Ontario Easter Sunday Grand Prix: 2nd Place

Ontario Easter Sunday Grand Prix: Channeling my Inner Giraffe by Joy McCulloch

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The first criterium I won was at Ontario. I snuck into a 3-rider breakaway in the women’s 1/2/3 race and as an unknown new category 3, I out-sprinted the others for the win. I had never practiced sprinting on a road bike and I really have no idea how I won. I just did it. Fast-forward 5 years down the road, things are much different.

Going into Sunday’s event, I knew it would be challenging. It was not the pace or the duration that would be an issue for me, it would be the thinking! I have spent much of the my road racing “career” as a domestique and lead-out for the final sprint, leaving me slightly befuddled at figuring out how to win a bike race for myself. Knowing the race was only 40 minutes long and would include categories 1-4, patience would be my biggest ally.

The players of the day would be SCVelo who had 5 riders and LaGrange with 3. There were also a handful of ladies who reminded me of my raw self five years ago: novice, strong and hungry. The best-case scenario for me would be to get up the road in a breakaway with one rider from SCVelo and LaGrange plus one of the strong “rogue” riders. However, I soon realized that nobody wanted to lose and everybody wanted to be in the move. What this creates is a snake-like string of riders welding moves back together so that they can be at the front. As frustrating as that is for me, I know all too well that this is how I raced my bike for a long time. I could throw power around like it was confetti, but when it came time to be there in the finish, the piñata had already been broken and I was left with tootsie rolls.

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Being able to accept the course the peloton has chosen is tough. Half way through the race I knew the group would not allow a break and me trying to initiate one was like banging my head against a brick wall. The field sprint was inevitable which provided me a great opportunity for growth. I also realized I was an extremely marked women with a very large target on my back. I will take that as compliment, as I have worked hard to be a trusted wheel in the peloton, but it can still be just a bit annoying. It also pushes me to think, think, think – which is what I really need!

With 5 laps to go, I relaxed and settled into position out of the wind but also out of the fray. SCVelo and LaGrange had the chance to set up their lead-outs and I had the opportunity to surf their wheels and capitalize on their efforts. Coming into the final few turns of the last lap, I was on Angelica Frayre’s wheel, SCVelo’s sprinter. Her teammate Pam Schuster was leading the charge and took her through the last turn. Angelica jumped early as I followed, knowing the long drag-strip of the finish would be a tough one for me to conquer. Angelica started to fade and I felt the hot breath of the chasing riders on my neck, I knew I had kick it into gear and start my sprint.

It literally seemed like forever, and it was pretty close. Looking at my file from the race, I sprinted for 18 seconds – that’s over two bull rides at the rodeo! FOREVER! Keely Brooks of LaGrange had smartly tucked herself on my wheel and nipped me by a tire length at the line as we threw our bicycles to contest the victory.

I was super pumped! But I lost! Yes indeed I did, but I did several things I have never done in a race before which need to be tallied in the “win” column. I sprinted from the field and placed on the podium. I threw my bike in the finish. And I sprinted the way I have been practicing – thanks to my coach Paul Abrahams. I have had the opportunity to do several motor-pacing sessions with him and work on sprinting with some quality feedback. This is way less glamorous than it sounds. Having a skill broken down and viewed under a microscope can be very humbling and slightly humiliating. My first few attempts were compared to “a baby giraffe playing the piano” and that’s how my Spirit Animal was born. Since that fateful day, I have been assigned “giraffe work” on the bike and I am more than pleased to say that we are all seeing improvements.

Although I did not repeat my win of 5 years ago, I achieved many small victories which I know will culminate in more success down the road. Seeing the eager cat 4s and new racers compete with unabashed excitement was really cool and I am encouraged that the future of women’s cycling in Southern California is very bright.

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Ontario Grand Prix Women 1/2/3: 1st Keely Brooks – LaGrange; 2nd Joy McCulloch – KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO; 3rd Hannah Swan – Strive Racing.

Thank you KHS, Maxxis, JAKROO Custom Apparel, Shimano, Serfas, Hammer Nutrition, Rudy Project, IRT Wheels, Xpedo, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Rennie & Associates, Q2, Bike Religion, Chamois Butter, WD-40 Bike, Bicycle Blue Book and the Management of IPA sports.

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Sea Otter Classic 2014

Sea Otter Classic is always an exciting event for our team with a great combination of racing and meeting up with our great sponsors. We took a quick two day break after the Redlands Bicycle Classic before packing up the team cars and heading north for three more days of racing. Riders Thomas Jondall, Cory Williams, Fabrizio Von Nacher, Steven Davis and Joy McCulloch were able to make the trip and soak up the cooler coastal weather.

Criterium: Our riders lined up for the Sea Otter Criterium bright and early on Thursday as Joy raced the Pro1/2 women’s event at 8am, placing 9th. For the men, their event followed the ladies on the same course the ripped around the Laguna Seca Raceway and through the pit area with tight 180-degree turns. The men’s field quickly split into multiple pieces, with Fabi and Thomas representing our squad in the front group. In the final, Fabrizio sprinted to a 5th place finish.

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The fun really started once we entered the massive expo and had the opportunity to connect with our fellow KHS Bicycles athletes with the KHS Factory Racing Team. Logan Binggeli and Kevin Aiello are two of the best Downhill Mountain Bike racers in the country and Quinton and Monique Spaulding run an amazing program. It is always awesome to spend time with this portion of the KHS family.

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Road Race: The Sea Otter Classic Road Race is deceivingly challenging. The women covered 5 laps of the circuit and the men did 8. Each lap traversed rarely used roads on Fort Ord with cracks in chip seal with weeds growing through them. The lap had two dominant climbs that created selections in both of the races. Coming through the steep feedzone climb, riders had to fight for postiion as the atacks were being launched. The field for the men’s road race was very talented, with riders from Hincapie Devo, Kenda/5-Hour Energy, Garneau-Quebecor Cycling Team, and even the legend Ned Overend. As the laps whittled down, so did the field. Fabrizio and Steven maintained position in the front group where Steven finished 18th on the 3K climb to the finish.

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Thank you Chamois Buttr for the great products and support!

Circuit Race: The Sea Otter Classic Circuit Race is one of the coolest events we can race. The riders were treated to loops on the Laguna Seca Raceway with a stiff climb leading into the fast and roller-coaster like descent of the corkscrew. For 90 minutes, Thomas, Steven and Fabrizio traversed the race track in another strong field with multiple riders each from Hincapie Devo, Kenda, and Garneau. Thomas and Fabrizio were active at the front of the race, following several moves that turned into breakaways that lasted several laps. With 6 laps to go, Fabi was in a break that looked to be solid with most teams represented. However, Kenda was not in the move and although they allowed the break to get 20 seconds on the field, they methodically strung the field back to narrow the time gap and eventually swallow up the dangling move with 200 meters to the finish line. Ty Magner of Hincapie won the race with Fabrizio holding on in the sprint for 7th.

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Sea Otter was a great opportunity to reconnect with many of our great sponsors – thank you for all that you do to make our program a success!

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Thank you Praxis Works!

Thank you KHS, Maxxis, JAKROO Custom Apparel, Shimano, Serfas, Hammer Nutrition, Rudy Project, IRT Wheels, Xpedo, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Rennie & Associates, Q2, Bike Religion, Chamois Butter, WD-40 Bike, Bicycle Blue Book and the Management of IPA sports.

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Redlands Bicycle Classic

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Author Steven Davis at the start of the Time Trial in Big Bear, CA. Photo Credit Danny Munson.

“No Longer Green at Redlands” 

By Steven Davis

The 2014 Redlands Bicycle Classic celebrated their 30th year anniversary and I earned the chance to race this ‘Epic’ for the first time.  Racing for KHS-Maxxis p/b JAKROO was an honor as well as a great experience.  Where to begin?

First and foremost, I simply have to say ‘Thank You’.  This was my second ever NRC (National Racing Calendar) race but first time on an actual team. When I say team, I want the emphasis to be on ‘team’.  For those that might be unfamiliar with the ‘behind the scenes’, this sport is bloody impossible without a team.  This extends from your actual teammates, to the director, managers, mechanics, soigneurs, and hosts for housing.  The details behind the curtain are near unimaginable, and a special ‘thank you’ goes out to all those that make it possible for us to show up and race our bikes.

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For their 30th edition, the Classic decided to add an extra day of racing with the famed Highland Circuit, stage 1. This stage of the race that has not been used in several years, and upped the amount of racing from 4 to 5 days.  Even though I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, living in southern California now, I think it is okay for me to use the local vernacular in describing the course as Gnarly.  It consisted of 20 laps on a 3 mile course.  There was one climb on the course that was rumored to max out at a near 14% gradient.  The race was moderately fast, fun, technical, and essentially a day that would begin a week-long war of attrition.  Although most of the 200+ starters finished, it was enough to get a glimpse at how 5 days of quality racing would saturate the system.

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Having never raced this event, I can tell you that I was mentally prepared going into the race, with thanks to my teammates and director.  So much so, I can honestly say that I was a tad intimidated.  I was told that sometimes just to finish the stages might take all the focus that one can muster.  At this level, it is possible to feel a sense of accomplishment from just making it through.  To be forthcoming, this was hard for me to accept.  I am not quite sure that I have ever entered something to simply finish and I still do not like the idea of being contented by such an endeavour.

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Fabrizio Von Nacher finished 11th on the Highland Stage, taking the white Best Amateur Jersey. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The Individual Time Trial Stage 2 was held at 7,000ft in the mountain of Big Bear. Fears of snow and ice overnight cleared with blue sky and crisp mountain air for the 7.8 mile fast and technical stage.

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I can still remember moments during preparation in the winter for this event. On a hard ride at  training camp we were 4 hours into the ride climbing Hwy 38 towards Big Bear. Paul Abrahams our team director pulled up beside me in the car and yelled, “This is when it happens at Beaumont!  Everything you have done to this point, just gets you here.  Now is when it matters”. These moments had me dreaming of making the front group, putting in a late surprise attack, allowing my teammates David Santos or Fabrizio Von Nacher to get a free ride, setting up the podium and an upset on the day.

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Well, 4 months later, things change.  Fitness ebbs and flows, injuries come and go, and team orders dictate your role for the day as we entered the Beaumont Road Race Stage 3. This stage covered 120 miles on a lap course which was exposed to the wind which punchy climbs and a KOM and sprint points to be contested each lap. I did my job to the best of my abilities and learned quite a great deal on the day.  This was my first real experience riding in the caravan.  To those that are unfamiliar with this, imagine 200 racers from 25 teams each team having a follow car. There are also officials on motorcycles, medical car, and three cars filled with race communications.  The difference between the first placed rider in the group and the last follow car can be nearly a kilometer. Trying to weave in and out on a bicycle at speeds over what you might find hard to believe is a true test of character, skill, and willingness to compete.

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The Downtown Redlands Criterium Stage 4 would host a fast and  technical one mile event that had 9-turns. The race duration was 90 minutes with plenty of primes and sprint laps to be contested.  I thought this course was a lot of fun and that the downtown Redlands organizers did an incredible job.  So much so, that I now see myself going back to Redlands just to hang out! It was a great day for our teammate Fabrizio Von Nacher as he made the breakaway with the green jersey  (best sprinter) rider. Our goal for the day was for him to earn the jersey and and he came very close, gathering as many sprint points as possible.  Sadly for me, today I was merely pack fodder.  I stayed mid-pack, tried conserving as much energy as possible, all awhile learning how to simply just become a better (technically) bike racer.

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The Queen Stage of the event is the famed Sunset Loop, Stage 5.  The stage included similar circuits of the criterium course and then we headed out of town to the arduous and unforgiving 6.5 mile Sunset Loop.  We were to complete 12 circuits of the Sunset Loop then return to downtown Redlands for the finish of 5 more laps on the criterium course.  This was certainly my favorite stage of the Redlands Classic.  It boasted Single lane s-bend switchback roads with undulating ascents which forest-covered and protected on the way up. Once we crested the climb, it was barren and exposed at the top with varying degrees of pavement as we railed the adrenaline-spiking risk-taking descents.  This race was one of attrition, focus, and will.

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Sunset was another great teacher both physically and mentally. It also taught us what it means to be a teammate.  David Santos, Fabrizio Von Nacher and our guest rider Timothy Rugg had all made the front group.  Tim flatted and Dave being the friend, teammate, and guy that he is, gave his wheel to Tim. Tim was slightly higher placed overall and was pursuing the Best Amateur Jersey.  David Santos had spent all off-season preparing for this race. With hours of training, commitment, focus, and sacrifices gave up his opportunity at a great result in the interest of doing what was right.  I hope that when I am faced with a decision such as this, I too, can be unselfish and as instinctual as Dave’s actions.

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Personally, I finished.  Once again feeling contented with this is hard to grasp, but doing so will only help me in moving forward, and I can confidently say that I am better-prepared for success at Redlands in 2015.  Over 200 of the Best cyclists in America started this race, with about 120 actually completing the event.  Team KHS-Maxxis p/b JAKROO fought every second of the race and would have hoped for a better outcome, but I know we all got stronger as a team and are ready to continue the fight in 2014.  Results will come and we are prepared!

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The ‘thank you’ also extends to the race directors, promotors, and the community of Redlands who all went out of their way to make us feel welcomed.  Teams, races, and riders come and go year after year. Being a part of something as special as The Redlands Classic and celebrating its’ 30th year, was an honor.  Visiting multiple schools and talking about why we race and bike safety leading into the event was cool and even better was having those students cheer for us while racing is truly special.

Thank you KHS, Maxxis, JAKROO Custom Apparel, Serfas, Hammer Nutrition, Rudy Project, IRT Wheels, Xpedo, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Rennie & Associates, Q2, Bike Religion, Chamois Butter, WD-40 Bike, Bicycle Blue Book and the Management of IPA sports.

Without our sponsors, non of this would be possible.  You are the reason “We Can” and I promise that we are as committed to you as you are to Us.  Thank you!

Next Up- It does not matter, because We are ready for it.

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San Dimas Stage Race: Criterium – Von Nacher 3rd!

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Author Fabrizio Von Nacher. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The third stage which was the criterium at the San Dimas Stage Race and it was a hard race. The 90 minute race started and I went to the front as soon as possible because I knew it was going to be hard. The course had a uphill part where the group normally went single file and super hard. Then the down hill part came where you couldn’t rest that much because then you would lose positions and finish in the back.

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The peloton was going fast, so it was hard for breaks to stick. After I followed some moves, I realized that breaks we’re going to be hard to stick, so I focused on staying in the front of the peloton waiting for the field sprint. In the last laps, a beak with a good number of guys went up the road. But the yellow jersey’s team went to the front and started riding to bring them back a couple of laps later.

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When they brought that back, another break with 3 riders went up the road with 3 laps to go. Jelly Belly went to the front and started the lead out and I was top 10, trying to stay in the front and in good position for the sprint. With one lap to go, Jelly Belly kept leading the field and on the downhill, my teammate Dave Santos past their train and I was on his wheel. Dave went all-in into the last corner where I took the turn first and started my sprint. At the end of the sprint I ended up in 3rd and gave the team the second podium of the weekend.

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San Dimas Stage Race Criterium Podium. Fabrizio Von Nacher 3rd. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

I want to thank all the team sponsors, Quality Post my personal sponsor, my teammates and team behind the riders make in this program possible.

Thank you KHS, Maxxis, JAKROO Custom Apparel, Serfas, Hammer Nutrition, Rudy Project, IRT Wheels, Xpedo, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Rennie & Associates, Q2, Bike Religion, Chamois Butter, WD-40 Bike, Bicycle Blue Book and the Management of IPA sports.

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San Dimas Stage Race: Time Trial and Road Race

“My Best Foot Forward”

By Steven Davis

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Author Steven Davis heading up GMR. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The San Dimas Stage Race is a local favorite and the true start to the racing season. Our team had 7 riders for the event including Jondall, McCulloch, Davis, Williams, Santos, Le Mao and Von Nacher. The event begins with a hill climb Time Trial of 4.25 miles up Glendora Mountain Road.  As a team, we arrived early and began to prepare both mentally and physically for the days task: Go as hard as ONE can, leaving nothing in reserve at the completion of the race.

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Many might think that 4.25 miles is nothing for the seasoned athlete. However, the race would take around 15 minutes for the fastest in the field. These efforts can be equally as hard as a 3 hour race, both mentally and physically. The course was a rather steady climb after the first kilometer and riddled with windy conditions. The famed Glendora Mountain Road can be exposed to wind-ward gusty sections.

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As a team, I believe we were a little disappointed with our performance. David Santos  and Fabrizio Von Nacher both rode strong, however, finishing in the top 3rd on the General Classification.  The disappointment in overall results only led to the fuel that would set up the following days fire to achieve what we collectively came to do: Compete and Win.

The following day was the SDSR Road Race. This course is tough with 10 laps on a the 7 mile circuit. It includes  with rolling terrain, a steady 2 minute KOM climb, spotty pavement, crosswinds, and moving obstacles.  The team goal was to get either David Santos or Fabrizio Von Nacher into the break. This would allowing fora rider to be fully committed in the break up the road as well as have one fully protected in the field.

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After several failed breakaway attempts by the peloton, David made what would become the leading break of the day with a truly aggressive move when it mattered most.  With the help of Brian McCulloch, Dave was able to race really smart, calm, and collected early on.  Brian helped to keep Dave in great position while also reinforcing patience.  After Dave made the move and the break
was solidified, it was now our job to keep Fabrizio safe. This kept us able to counter in case the break of 12 came back. The break hovered around 2-3 minutes for several laps, but began to
fall apart as the race wore on. With 2 laps to go, the break had lost 2 guys and was just over a minute up the road. For our team though, all was good because Dave was looking good in the break and Brian and I were keeping an eye on Fabrizio.

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At the end of the race, the break would stay away, and David Santos would sprint for 2nd place on the day.  Fabrizio would finish 14th overall on the day, with
both myself and Brian McCulloch finishing in the field.  Two of our riders would not finish on the day, do to crashes, mechanicals, and simply hard racing.

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This was another great result by David Santos, with some of the nations top professional cyclists.  We were really happy to be a part of his success on the day, but truly impressed as to how he took matters into his own hands and just made it happen.

Of course a huge ‘Thank You’ goes out to all of our coaching & support staff, as well as our sponsors. Another special thank you to our host housing: Greg & Lisa Hayes.  They kept us clean, well-rested, and potentially over-fed!

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Thank you KHS, Maxxis, JAKROO Custom Apparel, Serfas, Hammer Nutrition, Rudy Project, IRT Wheels, Xpedo, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Rennie & Associates, Q2, Bike Religion, Chamois Butter, WD-40 Bike, Bicycle Blue Book and the Management of IPA sports.

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Castaic Road Race: SCNCA Championship Race by Thomas Jondall

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Author Thomas Jondall. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The Chuck Pontius Memorial Castaic Lake Road Race/SoCal State Road Race Championship turned out to be a tough day for us. We had five riders for the race. David Santos, Brian McCulloch, David Santos, Cory Williams, Steven Davis and myself. The Hincapie Development team showed up with four guys that picked the race apart and put us in a defensive position early in the race. Our plan going into the race was to protect Dave Santos, we knew that the course was going to select the race so we weren’t going to initiate any of the early moves and save as many guys for as long as we could but by following this strategy we became isolated and exposed.

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The early break went up the road in the first 5k of the race with no Hincapie riders and none of us, we went up the first climb steady no one chasing or attacking yet. Once we were down into the valley Brian McCulloch and I started to follow moves to try and bridge across, but every time, we were marked by a Hincapie rider and then countered by Hincapie rider, simply out-numbered. Eventually Joe Schmalz (Hincapie) went across solo to the break. Once we got back to the start/finish, a few more riders had bridged across to the break including Hincapie’s Oscar Clark with none of us. Brian and Steven Davis made it back up to Dave and I after being split off on the climb. Together we began chasing, they rode to the bottom of the next climb then I set tempo on the climb.  Eventually I would  get dropped, leaving Dave alone in a group of about 10 or 15. We brought the gap down from two and a half minutes to one minute with one lap to go on the 28 mile course.
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Dave eventually got away from the chase group with Stefano Barberi (CalGiant) and Joey Rosskopf (Hincapie) and made it up to the lead group where Dave finished 10th in difficult circumstances. Congrats to Hincapie Development Team, they rode a great race and swept the podium.
Thank you KHS, Maxxis, JAKROO Custom Apparel, Serfas, Hammer Nutrition, Rudy Project, IRT Wheels, Xpedo, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Rennie & Associates, Q2, Bike Religion, Chamois Butter, WD-40 Bike, Bicycle Blue Book and the Management of IPA sports.
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Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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Castaic Road Race: SCNCA Championship Race by Thomas Jondall

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Author Thomas Jondall. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The Chuck Pontius Memorial Castaic Lake Road Race/SoCal State Road Race Championship turned out to be a tough day for us. We had five riders for the race. David Santos, Brian McCulloch, David Santos, Cory Williams, Steven Davis and myself. The Hincapie Development team showed up with four guys that picked the race apart and put us in a defensive position early in the race. Our plan going into the race was to protect Dave Santos, we knew that the course was going to select the race so we weren’t going to initiate any of the early moves and save as many guys for as long as we could but by following this strategy we became isolated and exposed.

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Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The early break went up the road in the first 5k of the race with no Hincapie riders and none of us, we went up the first climb steady no one chasing or attacking yet. Once we were down into the valley Brian McCulloch and I started to follow moves to try and bridge across, but every time, we were marked by a Hincapie rider and then countered by Hincapie rider, simply out-numbered. Eventually Joe Schmalz (Hincapie) went across solo to the break. Once we got back to the start/finish, a few more riders had bridged across to the break including Hincapie’s Oscar Clark with none of us. Brian and Steven Davis made it back up to Dave and I after being split off on the climb. Together we began chasing, they rode to the bottom of the next climb then I set tempo on the climb.  Eventually I would  get dropped, leaving Dave alone in a group of about 10 or 15. We brought the gap down from two and a half minutes to one minute with one lap to go on the 28 mile course.
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Dave eventually got away from the chase group with Stefano Barberi (CalGiant) and Joey Rosskopf (Hincapie) and made it up to the lead group where Dave finished 10th in difficult circumstances. Congrats to Hincapie Development Team, they rode a great race and swept the podium.
Thank you KHS, Maxxis, JAKROO Custom Apparel, Serfas, Hammer Nutrition, Rudy Project, IRT Wheels, Xpedo, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Rennie & Associates, Q2, Bike Religion, Chamois Butter, WD-40 Bike, Bicycle Blue Book and the Management of IPA sports.
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Castaic Road Race: CA/NV Road Race Championship by Thomas Jondall

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Author Thomas Jondall. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The Chuck Pontius Memorial Castaic Lake Road Race, CA/NV Road Race Championship turned out to be a tough day for us. We had five riders for the race. David Santos, Brian McCulloch, David Santos, Cory Williams, Steven Davis and myself. The Hincapie Development team showed up with four guys that picked the race apart and put us in a defensive position early in the race. Our plan going into the race was to protect Dave Santos, we knew that the course was going to select the race so we weren’t going to initiate any of the early moves and save as many guys for as long as we could but by following this strategy we became isolated and exposed.

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The early break went up the road in the first 5k of the race with no Hincapie riders and none of us, we went up the first climb steady no one chasing or attacking yet. Once we were down into the valley Brian McCulloch and I started to follow moves to try and bridge across, but every time, we were marked by a Hincapie rider and then countered by Hincapie rider, simply out-numbered. Eventually Joe Schmalz (Hincapie) went across solo to the break. Once we got back to the start/finish, a few more riders had bridged across to the break including Hincapie’s Oscar Clark with none of us. Brian and Steven Davis made it back up to Dave and I after being split off on the climb. Together we began chasing, they rode to the bottom of the next climb then I set tempo on the climb.  Eventually I would  get dropped, leaving Dave alone in a group of about 10 or 15. We brought the gap down from two and a half minutes to one minute with one lap to go on the 28 mile course.
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Dave eventually got away from the chase group with Stefano Barberi (CalGiant) and Joey Rosskopf (Hincapie) and made it up to the lead group where Dave finished 10th in difficult circumstances. Congrats to Hincapie Development Team, they rode a great race and swept the podium.
Thank you KHS, Maxxis, JAKROO Custom Apparel, Serfas, Hammer Nutrition, Rudy Project, IRT Wheels, Xpedo, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Rennie & Associates, Q2, Bike Religion, Chamois Butter, WD-40 Bike, Bicycle Blue Book and the Management of IPA sports.
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