2017 KHS Goes Pro with Elevate

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Tustin, CA: The Elevate Pro Cycling Team and KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Race Team are combining forces to create one of the best professional cycling teams in America.

“By working with Paul Abrahams and everyone at KHS, I see our team being a driving-force at races throughout the 2017 season,” says Elevate Pro Cycling owner John McAllister.

The newly formed Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team will compete in road cycling events across the country with an emphasis on the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour as well as regional events in Texas and California.

“From the outset, our program has been dedicated to becoming the best team in America,” says Paul Abrahams, owner of the KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Race Team. “By partnering with John and everyone at Elevate, I see an accelerated path to achieving this goal.”

Both programs are excited to make this announcement to their fans, supporters, and partners ahead of the InterBike Trade Show, September 19th-23rd, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Stay tuned to our social media channels for more information, including the announcement of the team’s 2017 race calendar, roster, and partners.

About Elevate Pro Cycling: The Elevate Pro Cycling Team is the first owned and operated Texas-based UCI Professional road cycling team. Our mission is to develop the best riders into the upper levels of professional cycling. For more information visit us at: http://elevatecyclingteam.com

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About iPA Sports: The KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling Team is a Southern California based cycling team founded in 2010 by iPA Sports. The team focuses on the USA Cycling PRT and SCNCA race calendars, with the goal of developing the next generation of cycling superstars. With over 35 wins per season over the past six years and multiple state and national titles, the KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo team is one of the best teams in the United States. For more information visit us at: www.ipa-sports.com

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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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Brian McCulloch: A Return To Racing, Earlier Than Expected, And With Success!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Returning from injury in any sport is no cake-walk. But you already knew that, especially when it comes to hip-socket injuries in cycling. An injury like that can be a game-changer.

Needless to say, suffering three fractures to my right hip/pelvis at the Redlands Bicycle Classic was a significant blow to my season. Especially when doctors termed my diagnosis as a “potentially career ending injury”. Ouch, that was hard to swallow.

Flash forward through three-months of non-activity which wore out a pair of crutches, I was ready to start my rehab with a 45 min. “spin” on my home-trainer. What commenced was a humbling series of incremental improvements over days and weeks in which I dreamed of competing again alongside my KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo teammates. Hope is a powerful thing!

As soon as I knew I could ride again, the hope in my mind was to race the Mt. Whitney Stage Race. This event is a brutally tough two-day climbing race that I have fond memories of. Back in 2014, I won the first stage before going on to finish on the podium in the general classification.

This year following my injury and only being able to ride for 8-weeks leading into the race, I was simply looking to compete again. Finishing each stage with the peloton would make me happy.

My experience and result at this years’ Mt. Whitney Stage Race was incredible! On stage-one, after six-laps on a brutal circuit that featured nearly 7,000’ of climbing, it came down to myself and one other rider, sprinting for the win.

I am excited to report that I took the victory on stage-one, sprinting to the line with a maximum effort. It was a huge rush to think that I had come from three-months of complete rest to win a stage of such a tough bike race! What made it better was having my lovely wife and teammate Joy McCulloch at the finish line, having just won her race too!

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The second stage of the Mt. Whitney Stage Race is equally grueling and absolutely relentless. To give you some perspective, we ascended nearly 8,000’ in a race that is just over 2.5hrs long covering 34 miles. The route was incredibly steep for nearly the entire stage.

When scheming up my race tactics for the second day of racing, I knew that repeating my stage-one performance would be tough especially in a field of very good climbers, yet I remained hopeful. My goal was to withstand the many attacks that would come and hang-on for a great result… maybe even compete for the win.

During the race my legs were good and I was able to answer attacks from all competitors on the relentless ascent to Horseshoe Meadows. With the barrage of attacks the peloton gradually whittled-down from a robust group to ten, then to six, then to five, to four, and then three. One final attack, still 45 minutes from the finish (all uphill) and it was just me and Stefan Zafislov who I sprinted against the previous day.

My confidence was growing, but I was also getting fatigued as the repeated attacks were taking their tole. Stefan and I distanced the rest of the field and he began to attack, repeatedly. I withstood the barrage until 2km to go where we crossed the 9,000’ elevation mark and I could no longer match the high pace. I had to settle for second, my maximum effort was no longer fast enough.

Admittedly I was somewhat frustrated that I had come so far on the climb, only to get distanced in the final 8 minutes of the race. However, that brief moment of disappointment was replaced with a solid sense of accomplishment. Just eight-weeks prior I was on crutches and dreaming of riding my bike again.

In the heat of competition it was easy to forget the ‘bigger picture’ and how far I had come since my stage four crash in the Redlands Classic left me unable to stand on my own two-feet.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

After reflecting on the weekend, I can only be thankful. The support I received from family, friends, my KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo team, team partners, host families, and most of all, my beautiful wife through my injury was incredible. Although there were dark days during my injury when the possibility of racing again was in limbo, I am pleased to report that those times have passed!

Thank you to everyone who supported me through this difficult time. I was thinking of you when I was suffering on stage one and was channeling your positive energy in the sprint to the line. And because I had overwhelming support, I was able to dig deep two days in a row and have a great performance on stage two. No doubt, I owe this great result to the wonderful people who helped inspire, heal, and support me following my injury. Thank you all, it feels good to be back!

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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Lockwood Victorious at San Ardo Road Race

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KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo rider Cory Lockwood has had a whirlwind of a season racing and training with the team. This past weekend, he traveled to Northern California to race the San Ardo Road Race. Below you will read his exciting account of the day:

“The San Ardo Road Race is a great cycling event on the Northern California and Velo Promo late season race calendar. The Pro field raced a total of 4 lap to equal 90 miles, with a separate slight rising sprint finish. The course was flat and rolling with a couple of small kicker hills. There was some flat cross wind sections that added selectivity to the race.

With an 8:00AM start time, it’s an early bird start to help the racers beat the mid-day heat in San Ardo California. All the racers were out on course within the hour. The 2016 addition of San Ardo saw a decent turn out of riders and some pleasant overcast weather conditions for the early morning laps of the race.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

After a brief riders meeting to discuss the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of the race and a short neutral roll out, we were down to racing. The opening sections of the road race, which included some brief rises in the road, presented an opportunity for some aggressive early race moves by several riders. All of these moves, though aggressive and well played, were quickly absorbed by a fast moving race field. Once we past the short opening climb, we entered a section of rollers which hosted brief areas of alternating head and cross-wind sections. Several more attacks mounted here, but with the field still very fresh and a non-compatible combination of riders in the moves, break yet again absorbed.

There were several teams represented in the race. The largest in numbers being the Fig Mountain Brew Racing Team, the Core Techs Elite Team, Tru Trace 3 Racing Team and the AMain Team. For a breakaway to be successful and not be chased down, most or all of the teams would have to be represented in the break away. Being a solo rider for the KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Team, I saved myself for the right opportunity and waited for a good combination of racers to form a break.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

After 15 or so miles of repeated attacks and counter attacks, an opportunity to strike started to arise. A breakaway formed with a small gap and it contained one rider from most of the major teams. I knew it had potential, so I looked for the team that did not have a rider in the break and waited for them to attempt to bridge across. Once that team attacked, the two of us rode across to the lead group, making it a 6 man breakaway. Immediately, we started to work together and within the completion of lap 1, we had a 50 second gap on the peloton.

All was smooth in the breakaway with everyone working and taking pulls at the front to increase our race lead until the A Main rider represented in our group of 6 was unfortunate enough to receive a flat tire which slid him and his team out of contention. Once this happened, it created an unstable situation in the peloton because now their team wanted another guy in the breakaway. Because of this, they got to the front of the pelaton and started to chase. For the next lap, the remaining 5 riders of the break (David Priest of Fig Mountain Brew Racing Team, Jeffrey Buschech of Davis Bike Club Elite Team, Darin Morgan of Core Techs Elite Team, John Janneck of Tru Trace 3 Racing and myself), held off the pelaton lead by Amain Cycling Team.

As we passed the half-way point of the race and after lots of hard work, we were able to slip free of the peloton’s chase and had increased our lead to 1:30 over the chasers. We were now 4 riders in the break,  Priest, Buschech, Morgan and myself.  But it was not smooth sailing for long! Shortly after, a chase group of 4 riders were trying to bridge to across to us. None of us wanted to give up our 1 in 4 chance of winning the race, so we fought back again. It wasn’t until the last half lap of the race that we were confident we were no longer in danger of being caught.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

With remaining in the race, all the stood between us and the finish line was several small rolling hills, a big tail wind and a moderate rising sprint finish. I knew that for me to have success I would need to play my hand a little earlier then my fellow racers in our group of 4. I began to test the other 3 riders as quietly as possible to see who had what left in the tank for the race finale. After sizing up the group, I positioned myself in the pace line of 4 where I had the best chance of creating a gap when I attacked. I waited for a small rise in the road where I could use my momentum and sling out of the group. I attacked out of the saddle with force and with my first acceleration, I was able to separate myself  from the group and slightly break up the rhythm. My initial attack put Morgan in distress as he put his head down and fought honorably and as hard as he could. We had over 80 mile of pace-lining in our legs, but there was still a lot of fight left in everyone as Priest and Buschech were able to ride back onto my wheel. So after a brief rotation, I attacked again and was able to split the two of them but then yet again they both fought back onto my wheel. At this point, I knew I had to dig really deep. I gave it another attack and after 30 second of a brutal effort, I was able to break free.

With a momentary split from the group, I was able to establishing a small gap and put my time trialing skills to work. With about 5K to go and a couple second gap I knew that I could stay away. I relied on my 4iiii PrecisionPower Meter and rigidity of my KHS bike, along with the streamlining of my JLVelo riding gear and the cool low wind resistance design of my Kali Tava Helmet,  to slice me to the finish.

Once I made that final left hand turn at 200 meters, I was able to take a breath from pushing watts and take a bow. KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo was able to take a victory at San Ardo to add to an already great and successful season of racing. KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo  plans to do some more late season racing, watch For the guys this Saturday and Sunday the 27th and 28th at Mount Whitney Stage Race in lone pine California.

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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Cascade Cycling Classic: Zavyalov 9th GC, Words by Fabrizio Von Nacher

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Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling Team traveled straight to Bend, OR after a successful race at the Boise Twilight Criterium. The 5-day UCI Stage Race is one of the most challenging events of the season, and the athletes were happy to arrive early to spend some extra time relaxing, training, and seeing our great hosts. The teams roster for the event is as follows: Fabrizio Von Nacher, Cory Lockwood, Eder Frayre, Aflredo Castillo, Duban Sanchez and Innokenty Zavyalov.

Fabrizio Von Nacher reported in on his experience with the team at the event:

“Cascade Cycling Classic is one of my favorite races in the US. I love Bend, Oregon and all the people in town that support the race. Especially all of our host families whom we have stayed with for 6 years now. The Johnson’s, the Hayes family, Rob and Mary Angelo – without them this race wouldn’t be the same, they are the best!

In this year’s race, we had an awesome group of guys on the team. All of my teammates were in great form and this year the team had its best results at the stage race. We knew that Eder would climb very well and that Inno would have a great time trial, so they were leading team through out the race.
The team plan in most of the stages was to keep our three top GC contenders Inno, Eder and Cory out of trouble and to help them save as much energy for the final climbs. Alfredo, Duban and myself were constantly moving up to the front of the field to keep the guys safe. When we got to the climb, the guys rode incredible and Eder managed to get 4th on the first day of racing – 113 miles finishing with the Climb to McKenzie Pass while Inno and Cory made the front group.
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The follow day was the Prineville Individual Time Trial where Inno was our best guy. He did a extremely fast TT and was our best GC rider finishing with an impressive 5th place. The third stage was similar to the first in duration and climbing. For Alfredo and me, our job was to get our 3 best climbers to the climb safe and as fresh as possible. Early in the race, Eder got in the breakaway and managed to win the KOM jersey which was very exciting for the team. By the end of the race, Alfredo and I went to the front and kept Eder, Inno and Cory at the front. Again, these guys smashed the climb and stay in the front group with Eder doing another top 10 plus wining the KOM jersey.
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The criterium is always a fun and fast race in Downtown Bend with great community support and spectators. Rally Pro Racing was the team that was leading the General Classification overall and they took control of the race from the gun. They allowed a breakaway get up the road that did not contain any riders that were threats, which stayed away until the finish.  The team did an incredible job keeping Eder and Inno in the front to make sure they didn’t got caught in any field split and lose any time on the stage.
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The last day is always super hard as it was the fast and unforgiving Awbrey Butte Circuit. Going into the stage, Inno was sitting 6th overall and Eder was in the top 20 and with a great chance to get a result on the day. The teams job was to take care of this two guys and help them save everything for the last time up the climb to the finish. The team rode incredible and we protected the guys in the front group. Eder rode fantastic and landed another top 10 performance where Inno’s finish on the stage placed him 9th overall.
We were very lucky to have an amazing support crew in Bend this year. From all our sponsors, the team staff, to our gracious hosts, we were really taken care of well! Matthew at MWS Sports, a KHS Bicycles Dealer in town rolled out the red carpet for us. Thank you Matthew! Our new friend Michelle Pears went above and beyond to help the team out on and off the road, as our friend Lauren Roos from home in California also stepped up big time to make sure we were taken care of. Thank you!

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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Castillo to Join Jelly Belly Pro Cycling

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The KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling Team is proud to announce that Ulises Castillo will be joining the Jelly Belly Professional Cycling Team for the remainder of the 2016 racing season. This is an opportunity that will present Ulises with the chance to race the Tour of Utah as well as the Tour of Alberta. He will begin racing with Jelly Belly this week at the UCI Cascade Cycling Classic.

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Ulises has been an integral part of our program since 2015 as he has led the team on and off the bike. His gracious attitude and pension for hard work has not only allotted him many podium finishes, but help to foster the growth and development of his KHS teammates.

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Bicycle Blues & BBQ Omnium Win for Zavyalov!

Inno Omnium Win

Innokenty Zavyalov has been racing with the KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling team for over a month now and is racking up great results for the program. After competing at the North Start Grand Prix, he and Duban Sanchez raced Tour of America’s Dairyland in Wisconsin, then headed to Iowa for an omnium event. We caught up with Inno and he reported on his overall win at the Bicycles Blues & BBQ Omnium.

“Between the Tour of America’s Dairyland and racing Boise Twilight, Duban Sanchez and I decided to stay in the Midwest and race the Bicycle Blues and BBQ Omnium in Clear Lake, Iowa. This is a growing race and I was coming back as last year’s winner. I was excited when I found out that a few big names where attending including Eric Thompson, Tom Zirbel who was born in Clear Lake, and Bryan Gomez who was there with a few team mates. Before I go into the details of the race I need to thank the race organizer Tim Putnam, who takes really great care of the racers and his hard work can be seen in the quality of the events. I would not be surprised if this race gets much bigger next year.

This Omnium is a 3 race, two day event and as the name suggests, it is part of a festival of Blues music and barbeque. Read more