The KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO Cycling Team added yet another win to their tally Sunday at the Torrence Criterium. The team had six riders to battle the wind and the peloton for the 75 minute event which resulted in Cory Williams taking the win with Fabrizio Von Nacher placing second. Through out the race, the team rode aggressively with several opportunities for the race to finish in a breakaway. David Santos rode strong in a two-man breakaway that gained 20 seconds on the field early in the race, putting our team in great position to take care of the sprinters as Dave was a great option for the win on the day. ONce his move was caught, Fabrizio joined another breakaway attempt. This move grew to 8 riders and he was joined by several teammates. However, the wind and the peloton did not want the race to end in a breakaway. This gave team a great opportunity to set up the lead out place our sprinters perfectly. With Santos, McCulloch, Davis and Jondal, KHS was able to take charge and set Cory and Fabrizio up perfectly to cross the finish line in 1st and 2nd. With these results, the team’s 2014 win tally is 8 and total podium count is 39!
The KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO Cycling Team raced the Vlees Huis Ronde Road Race in Bakersfield, CA on Saturday. This is a historically hot and windy event and this years edition did not disappoint. The course is a “Y” shape with 3 turn-arounds, so knowing what goes down must also come up, sure makes for a tough race. The laps were 30 miles each and covered roughly 2,500ft of climbing per lap. The men’s field completed 3 laps, and the women raced 2.
Joy McCulloch took first place honors for the second week in a row at Vlees Huis.
“The race began at 8:30am and it was already really hot and windy. Thankfully, this is exactly the conditions and time of day I train in, so nothing came as a shock. The field was quite small and over the rolling terrain, I knew I could ramp up the effort and put a good dent in the group. At the first turn around roughly 10 miles into the race, I kept my momentum out of the turn and attacked back up the climb we had just descended. This solidified a solo breakaway that I was able to hold until the finish. I soon found that riding off the front is just as difficult as the many times I have raced off the back or in a chase group. Thankfully, I was able to secure great feeds from the Swann’s and stay hydrated and motivated to the finish. Kudos to all the racers who came out and braved the course an the conditions. I was excited to finally win the meat cleaver trophy for my team.”
The Valley of The Flowers Criterium doubled as the CA/NV Elite Criterium Championship race as well as the 3rd stop on the 805 Criterium Weekend. The championship race is always hotly contested and taking place on the technical and windy course, the team knew it would a challenge from the start. The Athlete Octane team of Daniel Holloway was poised to fight to get the green jersey back and the Rokform team of Brandon and Kyle Gritters were hungry for a title and to move up in the overall standings. These two teams would be our biggest opponents of the day.
Attacks were flying up the road with Santos and McCulloch in hot pursuit. Fabrizio soon found that the Gritters and Holloway were attacking and counter attacking him in an attempt to get up the road without him. McCulloch rode into a move with Holloway and Brandon Gritters. Knowing this was not a good move without Fabi, Paul Abrahams called him back to the field to help lead the chase to bring our leader to the front of the race.
The seconds day of the 805 Criterium Weekend takes place in Buellton, The Avenue of The Flags Criterium. This is the 3rd year of this race being held and our riders knew that due to the wind and course design, the field would be split into pieces. With Fabrizio placed 2nd overall, the team set out to put him in position to take over the overall omnium lead. Athlete Octane and the Gritters of the Rokform team set the pace early initiating moves that quickly began splitting the field. McCulloch and Santos were active at the front, ensuring that our team was represented.
With splits happening in the field, it was obvious a solid breakaway would get up the road. Realizing that Holloway in the Green Leaders Jersey was isolated in the field, Santos helped Fabrizio bridge across to the breakaway. The move included our two riders, Canevari of Athlete Octane and Tom Soladay of Optum.
The KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO traveled to Lompoc, CA for the 805 Criterium Weekend which boasts 3 days of criterium racing. The first race on Friday evening is a new edition to the event. Held at the Hancock EVOC Center, the course was a swooping fast “D” shape with a fast tailwind on the back side, partnered with a block headwind leading into the finish. We had six riders for the weekend – Santos, Davis, McCulloch, Von Nacher, Williams and Jondall. The three days of racing were also an Omnium, meaning each rider would receive points for their placing at each event. The teams goal was to set Fabrizio up for the sprint finish and gather as many Omnium points as possible.
Many early moves were initiated, but due to the nature of the course, the team soon realized that any breakaway would be reeled back in thanks to the tailwind.
The race scenario posed a great opportunity for the team to work on their communication and lead out going into the final three laps. The biggest contenders on the day would be Justin Williams of Astellas Cycling Team and Daniel Holloway of Athlete Octane who won Dana Point Grand Prix last weekend.
Crossing the finish line first doesn’t just happen. The framework for success is laid much earlier and by people and instances that today, seem like a brief blip on the radar. These happenings were paramount in sewing the fabric together to create a win. The tapestry that is my Elite Criterium Championship win has been woven for years, beginning in junior high with family, coaches and teammates instilling work ethic and passion.
Leap-frog to 2014 where I am surrounded by an extremely supportive team at KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO, how could I not be successful! Our team traveled to the quiet coastal hamlet of Lompoc Friday for 3 days of racing at the 805 Criterium Weekend. The events were staged as an Omnium so we could receive points for our finishing places. The queen stage would be held on Sunday at the Avenue of The Flowers Criterium, also the CA/NV Elite Criterium Championship.
Paul Abrahams, our team director and my coach, stresses every day that each opportunity we have to pin a number to our jersey and race, is our World Championships. Every time we toe the line, we should race with passion and commitment to win while seizing the opportunity for learning and development. I approached this past race weekend with the goals of representing our sponsors on the podiums, winning at least one of the criteriums, and continuing to develop as a savvy bike racer. As luck would have it, I won the race that awarded me a jersey and a title.
Luck: Opportunity Meets Preparation. I have never been one to hinge much on luck until I read the previous quote. From…
Dana Point Grand Prix was the team first NCC (National Criterium Calendar) race of the year. We were very excited and motivated after Cory’s win one day before in Barrio Logan Criteruim. The team plan was simple. Thomas Jondall, David Santos and Steven Davis needed to cover the moves. Cory Williams, Brian McCulloch and I needed to save the our efforts for the finish.
As the race started, my only concern was to trying to stay at the front and out of trouble. The race was fast and guys were launching attacks, but nothing to be worried about. Mid-way through the race, a move with about 10 guys went up off the front with my teammate Dave Santos. I was on the field and saw a UHC guy bridge to the break, so I followed him with another rider and opened a little gap on the field.
It has been awhile since I have raced Barrio Logan. I think my last time doing it was 5 years ago as a junior. I got to the race early and watched every race before mine, trying to figure out how to win our race. Every race seemed to end with a break up the road and I knew the P1/2 race would too.
By Brian McCulloch
The San Luis Rey Road Race has been a fixture in the Southern California cycling season for over 25 years. The course has changed over the years as the area has become more populated, but the competitiveness of the field has never diminished. The race course features varied terrain with a solid climb to the finish as well as plenty of rolling windy sections to create an event that is very challenging and selective for the racers.
It has been a few years since our team has sent a full squad to this event due to travel conflicts with other events. However, for 2014 Team KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO was back and we lined up ready to race hard from the outset with five team members clad in our vivid yellow and blue kits.
The team strategy was simple. Make the race hard. Ensure that a break-away would roll early in the race and strengthen it with teammates. Then give-it-hell in the final to bring home the bacon…or in this case the bottle of wine that was awarded to the winner. I can tell you that we completed our plan as outlined, except for the final result, but that is where the story begins.
The energy in the peloton was palpable as the Race Referee/Chief Commissaire could barely keep the attention of the collected peloton. After our pre-race instructions, we were on our way on the open road. With my favorite partners-in-crime, David Santos, Fabrizion Von Nacher, Cory Williams, and Steven Davis we set out to make the race hard. As if the 103 miles somehow would not already be challenging enough. It did not take but a few minutes and the attacks were…
My trip to Belize was awesome! I have been planning on doing the Cross Country Classic UCI race ever since I started racing. My dad who was born and raised in Belize has been top 5 at the event and my older brother Justin was 4th last year. I have never raced in Belize before, so there was a lot of pressure on me to perform in front of my family and the country’s cycling association.
The first day I got there I went out for a ride on the road the race takes place on. The road was bumpy but fast and there was not much around to protect you from the wind. The race was 144 miles long with 3,000-4,000 feet of climbing in the race. I went to the event with teammate David Santos, my brother Justin and our dad, as well as Rahsaan Bahati.
On race day my whole family showed up to show their support for one of the biggest events in the country. As the race started, people began going crazy because of all the station prizes put together by different communities along the way which included a cow and a refrigerator. I didn’t expect the race to start out so hard! We averaged around 30mph for the first hour with attacks going left and right. I didn’t let any of it change my plan. The plan was chill for the first 60 miles and let the early break go and chase it on the way back since the course was an out and back design. On the return, everyone started chasing and we were bringing the break back but then with 40 miles to go, there was a big crash in the front of the…