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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For media contact and inquiries, please contact our media liaison Joy McCulloch, joy@ipa-sports.com.

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KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo: Ready to Race!

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The KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo team is off to a fantastic start to the 2015 racing season. The just completed their winter training camp in Tustin, CA. The training was fantastic, the weather was great, and the opportunity to meet and connect with sponsors was the icing on the cake.

This will be the 5th year for the team and we are so excited to still retain many of the original sponsors from 2011. These relationships have grown and strengthened over the years to create a family-type feeling, something we are really proud of. Hosting our training camp in Southern California allowed the team to visit with many of our sponsors which adds a much more personal connection .

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We are excited to announce several new partners for 2015. Along with our existing partners, we can’t wait to these products with you. JLVelo Racing will supply all our clothing and NDX Sports is providing the team with Kramp Krushers for on the bike nutrition. Kali Protectives is on board as our helmet sponsor, and Serfas has gone the extra mile and provided us with all of our eyewear.

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Our roster contains 7 returning athletes and 2 new recruits. The combination of a solid foundation with Santos, McCulloch, Von Nacher, Escutia, Von Nacher and Daurelio will be amplified by the new editions of Shawn Wayland and Chris Johnson. Joy McCulloch has returned for her 3rd season with the team as the solo female racer.

The four day training camp gave the athletes the chance to fine-tune their fitness as the racing begins this Saturday January 31st in Campo, CA with the fabled Boulevard Road Race. The Pro men will race a blazing 90 mile event covering 4 laps of the challenging course. On Sunday, the team will be racing the Red Trolley Criterium in San Diego.

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See you soon at the races!

Thank you to our gracious sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis, JL Velo, Xpedo, Velo Saddles, Shimano, Praxis Works, Serfas, Kramp Krusher, Kali Protectives, Bicycle Blue Book, Bike Religion, Rennie & Associates, Chamois Buttr’, WD-40 Bike, UltraCycle, Q2, Cycling Illustrated.

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CBR Criterium: Brian McCulloch Wins, Sergio Escutia 2nd!

CBR Podium 767x1024 CBR Criterium: Brian McCulloch Wins, Sergio Escutia 2nd! This past Sunday was the final California Bicycle Racing Criterium of the season. The KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO Cycling Team had 4 racers in attendance with the goal of making the race hard from the gun. Brian McCulloch, Sergio Escutia, David Santos and Shawn Daurelio were ready for battle. As the last SoCal Cup Points race of the season, the team intended to have riders David Santos and Brian McCulloch get as many points as possible in order to move up into the top 5 over all.

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Sergio Escutia Wins Cajon Pass Circuit Race

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Sergio Escutia won his first race with the KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO Cycling Team this past weekend. Below is his report of how the race played out.

“The last Saturday of August the team did the Cajon Pass Circuit race in San Bernardino California. We had four racers at the race with Brian McCulloch, David Santos, Shawn Daurelio and myself.

One of the things that we noticed right away was the heat; it was going to be a promising hot day of racing.  The mood of the team was high as usual and we were ready to deliver. We knew that we were going to need to assume a very active roll from the beginning of the race so we wouldn’t miss the move.

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Success at Mt. Whitney Stage Race

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We were joined by Craig Spencer (left) and Matt Rhoads at the Mt. Whitney Stage Race this weekend. Both Matt and Craig are an integral part of our program and they ride and race in our team colors as well. Craig was kind enough to write about his experience racing for the first time since Boulevard Road Race in February. Thank you Matt and Craig for coming to the races!

“I generally don’t do races that are far enough away I have to get a hotel room, drive more than 4 hours, and only know one other person going. So why did I sign up for the Mt. Whitney Stage Race? My friend Matt (Rhoads) said he would book the hotel, get us a new Mazda 3 from work to drive there, and best of all our friends Brian and Joy McCulloch will be racing too. Clearly Matt was highly motivated for this race and he really wanted me to go also. The long drive on Highway 395 to Lone Pine gave us plenty of time to catch up.

Mt Whitney stage race is a two-day race. Saturday was 4 loops, 11 miles each, with approximately 1,100 feet of climbing per lap. Looking at the profile I didn’t think the climb would split the main group until the 3rd or final lap. Another factor to this race is the wind. The finishing 2 miles are directly into the wind. We put these two factors into our strategy. Our plan was to stay with the main group as long as possible in order to be paced up the hill and to hide from the wind.

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Fabrizio Von Nacher wins in Mexico!

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Fabrizio Von Nacher reports on his recent racing and big win in Mexico:

Being back in Mexico have been great, I am happy to see my family and my friends. I had the chance to race with my old friends and teammates as a guest rider at the Vuelta a Saltillo. This was a great race for me and the team, we raced for three days. It was an omnium race which means placings were by points, not by time.

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The first day it was a circuit race, I got in a break with one of my teammates and another strong rider and at the end we managed to go 1 and 3 with me winning, and another teammate won the field sprint for 4th.

The second day was a hard road race. The first half was all downhill but the second part of the race was uphill. So we controlled all the first half and avoided breaks. When we went to the uphill section, the attacks started and of course it was my job to be in the move. By the end most of my teammates were in the front group and we stared attacking and finally one of us went solo and got the stage win and me and another teammate went 2 and 3 in the sprint. This was a perfect situation. We just needed to get some points the last day and we would secure the overall lead.

The last day the team controlled the race riding tempo at the front and by the end we did a lead out and managed to place my teammate 1st and 2nd myself and secure the overall victory. It was a great race! I miss racing in Mexico and it always good to be back and win!

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Thanks to all the KHS-Maxxis p/b JAKROO sponsors for making this year a great success and thanks to Rabbits Cycling Team for giving me the opportunity to guest ride with them and being able to race in Mexico!

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Intense Heat and Steep Grades: Hotter’n Hell Hill Climb, By Brian McCulloch

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A lot of information can be gleaned from a properly crafted event name. So there was not much left to the imagination when I decided to sign up for the Hotter’n Hell Hill Climb up to the ski lifts at Mt. Baldy this last weekend. Having done this event two years ago, I already had an idea of the madness I was getting into and believe it or not, I was actually looking forward to it. Read more

A Blustery Criterium: Ontario Summer’s End Grand Prix, By Brian McCulloch

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Upon arriving to the Ontario Criterium on Sunday, I was greeted by the same intense heat of Saturday’s hill climb and a properly stiff breeze. It almost made me think I had stepped into a convection oven instead of our industrial park criterium playground.

There is no secret that I love racing my bike. As much as I did enjoy the TT on Saturday, it was the highlight of my day to see my teammates and trade jokes before we suited up for the days racing event. The plan for the day was simple – race smart. However, that is not nearly as easy as it sounds especially for me. I tend to ride hard for the simple enjoyment of smashing it. Read more