Checking in With Joy McCulloch

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

We had such a great response for Shawn Wayland’s interview a few weeks back, I decided that we should do another one! Being that we have raced 2 solid months and I have yet to contribute, I thought it was about time that I share some of my insights and experiences. I asked the team for 5 questions, so they could interview me, and I have answered them here.

KHS: Stage race season is upon us. How is it going for you and what event are you looking forward to most? 

JOY: We just did the Chico Stage Race for the first time and it was fantastic! The volume of racing, especially for women, was great. We raced the full 90 mile road race with 10 miles of gravel! The final criterium was fast and technical which I love. I highly recommend this event.

This weekend, we race Tour de Murrieta and I love the time trial because it goes uphill, in the dirt! In several weeks we get to do San Dimas Stage Race and they have changed the road course, so I am excited to see what that will hold.

But of course, I am most excited about the Redlands Bicycle Classic. This year they have changed the Beaumont course to one in Yucaipa, finishing on the fabled Oak Glen climb. This stage will start 5 minutes from our house, so I can’t wait to race on the roads I train on every single day. Although I am about to lose A LOT of Strava segments.

KHS: You are the only female on the KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo team. But it has been said, you have the guys out numbered. Tell us why? 

JOY: Haha, well, I am sort of in charge. From solidifying host housing to how to properly hashtag our sponsors in social media posts, I have the team dialed. And I have done my fair share adding to the win and podium tally as well :-)

PHoto Credit: Danny Munson

PHoto Credit: Danny Munson

KHS: Shawn Wayland was asked to make each team member a superhero. Can you make each team member a spirit animal? 

JOY: Oh, this is a fun one.

David Santos: Lion – like Mufasa on Lion King. Calm, cool and collected.
Chris Barton: Manatee – one of the nicest creatures in the ocean, but is rumored to drawn people.

Brian McCulloch: Honey Badger – this self explanatory.

Fabrizio Von Nacher: The Lemur, like the one on Madagascar!

Sergio Escutia: Owl – it’s the glasses and he reads books, lots and lots of books and worm wouldn’t be cool.

Ulises Castillo: Panther – he is one crafty and fast guy!

Shawn Wayland: Bison – like the Bison, Wayland has quite the presence.

Shawn Daurelio: Tazmanian Devil – he has a lot of energy!

Chris Johnson: Tree Fox – he is quite the climber.

Joy McCulloch: I will be a fish, like Dory from Nemo. What was the question again?

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

KHS: Tell us one of your big goals for the 2015 season. 

JOY: So far, my main goal has been to race with my head, not just my legs. And it has worked! Approaching racing from a stronger mental aspect has changed the way I race and left me more fresh and ready to execute. With that in mind, in 2014 I won two CA/NV State Titles, criterium and TT. I would sure like to win them again.

KHS: You are well known for being a women’s cycling advocate. Tell us how your spot on the team has strengthened that voice and your impact on the women’s peloton. 

JOY: Being part of the KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo team has offered me the opportunity to race all over the country at NRC and NCC events. Without the team, I would never have been able to connect with so many amazing female athletes. I continually try to make a positive impact on those around me and to always have an attitude of gratitude in regards to race promoters, officials, and my fellow athletes. Hopefully, this will have a positive trickle down effect.

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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Chico Stage Race: Podiums at TT & Crit

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Chris Barton had a blazing fast time trial at the Chico Stage Race. The TT was the 4th stage and the teams 3rd stop on the podium where Chris placed 2nd. Here is his report of the event:

“After the bad luck of the road race, it was nice to wake up early, put our misfortunes behind us, and focus on the time trial. The time trial was a 10 mile point to point race, which was a nice change from the usual out-and-back time trials we are used to. Because the course was on the shorter side, I knew the start would be extra important. I got a good hour long warmup and felt confident that I had prepared properly. I started hard and quickly settled in to my rhythm. 

I soon noticed there was a wind coming from the right, so I decided to back off slightly as this meant the middle section of the course would have a head-wind and I would need to really punch it to make it through. After the first right turn, it was all-in. 

The headwind slowed my speed a bit, but I dug as deep as I could to stay on top of the gear. By the second and final right turn, I was starting to see red a bit, but I knew it was only about 3 miles to go so I put my head down and dug as deep as I could. 

I ended up getting second by only 3 seconds to Justin Rossi. Being so close to first place is a little bitter-sweet, and the mind tends to default to “man I could’ve saved a second here and here and here,” but I knew when I crossed the line that I had ridden perfectly and if I keep doing that I’ll come out on top one of these days. Justin Rossi is a strong competitor and I couldn’t be happier with my result.”

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The Chico Stage Race capped off with a 70 minute downtown criterium, just a few hours after the racers finished their time trials. Brian McCulloch recounts the 4th and final stage of a great event:

The Downtown Chico Criterium was the fourth and final stage of our three day tour of the NorCal/Chico area and what a great venue it was! The crowd was rowdy and excited for our race having just watched a great women’s race. I may be biased, but I am sure they were all as impressed as I was to watch my lovely wife sprint to the finish and win the field sprint of Women’s race. The women’s race showed major attrition for the field and how the cumulative fatigue for the Stage Race was taking its toll on the racers. This fact was not lost on our peloton as we gathered in the staging area.

Our plan for the race was simple, ride together at the front, protect Fabi and Barton for the sprint/lead-out, and stay out of trouble. This strategy seemed simple but the difficulty was compounded on the narrow technical course. Fast crits like this are awesome, we have a blast doing them, but there is a certain amount of anxiety for us as the tight confines make the peloton repeatedly try to cram 40 bike races into a spot more suited for 25 riders. Where those extra fifteen riders squeeze themselves into is always a feat of skill and mostly sheer luck, I am not entirely sure why there are not more crashes. Each of us lose count as to how many times there is contact between us and other riders, handlebars to hips, tires to drop-outs, shoulders to heads, and sometimes even contact from riders on both sides of us! This is never ill-intentioned by us or our competition, rather it is a reflection of putting 150 slightly-nutty bike riders on a course who all want their piece of glory. It may be stressful, but it is so much fun!

During the race I was able to be at the front sweeping Fabi’s wheel with my boys. We were in the ‘sprinters bubble’ so there was a lot of contact and movement going on which is always fun, but having teammates in the mix with me makes this so much easier. Mr. Barton did an amazing job of riding with Fabi and between him, Ulises, Santos, and I we were able to chase back a dangerous break-away that was threatening to our desire for a sprint finish. In the end everyone contributed to helping take care of Fabi to keep him rested for the final. Wayland, D’Aurelio, and all of us did our part to protect our sprinter, but as the laps wound down our effort to stay at the front took more fight.

With one lap to go we were still at the front with Fabi, sitting on the lead out train of Optum and we pushed hard to get Fabi in a solid position. He went into the last turn in third place and never looked back, he sprinted to a very respectable third place on the stage. We were hoping for the win, but our hats are off to Optum, we made some tactical errors in the final lap and they finished 1-2 on the day. 

It was great to finish off the race with a podium result and a huge welcome from our host families that met us at our pit area. Getting to share our stories from the Downtown Criterium with the host families and hear them talk about cheering us on made our day. This weekend the Chico Stage Race made a special place in our hearts, with great race courses, friendly staff, and incredible host families we will definitely be looking forward to this race for next year!”

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, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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Chico Stage Race: Chico Holiday Inn Road Race

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Shawn Daurelio reports on the second day of racing in Chico: 

The Holiday Inn Road Race, stage two, of the Chico Stage Race was set in the beautiful rolling hills of Northern California. We had a good day the day before placing 2rd in the Friday afternoon circuit race, winning the Young Rider Jersey, and we were all ready for road race. We raced two 45 mile laps with each lap containing 5 miles of dirt road. We placed a high importance on entering the dirt section first and looking after Chris Barton and Fabrizio Von Nacher as we knew they were our best bets for a good time trial the following day, making them our best general classification cards to play.

There was a lot of fighting in the 11 miles just before the dirt. We did an OK job of being top 20 riders to enter the dirt, and then I immediately see Chris Barton raise his hand, he had flatted.  Shawn Wayland and myself waited as our mechanic and sponsor Gary Rennie jumped out for the wheel change.  Luckily our team car was first car in the caravan so we didn’t have to wait long.  Shawn and I started the chase to get Chris back in the action.  I then got a flat tire and Paul and Gary changed that and the team car was then ahead of me.

Next thing I know I see Wayland getting a wheel change by Paul and Gary.  I slowed and waited for Wayland as Barton had already made it up the road.  I then see Chris standing on the side of the road with another flat.  This time the team car was ahead of us and one of us would be waiting – potentially for a long while –  for neutral support.  I figured if Chris or I was going to be time cut, it was better me than him because of his potential for the time trial win or podium the following day.

The SRAM neutral support finally showed and I was back pounding the pedals in hopes of making the time cut.  Myself and two other riders rode through many small groups who were less motivated to ride.  We made the time cut.  I later learned that Brian, Ulisis, and Fabi were in the front group of 50 riders.  On the second lap after the dirt section the field split and a group of 15-20 riders were up the road.  Our guys missed the split and therefore, Fabi finished a slight bit over 1 minute down on the lead group.

Although this was a challenging day for the team, it was a great practice in teamwork, coming together for a common goal and being 100% committed to the plan. Having the chance to work on changing wheels in stressful situations as well as pace a teammate back up to the field will pay off big time when we head to the bigger races this season.

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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Chico Stage Race: Winning the Young Riders Jersey!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling Team made the trek to Northern California for the Chico Stage Race this past weekend. This was the teams first time doing the event, and several riders first time above Fresno! So to say the least, we were excited for the challenge ahead. A unique aspect of this stage race is that it covered 3 days but had 4 events. For stage one, the racers got the chance to race on the Thunderhill Raceway car race track where they clocked speeds over 42 MPH. The course was 3 miles with 15 turns, many of which were banked for the fastest Ferrari.

The team had a squad of 7 for the event with Chris Barton, David Santos, Shawn Wayland, Shawn Daurelio, Ulises Castillo, Brian McCulloch and 2nd place on the day – Fabrizio Von Nacher.

Fabrizio Von Nacher in the Young Rider Jersey

Fabrizio Von Nacher in the Young Rider Jersey

Fabrizio gives his view of how the race unfolded:

“The first stage in Chico Stage Race was a fast and fun circuit race. This course was super fast and had a couple short power hills. The team plan for this first day was to keep the team at the front and save energy. The team did an awesome job. We were always together at the front and the guys were always in any dangerous moves.

The race went by for two hours and it came down to bunch sprint. The guys did an incredible job keeping me in the front, off the wind and saving energy for the sprint. In the last lap Dave Santos, Brian McCulloch, Shawn Daurelio and Shawn Wayland set me up perfect behind the Optum train. Chris Barton and Ulises Castillo were my last two guys and they did an extraordinary job to leave me in the perfect position with 500 meters. I managed to get second on the stage and the best young rider jersey!

Thanks to my teammates, staff and all the all sponsors for all the support and the trust they give me and the whole program!”

The sprint was so close at the finish, we really thought that Fabi had won. Check out the last 500 meters of the race going into the headwind and long drag to the finish. Thank you to Gary Rennie for taking the video!

Thunderhill Raceway Sprint

Photo Credit: Chico Stage Race

Fabrizio Von Nacher 2nd at Chico Stage Race, Thundershill Raceway Circuit Race. Photo Credit: Chico Stage Race

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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Rider Interview: Shawn Wayland

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Shawn Wayland is a new edition to the KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling Team. He hails from Simi Valley, CA and caught the eye of our team early in 2014 with his tenacious podium finishes as a solo racer and explosive sprint. He is now two months into the 2015 season with the team, so we decided to check in with Shawn to learn how the season is going.

KHS: This is your first season with the team, what do you think so far? 

SW: It’s been a heck of a journey so far, and it is just February!  I’m stoked to be on the team, and very thankful for all of the guys on the team for being so welcoming and friendly.  This was a big transition year for me to be traveling around and racing some road races that are challenging me in new ways, and just races in general that I haven’t done in the past. But it’s been great to have a team that is so supportive and understanding in guiding me through the motions.  And everyone on the team gets along and has a good time hanging out off the bike as well as on.  It’s just been a real positive experience and I’m happy to be here.

KHS: I heard you like to eat bananas, what’s up with that? 

SW: I should have known a banana question was coming. Bananas are an easy fuel source for riding, and they’re cheap.  They go with almost any food, are filling, and taste good.  So I eat a lot of them.

KHS: How did you get into cycling and racing? 

SW: I got into racing in high school riding my dad’s mountain bike. I did a few of the High School MTB races with the Royal High Mountain Bike Team.  In the summer, after being fed up with the amount of rattlesnakes on the trails around my house though, I started riding the mountain bike on the road.  Next thing I knew, I liked it because I could ride way faster on the pavement than the dirt.  In September of 2011 I sold my dirt bike and put that money towards a road bike.  Botta-boom botta-bing, I bought a USAC license and started racing road as a Cat 5.

KHS: Off of the top of your head, what 3 things stand out the most about racing for and with a team?

SW: The top 3 things that stand out as racing as a team are: 1) Sacrifice.  Everyone is willing to lay it on the line for each other.  2) Tactics.  When you have a handful of guys all working together, who are super strong and race changers, it’s impressive what can be accomplished.  3) Growth.  I learn a lot by being around guys who are faster than me and have ridden longer than I have.

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Photo Credit: Danny Munson

KHS: What race are you most excited about in 2015? 

SW: I’ll be doing so many new races, I can’t really say which one I’m most excited about.  I think Redlands will be fun, Dana Point, and Tulsa Tough.

KHS: Has your training changed for the 2015 season? If so, how? 

SW: My training has changed a lot.  I’ve pretty much coached myself up until this point, and once I joined KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo, Paul has been overseeing my training.  I think the main thing Paul has taught me is it’s okay to go hard.  It’s okay to keep pushing.  I’ve been doing a lot more intervals and intensity, a lot earlier in the year than usual.

KHS: The team has some pretty interesting characters – if they could be action figures/super heroes, who would they be?

SW:Brian McCulloch: Captain America because he is super patriotic.

Shawn Daurelio: The Hulk because he looks like he could smash people!

Fabrizio Von Nacher and Sergio Escutia: Batman and Robin, because they are the Dynamic Mexican Duo! Although Fabi would be a good Nacho Libre…

David Santos: Flash, because he is fast and a Ginger, and Flash wears a red suit.

Chris Barton: Yosemite Sam, because of the mustache of course!

Chris Johnson: Astro Boy!

Editors Note: The team decided that Shawn would be Tarzan, because of the bananas.

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, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2

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