Tour de Taiwan Preview

The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team is excited to be racing the 2018 edition of the Tour de Taiwan! The race runs March 11-15 and will have live feed to follow along. The team has spent this week in Taiwan, visiting the headquarters of KHS Bicycles, Velo Saddles and Xpedo Pedals, making for an exciting start to international racing this season. Thank you to our partners for your hospitality in Taiwan!

Roster: 

Sam Bassetti (USA) #91

Alfredo Rodriguez (MEX) #96

Kevin Girkins (USA) #93

Brian McCulloch (USA) #94

Eder Frayre (MEX) #92

James Piccoli (CAN) #95

Follow The Event: 

LIVE YouTube Coverage of each stage! There will be a new link for each stage, which you can subscribe to on their channel or find on our FB page.

Taiwan is 15 hours ahead, which means stage 1 coverage will begin Saturday March 10th, 5PM PST.

Official Start List

Race Results

Official Event Website

Tour de Taiwan FaceBook Page

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Thank you to our 2018 Partners: 

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The Price is Right SixFifty 300 Winner

Congratulations to Bryan Kopp on winner 2 KHS SixFifty mountain bikes on The Price is Right! Thank you t Beverly Hills Bike Shop in Los Angeles for getting the bikes setup and ready to deliver to Bryan. May these bikes bring you endless fun times.

Law Victorious at Lago Vista

Photo Credit: J.A. Hicks

Hailing from Australia, Scott Law is a new addition to the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team for the 2018 season. Having raced against him last season, we are excited to have him the Elevate Blue colors where we know he will shine. Scott brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team, along with a great sense of humor and infectious laugh. Lining up for his first races with the team in Texas, he came away victorious at Lago Vista Primavera and we had a chance to check in with him and see how the race unfolded.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Elevate-KHS: This trip to Texas was your first official travel race with the team. With a successful first weekend at Pace Bend, you lined up for another double-header at Lago Vista. Saturday you won the race in a sprint – your first win as a member of the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team! Tell us about the race and how it came together in the finale. 

Scott Law: The race was a 8.5km circuit featuring a long gradual ascent followed by some short and sharp descents as the finish approached. The finish itself was a sharp uphill sprint from 150m to go.

As the race started, the attacks came in earnest. Many of the teams from Texas had strength in numbers which they used to place multiple riders into the breakaways. My teammates George, Heath, Nick and myself all tried to place ourselves into the moves to be represented in case the move would stick. But with the relentless pace and attacking nature of the field, the moves became nullified.

Coming into 1 lap to go, the team all rallied together and began to work at the front…
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Southridge Round 4 in Fontana

The KHS Factory racing team was out at the 4th round of the Southridge series in Fontana California last week, and they are for some practice before the event kicked off.

More form Texas

Texas is like the gift that keeps on given. The Elevate KHS pro cycling team was doing what they do best at the Lago Vista Primavera two day race. On day one Scott Law sprinted to victor to start the weekend race off.

On day two, Nick Torraca was once again on the podium in his great state of Texas finishing the race in 2nd place.

Great job, and congratulation to another great race weekend to Elevate KHS.

Back to Back Wins in Texas!

The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team officially kicked off their race calendar at the Pace Bend Weekend in Texas. Hosted by team partner Boneshaker Project, this double-header event is a cornerstone of the race season and one we wouldn’t miss. After a great 10 day training camp in San Diego, the team amassed in Texas to tackle the two days of racing. With Director Sportif Heath Blackgrove at the helm, local Texan Nick Torraca was joined with new additions to the squad Scott Law, George Simpson and fellow Texan Kevin Girkins.

In dramatic fashion, Nick Torraca won the Saturday race of the Pace Bend Weekend in front of his home crowd! We connected with him after his victory to get a quick recap of the day and how it played out:

Elevate-KHS: This was your first team race of the season, and also your first win of the season! How did it feel to win at home in Texas on a course you have raced many times? 

Nick Torraca: Being able to win at home in Texas always feels amazing!! Pace Bend especially because it was also one of the first races I ever did back when I was a junior. The last 4 or so years our team has been able to win here and to keep that streak alive, even winning myself, makes it that much more exciting and special for me.

Elevate-KHS: Winning Saturday was fantastic, and you backed that performance up with a 3rd place on Sunday behind teammate George Simpson taking the win. How is the team coming together here after a solid training camp in San Diego and the first team races on the road? 

NT: Training camp really set the stage for our team…
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Stepping up in Fontana

The KHS Factory racing team was out in full force at the fourth round of the Southridge winter series in Fontana CA. They fought a good fight and Nik Nestoroff pulled of a 2nd place finish and Logan Binggeli round out the top five with the 5th best time of the weekend.

Three more Top steps

This past weekend served up to be a another great race weekend for the Elevate KHS Pro cycling team, as they add 4 more podiums 3 of which were 1st place finishes. After a week long training camp, half the team headed to Texas while the other half stayed in California.

We start off with the boys in Texas at  Pace Bend where Nick Torraca soloed to first place and earning himself his first podium of the season.

The same day, back in California, the other half of the team put on a great show at the Rosena Ranch Circuit Race with Alfredo Rodriguez sprints to a close win.

And we don’t end there,

Back in Texas the team finished of the weekend at Pace Bend with George Simpson sprinting to the finish as Nick Torraca gets back on the podium in 3rd place.

Great job to the whole the team on a fantastic weekend of racing.

Mountain Bikes Season Opener 2018 | 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo

While cross season still feels as though it was mere moments away, a few weeks off the bike and some solid R&R at home in the flat light and monotone colors of a dry January left me more than ready to head south. The mid-February cult gathering of mountain bikers seeking relief from winter climates in the Tucson desert sold out in just over seven hours this year. Around 1,800 racers and over 3,500 people set up camp just outside of Oracle, AZ ready to see who could turn the most laps on a cactus shrouded 16.1 mile course in the Sonoran desert.

This year I was invited to join the five-person co-ed team led by Enduro Bites founder Brian. We had a few shuffles for team members as most races with registrations six months earlier then the event but managed to secure the fifth and final team member with just days remaining before the race. I enjoyed a peaceful drive down with an overnight in the El Malpais National Monument. I imagine you aren’t supposed to spend a night parked there but there aren’t many visitors and the ease in which you can hide a large white van between a 3.8 million year old lava flow and chalk cliffs is well worth the effort.

The skies opened up as the weekend drew nearer and the bone jarring, pothole ridden, dusty, 11 mile drive off the highway to 24 Hour Town transformed into a quagmire of greasy mud, axle deep ruts, entrenched cars, and an exceptionally slow-moving line of traffic inching their way towards the weekends destination.

After being directed one at a time through and clearing what was presumably the worst portion of the road, I barely made it…
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The Podiums Keep Rolling

This past weekend the KHS FActory race team was back out at Bootleg Canyon in beautiful Bolder City, NV. for the second round of the DVO Winter Series at Bootleg. Logan Binggeli looked to capitalize off his first place finish from the first round, and came up just short but came up with second over all. The third and final round will be on March 18, and Logan is in the lead for the overall and to retain the his crown.

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