Rider Interview: Shawn Wayland

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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.

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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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It’s A Dry Heat…By Brian McCulloch

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Photo Credit: Danny Munson

With the majority of the east coast of the United States under considerable snow it may seem somewhat silly to be commenting about the dry Arizona weather. However, on Saturday February 14th, Valentines Day, my teammates and I learned why the Phoenix area is called the “Valley of the Sun”.

Having done a quick Google Search to learn more about the event, it was little surprise to me why the Valley of the Sun Stage Race got its name, being as it is held in and around the Phoenix Valley area. The nearly 100 mile road race event, which was to be the second stage of the race, took place on the south east side of the “Valley of the Sun” near Casa Grande. The boys and myself (my KHS/Maxxis-JLVelo teammates) had already been treated to two days of Arizona ‘dry air’ and were not immune to its dehydrating effects.

We set out for six laps on the Casa Grande circuit, right in the middle of the day, with a peloton of 75 or so riders, all with their own plans for glory on what was to be a grueling race course. As our team had anticipated, the race was active early and it did not take long for break-aways to try and establish themselves. Our team had the luxury of a full contingent of eight riders contesting the stage to make sure we were represented in every break-away.

Our plan was centered on gaining a stage win without losing our positions of 2nd (Chris Barton) and 3rd (Fabrizio Von Nacher) in the General Classification. In order to do this were going to have to be aggressive, but also very cunning in order to get our GC riders into a break-away that could unseat the race leader.

My teammates were attentive early and often, with David Santos, Shawn Daurelio, Shawn Wayland, Sergio Escutia, guest rider Ulysses Alfredo, and myself all covering early attacks. The field was relentless with attacks and counter attacks throughout the first lap. The pace was blistering from the moment the motor-official allowed us to start racing, through the climb on the first lap and all the way into the crosswind section of the course that begins the second lap. Just before the crosswind section I followed a move from Heath Blackgrove, a rider who we identified could threaten our GC positions. Almost immediately other riders came across and this attack became a break-away with some potential, swelling to nearly ten riders before my teammate and lead GC rider, Chris Barton, came across. Now with Chris in the move, we were free to put some pressure on the race leader and establish the break-away.

The following sixty miles were a whirlwind of adjustments to our plan as we did not have the luxury of consistent time splits. In fact, we did not receive our first time check to the peloton until nearly 2.5hrs of race time. It was then that we were notified that we had over four minutes to the chasing peloton, it was clear that our move would produce the race winner.

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Mr. Barton had already won the first time bonus sprint in the race and we were hoping to get a chance to get him more bonus seconds in the event that the break-away would be caught by the peloton. Almost immediately after the second time bonus sprint the break-away started to split apart from attacks and counter attacks. With only two laps in the race remaining the race dynamic changed and all of a sudden it was every man for himself in the break-away. Chris and I did our best to follow every attack and keep the break-away together for his GC position, as he was the virtual leader on the road. However, when a powerful attack came from Chad Beyer, which was followed by Heath Blackgrove, I knew we had to go. I was able to get on the wheel of Blackgrove before the splintered break-away could organize a chase. My goal was to protect Chris’ GC position.

One lap later I had spent a whole lot of time in the gutter fighting for a draft and found myself in a three man group set to sprint out the finish for top road race honors at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race. Did I mention yet, that each of us looked like a salt-lick fit to be a horse treat? It was a warm and dry day on the roads of Casa Grande.

Despite having been in the break-away for over three hours and working throughout the day, my legs (and mind) were ready to fight for the stage win. I knew I had spent energy early, valuable energy that my competitors would hope would increase their chances in the final kilometers of the race.

The three of us were all together with 500 meters to go and it was looking like a three-up sprint was going to settle the days honors. This was mostly true until Chad Beyer got a quick jump on me and went for the finish. I sprinted with all that I had, and found every bit of power possible out of my tired legs, but could only manage to close the gap slightly. I crossed the finish line in second place, a bittersweet result as we had hoped to win the stage. The race had not played out the way we anticipated in our strategy meeting but we had managed to earn valuable bonus sprint time and gain valuable time on the leader.

After a brief congratulations to my two break-away companions, I worked my way back to the finish area where I saw Fabrizio powering to a very solid result. Later I was to find out that he, Ulyssis and Sergio had come together (after various attacks) off the front of the peloton, collected Chris Barton and rode like a four car freight-train to gain him as much time on the peloton as possible. As it was told by some of the riders who they caught, it was an impressive display of team work and power.

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Despite losing the stage, this second place finish was a highlight for me personally as my climbing was not up to standard for the first race of the year at Boulevard. My hope is that my fitness continues to grow and the confidence gleaned from this performance will help me and my team achieve more results in the coming weeks as we prepare for our first big targets of the season.

It must be said that this result was made possible by the help of many great people in and sponsors of the KHS/Maxxis-JLVelo team. In particular I would like to thank my wife Joy, our Team Manager Paul, our Team Mechanic/Sponsor/Supporter Gary, all of my very supportive teammates Santos, Daurelio, Fabi, Sergio, Barton, and Wayland, Kate and Linda from JLVelo who ‘wo’-maned the feedzone for us as well as my Dad who made special appearance in the feedzone.

On a lighter note, I learned that with my Dad in the feedzone a bidon hand-up can have the force of a football hand-off. Apparently he must have learned to hand-up bottles from one of the offensive coaches on the New England Patriots football team. He made our team feel like we were ‘trying-out’ for the running-back at spring training! Thanks for the feeds Dad…and the mark on my chest.

I would also like to thank our sponsors who make this program possible: During my race aboard my KHS Bicycle I ate plenty of Kramp Krushers while seated on my Velo saddle, laying down the power through my Shimano drivetrain, transfered to my Maxxis tires from my Xpedo pedals, while enjoying the venting from my Kali Protectives helmet from the comfort of my JLVelo bib shorts and saw the beautiful Valley of the Sun scenery from the clarity of my Serfas sunglasses. And to anyone I forgot, thank you, you are appreciated greatly!

Until next time be safe, ride hard, and have fun,

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Valley of The Sun Road Race Podium: Chade Beyer 1st; Heath Blackgrove 2nd; Brian McCulloch 3rd.

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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Valley of The Sun 2015 Final General Classification with Brian McCulloch 3rd, Fabrizio Von Nacher 4th

 

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Victory for Barton at Valley of The Sun Stage Race!

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Photo Credit: Michael Ratcliff, Action Media LLC

The KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling Team traveled to Phoenix, AZ for the Valley of The Sun Stage Race. The event consisted of a 14 mile time trial, 94 mile road race, and was capped off with a 70 minute criterium. The team fielded a full roster with David Santos, Brian McCulloch, Chris Barton, Fabrizio Von Nacher, Sergio Escutia, Shawn Wayland, Shawn Daurelio and guest rider Ulises Alfredo. The event posed as a great arena for the team to work on tactics, execution of the plan, and finishing on the podium. And that they did!

Chris Barton had a great weekend of racing, placing 2nd in the time trial and winning the downtown Phoenix criterium on Sunday. Below is his recount of a great weekend of racing and teamwork:

Time Trial: 14 Miles

Going into the first time trial of the year, I was a good combination of excited and nervous. Lot’s of hours on the time trial bike this winter gave me confidence that I had prepared correctly, but it is still nerve-racking to have my fitness tested for the first time in a while.

I knew the first half of the course was slightly uphill, so I rode it a bit harder than usual. It’s easier to gain time riding uphill than it is downhill. The last half of the course was the most painful, though. There was more headwind than I had anticipated and I was really feeling the extra effort from the start. The last 3km, I was all but seeing cross-eyed and I crossed the finish line happy knowing that, regardless of my result, I had timed my effort correctly and given 100%.

Fortunately, that meant a great start to the season with 2nd place, just 14 seconds out of the lead, and the icing on the cake was having my teammate, Fabrizio Von Nacher, 15 seconds behind me in 3rd.

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Photo Credit: Michael Ratcliff, Action Media LLC

Criterium: 70 Minutes

The Valley of the Sun criterium was the most fun of the three days. The plan was to launch a lead out train on the last lap for our sprinter Fabrizio Von Nacher, and for all 8 of us to work on riding together and communicating. These are two key elements to bike racing that we are always striving to improve.

We did an exceptional job of this during the criterium. We were always together and everyone did an amazing job of keeping our sprinter, Fabrizio Von Nacher, out of the wind and protected from the other racers.

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Photo Credit: Michael Ratcliff, Action Media LLC

With 10 laps to go, we moved toward the front and prepared to launch our lead-out for Fabrizio. With 1 lap to go it was time to go and we executed the lead out perfectly; each of the guys pulling until they couldn’t maintain the high pace and pulling off to allow the next rider to take his turn.

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Photo Credit: Michael Ratcliff, Action Media LLC

Due to a slight moment of chaos, I came out of the last corner with a slight gap and I knew I had to go. The legs were really working and I ended up crossing the finish line first with Fabrizio just behind taking second. It is an amazing feeling to have eight teammates execute a plan well and have that plan work.

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Photo Credit: Michael Ratcliff, Action Media LLC

Having not raced last year, I couldn’t be happier to be back racing with a group of riders and staff I have the privilege to call my friends. Once again, today’s result was only possible because it was 100% a team effort including the riders, staff, and out sponsors.

The team would like to say a special thank you to Kate Mills and Linda Bush from JLVelo. They both made the long drive out to Arizona with our new skin suits and speed suits which we all truly loved racing in. It is great to have sponsors so committed to our success and excited to see us achieve. In the above photo, Linda is on the righ wearing the hat, just as excited as we were to finish 1-2. Thank you!

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.

Photos courtesy Michael Ratcliff, Action Media, LLC

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Valley of The Sun Criterium Podium: Chris Barton 1st; Fabrizio Von Nacher 2nd; Zack Allison 3rd.

 

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Roger Millikan Memorial Criterium: Interview with Sergio Escutia

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Athlete Sergio Escutia joined the KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo team for half of the 2014 season and has begun his first official season with our team. He and the team raced their second criterium of the year in Brea, CA and we were able to sit down with him and ask him a few questions about the season and how the race played out.

You spent the majority of your winter training in Monterey, Mexico. How did it go for you? 

Cold and miserable, just the way I like it. I love to ride in that situation. It’s epic.

Since being back in California, what has been a highlight for you? 

The training camp we had in Tustin, CA to meet the new guys, meeting the sponsors and starting with the whole team getting synchronized.

We have had two race weekends including Boulevard Road Race, Red Trolley Criterium and this past weekend Roger Milliken Memorial Criterium. How has the racing begun for you? 

Every single race that we do I feel that I am getting better and better. The first one was pretty rough, the second one was better, and on Sunday I felt like my fitness was coming together.

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This was your first time racing at Roger Milliken, what did you think about the course?  Read more

Season Opener: Boulevard Road Race

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The infamous Boulevard Road Race!!

The race is thought of by many as the season opener and brings out a stout field that’s fit and ready for the SoCal road season. This race is hilly and long with upwards of 8,000ft vertical in 90 miles. The Pro 1/2 racers complete 4- 22.4mile laps. The whether for this race often adds to the already tough course. This year was like the past two, it was cloudy and cool with an average temperature of 45-50 degrees on race day.

This was a great opportunity to make use of our new JLVelo arm and leg warmers, vests, and the light weight wind/rain jacket. I chose to wear my arm warmers, jersey with number pinned to it and the see-through light weight wind/rain jacket. This set-up was perfect for the conditions. I rode the climbs with it open and zipped on the descents.

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We had all 7 our riders on the line ready for battle with Brian McCulloch, David Santos, Chris Barton, Sergio Escutia, Fabrizio Von Nacher, Shawn Wayland and myself. We knew we would need to be active and watch for the early moves to go. Read more

Red Trolley Criterium: First Win of The Season!

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The KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling team had 7 athletes racing at the Red Trolley Criterium. Brian McCulloch, David Santos, Chris Barton, Shawn Daurelio, Shawn Wayland, Sergio Escutia and Fabrizio Von Nacher toed the line for the 75 minute event. Eventual winner, Fabrizio Von Nacher, reports on his first win of the 2015 season:

For the team, this race weekend is always super important. It is the first weekend that we race together and also the first race of the season for us. We were super exited for the Red Trolley Criterium and to see the new course.

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It was a different course than most of the crits because it was held in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot. But it ended up being a hard and fun course.

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In the race, the plan was to be aggressive and try to have a couple of guys in a break. The race started and it was super fast and aggressive. All my teammates were riding great, and they were really aggressive, but the field didn’t let the break go. Read more

Official KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Press 2015 Release

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The 2015 KHS­Maxxis-JLVelo Team Announcement Tustin, California—

KHS Bicycles has again renewed their commitment to the road cycling market with continued title sponsorship of the Southern California cycling team KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo. The team is excited to be partnering with Maxxis Tires for the second year. We are also excited to announce partnership with clothing manufacturer JLVelo Custom Cycle Wear. JLVelo will be providing their top tier technical clothing to all of the athletes and staff.

Team owner Paul Abrahams is very excited about the new athlete editions to the team, which will reinforce the existing very strong roster. “The cohesion and maturity of our existing roster is stronger than it has ever been,” states Abrahams. “With the edition of Shawn Wayland and Chris Johnson, two young up and coming strong riders, I am confident we will have a very high level of success in 2015.” As with the past four seasons, the goal of the program is to continue the growth and development of the next generation of cyclist.

The program is also very excited to announce new partners Kali Protectives, Kramp Krusher, and Serfas Eyewear. Along with these great products, the team will be riding custom KHS Flite Team Carbon frames paired with the KHS Pro full monocoque fork. KHS will produce a team Flite 900 bicycle which can be purchased from KHS dealers through out the country.

In 2014, the program had over 30 wins, 80 podium appearances and a breakthrough win at Tulsa Tough with Fabrizio Von Nacher winning the overall title. Building on this momentum, the team’s racing schedule will focus on the National Racing Calendar (NRC) and the National Criterium Calendar (NCC).

In addition to the the athlete’s racing commitments, the team will be conducting bike shop visits at KHS Bicycle dealers nationwide to share their passion for bicycles with the local cycling community. The team will be participating in bicycle safety clinics to support youth organizations as well as school visits at specific race venues across the United States in order to better support race organizers and promote road cycling within the U.S. Every member of the KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Team has shown great enthusiasm to take part in this community outreach effort.

The 2015 season has been made possible due to the gracious support of our sponsors:

KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo Custom Cycle Wear, Velo Saddles, Xpedo Pedals, Shimano, Kramp Krusher, Kali Protectives, Serfas Eyewear, Praxis Works, Q2, Rennie and Associates, WD­40 Bike, Bicycle Blue Book, Bike Religion, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, and iPA Sports.

2015 KHS­Maxxis-JLVelo Team Roster:

Chris Barton (USA)

Shawn Daurelio (USA)

Sergio Escutia (MEX U23)

Chris Johnson (USA U23)

Brian McCulloch (USA)

Joy McCulloch (USA)

David Santos (USA)

Fabrizio Von Nacher (MEX U23)

Shawn Wayland (USA U23)

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