First UCI America Tour Victory at Joe Martin Stage Race

Alfredo Rodriguez Claims Victory as Sam Bassetti Dons Green Points Jersey on Final Stage.

Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling secured their first victory of the UCI America Tour, this past weekend, on the final stage of the UCI 2.2 Joe Martin Stage Race as Alfredo Rodriguez stormed to victory in the technical Stage Four criterium. The stage victory was the breakthrough the team was looking for after finishing on the podium in the previous two stages with Alfredo Rodriguez finishing second in the Stage Two sprint and James Piccoli coming in 2nd on the Stage Three uphill time trial.

The Joe Martin Stage Race is not only first stop for the UCI America Tour in the United States, but also serves as the first USA Cycling Pro Road Tour event, ensuring each of the top American professional squads would line up alongside the team for the contest.

Stage One, a 113 mile loop, started with a dangerous break with the team well represented by three riders. While most of the strong teams were represented in the breakaway, they would only last until the foot of the final climb. From there Eder Frayre got things going for the team by sprinting to 6th place in the tough finish.

The following stage was another long road race with a lumpy 110 mile course and another 6,000 feet of climbing. As the weather turned south quickly, George Simpson represented the team in the break on the rainy stage; the advantage for the break grew to almost three minutes before being caught inside fifteen miles to go. In the final meters Sam Bassetti and Alfredo would time their sprint almost perfectly before coming up just short of the victory. Alfredo stepped onto the second step of the podium with…
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Texas State Criterium Champion: Nick Torraca

Elevate -KHS Pro Cycling Team member Nick Torraca won Texas State Championship win this past weekend! This has been a break-out season for the Austin-based rider, and we checked in with him after his first state championship victory to see how it all came together.

KHS: Congratulations on winning the Texas Criterium Championship! Tell us about the race and how it played out in the finale.

Nick Torraca: Texas State Crit Championships was held in Dallas this year on the 8-turn Matrix Challenge course. Matrix is a course that I have had previous experience racing on with success. Staying at the front of the race and out of trouble is critical in preserving energy and having the ability to follow moves effectively. Prior to the race, I had talked with director Heath Blackgrove to go over a strategy that would put me in position to win. I knew leading into the last corner was my best bet at getting to the finish line first. About 20 minutes into the race, I found myself in a 6 man move which eventually stayed away for good. I would rather sprint out of a break, so this worked out well for me. In the last lap, I took over the front with two corners to go, to make sure I hit the last corner first. Once I got there, I gave it one last dig to seal off the win for the Texas State Championship!

KHS: You have had a stand out season so far with 3 wins and 8 podium appearances. How has your training and focus over the winter and heading into the season been different?

NT: This has been such a terrific year already! 3 WINS and 8 podiums has been absolutely amazing for me….
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Meet The Team at Sea Otter!

The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team will have 5 riders taking on the three road racing events at Sea Otter Classic. Between racing, the team will be meeting up with partners at the venue, where you will have the chance to come by and visit them, get autographs and say hello!
Rider Roster: 
Gavin Hoover
Scott Law
Brian McCulloch
Cory Williams
Nick Torraca
Schedule of Events for the Weekend: 
Thursday
Criterium: 9AM 60 minutes
Great location at the venue which is easy to reach by foot and get up and close to the action!
Friday
Road Race: 12 noon start, 72 miles
Begins on the Laguna Seca track, but the finish – as well as the majority of the race – is off-site.
Saturday: 
2PM Autographs with Full Speed Ahead at booth #725
4PM Autographs with 4iiii Precision Power Meters
Sunday
Circuit Race: 2:45PM, 75 minutes
This race begins under the main arch on the Laguna Seca Raceway and the riders get to race down the Corkscrew each lap, which makes for an exciting race for spectators.

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Brian McCulloch Wins Belgian Waffle Ride on his KHS Flite 900

Brian McCulloch landed arguably the most prestigious win of his career thus far, by besting Ted King in a two-up sprint to win the 2018 Belgian Waffle Ride. Touted as the “Hell of North County” and the one Spring Classic of US cycling, the Belgian Waffle Ride is a one of a kind mixed terrain event. Covering 212k and over 11,oooft of climbing, the course traversed 14 dirt/rock/gravel sectors, 13 water crossings, and many other obstacles. With over 1,200 entrants, the San Diego event lived up to its reputation as being one of the highlight events across the country.

McCulloch selected to race his KHS Bicycles Flite 900 race bike with 28c Maxxis Padrone-TR tires which he converted to tubeless. Running the tires both front and rear proved to be the winning combination to ensure he avoided punctures on the rough terrain but also was able to throw down the throttle on the many open pavement sections.

Much transpired over the 6 hour 34 minutes of racing and the lead group was whittled down from 50, to 30, to 14 and eventually 5. A tangle with another rider left McCulloch on the ground and as they began their chase, they were sure their 3 companions were rapidly making up time on the duo. Unbeknownst to them, the trio had briefly gone off course, thus the cat and mouse game ensued. As the kilometers ticked by, Brian dislodged his partner and continued to ramp up the pace in hopes of “catching” what he thought were the podium positions of the day. As his motivation grew stronger, the gap began to grow, and he had distanced himself from the animated chasers by close to 2 minutes.

Neutral support finally…
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Port Angeles Day 1

Day one up in Port Angeles is in the books, and what I day it was. Nothing gets you ready for a Pro GRT race more then a good set of dirt jumps.

The RV Life

Yes, a travel log! The KHS Factory Racing team is out on the road. This time they are heading to the second stop of the Pro GRT series in Port Angeles Washington. When you are out on the open road you need to take some time to stop and stretch the legs. Well these guys do it a little differently… enjoy!

160 Bikes under 20 Seconds

We make a lot of different bikes here at KHS, pretty good chance we make what you are looking for. we have over 160 models, and counting! Take a look at all of them below, it will take less then 20 seconds, I promise.

Nik Nestoroff’s first ride at Bootleg

A few weeks ago, Nik Nestoroff headed out to Bootleg Canyon in Bolder City NV. for the first time on his KHS DH Team. Check out his practice runs which paid off as he took second place, behind teammate Logan Binggeli this past weekend.

Cheyne 3rd Overall at San Dimas Stage Race

Jordan Cheyne won the opening uphill time trial to begin the San Dimas Stage Race in the yellow jersey. With his sub-15 minute effort, he held the coveted leaders jersey by 11 seconds going into Saturday’s 90 mile road race. With multiple time bonuses within the race as well as the finishing line, the team was poised ready to defend the jersey of their general classification leader.

Amassed at the front of the charging peloton, the 8-man squad regulated the breakaway up the road as the time bonuses were gobbled up by non-GC threats. With 12 circuits around Bonelli Park, Heckler Hill funneled the peloton onto a narrow climb lined with fans and spectators – a great atmosphere to race in!

With only a few laps remaining, team leader Jordan Cheyne suffered a mechanical and the team quickly stopped, helped solve the problem, and began to chase the race leader back onto the peloton. The race quickly put 50 seconds into the chasing team, but as they remained calm and collected, they methodically whittled the gap down and brought their leader back to the front group.

Alfredo Rodriguez would ultimately place 3rd on the stage and Jordan retained the yellow jersey going into the final stage on Sunday, the Old Town Grand Prix.

With the time gaps even closer for the 3rd and final stage, the two mid-race time bonus sprints became imperative to patrol. With a roll of the dice, the team allowed a move to solidify up the road after the 1st bonus sprint was contested. With the hopes of other GC contenders vying for their overall position. As the move gained traction,…
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Ready, Set, Seamus Powell

Seamus Powell, the current USA National Enduro Champion, is getting ready to start his season at the upcoming Sea Otter Classic which begins on April 19. Seamus has been hard at work this off-season preparing to defend his title. Here is a  video showing what he’s been doing this winter.
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