San Dimas Stage Race: Time Trial and Road Race

“My Best Foot Forward”

By Steven Davis

Author Steven Davis heading up GMR. Photo Credit: Danny MunsonAuthor Steven Davis heading up GMR. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The San Dimas Stage Race is a local favorite and the true start to the racing season. Our team had 7 riders for the event including Jondall, McCulloch, Davis, Williams, Santos, Le Mao and Von Nacher. The event begins with a hill climb Time Trial of 4.25 miles up Glendora Mountain Road.  As a team, we arrived early and began to prepare both mentally and physically for the days task: Go as hard as ONE can, leaving nothing in reserve at the completion of the race.

Photo Credit: Danny MunsonPhoto Credit: Danny Munson

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Castaic Road Race: CA/NV Road Race Championship by Thomas Jondall

Author Thomas Jondall. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Author Thomas Jondall. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The Chuck Pontius Memorial Castaic Lake Road Race, CA/NV Road Race Championship turned out to be a tough day for us. We had five riders for the race. David Santos, Brian McCulloch, David Santos, Cory Williams, Steven Davis and myself. The Hincapie Development team showed up with four guys that picked the race apart and put us in a defensive position early in the race. Our plan going into the race was to protect Dave Santos, we knew that the course was going to select the race so we weren’t going to initiate any of the early moves and save as many guys for as long as we could but by following this strategy we became isolated and exposed.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The early break went up the road in the first 5k of the race with no Hincapie riders and none of us, we went up the first climb steady no one chasing or attacking yet. Once we were down into the valley Brian McCulloch and I started to follow moves to try and bridge across, but every time, we were marked by a Hincapie rider and then countered by Hincapie rider, simply out-numbered. Eventually Joe Schmalz (Hincapie) went across solo to the break. Once we got back to the start/finish, a few more riders had bridged across to the break including Hincapie’s Oscar Clark with none of us. Brian and Steven Davis made it back up to Dave and I after being split off on the climb. Together we began chasing, they rode to the bottom of the next climb then I set tempo on the climb.  Eventually I would  get dropped, leaving Dave alone in a group of about 10 or 15. We brought the gap down from two and a half minutes to one minute with one lap to go on the 28 mile course.
Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Dave eventually got away from the chase group with Stefano Barberi (CalGiant) and Joey Rosskopf (Hincapie) and made it up to the lead group where Dave finished 10th in difficult circumstances. Congrats to Hincapie Development Team, they rode a great race and swept the podium.
Thank you KHS, Maxxis, JAKROO Custom Apparel, 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.
Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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Castaic Road Race: SCNCA Championship Race by Thomas Jondall

Author Thomas Jondall. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Author Thomas Jondall. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The Chuck Pontius Memorial Castaic Lake Road Race/SoCal State Road Race Championship turned out to be a tough day for us. We had five riders for the race. David Santos, Brian McCulloch, David Santos, Cory Williams, Steven Davis and myself. The Hincapie Development team showed up with four guys that picked the race apart and put us in a defensive position early in the race. Our plan going into the race was to protect Dave Santos, we knew that the course was going to select the race so we weren’t going to initiate any of the early moves and save as many guys for as long as we could but by following this strategy we became isolated and exposed.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The early break went up the road in the first 5k of the race with no Hincapie riders and none of us, we went up the first climb steady no one chasing or attacking yet. Once we were down into the valley Brian McCulloch and I started to follow moves to try and bridge across, but every time, we were marked by a Hincapie rider and then countered by Hincapie rider, simply out-numbered. Eventually Joe Schmalz (Hincapie) went across solo to the break. Once we got back to the start/finish, a few more riders had bridged across to the break including Hincapie’s Oscar Clark with none of us. Brian and Steven Davis made it back up to Dave and I after being split off on the climb. Together we began chasing, they rode to the bottom of the next climb then I set tempo on the climb.  Eventually I would  get dropped, leaving Dave alone in a group of about 10 or 15. We brought the gap down from two and a half minutes to one minute with one lap to go on the 28 mile course.
Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Dave eventually got away from the chase group with Stefano Barberi (CalGiant) and Joey Rosskopf (Hincapie) and made it up to the lead group where Dave finished 10th in difficult circumstances. Congrats to Hincapie Development Team, they rode a great race and swept the podium.
Thank you KHS, Maxxis, JAKROO Custom Apparel, 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.
Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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Chuck Pontius Criterium: Williams 3rd!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Author Cory Williams at the front. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

“I was really excited to race the Chuck Pontius Criterium this year because of the competition that showed up. In my book, there is nothing more exciting than going up against a big team. The plan for our team KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO was for everyone, including myself, to follow moves. This plan was a good opportunity for me to show that I could do more than sit around and wait for a sprint, so I was all in. When the race started the first attack came from the Hincapie Devo team and the whole field reacted right away. I quickly realized that it was going to be a shoot-out and this thing might not stay together.
Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

As the race went on, I followed move after move, finally getting into one with Ty Manger of Hincapie. We managed to stay off the front for a couple of laps before a group of guys bridged up, including my teammate David Santos and three more Hincapie guys. Dave and I realized the situation and stayed on the back to wait for more of our guys to make it across because we were clearly out numbered. When the peloton caught us, two more Hincapie guys attacked and my teammate Brian McCulloch was right on it only to pull his foot out. This gave the two Hincapie guys a gap and they rolled it before anyone could get across.
Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Attacks didn’t come from the peloton right away because of all the fatigued legs. When everyone decided to go it was too late. The two-man break quickly gained time forcing my team to come forward and close a 40 second gap. We brought everyone to the front and started the chase. We chased for about 20 minutes and used every one of our guys to bring it back. As we were on the front, I noticed the rest of the Hincapie team lining up behind us and I knew that they were waiting for their next opportunity to attack. When we brought the 2 guys back Boom! Hincapie sent another 2 guys up the road, putting 30 seconds into the peloton. At this point there was about 6 laps to go and we had the 2 guys to bring back.
We were tired but still ready for another challenge. We started the lead-out and we chased as hard as we could. We started closing the gap, bringing it down to 20 seconds and then just 15 going into 1 lap to go. On the last lap, Cole House took a flyer on the back side trying for a late bridge. My last lead out guy, Fabrizio Von Nacher was quick to chase, realizing the danger. We caught him in the 3rd corner and another attack came so I jumped and got on the wheel before the final corner and jumped around him, winning the field sprint.
Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Unfortunately, the break ended up staying away by 5 seconds leaving us with 3rd place. Even though we did not win the race, I was still extremely proud of my teammates for riding their hearts out. I would like to thank all my sponsors for helping me and this wonderful program it wouldn’t be possible without you.
Chuck Pontius Criterium Podium: 1st Joseph Lewis - Hincapie Devo; 2nd Ty Magner - Hincapie Devo; 3rd Cory Williams - KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO. PHoto Credit: Danny Munson

Chuck Pontius Criterium Podium: 1st Joseph Lewis – Hincapie Devo; 2nd Ty Magner – Hincapie Devo; 3rd Cory Williams – KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO. PHoto Credit: Danny Munson

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JAKROO Custom Apparel, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Rudy Project North America, Rennie & Associates, Xpedo, Hammer Nutrition, Chamio Butt’r, WD-40 Bike, Serfas, Q2, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book and iRT Wheels.

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Jondall WINS in Long Beach – By Steven Davis

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The St. Patty’s Day Criterium hosted by Velo Allegro at Hughes Park in Long Beach, CA. It was on a rather typical inland SoCal wintery day, with temperatures in the mid-80′s, Sunny, and a rather unwavering breeze. As a team, we set out to cover and follow the early moves during the first 30 minutes of racing. Then using the potential heat saturation as well as the freshness of our legs from only following, we would then initiate & attack in 2′s until we created a favorable break. If it were all still together late in the race, our last-case scenario was to attack late, with the main goal of not allowing the race to ever finish in a field sprint.

As it so happens, I wanted to be the guy who got into the early moves, and it was decided that I would cover & follow early on. Within the first ten minutes of the race, a well-represented group of 6 riders had gotten off the front and put 30 seconds on the field very quickly. The major problem with this break was that we were not one of the six.  My lack of following through put a lot of pressure on our team very early on. A concern of the gap increasing, with the ultimate potentiality of the break lapping the field, we decided it had to be brought back – Now!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

After 5 to 6 laps of full-commitment, our team brought back the break, while also keeping three of our guys fresh. As soon as the break was in striking distance, the counter attacks began, and we were sure to have representation.

After a few attempted breaks, Brian McCulloch attacked solo from our team, along with one CalGiant & one SoCalCylcing rider covering and bridging quickly. As always, we are to go in 2′s, so I began a half-lap bridge, made contact with the three, then we worked as a foursome for over a lap.

Author Steven Davis on the attack. Photo Credit: Danny Munson.

Author Steven Davis on the attack. Photo Credit: Danny Munson.

Feeling that we were about to be reeled in by the field, two KHS-Maxxis p/b JAKROO mates were flying unabated with no one in tow. Thomas Jondall & Dave Santos’s counter-attack essentially decided the final result of the day. We had designed for this pairing to do exactly what they did, but the only concern was they had executed about 25 minutes earlier than planned.

Now it was our job to shut it down in the field. We followed, disrupted, let solo-flyers go only to be reeled back, and did our best to discourage a steady chase. Eventually, Fabrizio Von Nacher would attack solo and bridge up to the winning move that had grown to 8. Thomas Jondall was now off the front solo, after having attacked the slight reshuffle.

The race would finish with Thomas Jondall on the top step of the podium, outlasting Kayle Leogrande’s (Surf City Cyclery) last ditch effort to catch him in the closing meters. Fabrizio would finish 3rd, followed immediately by the field, which had just brought back the remnants of the break.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson.

KHS-Maxxis p/b JAKROO finished with what we set out to do, which was Win today. We rode hard as a team, securing two steps on the podium. What is truly invaluable to this team is the ability to constantly learn and be pushed towards the direction of excellence via the Great Teachers and Teammates that we have. Many say that it is easier to learn from losing and much harder to grasp mistakes when you win. Well, I can confidently say that I learned a great deal yesterday, and we still Won. I also happen to prefer this way of learning!

A big thanks goes out to Oren Mitz for always having our backs, to Paul Abrahams for his on-course directives, Joy McCulloch for making our days easy as always by having everything set up.

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JAKROO Custom Apparel, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Rudy Project North America, Rennie & Associates, Xpedo, Hammer Nutrition, Chamio Butt’r, WD-40 Bike, Serfas, Q2, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book and iRT Wheels.

til next time,

Steven

Thomas Jondall KHS-Maxxis p/b JAKROO 1st; Kayle Leogrande Surf City Cyclery 2nd; Fabrizio Von Nacher KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO 3rd. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Thomas Jondall KHS-Maxxis p/b JAKROO 1st; Kayle Leogrande Surf City Cyclery 2nd; Fabrizio Von Nacher KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO 3rd. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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Santiago Canyon Time Trial WIN By Fabrizio Von Nacher

Hailing from Monterey, Mexico, Fabrizio Von Nacher took his seconds win of the 2014 season at the Santiago Canyon Time Trial this past Saturday. Teammate Thomas Jondall placed 3rd and Joy McCulloch 2nd in the Elite Women’s race.

Author Fabrizio Von Nacher. Photo Credit Danny Munson

Author Fabrizio Von Nacher. Photo Credit Danny Munson

“Santiago Canyon TT was a great race to practice. I got there and warmed up really good because I wanted to do a good time and to have a good TT. After warming up and getting all set up, I went to the start line. Before I went, I was trying to be 100% focused. I knew it was a false flat start and I couldn’t go all in at the beginning, because the hard part was at the middle section that is going uphill into the canyon.

Once I got to the canyon I went as hard as I could up the canyon because in the downhill it is hard to put time on the other riders. When I got to the down hill sections I started going all in, but it was extremely windy and the wind was moving me all a lot. I almost crashed a couple of times but I manged to stay in control of my bike and stay in a aero position. Finally, I got to the flat section and I knew I was close to the finish so I just pushed as hard as I could to stop the clock in a good time. Overall I knew I did a great effort and it helped me practice and get better in the TT.

Thank to all the team sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JAKROO Custom Apparel, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Rudy Project North America, Rennie & Associates, Xpedo, Hammer, Chamio Butt’r, WD-40 Bike, Serfas, Bike Religion, Q2, Bicycle Blue Book and iRT Wheels. Also, my personal sponsor Quality Post and all the team for always being there and support us.”
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Tour de Murrieta Recap by Brian McCulloch

Author Brian McCulloch racing Saturday's Criterium.

Author Brian McCulloch racing Saturday’s Criterium.

For a born and bread SoCal bike racer, the Tour de Murrieta has always been an event that offered the opportunity to get in three days of intense racing. All without the typical challenge of stage racing known as travel. The event has a unique flavor because it is an Omnium rather than a pure Stage Race. This means that not every racer has to enter each event. This allows the time trial guys to tune specifically for that day, while offering the same opportunity for fellas that fancy themselves as crit riders. It is also an chance for those who want to get a longer Circuit Race effort in their legs for the upcoming races such as San Dimas Stage Race and Redlands Bicycle Classic.

I have always enjoyed this format because it makes each stage tactics complex. Some riders are racing for an Omnium/General Classification result, while other riders are looking merely for glory on that stage. Our team won this race overall with David Santos in 2012, and came to the 2014 event knowing that a stacked Jelly Belly team would make a repeat of this performance difficult. However, myself and each of my teammates had 100% faith that given the opportunity, our man Santos could pull off an upset, but it would take plenty of luck and smart racing each day.

David Santos placed 10th in the Time Trial.

David Santos placed 10th in the Time Trial. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Unfortunately that hope was almost certainly dashed as, having completed my TT and waiting for my teammates, I saw Santos come to the line with a mechanical issue. A puncture from one of the many rocks that littered the dirt road ascent to the finish line had sabotaged a stellar effort. Santos being the champion that he is, dug deep all the way to the line and still managed a respectable result for 10th place.

A brief side-note about the TT. Although short in nature, this course features the added bonus of a dirt road climb after a short punchy ‘roller’ section. This dirt road is one of the coolest and most unique portions of the event and although it was not kind to our main GC rider, it was, as always, very challenging.

Thomas Jondall placed 9th in the Time Trial.

Thomas Jondall placed 9th in the Time Trial. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

After the realization of our TT misfortune, our team decided to change tactics and approach the rest of the two stages as individual stages for results and abandon the GC. This meant that we needed to be aggressive and smart in the downtown criterium as well as the circuit race on Sunday. The sizable peloton, as well as a nearly 2-1 ratio of Jelly Belly riders to our team, meant that our best chances for success were going to be formulated around getting our sprinters Fabrizio Von Nacher and Cory Williams either in a select group to sprint from, or into position for the final gallop to the line.

There were multiple break-away attempts and the Saturday Downtown Criterium was very animated, it soon became clear that the race would come down to a field sprint in the end. We were out-numbered and we could not assemble a proper lead out train and take control of the race, so this meant we had to be patient in the closing laps. It should be noted here that the final laps of a technical crit are very chaotic and keeping a team together, let alone, waiting to pounce an established lead-out train is more than difficult. Sometimes skill and a little luck are required to complete the task.

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Thomas Jondall with Cory Williams and Fabrizio Von Nacher. Photo Credit Danny Munson.

As we entered one-lap to go, we were in position to overtake the lead-out train of the race leader (given the opportunity), but we had to wait. Half way through the lap we had our chance with a small opening in the gutter on the left side of the road. The opportunity presented itself and I began sprinting all out with Santos on my wheel yelling for me to roll faster…faster!!! As we (myself, Santos, Cory and Fabrizio) overtook the lead-out train, the peloton swarmed the front of the group from both sides. Our positioning on the inside of the course allowed us to control the road, we put our sprinters into position to exit the final turn at the very front of the group. The result was looking inevitable…

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Steven Davis with Brian McCulloch close by. Photo Credit Danny Munson.

With two short turns and then a long drag to the finish remaining, our sprinters Cory and Fabrizio, looked well placed. But it was some last minute adjustments that made my post lead-out haze a bit more ‘panicky’, if I may use the term. Something happened to Cory heading into the final two turns and he had to pull some ‘evasive maneuvers’. I watched in disbelief as he jumped the curb on the outside of the road (thankfully no one was walking to the local Liquor Store on the corner!) at over 30mph. Cory quickly regained his composure and jumped back into the race only losing three spots, slotting right back into a great spot to sprint from. He did this ‘off the road, onto the sidewalk, and back onto the course, then into the race’ effort with zero disruption to the speeding peloton, it was both impressive and nerve-racking in the same moment.

I was not at the front in the final sprint, I came across the line to hear the news that Fabrizio had done an impressive sprint to cross the line in 3rd place and Cory finished 4th. Fabrizio had also garnered some valuable Omnium points with his 3rd place finish. The guys always race to win and as a sprinter, being the fastest, is the only goal, the guys did a good result and we were happy with the days efforts. I should say we were ‘satisfied’, but not happy. We came there to win and had given all our effort to do so.

Criterium Podium: 1st Sean Mazich; 2nd Rahsaan Bahati; 3rd Fabrizio Von Nacher.

Criterium Podium: 1st Sean Mazich – Jelly Belly; 2nd Rahsaan Bahati – Bahati Foundation; 3rd Fabrizio Von Nacher – KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO. Photo Credit: Danny Munson.

After the criterium was completed, we saddled up for some extra credit that included some hard work and climbing up the Ortega Rte. 74 pass as well as some attacking/counter-attacking intensity. This made for a full day of hard work on the bike, sore legs, and hungry teammates!

The Sunday Circuit Race was another opportunity for my KHS/Maxxis p/b Jakroo team to race hard and hunt for another victory. After the results of the crit were tallied, we found ourselves with Fabrizio in 4th place GC, although 4th is not worth defending, fourth place can quickly turn into a podium place or possibly a leaders jersey if played right… so you know what we did.

Again, we decided to race hard and smart. We had riders in some promising moves which were bolstered by individual riders in the field chasing their own glory as well as the help of the Predator Components team. We love this kind of aggressive racing and were happy to be animating the race. A ‘break-away’ was finally established on the rolling and windy course that was sizable with myself and about eight other riders. Of course, this is not exactly a favorable move for us, especially because the 2nd place GC rider was in the move with a teammate. That gave me a free card to do minimal work as my hope was to see Fabrizio come across in the waining laps of the race.

Fabrizio Von Nacher. Photo Credit Danny Munson.

Fabrizio Von Nacher. Photo Credit Danny Munson.

 

My desire was satisfied as after being in the break for 50min. Fabrizio came across with a small group of riders. ‘Now it is time to go to work’, I thought to myself. This is when the racing gets really hard and I enjoy my time on the bike the most. Little did I know that the race was still being hotly contested behind the breakaway and some chaos in the field had split up the group into one a chasing frenzy.

David Santos on the attack. Photo Credit Danny Munson.

David Santos on the attack. Photo Credit Danny Munson.

Eventually, despite our best efforts, the peloton reabsorbed the break-away making a field sprint inevitable. As we looked to take care of Fabrizio and Cory in the final of the race the chaos and tensions were high. The course was narrow and nearly every rider in the peloton wanted to be in the front on the last lap, but there was only room for a few. We fought hard to keep our composure and deliver our guys with the best possible chance to sprint for victory.

As we rounded the final corners and approached the crucial headwind section (the area to fight for final sprint positioning) energy was high. This headwind straight ended in a fast left turn that signaled about 600 meters to go to the line. Fabrizio and Cory rounded that turn in good position and even opened up the sprint a little early to hold their position in the aggressive final.

The efforts proved to be ‘worth it’ as Cory exited the final corner in the top five and sprinted to 2nd place, having been jumped by Rahsaan Bahati.

Tour de Murrieta Circuit Race Podium: 1st Rahsaan Bahati; 2nd Cory Williams; 3rd Sean Mazich. Photo Credit Danny Munson.

Tour de Murrieta Circuit Race Podium: 1st Rahsaan Bahati – Bahati Foundation; 2nd Cory Williams – KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO; 3rd Sean Mazich – Jelly Belly. Photo Credit Danny Munson.

We did not a stage or the overall race, but we did come away with two podium places (on stage two and three) and a bonus of seeing Fabrizio take 3rd place overall in the GC, so our GC hopes had been vindicated by hard racing.

Omnium General Classification Podium: !st Sean Mazich - Jelly Belly; 2nd Ian Burnet - Jelly Belly; 3rd Fabrizio Von Nacher - KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO. Photo Credit Danny Munson.

Omnium General Classification Podium: 1st Sean Mazich – Jelly Belly; 2nd Ian Burnet – Jelly Belly; 3rd Fabrizio Von Nacher – KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO. Photo Credit Danny Munson.

The 2014 Tour de Murrieta proved to be another good test of our legs as well as our tactical ability with. With Fabrizio emerging as a formidable stage hunter and overall threat, we now have two riders for the GC (including Santos), a good support cast, and maybe most importantly we can see that Cory is on the verge of a big win. I know I can speak for each of my teammates when I say that I am ‘chomping at the bit’ to give him that opportunity. I want to see him climb that podium to the top!

In conclusion, I would be remise not to mention the efforts of my lovely wife, Joy. She had a fantastic race and while racing without teammates in a field full of organized teams (actively trying to stack the deck in their favor rather than hers!) she earned a well deserved 7th overall in a field of women that was over 75 strong. With a great 6th place TT performance and solid results in chaotic stages 2 & 3 she earned herself a little bit of pride on a job well done. It was fulfilling to see her achieve this result for me and the rest of the guys as well!

As always, I must close with a ‘thank you’ to all the folks that made this weekend possible. Thank you to Greg and Lisa Hayes for hosting our team for the weekend, you two are so generous and kind! Thank you to the generous sponsors that back our team with 100% dedication, KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, Jakroo, Shimano, Velo, Rudy Project, Rennie & Associates, Xpedo, Hammer, Chamio Butt’r, WD-40 Bike, Serfas, and iRT Wheels.

I would also like to thank the tireless efforts of the support group that makes our racing possible. Without the passion and dedication of Oren Mitz, Gary ‘The Enforcer’ Rennie (and his lovely wife Angela), Paul Abrahams, and all the other folks behind the scenes making each race weekend possible and successful this team would not be successful and a privilege to be on! Thank you to everyone for all you do, I am both thankful to be a member and proud to work with and for you!

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

BMc

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McKinley School Visit

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Brian McCulloch talk to the group of 400 school children at McKinley Elementary School in Redlands, CA

The KHS-Maxxis p/b JAKROO Cycling Team had the great opportunity to talk visit the McKinley Elementary School. The school is Located in Redlands, CA where the team will be racing next month at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Riders Brian McCulloch, Thomas Jondall, Marcu Le Mao, Fabrizio Von Nacher and Joy McCulloch spoke to the group of 400 students. The riders really enjoy talking about the passion of cycling and how they have come to this level in the sport. The students were excited to hear about everything from training to nutrition and why the riders wear those funny shoes and outfits. The students were really excited to hear international riders, Fabrizio and Marcu, talk in Spanish and French and to hear their accents!

Interacting with the local community is a key aspect of the KHS-Maxxis p/b JAKROO team as it is an invaluable aspect of developing the sport of cycling and a great chance for the team to highlight their excellent riders and sponsors. It is the perfect platform to highlight the importance of daily activity, spending time outdoors, and taking care of the body by what what you eat and how you take care of it.

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Brian, Thomas and Marcu answering the students questions.

In conjunction with the Redlands Bicycle Classic there are two events the students can take part in – a Public Race and The School Dual which is open to all the local children in Redlands with a bicycle and a helmet. The riders were able to talk to the students about bike safety and how the kids could prepare for the event next month. The whole team is looking forward to having the kids stop by their pits at the downtown Criterium.

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Lot’s of hands raised for questions!

Once the presentation was over, the riders were able to answer one-on-one questions from the students and let them touch their bicycles and see how they work. After several autographs were signed, Fabrizio clipped into his bike and did a few laps of the field and play ground which was truly the highlight of everyones day.

Fabrizio signing autographs for the kids.

Fabrizio signing autographs for the kids.

The team is looking forward to visiting another school in the near future to continue to spread the positive word of cycling and healthy living!

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