Lockwood Victorious at San Ardo Road Race

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KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo rider Cory Lockwood has had a whirlwind of a season racing and training with the team. This past weekend, he traveled to Northern California to race the San Ardo Road Race. Below you will read his exciting account of the day:

“The San Ardo Road Race is a great cycling event on the Northern California and Velo Promo late season race calendar. The Pro field raced a total of 4 lap to equal 90 miles, with a separate slight rising sprint finish. The course was flat and rolling with a couple of small kicker hills. There was some flat cross wind sections that added selectivity to the race.

With an 8:00AM start time, it’s an early bird start to help the racers beat the mid-day heat in San Ardo California. All the racers were out on course within the hour. The 2016 addition of San Ardo saw a decent turn out of riders and some pleasant overcast weather conditions for the early morning laps of the race.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

After a brief riders meeting to discuss the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of the race and a short neutral roll out, we were down to racing. The opening sections of the road race, which included some brief rises in the road, presented an opportunity for some aggressive early race moves by several riders. All of these moves, though aggressive and well played, were quickly absorbed by a fast moving race field. Once we past the short opening climb, we entered a section of rollers which hosted brief areas of alternating head and cross-wind sections. Several more attacks mounted here, but with the field still very fresh and a non-compatible combination of riders in the moves, break yet again absorbed.

There were several teams represented in the race. The largest in numbers being the Fig Mountain Brew Racing Team, the Core Techs Elite Team, Tru Trace 3 Racing Team and the AMain Team. For a breakaway to be successful and not be chased down, most or all of the teams would have to be represented in the break away. Being a solo rider for the KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Team, I saved myself for the right opportunity and waited for a good combination of racers to form a break.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

After 15 or so miles of repeated attacks and counter attacks, an opportunity to strike started to arise. A breakaway formed with a small gap and it contained one rider from most of the major teams. I knew it had potential, so I looked for the team that did not have a rider in the break and waited for them to attempt to bridge across. Once that team attacked, the two of us rode across to the lead group, making it a 6 man breakaway. Immediately, we started to work together and within the completion of lap 1, we had a 50 second gap on the peloton.

All was smooth in the breakaway with everyone working and taking pulls at the front to increase our race lead until the A Main rider represented in our group of 6 was unfortunate enough to receive a flat tire which slid him and his team out of contention. Once this happened, it created an unstable situation in the peloton because now their team wanted another guy in the breakaway. Because of this, they got to the front of the pelaton and started to chase. For the next lap, the remaining 5 riders of the break (David Priest of Fig Mountain Brew Racing Team, Jeffrey Buschech of Davis Bike Club Elite Team, Darin Morgan of Core Techs Elite Team, John Janneck of Tru Trace 3 Racing and myself), held off the pelaton lead by Amain Cycling Team.

As we passed the half-way point of the race and after lots of hard work, we were able to slip free of the peloton’s chase and had increased our lead to 1:30 over the chasers. We were now 4 riders in the break,  Priest, Buschech, Morgan and myself.  But it was not smooth sailing for long! Shortly after, a chase group of 4 riders were trying to bridge to across to us. None of us wanted to give up our 1 in 4 chance of winning the race, so we fought back again. It wasn’t until the last half lap of the race that we were confident we were no longer in danger of being caught.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

With remaining in the race, all the stood between us and the finish line was several small rolling hills, a big tail wind and a moderate rising sprint finish. I knew that for me to have success I would need to play my hand a little earlier then my fellow racers in our group of 4. I began to test the other 3 riders as quietly as possible to see who had what left in the tank for the race finale. After sizing up the group, I positioned myself in the pace line of 4 where I had the best chance of creating a gap when I attacked. I waited for a small rise in the road where I could use my momentum and sling out of the group. I attacked out of the saddle with force and with my first acceleration, I was able to separate myself  from the group and slightly break up the rhythm. My initial attack put Morgan in distress as he put his head down and fought honorably and as hard as he could. We had over 80 mile of pace-lining in our legs, but there was still a lot of fight left in everyone as Priest and Buschech were able to ride back onto my wheel. So after a brief rotation, I attacked again and was able to split the two of them but then yet again they both fought back onto my wheel. At this point, I knew I had to dig really deep. I gave it another attack and after 30 second of a brutal effort, I was able to break free.

With a momentary split from the group, I was able to establishing a small gap and put my time trialing skills to work. With about 5K to go and a couple second gap I knew that I could stay away. I relied on my 4iiii PrecisionPower Meter and rigidity of my KHS bike, along with the streamlining of my JLVelo riding gear and the cool low wind resistance design of my Kali Tava Helmet,  to slice me to the finish.

Once I made that final left hand turn at 200 meters, I was able to take a breath from pushing watts and take a bow. KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo was able to take a victory at San Ardo to add to an already great and successful season of racing. KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo  plans to do some more late season racing, watch For the guys this Saturday and Sunday the 27th and 28th at Mount Whitney Stage Race in lone pine California.

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, Infinit Nutrition, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, 4iiii, Big Wheel Coaching, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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Cascade Cycling Classic: Zavyalov 9th GC, Words by Fabrizio Von Nacher

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling Team traveled straight to Bend, OR after a successful race at the Boise Twilight Criterium. The 5-day UCI Stage Race is one of the most challenging events of the season, and the athletes were happy to arrive early to spend some extra time relaxing, training, and seeing our great hosts. The teams roster for the event is as follows: Fabrizio Von Nacher, Cory Lockwood, Eder Frayre, Aflredo Castillo, Duban Sanchez and Innokenty Zavyalov.

Fabrizio Von Nacher reported in on his experience with the team at the event:

“Cascade Cycling Classic is one of my favorite races in the US. I love Bend, Oregon and all the people in town that support the race. Especially all of our host families whom we have stayed with for 6 years now. The Johnson’s, the Hayes family, Rob and Mary Angelo – without them this race wouldn’t be the same, they are the best!

In this year’s race, we had an awesome group of guys on the team. All of my teammates were in great form and this year the team had its best results at the stage race. We knew that Eder would climb very well and that Inno would have a great time trial, so they were leading team through out the race.
The team plan in most of the stages was to keep our three top GC contenders Inno, Eder and Cory out of trouble and to help them save as much energy for the final climbs. Alfredo, Duban and myself were constantly moving up to the front of the field to keep the guys safe. When we got to the climb, the guys rode incredible and Eder managed to get 4th on the first day of racing – 113 miles finishing with the Climb to McKenzie Pass while Inno and Cory made the front group.
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The follow day was the Prineville Individual Time Trial where Inno was our best guy. He did a extremely fast TT and was our best GC rider finishing with an impressive 5th place. The third stage was similar to the first in duration and climbing. For Alfredo and me, our job was to get our 3 best climbers to the climb safe and as fresh as possible. Early in the race, Eder got in the breakaway and managed to win the KOM jersey which was very exciting for the team. By the end of the race, Alfredo and I went to the front and kept Eder, Inno and Cory at the front. Again, these guys smashed the climb and stay in the front group with Eder doing another top 10 plus wining the KOM jersey.
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The criterium is always a fun and fast race in Downtown Bend with great community support and spectators. Rally Pro Racing was the team that was leading the General Classification overall and they took control of the race from the gun. They allowed a breakaway get up the road that did not contain any riders that were threats, which stayed away until the finish.  The team did an incredible job keeping Eder and Inno in the front to make sure they didn’t got caught in any field split and lose any time on the stage.
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The last day is always super hard as it was the fast and unforgiving Awbrey Butte Circuit. Going into the stage, Inno was sitting 6th overall and Eder was in the top 20 and with a great chance to get a result on the day. The teams job was to take care of this two guys and help them save everything for the last time up the climb to the finish. The team rode incredible and we protected the guys in the front group. Eder rode fantastic and landed another top 10 performance where Inno’s finish on the stage placed him 9th overall.
We were very lucky to have an amazing support crew in Bend this year. From all our sponsors, the team staff, to our gracious hosts, we were really taken care of well! Matthew at MWS Sports, a KHS Bicycles Dealer in town rolled out the red carpet for us. Thank you Matthew! Our new friend Michelle Pears went above and beyond to help the team out on and off the road, as our friend Lauren Roos from home in California also stepped up big time to make sure we were taken care of. Thank you!

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, Infinit Nutrition, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, 4iiii, Big Wheel Coaching, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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USA Cycling’s National Championships | Mammoth, CA

KHS Bicycles attends the 2016 MTB National Championships at Mammoth Mountain, CA. It was hot and windy all week, BUT we prepped well, Logan Bingelli qualified in a strong 3rd, but we were just a little unlucky in finals ending up 7th overall with a small mechanical.
VIDEO CREDIT: Travis Fant

Castillo to Join Jelly Belly Pro Cycling

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The KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling Team is proud to announce that Ulises Castillo will be joining the Jelly Belly Professional Cycling Team for the remainder of the 2016 racing season. This is an opportunity that will present Ulises with the chance to race the Tour of Utah as well as the Tour of Alberta. He will begin racing with Jelly Belly this week at the UCI Cascade Cycling Classic.

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Ulises has been an integral part of our program since 2015 as he has led the team on and off the bike. His gracious attitude and pension for hard work has not only allotted him many podium finishes, but help to foster the growth and development of his KHS teammates.

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