2016 North Star Grand Prix

The KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling Team traveled to Minneapolis, MN to compete in the 2016 North Star Grand Prix. The 5 day event has 6 stages which covering a lot of territory in the region. To begin the event, the riders competed in a 5 mile time trial on their road bikes as this was a Eddy Merckx style event, meaning no time trial bikes or aero equipment could be used. Newcomer to the team Innokenty Zavyalov clocked the best time for the team, finishing top 20 just 20 seconds down on the podium.


The riders had a quick turn around on Wednesday, with the Downtown St. Paul Criterium in the evening. Taking place in the twilight, this race is always animated from the gun with time bonuses offered mid way through the event and at the finale. Prior to the men’s start, the officials made the decision to run the race in the opposite direction – clockwise – in an attempt to increase safety. This worked well, as the peloton was strung out from the start. Alfredo Rodriguez snagged a handful of the sprinter points through out the stage, placing him in contention for the coveted sprinters jersey. As the race came to a close, he and Ulises Castillo finished 6th and 7th. Read more