Redlands Bicycle Classic: Time Trial Success Words By Chris Barton

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For us, the Redlands time trial began a few months ago. After one of our local races, I rode up to Big Bear with the team to look at the roads the course would be on. We knew there were going to be a few tricky corners and seeing and practicing riding them would give us an advantage come race day. Between then and the race, we rode up to Big Bear several more times and practiced riding the course a handful of times. In addition to getting good at riding the turns, it was helpful to practice going hard at a high altitude (about 7,000ft) and learning how to pace yourself. Redlands is a big race for our team, and we had all put so much effort into training this year that we wanted to make sure that we had every advantage when it was time to race.
The morning of the time trial the weather was perfect. Kind of chilly, but sunny and calm. I warmed up a little longer than usual to loosen the legs up from the previous day’s race, and I was ready to go. Initially, I had planned on riding conservatively for the first 1/3 of the time trial because it is easy to blow yourself up at altitude. By the time I was ready to go, however, there was a strong headwind for the first half of the course and tailwind for the second half. This meant there would be more to gain from going hard for the windy first half and less to gain from saving myself for the second half.
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Redlands Bicycle Classic: Podium for Castillo!

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Team rider Ulises Castillo had a breakthrough ride at his first crack at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. He finished 3rd on Saturday’s Criterium, and was one of the few riders to enter the Downtown Circuits the next day at the end of the Sunset Circuit Race. I asked Ulises to tell me about his experience over the two final stages, and I have paraphrased his experience here.

Stage 4 RBC Criterium, 90 minutes:

This was one of the hardest criteriums I have ever raced. This was my first NRC Stage Race, so everything was new. For the criterium, I was not sure what to expect, but I did know I wanted to be in the breakaway. However, I did not set myself up very well for that. I was warming up with the team before the race, and when we went to line up, we were the last guys in the peloton. This was a big mistake, because it was very hard for me to move up through the field. I had to move up on the outside of the pack in order to pass guys, and it took me 30 minutes to get to the front of the race.

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Redlands Bicycle Classic School Visits

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The National Racing Calendar is about to begin at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. The event covers 5 grueling days of racing, but one of the highlights of the event is the community involvement. Leading into the event, the race hosts over 30 school visits around the Redlands and Yucaipa area to promote bicycle safety, healthy living, sportsmanship, and the event itself. Our riders always have a great time sharing their stories about racing, traveling, and all the great people they get to meet on the road. We had the opportunty to visit three different schools including Kimberly Elementary in Redlands, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, as well as the Competitive Edge Charter Academy in Yucaipa.

Talking with the children also provides the athletes an excellent opportunity to showcase all of their special sponsor items ranging from their KHS Bicycles to their JLVelo speed suits. It was great to be able to meet with the kids outside so the riders could show a bottle hand-up, how to clip in correctly and just how important it is to wear your helmets the proper way.

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The students were amazed at how light the bicycles were and how well they matched the riders kits. They all wanted to pick up the bikes, check out the great paint job, and touch the super skinny wheels. They were most interested in the amount of food the athletes would eat while training and racing, and why in the world their outfits were so tight. They had more questions than we had time to answer!

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As a farewell and thank you to the riders for coming to visit the…
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San Dimas Stage Race: Von Nacher 2nd in Road Race

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The KHS-Maxixis-JLVelo Cycling Team had a great performance on Saturday’s San Dimas Stage Race Road Race. Fabrizio Von Nacher placed 2nd and recounted his experience below.

The San Dimas Stage Race is always a hard event with big teams showing up and over 150 racers. The road race wasn’t the exception. It was a hot day and we knew it was going to be a hard, 94 mile race.

The team’s plan was to be aggressive from the start and to be in the breaks. The guys rode great by being aggressive and at the front of the race. They were in every move and finally, a break went up the road and Dave Santos was in it.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The break rolled for most of the race but it was brought back as we were entering the final laps of the stage. By this point, the field was already small and the heat was making it even harder. The new course had a different climb than the previous years, and it was kind of technical to get to it which made positioning very important. Although the climb was shorter, the pace kept on being fast and more riders were getting dropped.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

In the final laps, one last dangerous break went up the road, but it was brought back going into the last 7 mile lap. The guys were trying to attack and surprise the small field that remained, but the pace was fast and nothing got away. It came down to a field sprint where I managed to be in a good…
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San Dimas Stage Race: Barton Lands Another Podium!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Chris Barton reports on another great weekend of racing for the KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling Team.

The San Dimas Stage Race started with a 4.25 mile uphill time trial up Glendora Mountain Road. Having done this race several times before, we knew what to expect in terms of difficulty: Four miles. Up. A. Hill. The road is steep enough that it is faster to use a light road bike than an aerodynamic time trial bike.

The time trial warm up can be one of the more unique moments of racing. With everyone silently riding in place doing their own specific warm-up, there is a kind of tranquility like the calm before a storm. Forty five minutes of clearing your mind and focus amidst the buzzing of wheels on stationary trainers before sixteen minutes of pain.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

I did my usual warmup and then headed to the start ramp. I decided to hold back a bit in the first six minutes to avoid going above my limit and then go full gas for the remainder if the race. You have to be a little more cautious with your efforts in an uphill time trial because there are no flat or downhill sections to use to recover if you do go too hard, too early. I believe my strategy paid off as I ended up placing 29th out of 155 racers. I didn’t place as well as I had hoped, but I am satisfied because I rode as well as I could have.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Fast-forward to Sunday, and the San Dimas Stage Race Criterium was one of…
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David Santos wins 2015 CA/NV Road Race Championship!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Longtime team member David Santos has added another championship jersey to his closet! In 2011, he won the CA/NV Road Race Championship and continued on to win the Time Trial Championship in 2011, 2012, and 2013. David has also won the SCNCA Overall Title in 2011, 2012, and 2013. This impressive resume speaks volumes of the athlete and racer David is, and the team could not be more excited that he won the 2015 CA/NV Road Race Championship this past weekend. Here is David’s personal account of the event:

This year, the 2015 CA/NV Road Race Championships returned to the out and back,  85 miles with 9,000 feet of climbing Castaic Lake course. One of the perks of an out and back is you have two U-Turns where you can track how far behind, or in front, you are from the rest of the group. This year, the field was well stacked with several riders representing many of the US Domestic Pro Teams as well as several Elite riders from Southern California. Having these riders be part of the race adds an interesting dynamic to the race because you are racing for the overall win, and also for the CA/NV Road Race State Championship. It gets interesting because to win the Championship, you have to live in California and not possess a UCI License. So sometimes even though you are not the first rider across the finish line, you can still win the Championship if you are the first non-UCI Licensed Californian.

As the race got underway, an early break of 5 riders got up the road. We had Chris Barton and Fabrizio Von Nacher in the break, so all we had to do was follow and rest of the moves. At…
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Joy McCulloch is Back on the Podium!

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Photo Credit: Danny Munson

In the land of criteriums, it is crazy that the SCNCA District Championship Road Race has so much UP in it. It seems like any road race course around here is extremely challenging, limiting the field to 30 or so riders who either like to climb, think they can climb, or didn’t read the race profile close enough. Oddly enough, I don’t fit into any of those categories. I am a bike racer and go where the races are and take them on as a great training day and a chance to try my hand at the Poker table.

Having raced the Castaic course last year, I knew it would be a lot of work for me. The climbs are just long enough to crack me from the group and the wind just strong enough to keep me honest and working on the flats and descents. My goal was to stick with the front group as long as possible. Several of the other solo riders and I soon realized we had some contenders in the bunch who were content sitting at the back, waiting to unleash their climbing legs on us. We decided to launch a pre-emptive strike and rail the long, twisting descent at 45MPH. To our benefit, this worked the field came apart in the early miles of lap one, leaving just over half the field to duke it out on the climb back towards the start-finish.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Knowing my fate would soon be sealed, I rode conservatively hiding in the pack to the base of the climb where I put myself as high up in the group as possible. As the climb ebbed higher,…
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Podium Sweep at Chuck Pontius Criterium!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Going into the Chuck Pontius Memorial Criterium the team was still riding the high from David Santos’s California/Nevada State Championship Jersey Win the day before. With a full squad in attendance, the team was ready for multiple scenarios. Added wind, a dynamic course, and a small field made the 60 minutes of racing extra challenging. In the finish, Fabrizio Von Nacher took the win and his report from the race is below:

“The team plan for Chuck Pontius criterium was to get in a break and be aggressive. As the race started, my teammates and I started launching attacks. After a couple of hard efforts I realized that I needed to calm down and let the field get tired. After following wheels, I saw an opportunity to go. Ulises Castillo came with me and we were off the front together.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

After a few laps off the front I had a mechanical, but I had a free lap and thankfully I was right by the pits when it happened. The next lap I caught back to Ulises, but the field was closing the gap to us. In the next lap, I saw a group of four riders bridging up to Ulises and me. In that break was Griffin Easter from Airgas and Jesse Anthony from Optum. Our teammates Chris Barton and Shawn Wayland were coming with them as well.
Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

When the four chasers caught us, we began to roll the break away. In the final laps, my teammates and I started attacking the Optum and the Airgas riders. With 2 laps to go, Chris Barton got away…
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