of the Kennedy Meadows Camping/OHV area before finishing at the top of Sherman Pass, some 9,200’ above sea level. Because the race is mostly climbing and the speeds are low, I had plenty of time to take in the scenery and enjoy the mountain air. Certainly, I was suffering a lot so I did not get to enjoy the scenery properly, but I still proclaim there is no better way to explore a mountain road than by bike, but I might suggest not doing so at race pace.

The group started fast and only got faster. We started out of the gate hard in an effort to create a select group of climbers that would vie for the race win. Unfortunately, after suffering like a dog to hang on to the ‘back step of the bus’ I was just off the back of the front group. I was in the second group of riders and although I was a capable climber in that company there were guys that simply wore me out. I gave them hell on the rollers, hitting the few short descents at break-neck speed hoping to claw back some time on the lead group, but it was all for not. The time lost to the first group was not coming back. I guess that is what happens when the first climb is sixteen miles long!

Although my sixth place result was not the result I was hoping for, I am not discouraged. First, the participants (including their support crews) and the race organizers all had a great attitude that made this feel more like a ‘cyclocross’ race than a SoCal crit. When everyone is suffering, and suffering for multiples of hours, it brings out the best in people. Everyone was throwing out high-fives at the end of the day and sharing stories of their climbing madness, no matter how good or bad they perceived their ride to be.

Myself, I got the good fortune of having a number of local folks that I ride with during the week joining in on the race. We had a blast recounting stories of the various climbs, our bad moments, times when we felt good, and of particular note was one downhill corner that although a little sandy, had made its way into most peoples stories as ‘fun’ because it felt like you were riding a roller coaster.

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Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Before I forget, I have to talk about equipment for an event like this, and a shameless Shimano endorsement. Whoever came up with the great idea of being able to swap chain rings on the new Dura-Ace crank is a genius! It took about fifteen minutes to swap my 53/39t front chain rings for a 50/34t front set that allowed me to conquer the climbs of Sherman Pass (some areas were beyond 15% for longer than I care to admit). If it were not for the compact chain rings on my KHS bike I am sure I would not have had such a positive experience. I was able to keep a reasonable cadence on each of the toughest portions of the climb, which kept my legs fresh and made it so I did not blow up. This is just another reason I love our Shimano parts. Thank you Shimano for making parts that allow for adaptability this interchangeability allowed me to race a criterium on standard gears on Sunday after a ridiculous road race on Saturday, all with only a few minutes of my day working on bikes.

All in all, this event has inspired me to look at competing in future Anti-Gravity Cycling events. I have yet to find my ‘inner climber’ but I can tell you that suffering builds character and I’m good with that! As with every event I enter, I will show-up with the intention of giving my absolute best and the drive to find a way to impact the outcome of the race.

Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors who make the KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO cycling team possible. I appreciate the support of each of our sponsors as well as the many individuals that make our team a family atmosphere. Even if I could not attend the Cascade Classic, I was still able to fly the colors of KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO on our SoCal roads.

Thank you to everyone!

Until next time be safe, ride hard, and have fun,


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Shawn Daurelio is headed to Leadville 100!

Shawn medal Shawn Daurelio is headed to Leadville 100!

My father qualified in for Leadville 100 at a qualifier race in Austin this April. He called me and told me the news and said, “your going, right?”  I hadn’t planned on racing the 100 mile mountain bike race this year as I’ve done it the past two years. But seeing how my father will be there, I made arrangements and signed up for the qualifier event in Tahoe, CA.

In order to get into Leadville, I would need to qualify in Tahoe. I knew I would need a top-5 finish in my age group to do this. I was confident I could achieve this goal!

The race venue was at the North-star resort. A buddy of mine and I drove up (long drive from Southern California!!! 8-9hrs!) and stayed Fri, Sat, and Sun nights. Tahoe sits at 6,500 feet with parts of the race climbing to 8,500 feet. I knew it would be a good test of my fitness and a quality workout for the upcoming Leadville race which races at elevations of 9,000-12,600 feet.  Ouch!!

There were 800 or so racers at the start line. I staged right up on the front and waited for the gun to go off. When the race started, we immediately started climbing on the paved road and then onto a dirt fire road. Within 10 minutes, the race was split and I was hanging onto the front group of 6 guys. After 20-30 minutes of racing, I knew I would not be able to keep pace with these guys and settled into my own pace. A group of 6-8 guys came up to me fairly quickly and I joined them and sat back and watched as guys blew up and dropped off the groups pace.

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On the final climb at the completion of the first of two laps, I was feeling good and set a harder tempo then the rest of the group and rode away from them all. I stopped to fill up my two bottles at the feed station on the second of two laps and pleased that I was still in front of the group I rode away from. After riding solo for 20-30 minutes, one of the guys caught me and was riding well. By the time we hit the final climb at the completion of our 2nd of two laps, I was worked.  The other rider dropped me and we finished 1 min apart, he in 6th place and me in 7th overall.

I placed 3rd in my age group, gaining an entry into Leadville for my 3rd year in a row. The Tahoe trail 100k was a total of 64 miles, 8,400 feet of climbing and took me 4hrs 24min to complete. Endurance legend Dave Wiens won with a time of 4hrs 2min.

Without the Chamois Butt’r there is no way this ride would have been possible!  It made for a comfortable 4hrs of riding on the dirt. Another big help for these endurance races is the Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem and Endurolyte caps. Hammer Nutrition kept me going strong without cramping!!

I’m looking forward to the Leadville 100 event on Aug 9th and my goal is to ride a sub 7:30.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned!

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Congratulations to Justin Dillon of Shimano for also qualifying for Leadville!

Thank you KHS, Maxxis, JAKROO Custom Apparel, Shimano, Serfas, Hammer Nutrition, Rudy Project, IRT Wheels, Xpedo, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Rennie & Associates, Q2, Bike Religion, Chamois Butter, WD-40 Bike, Bicycle Blue Book and the Management of IPA sports.

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KHS Factory Racing MTB Camp at Brian Head Ski Resort in Utah

quintonflyer KHS Factory Racing MTB Camp at Brian Head Ski Resort in Utah
KHS Factory Racing is having a MTB camp for anyone interested. ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME. Only (21) spots to fill. Coaches include; Logan Binggeli, Kevin Aiello and Quinton Spaulding.
The camp includes an all inclusive;
•Two days of Top Level Professional MTB Coaching
•Bike Setup
•Lift Passes
•Shuttle Access
•Goodie Bags (KHS Sponsors)
•Access to our Race Pits
•Freestyle Ramp with Airbag Landing (Logan Binggeli backflip techniques)
PLEASE email; for details, and to book your spot now, as they are limited and will go FAST.
For more info click here
Come and join us for a great time, and learn how to go faster from training to diet. It is MTB Science & How to Win.”

An Emotional Win By Shawn Daurelio

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Photo Credit: Danny Munson

It was 95 degrees, windy, and smelled like slaughtered cattle in Ontario.  With the dry/hot conditions I was glad to have the hydration and fuel of Hammer Nutrition on my side.

By lap two of the 75 minute event there were 12 guys off the front. Three SoCal Cycling riders, myself, and the rest were from one man teams. The guys were rotating nicely and we were easily putting time into the field. I launched for a prime and rode off the front to see how the other 11 other riders would react. They kept the rotation going so I settled back into the group. I went and got another prime, then a third. As I was off the front just after taking the third prime, Shawn Wayland from Serious Cycling came with me. I said, this is good, lets go.

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Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Quickly two other riders bridged to us, Sean Mazich/Jelly Belly, and Ronny Toth/Socal Cycling.  Sean, Shawn, and myself quickly put down some power and we opened a nice gap. It was clear that Ronny didn’t want to work and he did just that, nothing. We started attacking Ronnie and soon it was Shawn Wayland who got caught out with Ronnie and it was Mazich and myself who moved on up the road to get the job done. With the windy conditions the new iRT Fifty wheels did an amazing job helping with the aero dynamics and enabling me to move fast and efficiently. We lapped multiple groups and on the last lap I took the lead and held it to the line for the win.
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Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Why this win and day was so special to me…

The entire weekend was a tough one for me. I learned Friday I had lost a close friend, Mike Herdman. Mike wondered off after his dog and suffered a critical head injury during a backpacking/camping trip with his buddy. I decided to race not knowing if I had the legs or if my head was in the right place, I headed out anyways to see what I had. The entire drive out to Ontario that day I thought about Mike and how we carpooled to so many races. I envisioned myself winning and dedicating it to him. That’s what I did!! The entire time I was in the race I was thinking about Mike. He was surely with me on this day as I had better legs than I’ve ever felt. I had mine plus his for the day. I dedicated the win to my good buddy Mike Herdman.

Thank you KHS, Maxxis, JAKROO Custom Apparel, Shimano, Serfas, Hammer Nutrition, Rudy Project, IRT Wheels, Xpedo, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Rennie & Associates, Q2, Bike Religion, Chamois Butter, WD-40 Bike, Bicycle Blue Book and the Management of IPA sports.

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Tour of America’s Dairyland By Steven Davis

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Photo Credit: Danny Munson

This is an event that sounded very enticing after hearing about it from countless people over the last year.  From the crowds, $1000 primes, technical difficulty of the courses, to the overall stellar competition that frequents these races, I had been chewing on the possibility of attending someday.   Well, that opportunity presented itself, and I jumped!  After racing Tulsa Tough and The North Star Grand Prix, my travel plans were designed to have me return home to San Diego for two weeks in order to train for National Championships in Madison, WI.  One thing led to another, with a confluence of events leading me to the idea that racing ToAD, only 90 miles from Madison, would be better training, less travel, and more importantly – great race experience.   I am relatively new to this sport and the majority of my experience comes from road racing, ToAD would provide a tremendous opportunity to gain a wealth of experience with 11 days of racing. Ten of which are criteriums that last 90 minutes, around 6 to 8-turn circuits on city streets, with rough roads, manholes, etc.  The focus here is on speed and technical prowess.  This is where being physically fit only takes you halfway, with the other half residing in the importance of technical skill as well as courage (cojones)!

The events have been well-attended with some of the best competition in the US.  As you all know, cyclists have a tendency to be able to retell in detail every microscopic detail of a race with all the nuisances that one should experience while racing.  To save you the reader in this journey of inconsequential details, I will attempt to be a little more concise.  Simply, the racing is HARD!  To the competitor (me), this is great news.  I want it to be hard.  I want to be a little in over-my-head at times.  I want to be pushed to my limits, for this is the only way I will continue to progress and reach the heights of what I am capable of.  There have been times that I have been pushed near my physical limits, but I would say I have been pushed beyond my comfort level everyday with regards to courage and the limits of fear.  Many times thus far I have put myself in situations that I have been truly uncomfortable, only to come out on the other side unscathed.  As teammate Dave Santos has told me countless times, “If the guy in front of you make make the turn at that speed, so can you.  Just do it”.

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Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Thus far as I am writing this journal, we are in the 8th day of racing, seven of which I have competed.  All but one day has been that of the criterium-style racing, and of those seven, six have been really technical.  On the second day of racing in East troy, the course was 1K in length with six tight turns.  We did 87 laps, in 90 minutes time, and you can trust me that at no point was this race boring. Every second the focus and intensity were palpable.  If you do the math on this one, you will also see that it was wicked fast.  An interesting discovery in how the racing changed when the best NCC team (United Health Care) attended both Saturday and Sunday’s NCC races.  Interesting in that I expected the racing to be physically harder, but the opposite was the case.  All of a sudden, the other teams that had been uber aggressive the previous days, now became quite a bit more tentative in their race tactics. This resultedin an overall slower race pace, making the technical-side all the more important.  These races highlighted the importance of positioning and the battle for that position resulting in a dog fight among everyone behind the 6 man UHC squad.  Frustrating to say the least, but lets not fool ourselves, UHC is on of the best and they are so for a reason.  There is absolutely no ignorance in their tactics, for they know exactly what kind of chaos they are creating.

Beyond that, we raced the only road race yesterday in Elkhart Lake, WI at Road America which is the same track that Nascar competes on.  In summary, a lot of fun, not very technical nor mountainous, yet very fast where we covered 70 miles in 2 hrs 19 minutes.  I finished sadly where I have been most of the week, between 30 and 40th place.  All of the races have had well over 100 competitors each day, and I have fought hard, but have yet to reap any of the rewards.  The objectives for this trip are to: Learn, continue to fight, gain experience, enjoy, have fun, never quit, and expect both success and failure.  Essentially, get better all the way around as a bike racer. Yet remember to enjoy “the ride”, for the ride is the best part of life.  It is life…

A special thank you has to go to my Director Paul Abrahams for giving me this opportunity to become a better bike racer, by attending this event.  Without the KHS-Maxxis pb JAKRRO team, I would not have the ability to receive all the compliments everyday on how great looking and bad ass our new bikes look.  The one moment I get to be prideful! And but of course to all our sponsors who support this teams endeavors to achieve what many might deem impossible- THANK YOU.  

You all allow for my core philosophy in life to be truly put to the test- “we are limitless, and nothing short of hard work, determination, perseverance, and passion can hold us back from achieving what at one time was only a dream”. Your continued support allows for the only limiter to be that of myself.  

Four more days to go.  Wish me luck! I am positive I am getting better, and the results will follow.

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Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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North Star Grand Prix by David Santos

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Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The North Star Grand Prix (which used to be called the Nature Valley Grand Prix) is an NRC race consisting of six stages over five days.  It starts with a time trial and a Criterium on the same day, then a 97 mile road race, followed with a Friday night Criterium in uptown Minneapolis.  Saturday is usually a road race, 101 miles finishing in the town of Menomonie, and on Sunday we finish up the race with the Stillwater circuit which entail twenty-three times up the 24% Chilkoot hill.

Going into the race, our team decided to see how the time trial played out before we decided on an overall game plan.  In the TT, I finished 16th place, eight seconds out from the best amateur jersey so it was pretty straight forward what we were going for.  Over the course of the next couple days, I rode aggressive.  I made the break in the St. Paul downtown Criterium but with Optum controlling the race and motivated to keep it together, we were caught with 1.5 laps to go.  In the Cannon Falls road race, thirty mile per hour winds and echelons stretching across the roads completely imploded the field to pieces.  Fortunately, the front group did not contain any of the guys in the best amateur competition, so again, I remained eight seconds down.

The next stage was the Uptown Minneapolis Criterium.  When I went to sign in, I noticed my name was highlighted on the sign in sheet and meant I would be getting a call up.  It is not too often I get a call up at an NRC race so I was certain to take advantage of starting in the front to make the early break.  After three laps, I noticed two guys got off the front and Optum was letting them go.  I took the opportunity to use my momentum to attack out of the field and ride solo across to the break.  The three of us rolled through for another lap before two more riders joined and then all five of us worked together.   Over the course of the race, we increased our gap to almost a minute.  I took the time bonus that was offered with sixteen laps to go and we all continued to work together.  With five laps to go and still a forty-five second lead, I knew we were going to make it to the line free from the field and I would not be leading the best amateur competition by thirty-two seconds.

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Now that I had the green jersey, I just had to keep an eye on the other two riders who were closest to me.  As long as they didn’t get away from me, I was good.  During the Menomonie Road Race, a break of riders got away after about twenty-five kilometers into the race.  None of the riders in the break were a threat to my jersey, so all I had to do was sit and conserve as much energy as I could for the final stage.

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All week, my legs felt great.  I was recovering well, getting enough sleep, and was feeling great.  Mentally, I was ready for Stillwater and even more ready to solidify winning the best amateur jersey.  For the first seventeen laps of the Stillwater Cirterium, I felt great, the pace was easy, I was climbing up Chilkoot hill well, and I was excited to see what would happen when the race heated up in the final laps.  I was feeling confident I had the legs to finish the job and that none of the other amateurs would be able to ride away from me.  However, bike racing is not always about who is the strongest, it’s not all about fitness, tactics, diet, recovery……it’s also about luck.  For whatever reason on this day at Stillwater, my luck ran out with six laps to go.  Coming off the downhill into the last turn, somehow my chain came off.  I had taken this turn seventeen times already with no problems.  As I tried to pedal, I just spun my cranks while coasting towards the base of the Chillkoot climb.  Fabi pushed me while I tried to carefully shift it back into the big ring and back to the small ring.  Eventually I ran out of flat ground to coast and found myself at the bottom of the hill.  I decided to just get off the bike and put the chain back on by hand as I watch the race ride away. I immediately got back on the bike, tried to get the momentum going again as I zig-zagged up the hill, and then began chasing with everything I had.  I chased for five laps, caught two smaller groups who had split off the front group, and laid everything I had out there to keep my jersey.  In the end, it wasn’t enough.  I lost the best amateur jersey by forty-eight seconds and was humbled by the sport of cycling. You never know what can take place in a bike race and the race is definitely never over until you finally cross that finish line.

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Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Overall, the North Star Grand Prix was a great race for the KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO Team.  We were tested in many ways over the week, and in the end, we did everything we could.  We used the experience as a lesson, turned negatives into positives, and used this race to reiterate the face that we are going to be ready to go at Nationals in two weeks.

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