“Tulsa Tough is a one of a kind race. It always lives up to it’s name and the promoter does one amazing job. The courses were awesome and the people of Tulsa who cheered us all on while we suffered up crybaby were fantastic. The Tulsa tough is one of my favorite races and I can’t wait to come back next year!” Rider Dave Santos stated.
CashCall Mortgage Turns Dreams Into Reality
By Brian McCulloch
When you set your goals, do you sit back and let your imagination run hog wild? Do you think to yourself it would be huge to receive your Cat 2 upgrade, to race for a Domestic Pro Team, to attack a sputtering field in the closing meters to take a solo win of Cancellara like proportions? Or do you dream bigger…? Read more
Every Memorial Day, California Bicycle Racing (CBR) puts on a great criterium event in Carson, CA. Service men and women race for free as a token of gratitude for their service. The holiday and great weather brings big crowds every year to this event. This past Monday, the course was on the “old course” with right hand turns. This is a wide open course with a slight down hill into the 2nd right hand turn. You quickly turn again with a small gain in elevation before the 4th and final turn that leads into the 2% grade straight away to the finish.
Our riders have raced here dozens of times and knew that the wind would play to their advantage and help to break the race apart. Team member Anthony Canevari who suffered a broken hand in Missouri earlier this month was on the sidelines cheering and supporting his team. “Being on the spectator side of things is almost as exciting as being in the race. Watching my teammates decimate the field was really fun,” stated Canevari. (He is on the trainer and recovering well from his injury – expect to see him back in the peloton down the road!)
Anthony’s description was quite accurate as attack after attack from CashCall split the field in many parts. Michael Weicht and Brian McCulloch made a solid move with 2 other riders, breaking the rubber band to the peloton.
But the animation of the field brought more riders across and they were joined by Devan Dunn and Justin Williams as Lee Muse hung in no-mans land between the break and the peloton. As the groups would be absorbed through out the race, more attack from CashCall would be launched. David Santos suffered a flat at the halfway point and jumped right back into the field to create another attack.
The aggressive style of racing split the field up even farther with Michael, Lee, Devan, Justin and Brian ending up in the select front group of 15-20. With a few laps to go, Michael unleashed a barrage of power that catapulted him off the front into what would be the winning move. Solo off the front.
On the last lap, McCulloch sent up a Hail-Mary for second place. He held his solo position between Michael and the hard chasing break until right before turn 4. Lee and Devan had Justin lined up perfectly for the final field sprint, sealing up 2nd and 4th places. Santos and Holloway finished with what was left of the main group.
Rider Wes Holloway is happy to be back in the peloton after a knee injury. Photo Credit: Danny Munson
Canevari was impressed with his teammates tenacity on the day. “Lap after lap I saw them relentlessly attack and show they are the strongest guys in the field. Placing 1, 2, and 4th is impeccable. But what’s better than that is we sill have room to improve.” Say’s Canevari. “Being on the sidelines allowed me to see that and gain a new perspective to our team and our growth potential.”
Sunday May 27th the CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team raced the 21st Annual Barry Wolfe Grand Prix in Westlake, CA. The event was held at a new location this year. A flat and fast 4 corner course that reached just under 1 mile in length. The start being late in the day, the wind had picked up significantly compared to earlier events. “The new Barry Wolfe course was crazy cool. Really fast, nice and open. Which made it very I safe. I love the overhead banner across the finish line, it made it feel pro. The organizers did a great job with the event.” Stated eventual winner Justin Williams.
With 7 riders in the field, CashCall was on the move early on setting temp and creating attacks. Pictured here David Santos, Brian McCulloch and Lee Muse, who were all active through out the race and getting Justin into position for the final sprint.
Michael Weicht and Rudy Napolitano rode off the front until 2 laps to go. Photo Credit: Danny Munson
Michael Weicht had a great ride! He and one other rider, Rudy Napolitano were in a two-man break until 2 laps to go. They had upwards of 25 seconds on the peloton until the Monster Media team decided to put all their horse power on the front and steadily reel them in. With 6 CashCall riders in wait in the bunch, the team was ready to set sprinter Williams up.
The long headwind finish proved to be no match for Williams sprint as he was able to pedal to victory once again.
When asked to recount his win, Williams points to his teammates and their hard work that makes the results a reality. “It’s always nice to win a race, especially when the field is as stacked and packed as Sunday’s. The team rode hard and we thought we had it locked up with Michael up the the road in the final 10 minutes. However, the field never stopped chasing. We got together and made it happen. Brian had a crazy lead-out down the back straight and Santos really made it happen into the last corner.”
Justin Williams – CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team, Rashaan Bahati – Bahati Foundation, Eric Sobey – La Grange. Barry Wolfe GP 2012 podium. Photo Credit: Danny Munson
Winning the day after his birthday was the icing on the cake! Happy birthday Justin, and congratulations to the entire team on another win!
Great footage of the new CashCall Cycling Team on the KHS Flite Team with the CashCall graphic package.
Here is the KHS Thailand Team at a recent event.