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

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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

Frayre Selected as Rio Alternate for Mexico

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Congratulations to Eder Frayre. Mexico is allowed only one rider to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Eder has been chosen to be the first alternate behind Luis Lemus for the one Olympic road race spot. The team and all our sponsors are very proud of Eder and his commitment to do his best to receive the sole Olympic spot. Ultimately, the committee did not select him which was a disappointment, but he will be ready in the event he will need to fill the spot for Lemus. Eder’s next race for the team will be the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, OR later this month.

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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Eder Frayre 3rd at Mexican National Championship Road Race

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Eder Frayre had a great race at the Mexican National Championship Road Race, with teammate Ulises Castillo close behind in 5th. Both riders held prestigious positions on the Mexican Olympic Long Team list, which placed a lot of pressure and excitement on the event. Newly added teammate Alfredo Rodriguez also raced the event, each rider wearing the jersey of their official states. Alfredo raced hard in the breakaway as Eder and Ulises bided their time before the 22 mile penultimate climb. Eder suffered some bad luck, however held on to fight for 3rd after over 5.5hrs of racing in high temperature on a very challenging course. Ulises was close behind in 5th. Congratulations to winner Luis Lemus on your victory and Olympic team selection.

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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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