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
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…
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
“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,…(more…)
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. 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…
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.
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…