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)! Continue reading “Tour of America’s Dairyland By Steven Davis”
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. Continue reading “North Star Grand Prix by David Santos”
The KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO Cycling Team raced the three day NCC (National Criterium Calendar) Tulsa Tough last weekend. Fabrizio Von Nacher won the overall omnium for the three days which is the teams best result ever. This is also the first leader’s jersey the team has won this year, and it did not come easy.
Friday and Saturday the races take place at night in downtown Tulsa where the fans come out in droves. Sunday the event caps off with Cry Baby Hill, a technical criterium course that has an electric party atmosphere. Our roster for the event was Brian McCulloch, David Santos, Fabrizio Von Nacher, Steven Davis, Shawn Daurelio and Sergio Escutia. Joy McCulloch competed in the Pro Women’s events as well.
Friday Blue Dome District Criterium: