Labor Day Criterium: CashCall 1-2-3!

The CashCall Mortgage Cycling wrapped up racing on the local calendar over Labor Day weekend. Beginning with the Temecula Vally Grand Prix on Saturday and finishing at the CBR labor Day Criterium on Monday.

In Temecula, David Santos, Brian McCulloch and Devan Dunn raced this inaugural event under humid and hot conditions. The course is a 1.6 mile hot-dog circuit with a finishing climb that gains just under 200ft per lap. Racing for 75 minutes took it’s toll on the peloton as the CashCall riders relentlessly attacked and counter attacked the dwindling field. Ultimately David Santos found himself in a breakaway 6 which he trimmed down to 2 – himself and Eder Frayre of Calimex. They raced hard to the finish with Eder narrowly taking the win, Santos a solid 2nd.

The team had all four of our local athletes, Chris Barton, Brian McCulloch, David Santos and Devan Dunn, ready to rock at the CBR series final. Being the last local crit the team would race together in 2013, they had several goals they wanted to accomplish. This made for exciting racing and a story to tell from each of them. The team ultimately finished 1-2-3 at the Labor Day Criterium in a great show of teamwork.

CBR Labor Day Criterium podium. 1st Chris Barton, 2nd David santos, 3rd Brian McCulloch.

CBR Labor Day Criterium podium. 1st Chris Barton, 2nd David santos, 3rd Brian McCulloch.

David Santos: 

David Santos on Cry Baby Hill, Tulsa Tough. Photo Credit: Danny Munson.

David Santos on Cry Baby Hill, Tulsa Tough. Photo Credit: Danny Munson.

Claiming the 2013 SoCal Cup Overall standings was never an initial goal of the CashCall Mortgage Cycling team. The last two years, we spent the majority of the season racing locally. Doing so allowed us to accumulate enough points to win the SoCal Cup, especially last year when we claimed the top 5 places. For the 2013 season, the program spent much more time racing NRC/NCC races and we missed out on most of the SCNCA events. After we returned from the Cascade Cycling Classic, teammate Brian McCulloch analyzed the local results and informed us that claiming the SoCal Cup for the third year in a row was still a possibility! So after a couple phone calls and emails, Brian, Devan, and Chris (Those of us who live in SoCal) collectively committed to accomplishing 3 goals. 1.) win the SoCal Cup Series 2.) ensure that everyone on the team won at least one race 3.) move Brian into the top 5 in the overall series. Fast forward 6 weeks and every CashCall rider won a race! I managed to consistently finish on the podium which allowed me to accumulate enough points to gradually surpass the current leader, Justin Williams, and Brian managed to score enough points to move into 3rd.  Accomplishing these goals was 100% a team effort and out right, HARD WORK.

The four of us committed to making it happen, were 100% sold out to each other, and rode our bikes harder than we ever imaged we would have to. In the end, we accomplished exactly what we said we were going do. To be a three time SCNCA SoCal Cup Champion is an amazing feeling. But knowing it was a direct result of teamwork from some of the best cyclists and stand-up men I know, makes this victory even sweeter!

Chris Barton:

Chris  Barton relaxed on the start line. Photo credit Danny Munson.

Chris Barton relaxed on the start line. Photo credit Danny Munson.

Ending the year with two wins is big for me. Its been a while since I’ve won a race, and to win two in three weeks is awesome (Ontario GP and CBR Labor Day Criterium)! It is a great feeling to set goals as a team and to accomplish them as a team. Both wins were the result of being able to take advantage of an opportunity given to me by my teammates, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am very grateful to have such a supportive team.

Brian McCulloch: 

Brian McCulloch racing Brentwood GP, Photo Credit: Danny Munson.

Brian McCulloch racing Brentwood GP, Photo Credit: Danny Munson.

After the Brentwood GP at the beginning of August, me and the boys were looking for ways to keep our motivation high as the season was waning. Luckily for us, there are lots of bike races between Brentwood and our final event in Las Vegas on the SoCal calendar. As a group, we set out wrap-up the SoCal Cup win for our man Santos for a third straight season. This is a classification that takes the support of an entire team and the dedication of a strong rider, fortunately we have both. Santos has proved that over the past three seasons he is the most consistent rider in SoCal. From criteriums to road races and time trials, Santos is always at the front. Along with the goal of defending the SoCal Cup title, we set the goal of getting Dunn, Barton, and myself a win before the seasons end.

As always, my biggest enjoyment of bike racing is accomplishing team objectives. I like to think of it as ‘fighting above our weight’. With riders like Dunn, Barton, and Santos it makes ‘racing hard’ very rewarding and together we can push each other to get the most out of ourselves. The goals we set may have sounded a bit lofty at the outset, but with with our collective commitment and drive we were able to accomplish all of these goals and more. When we finished 1-2-3 at the final CBR of the SoCal Cup season, it seemed a fitting end for us and a demonstrative example of the power of team-work.

I am very proud of our team for accomplishing these goals, especially in the face of such big opposition. The SoCal peloton is known to be strong and aggressive. There were no gifts given to earn these results, and we would have it no other way. Better competition forces us to be better, race smarter, and be more committed. That is what drives me and I am thankful to have teammates and sponsors who feel the same.

Devan Dunn: 

Devan Dunn racing Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. Photo Credit Danny Munson.

Devan Dunn racing Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. Photo Credit Danny Munson.

I spent the better part of the early season dealing with an injury that kept me out of the races. However, the 2013 season was not all about couch time and physical therapy for me. I am so thankful to my teammates and the CashCall Mortgage cycling team staff for standing by me after my injury. I was able to get back on the bike and out on the road with the guys mid-April and it was easy to stay focused with all the success they were having at the races. The strength of my team even allowed me to take a win of my own and contribute to many! More than anything though, I am so grateful for the friendships I’ve made with my guys. Our bike trip down the coast and our end of season success has been the highlight of my career thus far….easily.

Thank you our sponsors: CashCall Inc., KHS Bicycles, iRT Wheels, Hammer Nutrition, Xpedo, Jakroo Custom Clothing, Shimano, Rudy Project, Praxis Works, Velo Saddles, Kenda Tire, Chamois Butt’r, World Oil Corp, Rennie and Associates, Finish Line Bicycle Care Products.


California Bicycle Racing Criterium: CashCall continues to win!

How Sweat a Victory Is!

By Brian McCulloch

Author Brian McCulloch. Photo Credit: Danny MunsonAuthor Brian McCulloch. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

We often hear the adage that ‘history does repeat itself’.  This past Sunday for the CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team this definitely proved true. This past weekend I was able to enjoy a great racing event put on by the fine folks of California Bicycle Racing. I began my racing career at CBR events so I always like to attend their events. Myself, Chris “The Man Beast” Barton, Devan “GQ Curls” Dunn, and David “The Ninja Ginger” Santos lined up for one of the final SoCal Cup criteriums of the season. Last year at this race our team turned the screws early to the peloton and were able to put together a break away with a few willing participants. Ultimately, we produced a 1-2 result for our team from Santos and me.

Lining up for Sunday’s race, I had hopes of repeating the performance of last year. I was committed to our teams primary objective which could come from any of the four of us: Win the bike race! It can sometimes be easy to ‘over-tactic’ a race and cause confusion, so rather than over complicate the race, the boys and I committed to racing our favorite type of racing… aggressive from the start. Read more

Ontario Summers End Grand Prix: CashCall 1-2!

Great win for Chris Barton! Photo Credit: Danny Munson Great win for Chris Barton! Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The Ontario Race Series is a staple of the Southern California race calendar. The 6th and final event of the 2013 season took place this past Sunday in 100+ degree weather late in the afternoon. The CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team fielded the local riders, Devan Dunn, David Santos, Brian McCulloch and Chris Barton for the 75-minutes which was held on the 6-turn course.

The team went into the event with three specific goals. First, the team wanted to continue to improve their racing as a team and a cohesive unit. Second, the team wanted to increase Dave Santos’s SoCalCup Points where he is presently 2nd overall. Lastly, the riders committed to having either Chris Barton or Brian McCulloch go for the win since these two riders had yet to find themselves on the top step of the podium this season.

Chris Barton gives his recount of the exciting race on how the team was able to successfully execute all the goals for the day.

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California Coast Trip: Stockton to Long Beach

Author Devan Dunn racing at Brentwood Grand Prix. Photo Credit: Danny MunsonAuthor Devan Dunn racing at Brentwood Grand Prix. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team completed the the last big stage race of the season, Cascade Cycling Classic in late July. Since the race was located in Oregon, it made for a straight forward drive home to Southern California. However, four of our athletes got the brilliant idea to ride their bicycles home. From Stockton to Long Beach, Devan Dunn, Chris Barton, Fabrizio Von Nacher and Michael Weicht tackled the self-supported adventure to get home.

Devan Dunn recounted this experience of a lifetime by answering a few questions from us.

What possessed you guys to ride from Stockton to Orange County, just over 650 miles? 

It kind of started as a joke before Cascade and sounded like it would be a blast.

How did you feel getting on the bike that first day in Stockton after just finishing the 6 stages of Cascade?

That first day was actually hilarious because once the van left us on the side of the road, it really hit us how far away from home we were! As a “joke” Fabi and Michi attacked Chris and I almost immediately and we didn’t see them for about 20 minutes!….But then they needed to know where to go :-) .

Was the trip planned out? 

Chris Barton did a great job finding housing for us all the way down the coast and mapping out our routes for each day. If you’ve met Chris Barton, it’s no surprise he has plenty of friends who are always willing to help him out. We are all so thankful to the people who let us stay in there homes and took the time to take us out to dinner nightly! I would say logistically, the trip could not have gone any better.

What was your favorite food stop? I know you guys had lattes and pie every day, so this could be tough! 

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San Marcos Grand Prix: CashCall 1-2-3!

BWGPSantosAuthor David Santos racing Brentwood Grand Prix. Photo Credit: Danny Munson.

By David Santos

The CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team had returned from racing the Cascade Cycling Classic, which is an awesome 6 day NRC stage race, jam packed with challenging climbs, in Beautiful Bend, Oregon.  Due to the large and extremely competitive field of riders this year, Cascade was difficult, but on the bright side, we came home with great fitness as we entered into the tail end of the racing season.

The weekend following Cascade was the San Marcos Criterium, which, although technically a “criterium”, seems more like a circuit race. The lap is a mile long and has a steep hill, approximately 100 meters, going into the last turn which finishes on a false flat. The CashCall riders racing were Michael Weicht, Fabrizio Von Nacher, Brian McCulloch, and myself, David Santos. The day before the race, Fabi and Michi, along with Devan Dunn and Chris Barton, had just completed their 650 mile costal tour of California from Stockton to Long Beach following the Cascade Cycling Classic. The guys had a great time, and although I wish I could have made the journey with them, I must admit, I did enjoy the extra room in the van on the way home from Bend.

Once the race began, attacks started from the gun. Within the first lap, the field was strung out as many teams launched attacks in an effort to establish a break early on. Additionally, there were primes offered nearly ever other lap, which motived many riders to continue attacking. After spending the first 15 minutes of the race covering moves, the CashCall crew took advantage of a lull in activity and launched our first offensive move of the day, with Brian, Fabi, Michi and I taking turns attacking the field.

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