Mammoth Training Camp

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On May 18th, we sent four of our riders up to Mammoth for 2+ weeks of altitude training. Shawn Wayland, Chris Barton, Fabrizio Von Nacher and Efren Flores headed out to the high country at precisely the same time a winter cold front landed in the Eastern Sierra mountains. Not be thwarted, they have logged over 400 miles, 35 hours, and many great adventures on their KHS Bicycles over the past two weeks.

With multiple long days on the bike, extreme weather to navigate, and altitude reaching above 10,000ft, we were all excited to hear more about the riders adventures. We asked our fans on Facebook and Instagram to ask the athletes a question, and they came up with some pretty good ones, and the guys did not disappoint with their answers. 

KHS: How long did it take you to acclimate to the elevation? 

Fabi: It took me about four days to start feeling better in the altitude, but I think I am still working on it.

Shawn: I still feel like I am acclimating! The first 5 days were rough though…

Chris: It took a full 5 days of 2 hour rides before we could put out good power and do real rides.

Efren: It took a good 4 days to acclimate to the elevation eough to put out some good efforts and recover amply for the next day.

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KHS: What is the #1 most important piece of sponsor equipment that has helped you deal with the snow/rain/cold while training in Mammoth?

Fabi: JLVelo Rain Cape! It is super comfortable to carry in your back pocket and it doesn’t get too warm when you are wearing it.

Shawn: The JLVelo riding jackets and rain jackets have literally been a lifesaver in the cold and wet weather. Pretty sure I’d have gotten hypothermia without them. Continue reading “Mammoth Training Camp”

Torrence Criterium, by Efren Flores

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The KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling Team raced the 75 minute Torrence Criterium this past weekend. We fielded a team of 6 with Chris Barton, Brian McCulloch, David Santos, Fabrizio Von Nacher, Shawn Wayland and myself.

At the start of the race, there were around 80 riders at the line with some good competition. Conditions were decent with a strong head/cross wind on the finishing straight. The race started out very fast and the pace did not slow down.

About 10 minutes into the race, Chris Barton and Dave Santos took off and were away in a breakaway for about 20 minutes. The field seemed to want to sprint at the finish and before the break was caught, Brian, Shawn and I covered attacks leading up to the catch of Chris and Dave. When the break was caught, I countered and went solo for a few laps. Continue reading “Torrence Criterium, by Efren Flores”

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Torrence Criterium: McCulloch Wins Women’s Event!

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The Torrence Criterium is tough! The wind whips around the 6-turn course and makes the final sprint one that torpedoes straight into the block-headwind. Another factor that makes this event so challenging is the smaller field size. With literally nowhere to hide, the racers are on the pedals for the duration of the race, making a breakaway inevitable in our field. Continue reading “Torrence Criterium: McCulloch Wins Women’s Event!”

Ulises Castillo: Pan American Championships

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It was my first Pan American Championships as an elite racer. I have competed before in the event as a junior athlete, but that was nothing like this. Going to the event was very exciting, but also very hard.

The week before, teammate Fabrizio Von Nacher and I had raced the Vuelta Mexico. During that event, I was very active and raced aggressively, getting into breakaways and racing at the front. I was able to do very well in the general classification, and I was in 6th place overall going into the final stage. At the end of the queen stage, however, I had some mechanical problems and could not maintain my 6th place. The national team director saw how I was riding though, and thought I would make a good addition to the National Team. From my performance at the Vuelta Mexico, I was selected to represent my country at the Pan American Championships. Continue reading “Ulises Castillo: Pan American Championships”

Breakthrough Result for Santos at Dana Point Grand Prix!

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After 5 years of doing Dana Point Gran Prix, I have acquired a love-hate relationship with the race. It is one of those races where everything can go perfect and you do well, or everything goes wrong and you do horrible. I have experience both at this race.

This year, I set out to be aggressive and race for a break since our team did not have any of our pure sprinters participating. With a stacked field containing all the best criterium racers and teams in the country, our plan was to race for a breakaway.

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As the gun went off, it was an immediate drag race through the first few turns. Guys were attacking off the line and within seconds the field was strung out single file. After a couple laps, a group of about 10 got off the front. I saw Chris was up there so we were able to Continue reading “Breakthrough Result for Santos at Dana Point Grand Prix!”

Barrio Logan Grand Prix: Barton wins, McCulloch 2nd

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The Barrio Logan Grand Prix is one of the teams favorite local events of the year. The course is 0.8 miles long with 8 turns within that distance. The turns traverse through potholes and bumps that always make the race challenging. The KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling Team had 5 racers at the event. Shawn Wayland, Brian McCulloch, David Santos, Efren Flores and Chris Barton took on the competition and committed to a team plan from the gun.

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Shawn Wayland enjoyed the diversity of the course and the additional challenges the elements provided. When asked about how the race played out, here is his response:

“Lock it up.” Those were Director Paul Abrahams words before the start.  We wanted a situation where we would walk away with a victory without question.  The race was full of surges with everyone trying to get a split and a break away going. Wind, slight uphill, between turn 6 & 7, and a ton of corners had the whole field on high alert for any riders going up the road, which was why nothing was getting away.  Continue reading “Barrio Logan Grand Prix: Barton wins, McCulloch 2nd”