Thin Air & A Beautiful View: A View from The Top of Sherman Pass

Brady District 3 Thin Air & A Beautiful View: A View from The Top of Sherman PassAuthor Brian McCulloch Photo Credit: Danny Munson

At 53 miles, the Sherman Pass Road Race that starts just outside of Pearsonville near Ridgecrest, CA. This is by far not the longest race that I have competed in this season. However, with 8,700 vertical feet of climbing that begins with a 16 mile climb, this is without a doubt, one of the most difficult races I will compete in this season.

As the promoter of the event, Steve Barnes does not mince words and aptly calls his company, Anti-Gravity Cycling… it’s an appropriate name, and I can tell you that for 3.5hrs of my Saturday I was fighting with gravity to make the vertical ascent of Sherman Pass as quickly as possible! Read more

Shawn Daurelio is headed to Leadville 100!

Shawn medal Shawn Daurelio is headed to Leadville 100!

My father qualified in for Leadville 100 at a qualifier race in Austin this April. He called me and told me the news and said, “your going, right?”  I hadn’t planned on racing the 100 mile mountain bike race this year as I’ve done it the past two years. But seeing how my father will be there, I made arrangements and signed up for the qualifier event in Tahoe, CA. Read more

An Emotional Win By Shawn Daurelio

Shawn2 1024x789 An Emotional Win By Shawn DaurelioPhoto Credit: Danny Munson

It was 95 degrees, windy, and smelled like slaughtered cattle in Ontario.  With the dry/hot conditions I was glad to have the hydration and fuel of Hammer Nutrition on my side.

By lap two of the 75 minute event there were 12 guys off the front. Three SoCal Cycling riders, myself, and the rest were from one man teams. The guys were rotating nicely and we were easily putting time into the field. I launched for a prime and rode off the front to see how the other 11 other riders would react. They kept the rotation going so I settled back into the group. I went and got another prime, then a third. As I was off the front just after taking the third prime, Shawn Wayland from Serious Cycling came with me. I said, this is good, lets go.

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Tour of America’s Dairyland By Steven Davis

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This is an event that sounded very enticing after hearing about it from countless people over the last year.  From the crowds, $1000 primes, technical difficulty of the courses, to the overall stellar competition that frequents these races, I had been chewing on the possibility of attending someday.   Well, that opportunity presented itself, and I jumped!  After racing Tulsa Tough and The North Star Grand Prix, my travel plans were designed to have me return home to San Diego for two weeks in order to train for National Championships in Madison, WI.  One thing led to another, with a confluence of events leading me to the idea that racing ToAD, only 90 miles from Madison, would be better training, less travel, and more importantly – great race experience.   I am relatively new to this sport and the majority of my experience comes from road racing, ToAD would provide a tremendous opportunity to gain a wealth of experience with 11 days of racing. Ten of which are criteriums that last 90 minutes, around 6 to 8-turn circuits on city streets, with rough roads, manholes, etc.  The focus here is on speed and technical prowess.  This is where being physically fit only takes you halfway, with the other half residing in the importance of technical skill as well as courage (cojones)! Read more

North Star Grand Prix by David Santos

SantosPost2 1024x682 North Star Grand Prix by David SantosPhoto Credit: Danny Munson

The North Star Grand Prix (which used to be called the Nature Valley Grand Prix) is an NRC race consisting of six stages over five days.  It starts with a time trial and a Criterium on the same day, then a 97 mile road race, followed with a Friday night Criterium in uptown Minneapolis.  Saturday is usually a road race, 101 miles finishing in the town of Menomonie, and on Sunday we finish up the race with the Stillwater circuit which entail twenty-three times up the 24% Chilkoot hill. Read more

Victory in Tulsa

 

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The KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO Cycling Team raced the three day NCC (National Criterium Calendar) Tulsa Tough last weekend. Fabrizio Von Nacher won the overall omnium for the three days which is the teams best result ever. This is also the first leader’s jersey the team has won this year, and it did not come easy.

River Parks 7 1024x682 Victory in TulsaPhoto Credit: Danny Munson

Friday and Saturday the races take place at night in downtown Tulsa where the fans come out in droves. Sunday the event caps off with Cry Baby Hill, a technical criterium course that has an electric party atmosphere. Our roster for the event was Brian McCulloch, David Santos, Fabrizio Von Nacher, Steven Davis, Shawn Daurelio and Sergio Escutia. Joy McCulloch competed in the Pro Women’s events as well.

Friday Blue Dome District Criterium:

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