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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
Last Sunday, the team raced the San Marcos Criterium in the city of San Marcos, California. It is a really peculiar course, but very simple in its essence; not many turns, a little downhill and a little uphill just before the finish.
I have lived in Southern California for over 10 years now, and I have never wanted to go the hottest and lowest place on earth – the fabled Death Valley. I have driven past it on the 395 numerous times and I have never given it more than a thought and a shudder, thinking of what just might lay at the bottom of the sand. But racing calls, and I am not one to turn down a day to pin another number on and test myself again the clock, terrain and my inner demons and angles. It was time to head to the desert. Read more