Redlands Bicycle Classic: From Brian McCulloch’s Viewpoint

1x1.trans Redlands Bicycle Classic: From Brian McCulloch’s ViewpointPhoto Credit: Danny Munson

Stage 1: Highland Circuit Race

This year is the second running of the Highland Stage for the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Last year, we did not know what to predict, and so we chose to race a little bit more conservatively. This year, with an idea of how the race would play out from 2014, we decided to be aggressive from the start.

1x1.trans Redlands Bicycle Classic: From Brian McCulloch’s ViewpointPhoto Credit: Danny Munson

We chose to have several of our riders race for the breakaways, while keeping Fabrizio Von Nacher and Ulises Castillo protected and fresh for the finish. I was tasked with trying to take early KOM points at the top of the climb and to also try and infiltrate the day’s breakaways. The pace was extremely difficult on the climb that featured a 15% grade that lasted around 2 minutes. At the end, a breakaway was not meant to be despite our efforts putting racers into several potentially good moves. With 5 laps to go, it was evident it was going to be a good day for Fabrizio and the sprinters.

1x1.trans Redlands Bicycle Classic: From Brian McCulloch’s ViewpointPhoto Credit: Danny Munson

Chris Barton and Fabrizio rode well to stay at the front, and position themselves for the sprint. In the chaos of the final assault up the climb, Ulises was able to stay with the front group to take a chance at a GC position. He was able to finish just 3 seconds off the leaders time. Read more

Redlands Bicycle Classic: Time Trial Success Words By Chris Barton

1x1.trans Redlands Bicycle Classic: Time Trial Success Words By Chris Barton

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

For us, the Redlands time trial began a few months ago. After one of our local races, I rode up to Big Bear with the team to look at the roads the course would be on. We knew there were going to be a few tricky corners and seeing and practicing riding them would give us an advantage come race day. Between then and the race, we rode up to Big Bear several more times and practiced riding the course a handful of times. In addition to getting good at riding the turns, it was helpful to practice going hard at a high altitude (about 7,000ft) and learning how to pace yourself. Redlands is a big race for our team, and we had all put so much effort into training this year that we wanted to make sure that we had every advantage when it was time to race.
The morning of the time trial the weather was perfect. Kind of chilly, but sunny and calm. I warmed up a little longer than usual to loosen the legs up from the previous day’s race, and I was ready to go. Initially, I had planned on riding conservatively for the first 1/3 of the time trial because it is easy to blow yourself up at altitude. By the time I was ready to go, however, there was a strong headwind for the first half of the course and tailwind for the second half. This meant there would be more to gain from going hard for the windy first half and less to gain from saving myself for the second half.
1x1.trans Redlands Bicycle Classic: Time Trial Success Words By Chris Barton

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Once I shot down the starting ramp, I quickly settled in to a rhythm I knew I could sustain for about 80 percent of the course. I made it through the tight turns on the way out, executed the turn-around perfectly, and dug as hard as I could on the way back. About 3km from the finish line my lungs were burning and I was ready for the pain to be over. I kept my head down and hung on through the fast tailwind descent and it was over.
1x1.trans Redlands Bicycle Classic: Time Trial Success Words By Chris Barton

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

When I turned around and headed back to our team car, I saw my teammate Brian McCulloch jumping up and down. “You have the fastest time!” Perfect! All of our preparation had payed off and now it was time to sit and wait to see if anyone would ride a better time than me. In the end, I was bested only by Tom Zirbel and Ryan Roth which meant that I got to take the third place spot on the podium! I am proud to have raced so well at one of my biggest targets for the season and I sincerely couldn’t have done it without everyone on KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo helping with my preparation.
1x1.trans Redlands Bicycle Classic: Time Trial Success Words By Chris Barton

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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1x1.trans Redlands Bicycle Classic: Time Trial Success Words By Chris Barton

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Redlands Bicycle Classic: Podium for Castillo!

1x1.trans Redlands Bicycle Classic: Podium for Castillo!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Team rider Ulises Castillo had a breakthrough ride at his first crack at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. He finished 3rd on Saturday’s Criterium, and was one of the few riders to enter the Downtown Circuits the next day at the end of the Sunset Circuit Race. I asked Ulises to tell me about his experience over the two final stages, and I have paraphrased his experience here.

Stage 4 RBC Criterium, 90 minutes:

This was one of the hardest criteriums I have ever raced. This was my first NRC Stage Race, so everything was new. For the criterium, I was not sure what to expect, but I did know I wanted to be in the breakaway. However, I did not set myself up very well for that. I was warming up with the team before the race, and when we went to line up, we were the last guys in the peloton. This was a big mistake, because it was very hard for me to move up through the field. I had to move up on the outside of the pack in order to pass guys, and it took me 30 minutes to get to the front of the race.

My teammate Chris Barton had been in the first breakaway of the race and a new move had just gone up the road when I reached the front. Luis Amaran from Jamis and I bridged across to the two riders up the road, and we were soon joined by two more riders, which would make the final break of the day with 60 minutes remaining on the technical, 9-turn course.

1x1.trans Redlands Bicycle Classic: Podium for Castillo!

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I had to work very, very hard to keep the breakaway away from the field as they were chasing very hard. Several riders in the breakaway crashed in a turn, so it was pretty chaotic.  With four turns to go, I went to the front because I wanted to be first through 3 turns to go. The Cal Giant rider, who won the race, came fast on my inside. This  pushed me out, and Amaran stayed on Cal Giant’s wheel. I was able to hold onto 3rd for the finish.

1x1.trans Redlands Bicycle Classic: Podium for Castillo!

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Stage 5 RBC Sunset Circuit Race, 95 miles:

Being the 5th and final stage of the event, this race was challenging. The course is very hard, but I like these types of stages because thing climbing isn’t all at once. But racing 12 laps of it was really tough. The laps were 7 mile loops with 500+ feet of climbing on a punchy route. The loop is so short, so many racers get pulled so that the groups wouldn’t overlap. This means that the peloton whittles down from over 150 riders to 40 in the finish circuits downtown. On the descent leading into town, I attacked with 10K to go. I was off the front with a Hincapie rider, but he did not want to work, so we just went back to the peloton.

1x1.trans Redlands Bicycle Classic: Podium for Castillo!

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Once we got into town, we had 5 laps of the criterium course. On the last lap I was 4th wheel, and I really just couldn’t hold on any longer. The finish came down to a sprint of about 20 riders out of the 40 that came into the circuits, and did the best I could to finish top 30.

1x1.trans Redlands Bicycle Classic: Podium for Castillo!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

I felt positive about the whole week of racing. It was a very hard week on the bicycle, but a great experience and training, and great event for the whole team.

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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Redlands Bicycle Classic School Visits

1x1.trans Redlands Bicycle Classic School Visits

The National Racing Calendar is about to begin at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. The event covers 5 grueling days of racing, but one of the highlights of the event is the community involvement. Leading into the event, the race hosts over 30 school visits around the Redlands and Yucaipa area to promote bicycle safety, healthy living, sportsmanship, and the event itself. Our riders always have a great time sharing their stories about racing, traveling, and all the great people they get to meet on the road. We had the opportunty to visit three different schools including Kimberly Elementary in Redlands, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, as well as the Competitive Edge Charter Academy in Yucaipa.

Talking with the children also provides the athletes an excellent opportunity to showcase all of their special sponsor items ranging from their KHS Bicycles to their JLVelo speed suits. It was great to be able to meet with the kids outside so the riders could show a bottle hand-up, how to clip in correctly and just how important it is to wear your helmets the proper way.

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The students were amazed at how light the bicycles were and how well they matched the riders kits. They all wanted to pick up the bikes, check out the great paint job, and touch the super skinny wheels. They were most interested in the amount of food the athletes would eat while training and racing, and why in the world their outfits were so tight. They had more questions than we had time to answer!

1x1.trans Redlands Bicycle Classic School Visits

As a farewell and thank you to the riders for coming to visit the students at Kimberly Elementary, they all chanted K-H-S before heading back to class. We are hoping they stop by at the races this week for a high-five, have a photo-op or autograph session our team. Click the link to watch the video Kimberly Elementary School Visit!

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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San Dimas Stage Race: Von Nacher 2nd in Road Race

1x1.trans San Dimas Stage Race: Von Nacher 2nd in Road Race

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The KHS-Maxixis-JLVelo Cycling Team had a great performance on Saturday’s San Dimas Stage Race Road Race. Fabrizio Von Nacher placed 2nd and recounted his experience below.

The San Dimas Stage Race is always a hard event with big teams showing up and over 150 racers. The road race wasn’t the exception. It was a hot day and we knew it was going to be a hard, 94 mile race.

The team’s plan was to be aggressive from the start and to be in the breaks. The guys rode great by being aggressive and at the front of the race. They were in every move and finally, a break went up the road and Dave Santos was in it.

1x1.trans San Dimas Stage Race: Von Nacher 2nd in Road Race

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The break rolled for most of the race but it was brought back as we were entering the final laps of the stage. By this point, the field was already small and the heat was making it even harder. The new course had a different climb than the previous years, and it was kind of technical to get to it which made positioning very important. Although the climb was shorter, the pace kept on being fast and more riders were getting dropped.

1x1.trans San Dimas Stage Race: Von Nacher 2nd in Road Race

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In the final laps, one last dangerous break went up the road, but it was brought back going into the last 7 mile lap. The guys were trying to attack and surprise the small field that remained, but the pace was fast and nothing got away. It came down to a field sprint where I managed to be in a good spot and sprint, where I came 2nd.

Thanks to my team mates for a great ride and team effort and thanks to all the sponsors and staff that make this possible and give me and my team mates the opportunity to race out bikes.

1x1.trans San Dimas Stage Race: Von Nacher 2nd in Road Race

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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San Dimas Stage Race: Barton Lands Another Podium!

1x1.trans San Dimas Stage Race: Barton Lands Another Podium!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Chris Barton reports on another great weekend of racing for the KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling Team.

The San Dimas Stage Race started with a 4.25 mile uphill time trial up Glendora Mountain Road. Having done this race several times before, we knew what to expect in terms of difficulty: Four miles. Up. A. Hill. The road is steep enough that it is faster to use a light road bike than an aerodynamic time trial bike.

The time trial warm up can be one of the more unique moments of racing. With everyone silently riding in place doing their own specific warm-up, there is a kind of tranquility like the calm before a storm. Forty five minutes of clearing your mind and focus amidst the buzzing of wheels on stationary trainers before sixteen minutes of pain.

1x1.trans San Dimas Stage Race: Barton Lands Another Podium!

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I did my usual warmup and then headed to the start ramp. I decided to hold back a bit in the first six minutes to avoid going above my limit and then go full gas for the remainder if the race. You have to be a little more cautious with your efforts in an uphill time trial because there are no flat or downhill sections to use to recover if you do go too hard, too early. I believe my strategy paid off as I ended up placing 29th out of 155 racers. I didn’t place as well as I had hoped, but I am satisfied because I rode as well as I could have.

1x1.trans San Dimas Stage Race: Barton Lands Another Podium!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Fast-forward to Sunday, and the San Dimas Stage Race Criterium was one of the most exciting races I’ve ridden this year. It was fast, technical, and had enough of a hill to make you really hurt every lap.

We rode aggressively, trying to get at least one of our riders into any breakaway that looked like it might stay away. This meant being patient when one or two riders would go up the road, but being aggressive when the fastest riders in the race started to attack.

1x1.trans San Dimas Stage Race: Barton Lands Another Podium!

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Between Ulises, Dave, and I we ended up being present in every major breakaway, but the chasing field was strong enough that by the last five laps, the race was all back together. This is where Brian and Fabrizio came into play. Brian had done a great job keeping Fabi out of harms way and rested so that he would be good in the sprint finish. Brian and I kept a good buffer zone around Fabi and set him up in a good position going in to the final sprint.

1x1.trans San Dimas Stage Race: Barton Lands Another Podium!

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Unfortunately, Fabi was ridden into the curb and out of the race by another racer and I found myself in position to try and make the most out of a less than ideal situation. I came around the last turn in sixth place and managed to sprint my way to third place and on to the podium!

1x1.trans San Dimas Stage Race: Barton Lands Another Podium!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

I would have loved to see my teammate Fabrizio win, but I am happy with the team’s effort during the race and excited that I made the podium at a stage of the San Dimas Stage Race. I know that each if us on KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo really dug deep physically and mentally for one another this weekend, and this gives me confidence and inspiration leading into one of the biggest races of our season, the upcoming Redlands Cycling Classic 1x1.trans San Dimas Stage Race: Barton Lands Another Podium!

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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