Last weekend marked the second year the KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling Team competed in the Chico Stage Race. A nine hour drive north did not deter our riders from pinning their numbers on at one of best stage races of the season. Boasting 4 stages in just 3 days, the volume and intensity the event had to offer was too good to pass up.
Heading into Chico, Efren Flores has received the bad news that his hand was broken from a crash at Rosena Ranch. As he began his diligent recovery at home, we took Fabrizio Von Nacher, Brian McCulloch, Ulises Castillo, Robert Freeman and Cory Lockwood to race at the event.
Stage 1: Thunderhill Raceway Circuit Race The team entered this stage confident that the end would come down to a sprint finish at that Fabrizio would be best suited for a podium finish here. In the final 200 meters, Fabi was in the perfect position to launch his sprint when he got tangled and hit the raceway hard. Brian McCulloch was on his wheel and was able to avoid issues and sprinted to 6th place at the finish. Unfortunately, the crash took Fabi out of the remainder of the event.
Stage 2: Paskenta Road Race – 90 Miles The road course at Chico consists of 2, 45 mile loops, each of which contains a 5 mile dirt and gravel section. Although it is a season-favorite of our riders, it sure takes its toll on them.