Redlands Bicycle Classic

Big_Bear_TT-2_originalAuthor 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.

Photo Credit: Danny MunsonPhoto Credit: Danny Munson

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

Author Fabrizio Von Nacher. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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…
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San Dimas Stage Race: Time Trial and Road Race

“My Best Foot Forward”

By Steven Davis

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

Photo Credit: Danny MunsonPhoto Credit: Danny Munson

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Castaic Road Race: SCNCA Championship Race by Thomas Jondall

Author Thomas Jondall. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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…
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Castaic Road Race: CA/NV Road Race Championship by Thomas Jondall

Author Thomas Jondall. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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…
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Chuck Pontius Criterium: Williams 3rd!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Author Cory Williams at the front. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

“I was really excited to race the Chuck Pontius Criterium this year because of the competition that showed up. In my book, there is nothing more exciting than going up against a big team. The plan for our team KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO was for everyone, including myself, to follow moves. This plan was a good opportunity for me to show that I could do more than sit around and wait for a sprint, so I was all in. When the race started the first attack came from the Hincapie Devo team and the whole field reacted right away. I quickly realized that it was going to be a shoot-out and this thing might not stay together.
Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

As the race went on, I followed move after move, finally getting into one with Ty Manger of Hincapie. We managed to stay off the front for a couple of laps before a group of guys bridged up, including my teammate David Santos and three more Hincapie guys. Dave and I realized the situation and stayed on the back to wait for more of our guys to make it across because we were clearly out numbered. When the peloton caught us, two more Hincapie guys attacked and my teammate Brian McCulloch was right on it only to pull his foot out. This gave the two Hincapie guys a gap and they rolled it before anyone could get across.
Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Attacks didn’t come from the peloton right away because of all the fatigued legs. When everyone decided to go…
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Jondall WINS in Long Beach – By Steven Davis

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The St. Patty’s Day Criterium hosted by Velo Allegro at Hughes Park in Long Beach, CA. It was on a rather typical inland SoCal wintery day, with temperatures in the mid-80′s, Sunny, and a rather unwavering breeze. As a team, we set out to cover and follow the early moves during the first 30 minutes of racing. Then using the potential heat saturation as well as the freshness of our legs from only following, we would then initiate & attack in 2′s until we created a favorable break. If it were all still together late in the race, our last-case scenario was to attack late, with the main goal of not allowing the race to ever finish in a field sprint.

As it so happens, I wanted to be the guy who got into the early moves, and it was decided that I would cover & follow early on. Within the first ten minutes of the race, a well-represented group of 6 riders had gotten off the front and put 30 seconds on the field very quickly. The major problem with this break was that we were not one of the six.  My lack of following through put a lot of pressure on our team very early on. A concern of the gap increasing, with the ultimate potentiality of the break lapping the field, we decided it had to be brought back – Now!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

After 5 to 6 laps of full-commitment, our team brought back the break, while also keeping three of our guys fresh. As soon as the break was in striking distance, the counter attacks began, and we were sure to…
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Santiago Canyon Time Trial WIN By Fabrizio Von Nacher

Hailing from Monterey, Mexico, Fabrizio Von Nacher took his seconds win of the 2014 season at the Santiago Canyon Time Trial this past Saturday. Teammate Thomas Jondall placed 3rd and Joy McCulloch 2nd in the Elite Women’s race.

Author Fabrizio Von Nacher. Photo Credit Danny Munson

Author Fabrizio Von Nacher. Photo Credit Danny Munson

“Santiago Canyon TT was a great race to practice. I got there and warmed up really good because I wanted to do a good time and to have a good TT. After warming up and getting all set up, I went to the start line. Before I went, I was trying to be 100% focused. I knew it was a false flat start and I couldn’t go all in at the beginning, because the hard part was at the middle section that is going uphill into the canyon.

Once I got to the canyon I went as hard as I could up the canyon because in the downhill it is hard to put time on the other riders. When I got to the down hill sections I started going all in, but it was extremely windy and the wind was moving me all a lot. I almost crashed a couple of times but I manged to stay in control of my bike and stay in a aero position. Finally, I got to the flat section and I knew I was close to the finish so I just pushed as hard as I could to stop the clock in a good time. Overall I knew I did a great effort and it helped me practice and get better in the TT.

Thank to all the team sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JAKROO Custom Apparel, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Rudy Project North America, Rennie & Associates,…
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Tour de Murrieta Recap by Brian McCulloch

Author Brian McCulloch racing Saturday's Criterium.

Author Brian McCulloch racing Saturday’s Criterium.

For a born and bread SoCal bike racer, the Tour de Murrieta has always been an event that offered the opportunity to get in three days of intense racing. All without the typical challenge of stage racing known as travel. The event has a unique flavor because it is an Omnium rather than a pure Stage Race. This means that not every racer has to enter each event. This allows the time trial guys to tune specifically for that day, while offering the same opportunity for fellas that fancy themselves as crit riders. It is also an chance for those who want to get a longer Circuit Race effort in their legs for the upcoming races such as San Dimas Stage Race and Redlands Bicycle Classic.

I have always enjoyed this format because it makes each stage tactics complex. Some riders are racing for an Omnium/General Classification result, while other riders are looking merely for glory on that stage. Our team won this race overall with David Santos in 2012, and came to the 2014 event knowing that a stacked Jelly Belly team would make a repeat of this performance difficult. However, myself and each of my teammates had 100% faith that given the opportunity, our man Santos could pull off an upset, but it would take plenty of luck and smart racing each day.

David Santos placed 10th in the Time Trial.

David Santos placed 10th in the Time Trial. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Unfortunately that hope was almost certainly dashed as, having completed my TT and waiting for my teammates, I saw Santos come to the line with a mechanical issue. A puncture from one of the many…
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McKinley School Visit

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Brian McCulloch talk to the group of 400 school children at McKinley Elementary School in Redlands, CA

The KHS-Maxxis p/b JAKROO Cycling Team had the great opportunity to talk visit the McKinley Elementary School. The school is Located in Redlands, CA where the team will be racing next month at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Riders Brian McCulloch, Thomas Jondall, Marcu Le Mao, Fabrizio Von Nacher and Joy McCulloch spoke to the group of 400 students. The riders really enjoy talking about the passion of cycling and how they have come to this level in the sport. The students were excited to hear about everything from training to nutrition and why the riders wear those funny shoes and outfits. The students were really excited to hear international riders, Fabrizio and Marcu, talk in Spanish and French and to hear their accents!

Interacting with the local community is a key aspect of the KHS-Maxxis p/b JAKROO team as it is an invaluable aspect of developing the sport of cycling and a great chance for the team to highlight their excellent riders and sponsors. It is the perfect platform to highlight the importance of daily activity, spending time outdoors, and taking care of the body by what what you eat and how you take care of it.

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Brian, Thomas and Marcu answering the students questions.

In conjunction with the Redlands Bicycle Classic there are two events the students can take part in – a Public Race and The School Dual which is open to all the local children in Redlands with a bicycle and a helmet. The riders were able to talk to the students about bike safety and how the kids could prepare for the event next…
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