Cascade Cycling Classic Stage 5: Awbrey Butte Circuit Race by Ulises Castillo

The 5th and final stage of the Cascade Cycling Classic did not disappoint. Despite only being a mere 82 miles compared to the other road stages of the event, this course is always very challenging. The race organizers do a great job live tweeting the event, which I was following from home. After only a few minutes of racing, I realized this race was going to be full-gas with our rider, Ulises Castillo, doing a good share of the damage to the peloton in multiple breakaways. I was able to talk to him tonight at his hosts house where the team was enjoying homemade lasagna and “cookie burgers”, an homage to our former teammate Michi Weicht – he loved ice cream sandwiches after a big race!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

KHS: Being day 5 of the event, you must be feeling pretty good!

UC: Yes – I felt very good. I was excited to use my legs today.

KHS: Reading the live tweets, it was apparent you were in all the breakaways. How did the race go?

UC: The break went in the 1st (of 5) lap, I initiated the move and was with 2 other riders off the front. The group caught us after only about 8K of racing. But then as we started the 2nd lap, I was able to get into the next split which was the break that stuck. I guess I got some sprint points on the 2nd lap, but I didn’t know though, we were just riding hard! In the 4th lap on the climb, the original break got caught. But then I went again with 4 other riders! This move stayed out until 8K to go, so close to the finish.

KHS: Did you think the move could stick and that you could take it to the line?

UC: I thought the final break could get to the line, until 3 other riders jumped across to us from the peloton and I could see the field close behind, so I wasn’t sure it would stick. But I gave it a shot and rode as hard as I could.

KHS: What’s next for you and the team?

UC: Next, we will finish the delicious dinner the Hays family made for us, then we will drive home Monday to Orange County. We will be racing Brentwood Grand Prix next Sunday. Then we will see what the plan is.

KHS: This is your 1st time in Bend and racing the Cascade Cycling Classic. What did you think?

UC: It is a pretty cool event. I loved the stages and the long road stages where I know I can do well. The town and restaruants, as well as our hosts were all awesome. I hope we can come back next year! Thanks to the team and the hosts for helping us here at the race. Great job to all my teammates and thanks to Paul for all his help.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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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Cascade Cycling Classic Stage 4: Criterium Top 10 for Von Nacher

Day 4 of the Cascade Cycling Classic was the 75 minute downtown Bend Criterium. After 3 days of hard racing, the 7PM race start was a welcome respite for the racers to sleep in, spin to the coffee shop, and spend some extra time with their gracious hosts. The team had another excellent showing in the crit, with Fabrizio Von Nacher finishing top 10. While the team was packing up the team van, Fabi checked in with his experience on the day.

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Photo Credit: Danny Munson

KHS: How has the Cascade Cycling Classic been going for you?

FVN: It is a hard race, but I have been feeling good. I have been in the front group every day and it is a solid race for me, and for the team. I have tried to be smart and wait for the right moves. I am 13th overall in the Young Rider competition which is good. I have been doing good training, especially coming from Mexico Nationals where we raced 120 miles, so I was OK with the 125 miles and 111 mile stages. But doing two of them was hard. I think it was good for us to get better.

KHS: How did the criterium go this evening?

FVN: It was a super hard crit. It was super windy and the course is really hard. The break didn’t stick, although people were trying all race. It came down to a field sprint where I got 7th.

KHS: With the criterium starting in the evening, were able to enjoy the morning in Bend?

FVN: It’s super nice weather and our hosts are great. We got to ride with a few of them this morning to spin our legs out and grab some coffee in town.We are all having a good time here with nice dinners with the team. This is the 5th year we have stayed with our hosts here, so it is a really enjoyable experience.

KHS: You have one stage left tomorrow – the Awbrey Butte Circuit Race. How are you feeling for the 5th and final day of racing?  

FVN: Obviously we are tired, but I am feeling better every day. I am responding well to the efforts and I think tomorrow’s race will be good for me. The circuit is suits me well and I am hoping to do well.

To thank all our hosts, the city of Bend, my teammates and the sponsors of the team for making this race a possibility.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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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Cascade Cycling Classic Stage 3: Cascade Lakes Road Race with David Santos

Today marked the 3rd stage of the Cascade Cycling Classic. Beginning at the local Bend High School, the riders raced 111 miles finishing at the Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort. Team member David Santos took our call while preparing team dinner to tell us how the race went down today.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

KHS: With 111 miles in today’s stage, you have now covered over 250 miles in 3 days! What was the team’s plan going into today’s stage?

DS: We wanted Efren Flores and Ulises Castillo to cover potential breakaways in the initial 20 mile climb, which began right at the start of the race. If nothing stayed away, the team was going to line it up for Chris Barton  to get sprint points, which would take place 15 miles past the top of first big climb.

KHS: How did it actually pan out?

DS: Thinks went pretty close to plan. The move went within the first 10 miles of the climb and both Ulises and Efren were in it. The break got 40 seconds on the peloton, but everyone left behind wanted to be in the front group. The attacks were relentless, so the mix up the road was changing up frequently.  When the original group got brought back,  Barton went solo to get across to the move in order to sprint points. Eventually, Barton was joined by Efren and they made their way to the front group.

Despite having a big group up the road, the attacks kept coming from the main group with pods of 2-3 going up the road in an attempt to get the break. I managed to bridge across to a group of 5, and just kept joining small groups which helped us eventually get to the original front move. This group ended up being over 30 riders which was pretty crazy.

KHS: How did you feel being that was day 3 of the event? 

DS: I felt pretty good for most of the day until the attacks started flying towards the end, in the last 25 miles of the race. I was trying to be selectivve and cover the important stuff, but there wasn’t just one team taking control so eventually several guys just got away. By the time we got to the final climbs, I was starting to feel my efforts of the day for sure.

KHS: At the end of the day, how did the team finish? 

Efren was covering the rider in the break who was the virtual leader on the road. One of these big attacks blew apart the front group as we were getting closer to the final climb. Efron ended up in the front selection and once we turned left up towards Bachelor, we had a block headwind, so it was super hard and slow. He was able to finish just a little over a minute down on the day for a top 15 which is a great result.

KHS: What are you guys making for dinner?

Our hosts Rob and Mary Angelo are making brautwurts, and I am setting out the appetizers right now. We have three awesome host families. The Hays, Johnson’s and Angelo’s. Last night we all had team/family dinner at the Hays house which was fantastic. Actually, Lynnanne Hays spent the whole race riding shotgun in the team car with Paul helping out with any and everything. Rick Hays was able to do that on the McKenzie Pass stage which was awesome and really helpful for the team.

KHS: Closing thoughts on today?

DS: The team was well-represented today, stuck to the plan and Efren had an amazing ride today.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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Cascade Cycling Classic: Stage 2 Time Trial with Shawn Wayland

Day two of the Cascade Cycling Classic was short and sweet, featuring a 16 mile Individual Time Trial. Our 7 riders set out to tackle the course with the support of Manager/DS Paul Abrahams who made sure that each bicycle was set-up just right so that each athlete could give their best possible effort on the day. Shawn Wayland had a quick phone chat with us between cleaning bikes and napping today, as he is experiencing his first Cascade.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

KHS: How were you feeling this morning heading into the ITT after yesterday’s grueling 123 mile road race? 

SW: Well, I was sore. I work up this morning and my glutes were killing me! Yesterday’s race was really hard, and after 4.5hours of racing I was really feeling it and we still had the big final climb to go! Thankfully, my Velo Saddle made the time in the saddle much more bearable. I know I would have been in bad shape if the saddle wasn’t so awesome. During the race, we went back to the team car a bunch to get bottles and food from Paul. Thankfully, he was there to help us as the feed zones were pretty crazy.

After the race, I ate a ton and went to be super early so I could sleep a bunch. I woke up this morning feeling really good, so it must have worked!

KHS: This is your first time racing at Cascade, so the TT course was knew to you. Tell us about it!

SW: I really liked it. I was rolling with short, punchy climbs that made it challenging. There was a really strong headwind after the turn-around, so I had to be careful not to go too hard on the way out because the tailwind made me feel like I was flying! I needed to does my efforts so that I could have enough in the tank for the ride back. You couldn’t ask for a better place to race a TT, out a canyon next to the river. We all should have done cannon balls into it afterwards.

KHS: Tomorrow, you and the team will be tasked with race 111 miles at the Cascade Lakes Race, Stage 3 of the event. Looking towards that course, what are your thoughts? 

SW: I am excited about it. I think it will be good for the team and me. It starts with a 20 miles climb, which means we will really have to suffer and work for the first hour. This part of the race is going to be critical. After that climb, the course flattens out a bit and then around the 100 mile mark, we will have another big climb to the finish. We have had to drive at least an hour to the start of the first two stages, so it will be nice to spin the 10 minutes from our host house to the start tomorrow!

KHS: Being your first time in Bend, have you tried out the great food and coffee shops? 

SW: No, not yet. Our hosts and teammates have been making great food every day. I am on the lookout for some kombucha on the tap though, so maybe tomorrow.

KHS: Thank you, Shawn, for taking time to chat with us today. Now, back to cleaning those bike!

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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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Cascade Cycling Classic: McKenzie Pass Road Race – Efren Flores

The KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling Team is currently racing the 5 day stage race in Bend, OR – The Cascade Cycling Classic. This is the 5th year the team has contested the event, and with over 365 miles to cover between today and Sunday, the team is ready to see what they can do on the road. With 7 riders in attendance from KHS, the team has a great chance to be versatile, work on team tactics and ensure that the team is represented will through out the event.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Today, Efren Flores checked in after the 123 mile first stage, the McKenzie Pass Road Race.

KHS: Is this your first time racing Cascade? 

EF: Yes it is, and it is my first time visiting Bend. It would be great to spend more time here!

KHS: Today you and your teammates raced 123 miles with over 7,000ft of climbing. When was the last time you rode that far in one day? 

EF: Oh man, over a year ago for sure. But I have never raced that far before.

KHS: You traversed a century and a quarter today, how long were you on the bike?

EF: My race time was under 5 hours at 4:52. (WOW – that is fast!) 

KHS: For such a long race, how many bottles did you drink? Were you eating the entire time? 

EF: I had at least 8 bottles through out the race. I started with 2 on the bike and teammates Brian, Chris and Shawn made multiple trips back to the team car for feeds. We also had a feeder helping in the feed zone as well as the option for neutral bottles, so that gave us lot of options. For food, I think I was eating constantly. Bars, gels, whatever I had – I made sure to eat a lot.

KHS: What was your job today with the team? 

EF: My teammates and I needed to cover the big moves and make sure we were represented when anything went up the road. We did a really great job riding together as a team. Whenever I saw a teammate ahead of me in the group, I would ride up to them and made sure we stuck together. We were making sure that Fabi and Chris were taken care of, which paid off well in the end since Fabi finished in the front group, just a handful of seconds off of the yellow jersey.

KHS: What was your favorite part of the race today? 

EF: The scenery! We started in the prairies where there were cattle, grain fields and open space. Then we climbed up through the volcanic rock and ended up finishing in a thick pine forest. It was beautiful!

KHS: What does tomorrow hold for you? 

EF: Tomorrow we get to race a 16 mile Time Trial about an hour away from Bend. I am excited to race the course, especially since it is new to me.

KHS: Thank you Efren for taking some time to check in after a really hard day of racing! Best of luck to you and your teammates (David Santos, Fabrizio Von Nacher, Brian McCulloch, Shawn Wayland, and Ulises Castillo) in the TT tomorrow! And keep eating! 

EF: No problem! And thanks for the interview!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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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Santos Delivers another Win at San Luis Rey Road Race

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Six years ago, I entered my first bike race and it just so happened to be the San Luis Rey Road Race. I remember spending the majority of the time on the front pulling everyone around thinking I could just ride away from the group. After all, that’s how we did it in cross-county running, a sport where the gun goes off and 200 people run flat out as hard as they can until they stumble across the finish line. There are no tactics, no strategy, but rather just a race against the clock to see who the fastest runner was that day.

I assumed cycling was the same thing. It didn’t take long for me to realize it wasn’t. When I registered for SLR, I expected to win. Instead, I got used and abused by the “wiser” an “smarter” category 5 racers in the field. I ended up getting beat and couldn’t figure out what just happened.

Driving home that day, the “Pros” were on the course. I remember thinking, “how can these guys race for 100+ miles. “That seemed ludicrous and an impossible feat for me at the time. I never imagined I would be in that same race a two years later.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

It’s now 2015 and I was back racing the San Luis Rey Road Race. This time around, I’ve been a cat 1 for 5 years, raced hundreds of races throughout the country, have thousands and thousands of miles in my legs, and actually know a thing or two about bike racing. Every time I do SLR, it’s fun to look back and think about where I was 6 years ago.

This year, the race kicked off as usual. Attacks started flying just as soon as we hit the flat section. Since there were only three of us from KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo, we had to be selective as to what we would follow. Just before the half-way point of the first lap, two guys got away, Chris Walker and Ben Foster. There were a few other attempts of riders trying to bridge, but because everyone wanted to be in the break, no one was able to get any traction.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The first time up the hill was incredibly surgy. I rode my tempo to minimize the high power spikes and managed to always be within range of the front group. After the first lap, the field had broken up and was starting to come back together in the feed zone. I was sitting near the front and noticed a Rockform and InCycle duo attacking from my left. I immediately reacted and jumped on their train. The three of us got away from the group on the descent and we soon caught up with Chris and Ben who were still off the front.

Having the odds of 1 in 5 are not the best, so I worked the bare minimum and occasionally skipped a pull to keep the break from getting too far away from the group. I wanted to keep it in range so my teammates would have an opportunity to bridge across. After the 2nd lap, I noticed one of the stronger riders, Colton Hartrich, was well on his way to bridging solo to our break. If he made it, this would not have been good for any of us. Everyone in the break started working harder together and at the next time check, we had 3 minutes on the field.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

For the next 5 laps, everyone continued to work and our time checks consistently stayed at 3 to 3.5 minutes. Unfortunately on lap 4, a few of the riders in the break crashed due to some gravel in the turn. After the crash, the break lost two riders and the three of us were left to try and hold off the rest of the field. We managed to keep our 3 min gap for the duration of the race and I knew going into the last lap, the winner would come from our group. I decided to attack, to see how everyone was really feeling, just before we hit the hill and only one of the riders was able to respond. We rode to the final climb, each taking stabs at trying to drop each other but after several unsuccessful attempts, we both realized it was going to come down to a sprint. I went early, made the final turn, and sprinted to the line with my head down, praying that my legs would not cramp. I crossed the line first and managed to barely get my arms up to celebrate. Shortly after crossing the line, I looked back to see teammate Fabrizio crushing the field sprint for 4th place.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

It was an incredible day for KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo and a great feeling to finally take home the “W” at a race where it all began for me 6 years ago.

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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