Sea Otter Classic 2014

Sea Otter Classic is always an exciting event for our team with a great combination of racing and meeting up with our great sponsors. We took a quick two day break after the Redlands Bicycle Classic before packing up the team cars and heading north for three more days of racing. Riders Thomas Jondall, Cory Williams, Fabrizio Von Nacher, Steven Davis and Joy McCulloch were able to make the trip and soak up the cooler coastal weather.

Criterium: Our riders lined up for the Sea Otter Criterium bright and early on Thursday as Joy raced the Pro1/2 women’s event at 8am, placing 9th. For the men, their event followed the ladies on the same course the ripped around the Laguna Seca Raceway and through the pit area with tight 180-degree turns. The men’s field quickly split into multiple pieces, with Fabi and Thomas representing our squad in the front group. In the final, Fabrizio sprinted to a 5th place finish.

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The fun really started once we entered the massive expo and had the opportunity to connect with our fellow KHS Bicycles athletes with the KHS Factory Racing Team. Logan Binggeli and Kevin Aiello are two of the best Downhill Mountain Bike racers in the country and Quinton and Monique Spaulding run an amazing program. It is always awesome to spend time with this portion of the KHS family.

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Road Race: The Sea Otter Classic Road Race is deceivingly challenging. The women covered 5 laps of the circuit and the men did 8. Each lap traversed rarely used roads on Fort Ord with cracks in chip seal with weeds growing through them. The lap had two dominant climbs that created selections in both of the races. Coming through the steep feedzone climb, riders had to fight for postiion as the atacks were being launched. The field for the men’s road race was very talented, with riders from Hincapie Devo, Kenda/5-Hour Energy, Garneau-Quebecor Cycling Team, and even the legend Ned Overend. As the laps whittled down, so did the field. Fabrizio and Steven maintained position in the front group where Steven finished 18th on the 3K climb to the finish.

10177401_652735841448235_6666413040157019918_nThank you Chamois Buttr for the great products and support!

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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, technical, and essentially a day that would begin a week-long war of attrition.  Although most of the 200+ starters finished, it was enough to get a glimpse at how 5 days of quality racing would saturate the system.

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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 first and started my sprint. At the end of the sprint I ended up in 3rd and gave the team the second podium of the weekend.

San Dimas Stage Race Criterium Podium. Fabrizio Von Nacher 3rd. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

San Dimas Stage Race Criterium Podium. Fabrizio Von Nacher 3rd. Photo Credit: Danny Munson

I want to thank all the team sponsors, Quality Post my personal sponsor, my teammates and team behind the riders make in this program possible.

Thank you KHS, Maxxis, JAKROO Custom Apparel, Serfas, Hammer Nutrition, Rudy Project, IRT Wheels, Xpedo, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Rennie & Associates, Q2, Bike Religion, Chamois Butter, WD-40 Bike, Bicycle Blue Book and the Management of IPA sports.

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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 I would  get dropped, leaving Dave alone in a group of about 10 or 15. We brought the gap down from two and a half minutes to one minute with one lap to go on the 28 mile course.
Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Dave eventually got away from the chase group with Stefano Barberi (CalGiant) and Joey Rosskopf (Hincapie) and made it up to the lead group where Dave finished 10th in difficult circumstances. Congrats to Hincapie Development Team, they rode a great race and swept the podium.
Thank you KHS, Maxxis, JAKROO Custom Apparel, Serfas, Hammer Nutrition, Rudy Project, IRT Wheels, Xpedo, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Rennie & Associates, Q2, Bike Religion, Chamois Butter, WD-40 Bike, Bicycle Blue Book and the Management of IPA sports.
Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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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 I would  get dropped, leaving Dave alone in a group of about 10 or 15. We brought the gap down from two and a half minutes to one minute with one lap to go on the 28 mile course.
Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Dave eventually got away from the chase group with Stefano Barberi (CalGiant) and Joey Rosskopf (Hincapie) and made it up to the lead group where Dave finished 10th in difficult circumstances. Congrats to Hincapie Development Team, they rode a great race and swept the podium.
Thank you KHS, Maxxis, JAKROO Custom Apparel, Serfas, Hammer Nutrition, Rudy Project, IRT Wheels, Xpedo, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Rennie & Associates, Q2, Bike Religion, Chamois Butter, WD-40 Bike, Bicycle Blue Book and the Management of IPA sports.
Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

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