David Santos wins 2015 CA/NV Road Race Championship!

1x1.trans David Santos wins 2015 CA/NV Road Race Championship!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Longtime team member David Santos has added another championship jersey to his closet! In 2011, he won the CA/NV Road Race Championship and continued on to win the Time Trial Championship in 2011, 2012, and 2013. David has also won the SCNCA Overall Title in 2011, 2012, and 2013. This impressive resume speaks volumes of the athlete and racer David is, and the team could not be more excited that he won the 2015 CA/NV Road Race Championship this past weekend. Here is David’s personal account of the event:

This year, the 2015 CA/NV Road Race Championships returned to the out and back,  85 miles with 9,000 feet of climbing Castaic Lake course. One of the perks of an out and back is you have two U-Turns where you can track how far behind, or in front, you are from the rest of the group. This year, the field was well stacked with several riders representing many of the US Domestic Pro Teams as well as several Elite riders from Southern California. Having these riders be part of the race adds an interesting dynamic to the race because you are racing for the overall win, and also for the CA/NV Road Race State Championship. It gets interesting because to win the Championship, you have to live in California and not possess a UCI License. So sometimes even though you are not the first rider across the finish line, you can still win the Championship if you are the first non-UCI Licensed Californian.

As the race got underway, an early break of 5 riders got up the road. We had Chris Barton and Fabrizio Von Nacher in the break, so all we had to do was follow and rest of the moves. At this point, there were no riders in contention for the SCNCA State Title.

1x1.trans David Santos wins 2015 CA/NV Road Race Championship!

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Starting the second half of the race, Sergio Escutia and Ulises Castillo did an incredible job of keeping what remained of the field together. By the time we finished the second lap, our group was down to about 6-7 riders, with a small group up the road. At this point, the front group was well out of sight and one of them would end up winning overall.  At this point, the number one priority was to win the CA/NV Championship. In our group,  their was only one rider left who I was still eligible for the Championship. Everyone else either had a UCI License or did not live in California.

1x1.trans David Santos wins 2015 CA/NV Road Race Championship!

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Halfway through the 3rd lap I began cramping. Ulises and I were were left with 4 other riders racing for 4th place overall.  About a minute into the main climb, the cramping got worse.  I was dropped from the group and unable to pedal. Ulises waited for me until my muscle released, then helped paced me back to the group for as long as he could. I could see Stefano (CalGiant), who was the one guy left I had to beat to win the title, a ways up the road. I knew I had to get back to him before the downhill if I wanted a shot at winning. So I continued to fight the cramps, pedaled hard, and eventually managed to bridge back to Stefano. I sat on his wheel for a minute, recovered, and attacked hoping I could get away before the downhill. This would give me a good gap and I could just solo it for the rest of the race.

My plan worked and all I had to do was hold him off for the next 6 miles to win the title.  With 5k to go, I caught 3 riders who had been in our group. At this point in the race, I only had one cadence and one level of power. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to respond to any attacks and rolled across the line in 7th place overall. Even though I was 7th, I was the first rider who qualified for the CA/NV Title. Winning this Title would never have been done without my team. Everyone executed tactics flawlessly and played an integral part of the result.

Congratulations to Ulises Castillo for winning the Chuck Pontius Omnium and Chris Barton finishing 2nd overall.

1x1.trans David Santos wins 2015 CA/NV Road Race Championship!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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Joy McCulloch is Back on the Podium!

1x1.trans Joy McCulloch is Back on the Podium!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

In the land of criteriums, it is crazy that the SCNCA District Championship Road Race has so much UP in it. It seems like any road race course around here is extremely challenging, limiting the field to 30 or so riders who either like to climb, think they can climb, or didn’t read the race profile close enough. Oddly enough, I don’t fit into any of those categories. I am a bike racer and go where the races are and take them on as a great training day and a chance to try my hand at the Poker table.

Having raced the Castaic course last year, I knew it would be a lot of work for me. The climbs are just long enough to crack me from the group and the wind just strong enough to keep me honest and working on the flats and descents. My goal was to stick with the front group as long as possible. Several of the other solo riders and I soon realized we had some contenders in the bunch who were content sitting at the back, waiting to unleash their climbing legs on us. We decided to launch a pre-emptive strike and rail the long, twisting descent at 45MPH. To our benefit, this worked the field came apart in the early miles of lap one, leaving just over half the field to duke it out on the climb back towards the start-finish.

1x1.trans Joy McCulloch is Back on the Podium!

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Knowing my fate would soon be sealed, I rode conservatively hiding in the pack to the base of the climb where I put myself as high up in the group as possible. As the climb ebbed higher, I found myself in my comfort zone: purgatory. The break of 6 were slowly inching away as the remainder of the peloton was falling behind me. As the break crested the peak of the climb, I saw several riders falling off of the pace and I took the chance to dig one last time to the descent and ride my eyes out. It worked and I grabbed Jen Tetrick (Twenty16) and together we reeled the breakaway in.

Going through start-finish after getting the best bottle hand-ups from our gracious supporters, I knew I had to hide as much as possible again. From looking at the 2014 race file, I knew I had 13 minutes to collect myself before a 5 minute climb that would shred my legs apart. I made it half way up that climb as the group tip-toed away from me. Jen had dropped back just a bit before me, and we each time trialed our way to the turn around. Being buffered by the excessive wind, I decided to ease up 7 watts to allow Jen to join me in our pilgrimage back through the course. Misery sure does love company, and we were able to make up some serious ground on the fading break-away.

As the miles ticked by the salt continued to drip into my eyes, I knew that the best I could do on the day was to hang onto my 7th place on the road. I was pleased with my result, being realistic with my expectations of the day and knowing where my strengths are, this was a good result for me. And heck, I made $10 towards my haircut fund!

1x1.trans Joy McCulloch is Back on the Podium!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Thank goodness Sunday was a criterium! I sure do love these things and I have been banging on the door of the podium since Red Trolley Criterium on February 1st. Coach Paul and husband Brian have really been helping me with my execution in race scenarios and I was excited to have yet another chance to try it out. I had left the Tour de Murrieta last weekend a bit frustrated with my performance. I felt like I was in an old movie where the sound track had begun just a second before the movie and everything was hurky-jerky. I have perfect sounds track and a great movie, now it is just up to me to play them together, at the same time. This is in fact, much more challenging than it sounds.

The Chuck Pontius Criterium had a good vibe and energy to it. The race was animated by the teams represented and everyone seemed to be excited to race hard and to the finish. I love this type of racing! I had remembered to put my Thinking Cap on before the race, which allowed me to sit back a little bit in the pack and analyze the nuances of the race. Realizing it was going to be a sprint finish and that Monster Media was going to lead out Emily Georgeson because she was the highest ranked for the overall Omnium, I knew exactly where to be.

As the bunch turned right with one turn to go, old-school Pam Schuster jumped the lead out train on the left and I quickly tagged onto her wheel to come out of the final turn 1-2. I was edged out by just hair at the finish to place 3rd. There are still things to work on, but I am so excited that now my sound track and movie are playing at the same time. Now to get it in English 1x1.trans Joy McCulloch is Back on the Podium!

1x1.trans Joy McCulloch is Back on the Podium!

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At the end of the weekend, my 7th place finish in the road race and 3rd in the criterium placed me 3rd overall for the Omnium. That was an added bonus to the weekend for sure, and enough petty cash to get my hair cut today. It was a good weekend!

1x1.trans Joy McCulloch is Back on the Podium!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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Podium Sweep at Chuck Pontius Criterium!

1x1.trans Podium Sweep at Chuck Pontius Criterium!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Going into the Chuck Pontius Memorial Criterium the team was still riding the high from David Santos’s California/Nevada State Championship Jersey Win the day before. With a full squad in attendance, the team was ready for multiple scenarios. Added wind, a dynamic course, and a small field made the 60 minutes of racing extra challenging. In the finish, Fabrizio Von Nacher took the win and his report from the race is below:

“The team plan for Chuck Pontius criterium was to get in a break and be aggressive. As the race started, my teammates and I started launching attacks. After a couple of hard efforts I realized that I needed to calm down and let the field get tired. After following wheels, I saw an opportunity to go. Ulises Castillo came with me and we were off the front together.

1x1.trans Podium Sweep at Chuck Pontius Criterium!

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After a few laps off the front I had a mechanical, but I had a free lap and thankfully I was right by the pits when it happened. The next lap I caught back to Ulises, but the field was closing the gap to us. In the next lap, I saw a group of four riders bridging up to Ulises and me. In that break was Griffin Easter from Airgas and Jesse Anthony from Optum. Our teammates Chris Barton and Shawn Wayland were coming with them as well.
1x1.trans Podium Sweep at Chuck Pontius Criterium!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

When the four chasers caught us, we began to roll the break away. In the final laps, my teammates and I started attacking the Optum and the Airgas riders. With 2 laps to go, Chris Barton got away and after letting Airgas and Optum chase for half a lap, I decided to launch my attack. Chris and I came out of the last turn 1-2 and we were able to hold it to the finish. Ulises was able to stay away from the other two breakaway riders in the sprint to make a perfect podium for KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo! 

Thank you to all my teammates for a great weekend and hard work. Thank you also to all the sponsors and staff that make this program possible!”

1x1.trans Podium Sweep at Chuck Pontius Criterium!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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Tour de Murrieta: Yellow for Castillo!

1x1.trans Tour de Murrieta: Yellow for Castillo!

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The KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling Team had a great showing at the 2015 Tour de Murrieta. This Omnium event is a staple of the Southern California schedule and a great place for the riders to hone their fitness and teamwork heading into San Dimas Stage Race and the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Historically, this has been a great event for the team, with David Santos winning the overall in 2012. Going into the event, the team had high hopes of a repeat victory.

The time trial is just over 4 miles and very unique in that the last half contains a climb on a dirt road. The team was able to recon the course and had a great plan for each rider to execute the best time trial possible. And they did just that! Ulises Castillo won the event, with teammate Chris Barton placing second, just 0.5 seconds behind Ulises. David Santos rounded out the podium in 3rd, just another 0.5 seconds behind Chris Barton. Both Ulises and Chris broke the course record.

Ulises Castillo stated “I really liked the dirt, because I liked racing the classic races in Belgium. I used my Road bike when most used TT bike and it worked out.” When asked about his record breaking ride, Ulises said “I was surprised I won. I didn’t expect that.”

1x1.trans Tour de Murrieta: Yellow for Castillo!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Being an Omnium event, the team had gathered points with 6 riders placed in the top 15 which put everyone in a great position going into Saturday’s Grand Prix criterium in downtown Murrieta. The plan was to defend the Yellow Jersey as well as gain highest points possible for Chris and Dave.

This added some pressure to Ulises, who is new to the team and had only worn the leaders jersey once before/ “When I finished the TT it wasn’t stressful. Then when I see everything working for me at the criterium, it was exciting,” commented Ulises. “I needed to do something well. I did my best, but I think we can do somethings better.”

1x1.trans Tour de Murrieta: Yellow for Castillo!

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Fabrizio Von Nacher finished 5th in the crit with Ulises and Chris right behind him and Shawn Daurelio gaining high points as well. When the points for the omnium were tallied after day two of racing, Ulises was still in the lead with Chris 2nd, Fabrizio 3rd, and Shawn 4th.

Sunday’s Circuit Race covers a rolling 3.5 mile course where the racers completed 16 laps. They began at 2PM which meant is was very hot, dry and windy. The paramount goal was to retain the Yellow Jersey and cover any attacks and breakaways that contained riders with enough points to steal the podium.

1x1.trans Tour de Murrieta: Yellow for Castillo!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

A breakaway rolled away from the gun, putting the team on the defensive very early on. Fabi suffered a mechanical within the first lap, taking him out of the race as well as the overall. The team did a great job adjusting to having one less rider in the group. Once the team had reeled in the move, Shawn Wayland and Shawn Daurelio followed another  threatening attack that got some serious traction.

With the laps winding down and several threats to the Yellow Jersey within the break, the team began to chase. David Santos, Brian McCulloch, Sergio Escutia and Chris Barton worked tirelessly at the front with additional help from Ulises to gather up the breakaway.

1x1.trans Tour de Murrieta: Yellow for Castillo!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Heading into the final lap, the break had been caught and the attacks began coming out of the start-finish line. Ulises recognized a dangerous move with Darville of AirGas and Williams of InCycle going up the road so he quickly bridged to it. “I saw that move and I chased to try and catch them. I turned back and already there was a gap.” With just under a lap remaining, attacks were coming from the break and the remainder of the team was controlling the field so that no other threats would go up the road.

Looking back at the final lap, Ulises tried hard to get away. “I attacked these guys and tried to drop them but they were fast and they keep my wheel after that. I attacked again and pulled through the feedzone and they caught me there, so I decided to wait for the finish.”

The team had taken the advantage of riding the final 3 turns of the course on Saturday after the criterium. Director Paul Abrahams walked everyone through where they needed to be, and where to put their maximum efforts. “Paul had told us where we needed to start the sprint, so I kept that in mind, and and I did it. I was the first guy to attack before the corner. I wanted to go faster, but I couldn’t and Cory from InCylce passed me on the right side right at the line,” recalled Ulises.

1x1.trans Tour de Murrieta: Yellow for Castillo!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Ulises solidified his Yellow Jersey win with his 2nd place finish. As the charging peloton came through the final turn, Chris Barton was 11th which meant he had just enough points to sustain his 2nd place overall.

The whole team was excited to have executed to the finish and to have had such great success. For Ulises, “To win the overall it was good. It was my first win with the team and my first overall Yellow Jersey win.”

To cap off the weekend, the team won the overall Team Competition, in honor of fallen rider Jorge Alvarado. This was a great honor for the team and true testament of the teams commitment to success for the team as a whole.

Thank you to all who came out to support the team through out the weekend. From cheering on the sidelines to helping in the feedzone, it was great to have so much support.

1x1.trans Tour de Murrieta: Yellow for Castillo!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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Checking in With Joy McCulloch

1x1.trans Checking in With Joy McCulloch

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We had such a great response for Shawn Wayland’s interview a few weeks back, I decided that we should do another one! Being that we have raced 2 solid months and I have yet to contribute, I thought it was about time that I share some of my insights and experiences. I asked the team for 5 questions, so they could interview me, and I have answered them here.

KHS: Stage race season is upon us. How is it going for you and what event are you looking forward to most? 

JOY: We just did the Chico Stage Race for the first time and it was fantastic! The volume of racing, especially for women, was great. We raced the full 90 mile road race with 10 miles of gravel! The final criterium was fast and technical which I love. I highly recommend this event.

This weekend, we race Tour de Murrieta and I love the time trial because it goes uphill, in the dirt! In several weeks we get to do San Dimas Stage Race and they have changed the road course, so I am excited to see what that will hold.

But of course, I am most excited about the Redlands Bicycle Classic. This year they have changed the Beaumont course to one in Yucaipa, finishing on the fabled Oak Glen climb. This stage will start 5 minutes from our house, so I can’t wait to race on the roads I train on every single day. Although I am about to lose A LOT of Strava segments.

KHS: You are the only female on the KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo team. But it has been said, you have the guys out numbered. Tell us why? 

JOY: Haha, well, I am sort of in charge. From solidifying host housing to how to properly hashtag our sponsors in social media posts, I have the team dialed. And I have done my fair share adding to the win and podium tally as well 1x1.trans Checking in With Joy McCulloch

1x1.trans Checking in With Joy McCulloch

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KHS: Shawn Wayland was asked to make each team member a superhero. Can you make each team member a spirit animal? 

JOY: Oh, this is a fun one.

David Santos: Lion – like Mufasa on Lion King. Calm, cool and collected.
Chris Barton: Manatee – one of the nicest creatures in the ocean, but is rumored to drawn people.

Brian McCulloch: Honey Badger – this self explanatory.

Fabrizio Von Nacher: The Lemur, like the one on Madagascar!

Sergio Escutia: Owl – it’s the glasses and he reads books, lots and lots of books and worm wouldn’t be cool.

Ulises Castillo: Panther – he is one crafty and fast guy!

Shawn Wayland: Bison – like the Bison, Wayland has quite the presence.

Shawn Daurelio: Tazmanian Devil – he has a lot of energy!

Chris Johnson: Tree Fox – he is quite the climber.

Joy McCulloch: I will be a fish, like Dory from Nemo. What was the question again?

1x1.trans Checking in With Joy McCulloch

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

KHS: Tell us one of your big goals for the 2015 season. 

JOY: So far, my main goal has been to race with my head, not just my legs. And it has worked! Approaching racing from a stronger mental aspect has changed the way I race and left me more fresh and ready to execute. With that in mind, in 2014 I won two CA/NV State Titles, criterium and TT. I would sure like to win them again.

KHS: You are well known for being a women’s cycling advocate. Tell us how your spot on the team has strengthened that voice and your impact on the women’s peloton. 

JOY: Being part of the KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo team has offered me the opportunity to race all over the country at NRC and NCC events. Without the team, I would never have been able to connect with so many amazing female athletes. I continually try to make a positive impact on those around me and to always have an attitude of gratitude in regards to race promoters, officials, and my fellow athletes. Hopefully, this will have a positive trickle down effect.

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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Chico Stage Race: Podiums at TT & Crit

1x1.trans Chico Stage Race: Podiums at TT & Crit

Chris Barton had a blazing fast time trial at the Chico Stage Race. The TT was the 4th stage and the teams 3rd stop on the podium where Chris placed 2nd. Here is his report of the event:

“After the bad luck of the road race, it was nice to wake up early, put our misfortunes behind us, and focus on the time trial. The time trial was a 10 mile point to point race, which was a nice change from the usual out-and-back time trials we are used to. Because the course was on the shorter side, I knew the start would be extra important. I got a good hour long warmup and felt confident that I had prepared properly. I started hard and quickly settled in to my rhythm. 

I soon noticed there was a wind coming from the right, so I decided to back off slightly as this meant the middle section of the course would have a head-wind and I would need to really punch it to make it through. After the first right turn, it was all-in. 

The headwind slowed my speed a bit, but I dug as deep as I could to stay on top of the gear. By the second and final right turn, I was starting to see red a bit, but I knew it was only about 3 miles to go so I put my head down and dug as deep as I could. 

I ended up getting second by only 3 seconds to Justin Rossi. Being so close to first place is a little bitter-sweet, and the mind tends to default to “man I could’ve saved a second here and here and here,” but I knew when I crossed the line that I had ridden perfectly and if I keep doing that I’ll come out on top one of these days. Justin Rossi is a strong competitor and I couldn’t be happier with my result.”

1x1.trans Chico Stage Race: Podiums at TT & Crit

The Chico Stage Race capped off with a 70 minute downtown criterium, just a few hours after the racers finished their time trials. Brian McCulloch recounts the 4th and final stage of a great event:

The Downtown Chico Criterium was the fourth and final stage of our three day tour of the NorCal/Chico area and what a great venue it was! The crowd was rowdy and excited for our race having just watched a great women’s race. I may be biased, but I am sure they were all as impressed as I was to watch my lovely wife sprint to the finish and win the field sprint of Women’s race. The women’s race showed major attrition for the field and how the cumulative fatigue for the Stage Race was taking its toll on the racers. This fact was not lost on our peloton as we gathered in the staging area.

Our plan for the race was simple, ride together at the front, protect Fabi and Barton for the sprint/lead-out, and stay out of trouble. This strategy seemed simple but the difficulty was compounded on the narrow technical course. Fast crits like this are awesome, we have a blast doing them, but there is a certain amount of anxiety for us as the tight confines make the peloton repeatedly try to cram 40 bike races into a spot more suited for 25 riders. Where those extra fifteen riders squeeze themselves into is always a feat of skill and mostly sheer luck, I am not entirely sure why there are not more crashes. Each of us lose count as to how many times there is contact between us and other riders, handlebars to hips, tires to drop-outs, shoulders to heads, and sometimes even contact from riders on both sides of us! This is never ill-intentioned by us or our competition, rather it is a reflection of putting 150 slightly-nutty bike riders on a course who all want their piece of glory. It may be stressful, but it is so much fun!

During the race I was able to be at the front sweeping Fabi’s wheel with my boys. We were in the ‘sprinters bubble’ so there was a lot of contact and movement going on which is always fun, but having teammates in the mix with me makes this so much easier. Mr. Barton did an amazing job of riding with Fabi and between him, Ulises, Santos, and I we were able to chase back a dangerous break-away that was threatening to our desire for a sprint finish. In the end everyone contributed to helping take care of Fabi to keep him rested for the final. Wayland, D’Aurelio, and all of us did our part to protect our sprinter, but as the laps wound down our effort to stay at the front took more fight.

With one lap to go we were still at the front with Fabi, sitting on the lead out train of Optum and we pushed hard to get Fabi in a solid position. He went into the last turn in third place and never looked back, he sprinted to a very respectable third place on the stage. We were hoping for the win, but our hats are off to Optum, we made some tactical errors in the final lap and they finished 1-2 on the day. 

It was great to finish off the race with a podium result and a huge welcome from our host families that met us at our pit area. Getting to share our stories from the Downtown Criterium with the host families and hear them talk about cheering us on made our day. This weekend the Chico Stage Race made a special place in our hearts, with great race courses, friendly staff, and incredible host families we will definitely be looking forward to this race for next year!”

1x1.trans Chico Stage Race: Podiums at TT & Crit

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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