Barton 2nd at USA Cycling National Championship Criterium

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When we left our Donner Lake condo to ride to the criterium, it was raining. Having been in the 90s all week, the rain felt refreshing and I was excited about the prospect of racing on wet roads. The course was a technical 6-turn 1km loop with narrow sections and rough pavement. Add wet pavement and the course really played to our skill set of getting into a breakaway and staying away, avoiding a field sprint at the end of the race.

As we lined up for the start, the rain stopped. I was disappointed but still confident that the course was tough enough dry. Right from the gun there were attacks, and quickly a group of 10 including myself and Dave Santos had ripped off of the front and gained a 12 second lead. At this point, there was a crash and the race was stopped for 20 minutes to allow an ambulance to take an injured rider to the hospital. After the race I was dismayed to learn that the injured rider was a friend of ours, Steven Davis, and that he had broken his femur. We are all wishing Steven a speedy recovery and hope to see him back racing soon.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Once the race was back under way, Dave and I knew it was time to start attacking our breakaway. 10 riders is better than 100, but ideally we would like to only worry about beating 1 or 2 riders on the final lap. Dave threw down a monster attack, but defending champion Daniel Holloway chased him back. As soon as Dave was back, I attacked and within a lap, I had a 10 second gap solo. I knew this was good and I put my head down and dug, slowly increasing my lead up to 20 seconds. At this point, I had about 15 laps left in the race and the field was all together behind me and multiple teams were working to chase me down. I knew it would be close, but I kept fighting through every lap like it was my last.

With 5 laps to go the field was only 5 seconds back and I knew it was time to catch my breath and try to jump into good position when they caught me. I sat up and sprinted onto Holloway’s wheel. It was a tough wheel to fight for, but I managed to stay on Holloway’s wheel and going in to the last two turns, I sprinted around him. I came out of the last turn in first with 100 meters to go and sprinted with all I had, but Holloway was just able to come around me.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

I would have liked to win, but I came out of this race with the satisfaction that I had played every card I had and in the end, I was simply out-sprinted by a stronger sprinter. Everyone contributed to my 2nd place. I was able to break away only by countering Dave’s initial attack and while off the front, Brian McCulloch and Shawn Wayland were helping disrupt the chase in the field. It was a great race to end our 3 week trip on and we all enjoyed a well deserved burger that night.

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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USA Cycling National Championship Road Race: Report by Shawn Wayland

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Shawn Wayland joined his KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo teammates in the 167km USA Cycling National Championship Road Race in Lake Tahoe, CA. Shawn, along with David Santos, Chris Barton and Brian McCulloch, tackled the challenging event after a successful completion of the North Star Grand Prix in Minnesota.

“It was hot, bone dry, at elevation, and windy. It was over a hundred mile course with significant rollers, one LONG sustained climb, and 40 something miles of flat wide open prairie land with nasty crosswinds. It was the National Road Race Championship event, so everyone arrived wanting the best result.

The race started at the top of a hill that was a “neutral” roll out. I say “neutral” because it was the fastest neutral start I’ve been in! Probably 30 mph downhill, and everyone is already jockeying for position. Once we made it to the main road from the resort, the race was on.

The first 30 odd miles were fairly calm. There were a few little groups that got off the front, but nothing dangerous. Everyone was waiting for the flatland and nasty winds. Once we hit the bottom of the descent, everyone was fighting to get to the front. The wind was blowing, and the race was getting ready to blow apart.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

A couple miles into the wind where the group made a right turn into a cross tailwind, the echelons started. A group of 12 ripped off the front which included both Barton and Santos. Real estate on the road at this point was limited as the field chased. When the wind was blowing like it was, your race is over in a matter of minutes if you who have no draft and are guttered towards the back. (Insert my situation here). If you are in the right spot, the wind is a fantastic element. If you are in the wrong spot, it can mean the end of your race.

Fast forward to the 25 minute sustained climb out of the valley, and Barton and Santos are still rolling well in the break. Ten minutes into the climb, the break began to splinter into pieces, leaving only Santos in the front group.

So we now have Santos in the front group with 5 Mike’s Bikes riders, a few Elbows riders, a Cal Giant rider, and a handful of others as more bridged to the front group. Dave was in a tough spot at this point with the numbers game. He rode his legs off though, and left it all on the table finishing 13th! Heck of a ride Dave!

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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Von Nacher Claims Stillwater Victory

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The KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling Team had a fantastic showing at the North Star Grand Prix. The event spans 5 days and 6 stages, beginning with a 5 mile time trial. Chris Barton logged the fastest time of the team, landing just 2 seconds off of the podium in 6th place. From there, the team continued to improve on their stage finishes by animating the criteriums and road races, ultimately winning the penultimate stage on Sunday – the Stillwater Criterium.

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With 6 riders in the race, the team was able to have representation in multiple breakaways where Ulises Castillo was able to gain the KOM Climbers Jersey during the Cannon Falls Road Race, which he retained until the 5th stage in Menomonie. Read more

The KHS Roadshow is coming to a town near you

Industry veteran Jim Wannamaker is on the road displaying products from KMC Chains, KHS Bicycles, Vee Tire Co. and Pro Gold Lubricants at events all across America. Check out some of the latest KHS models and even take a ride. Jim’s schedule for the summer and fall is listed below. Please be sure to stop in when KHS is in your area.

June 26 thru 28th US Cup #5 Colorado Springs XC Race
July 14 thru 19th USAC National Mountain Bike Championships Mammoth, Ca. Mountain Bike Race
July 24th WORS-KMC Wisconsin Mountain Bike Race
July 25th NUE SERIES State College, Pennsylvania Mountain Bike Race
Aug. 6 thru 10 Windham World Cup Race Windham, N.Y. Mountain Bike Race
Aug. 16th NUE SERIES Greenfield, N.H. Mountain Bike Race
Sept. 6th Gone Riding Series 8 Hours of Labor-Aluchua Mountain Bike Race
Sept. 13 thru 18th ODD & Interbike Las Vegas, NV Tade Show
Oct. 2-3-4 KMC Cyclocross Festival Providence, R.I. Cyclocross Race & Festival
Oct. 9 thru 11 Bicycle Times Festival Raystown Lake, Pa. Festival
Oct. 17th & 18th East Coast Downhill Super Championships Mountain Creek, N.J.
Nov. 6 thru 8th Iceman Race Traverse City, Michigan Mountain Bike Race

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Von Nacher 2nd Overall at Tulsa Tough

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The KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo returned to Tulsa Tough for the 5th year in a row. In 2014, Fabrizio Von Nacher and the team won the overall of the NCC event in an exciting finale on Cry Baby Hill. The 2015 installment of the race would prove to be just as exciting, with Von Nacher narrowly missing the top step of the podium on the final day. The team fielded a squad of 6 for the 3 stage omnium event. Brian McCulloch, Chris Barton, Ulises Castillo, Shawn Wayland, and Efren Flores raced each event with the hopes of helping Fabrizio gain the lead.

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Chris Barton raced the event in 2013 with the team, and he was excited to return to the event this year.

“My fitness is much better than it was in 2013, so this year’s Tulsa Tough was much more enjoyable for me. That being said, I think the level of competition still caught me a bit off-guard the first night and forced me to step up my game fast!

My favorite part of Tulsa Tough is the fans. We went out each day and gave everything we had to the race, and the fans gave it right back. No words can describe the enthusiasm of the crowd on Crybaby Hill!” Read more