Double Wins by Castillo and Von Nacher: Temecula Grand Prix & LA Circuit Race

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The KHS-Maxxis JLVelo Cycling Team has continued its winning streak, with victories both at the LA Circuit Race, and the Temecula Grand Prix. Following the teams success at Sea Otter, the riders headed to Los Angeles to race the LA Circuit Race. With a packed field, Ulises Castillo, Eder Frayer and Fabrizio Von Nacher took control of the race and finished in style. They were able to hold off the charging field to place 1-2, with Fabrizio taking the win and Ulises finishing 2nd.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Fast forward to this past weekend, and the team lined up once again in pursuit of the win. The Temecula Grand Prix is a new addition to the race calendar and it did not disappoint. With high wind and temperatures cresting the 80s, the team had their work cut out for them. Toeing the line for the day would be Duban Sanchez, Eder Frayer, Ulises Castillo, Fabrizio Von Nacher and Efren Flores. With the numbers to the teams advantage, the riders had the ability to ride hard from the gun.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Duban, Efren and Eder turned the screws on the peloton which allowed Fabrizio to take a massive leap from the group where he spent over a dozen laps off the front solo.

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Photo Credit: Danny Munson

However, the animated chase group was not satisfied with the move and Fabrizio was ultimately brought back. Teammate Ulises Castillo had waited patiently as they chasers brought his teammate back, knowing this would be his opportunity to seal the deal with a win. As the group gathered Fabrizio up, he was able to lead Ulises out for the win and finish a solid 3rd himself.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

We would like to welcome Efren Flores back to racing, as he is fully recovered from the broken hand he suffered in February. It is great to have you back racing with the team!

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, Infinit Nutrition, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, 4iiii, Big Wheel Coaching, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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Sea Otter Classic 2016: 2 Wins & Great Sponsor Visits

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The KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo team had a quick turn around from a very successful Redlands Bicycle Classic, to head to Monterey for the 2016 Sea Otter Classic. Riders Cory Lockwood, Eder Frayer, Fabrizio Von Nacher and Ulises Castillo began their campaign at the event with the early morning criterium, held on the Laguna Seca Raceway. With 60 minutes to race, the team knew that the key was to enter the last 4 quick turns in the lead in order to solidify the win.

As the laps ticked down, the field began to dwindle due to the pace and attacks sent by the KHS team, Team Illuminate, and Jelly Belly. Entering the final lap, Ulises and Fabrizio bided their time, taking over the lead going into the first of the final turns. Ulises took his 2nd win of the week in style, with Fabrizio close behind in 5th and teammate Cory Lockwood placing 8th as our 3rd rider in the top ten.

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After the podium celebrations, the team headed to the expo to visit our great 2016 partners. Velo Saddles and Xpedo pedals were our first stop, where we got to check out new product, as well as show off our new 2016 KHS Flite 900 team bike.

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Adam Haverstock and the team from Praxis Works have added the Zayante Custom Forged cranks and chainrings to our custom 2016 race bicycles. Along with the bottom brackets they provide, these parts have helped take this bicycle to the next level. It is very exciting to be expanding our partnership with Praxis this year to include the cranks and chainrings!

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Kali Protectives are in the 2nd year of partnership with our program, and this year, they were offering something really cool at Sea Otter. The Helmet Exchange allowed anyone to come and switch out their old and used helmet for a brand new Kali Helmet!

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The teams second day at Sea Otter again brought a victory and podium appearance for the team. Friday was the Sea Otter Road Race, covering laps through Fort Ord with substantial climb with a 5K climb to the finish. Ulises Castillo sprinted to victory, as Eder Frayer held on to a solid 3rd place finish on the day. It was great to be able to share the podium experience with our partners from JLVelo, WD-40 Bike and Xpedo!

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Maxxis Tires is a great support of the team, and it is always fantastic to connect with team behind the product.

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For 2016, we have a new parter with 4iiii Precision Power Meters. This is an exciting new partnership and they have provided each of our athletes top of the line power meters. Their crank-based product is top of the line and it great to have each racer collecting both training and racing data to ensure they are taking their racing to the next level.

Thank you to all our partners for a fantastic Sea Otter 2016! We are excited to come back next year!

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, Infinit Nutrition, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, 4iiii, Big Wheel Coaching, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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The Momentum Continues with Podiums at Redlands Bicycle Classic

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The 2016 Redlands Bicycle Classic fostered the teams best results to date, with Ulises Castillo storming to victory in the stage 4 downtown criterium, and sealing the weekend off with a spectacular ride on Sunday for 2nd place on the iconic Sunset Stage. The excitement was infectious as Ulises and the team have grown deep roots in the Redlands community. The team hosts families, local junior athletes, and supporters of the team banged on the boards as he raced to victory and swarmed the podium as he celebrated his biggest career win.

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Chuck Pontius Omnium: Castillo Wins Road Race & Overall – By Cory Lockwood

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The Chuck Pontius Omnium is a very challenging race weekend. The event was comprised of two days of racing and some of the toughest competition in SoCal. The courses are not to be taken lightly, with the first day being one of the toughest road races on the calendar. Weighing at 85 miles and 8,000 feet of vertical ascent, the Castaic Lake Road Race is a tough one. To add extra toppings of difficulty, the course is known for its harsh winds and high heat conditions, making for a very brutal day in the saddle.

Day two is the Chuck Pontius Memorial Criterium, which may look easy on paper because it is only 60 minutes compared to the monstrous road race the day before. But make no mistake, it is equally as challenging. The course is a simple sweeping 4 corner design, where the challenge lies in the high pace and tough competition. Being that the race is an omnium and scored by points, not time, means that there are no time cuts and riders are free to race one or both stages as they feel it suits them.

Day One: Castaic Lake Road Race. The race was promised to be a tough one with the temperature already at 70 degrees at 9:30am. The pace was going to be high as well, with members of the SoCal Cycling Team, Cyclance Cycling, and our KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo squad and more, staged at the line. After our brief team meeting, we rolled out at 9:30am sharp for 3 laps on the challenging course.

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There was no warm up in the race, it was just straight down to business. The first lap saw huge attrition in numbers with the pace on the course being very hard, forcing wattage numbers and efforts to be driven sky high. After constant attacks and counter attacks, a two man break was able to roll up the road. As the break became established, the pace settled for a brief time before another volley of attacks and attempted moves began, which ultimately separated the field even more. Read more

Castillo Tour de Murrieta Overall Winner: By Duban Sanchez

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The first stage of the Tour de Murrieta was the Individual Time Trial, which consisted of a 4 mile course with a very unique dirt section in the last mile or so. Before everyone started their warm-up, Paul had a small talk with us about the plan. The plan was to get the best time possible, but having in mind that it was better if we went hard on the first part of the course but to save some in the tank for the dirt section. After we all finished the TT and rode back to the team van, we found out that Ulises got second place by just 2 seconds to a Jelly Belly rider. This made all of us happy because we knew we had high chances to be able to help Ule win the Tour de Murrieta for the second year in a row.

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The second stage was the Grand Prix Criterium, which was 75 minutes on a fast and really technical six corners course. The plan for the team was to keep everything together for a field sprint in order to set up Ulises for the final sprint, so that he could get enough points to take the Omnium lead. Read more