Memorial Day Criterium: CashCall Cycling wins again!

Every Memorial Day, California Bicycle Racing (CBR) puts on a great criterium event in Carson, CA. Service men and women race for free as a token of gratitude for their service. The holiday and great weather brings big crowds every year to this event. This past Monday, the course was on the “old course” with right hand turns. This is a wide open course with a slight down hill into the 2nd right hand turn. You quickly turn again with a small gain in elevation before the 4th and final turn that leads into the 2% grade straight away to the finish.

Our riders have raced here dozens of times and knew that the wind would play to their advantage and help to break the race apart. Team member Anthony Canevari who suffered a broken hand in Missouri earlier this month was on the sidelines cheering and supporting his team. “Being on the spectator side of things is almost as exciting as being in the race. Watching my teammates decimate the field was really fun,” stated Canevari. (He is on the trainer and recovering well from his injury – expect to see him back in the peloton down the road!)

Anthony’s description was quite accurate as attack after attack from CashCall split the field in many parts. Michael Weicht and Brian McCulloch made a solid move with 2 other riders, breaking the rubber band to the peloton.

Michael Weicht and Brian McCulloch in the early break. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

But the animation of the field brought more riders across and they were joined by Devan Dunn and Justin Williams as Lee Muse hung in no-mans land between the break and the peloton. As the groups would be absorbed through out the race, more attack from CashCall would be launched. David Santos suffered a flat at the halfway point and jumped right back into the field to create another attack.

Lee Muse bridging to the break solo. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The aggressive style of racing split the field up even farther with Michael, Lee, Devan, Justin and Brian ending up in the select front group of 15-20. With a few laps to go, Michael unleashed a barrage of power that catapulted him off the front into what would be the winning move. Solo off the front.

Michael Weicht on a solo attack for the win. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Michael Weicht winning solo as the field chases hard. Photo credit: Danny Munson

On the last lap, McCulloch sent up a Hail-Mary for second place. He held his solo position between Michael and the hard chasing break until right before turn 4. Lee and Devan had Justin lined up perfectly for the final field sprint, sealing up 2nd and 4th places. Santos and Holloway finished with what was left of the main group.

Rider Wes Holloway is happy to be back in the peloton after a knee injury. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Canevari was impressed with his teammates tenacity on the day. “Lap after lap I saw them relentlessly attack and show they are the strongest guys in the field. Placing 1, 2, and 4th is impeccable. But what’s better than that is we sill have room to improve.” Say’s Canevari. “Being on the sidelines allowed me to see that and gain a new perspective to our team and our growth potential.”

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Pro GRT # 3 – Plattekill, NY

Photos: Mike Lord & Six3Events

KHS was an early arrival for stop # 3 of the Pro GRT  Gravity Tour in Roxbury, NY. We hit the driving range…

and played a little “ping pong”.

Our good friends Laszlo and his “crew”  (from  PLATTEKILL Bike Park), showered us with the “FINEST” treatment,  from shuttling us to feeding us…THANKS so much guys!! 

Besides having access to a Pro Bike Wash, we had full use of a local bike shop.

A special thanks goes out to Chris Nolan of Plattekill Bike Park,  for allowing us access to their bike shop … YOU GUYS ROCK!

We discussed lines one more time before qualifying, and then it was time to do the work.

I had a solid qualifier. making sure to hit all my lines clean – I ended up 19th on the seeding list.

Binggeli had a fast qualifying run holding down 6th Place.

Aiello too had a fast qualifier (even with a small mishap) and ended up 10th.

Keeping our machines clean and dialed between qualifying and racing is imperative.

If you don’t have a Clean Well tuned machine, your chances of winning are significantly sabotaged.

My race run was pretty similar to my qualifier. I managed to shave 3 seconds off my qualifying time, (which was my goal for the race run). 

Binggeli’s race run was strong,  good enough for 7th place and a very important top 10 finish.

Aiello’s race run went way better than his qualifier… he SNATCHED up the 5th spot on the podium on the day!

The trip took a turn for the better when Aiello hit the wood for KHS Factory Racing!! – ON THE WOOD IS GOOD!!

Say good-bye to good friends and it’s off to Italy for the 2nd World Cup on the UCI DHI Tour.

Please stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

All the best,
Q.

Justin Williams Wins Again! Barry Wolfe Grand Prix Report

Sunday May 27th the CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team raced the 21st Annual Barry Wolfe Grand Prix in Westlake, CA. The event was held at a new location this year. A flat and fast 4 corner course that reached just under 1 mile in length. The start being late in the day, the wind had picked up significantly compared to earlier events. “The new Barry Wolfe course was crazy cool. Really fast, nice and open. Which made it very I safe. I love the overhead banner across the finish line, it made it feel pro. The organizers did a great job with the event.” Stated eventual winner Justin Williams. 

David Santos, Brian McCulloch, and Lee Muse on the move. Photo Credit: Danny Munson.

With 7 riders in the field, CashCall was on the move early on setting temp and creating attacks. Pictured here David Santos, Brian McCulloch and Lee Muse, who were all active through out the race and getting Justin into position for the final sprint.

Michael Weicht and Rudy Napolitano rode off the front until 2 laps to go. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Michael Weicht had a great ride! He and one other rider, Rudy Napolitano were in a two-man break until 2 laps to go. They had upwards of 25 seconds on the peloton until the Monster Media team decided to put all their horse power on the front and steadily reel them in. With 6 CashCall riders in wait in the bunch, the team was ready to set sprinter Williams up.

Devan Dunn on the attack. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The long headwind finish proved to be no match for Williams sprint as he was able to pedal to victory once again.

Justin Williams sprints to victory. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

When asked to recount his win, Williams points to his teammates and their hard work that makes the results a reality. “It’s always nice to win a race, especially when the field is as stacked and packed as Sunday’s. The team rode hard and we thought we had it locked up with Michael up the the road in the final 10 minutes. However, the field never stopped chasing. We got together and made it happen. Brian had a crazy lead-out down the back straight and Santos really made it happen into the last corner.”

Justin Williams – CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team, Rashaan Bahati – Bahati Foundation, Eric Sobey – La Grange. Barry Wolfe GP 2012 podium. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Winning the day after his birthday was the icing on the cake! Happy birthday Justin, and congratulations to the entire team on another win!

Victor Justin Williams celebrates with teammate Brian McCulloch. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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