Podium Sweep at Chuck Pontius Criterium!

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Going into the Chuck Pontius Memorial Criterium the team was still riding the high from David Santos’s California/Nevada State Championship Jersey Win the day before. With a full squad in attendance, the team was ready for multiple scenarios. Added wind, a dynamic course, and a small field made the 60 minutes of racing extra challenging. In the finish, Fabrizio Von Nacher took the win and his report from the race is below:

“The team plan for Chuck Pontius criterium was to get in a break and be aggressive. As the race started, my teammates and I started launching attacks. After a couple of hard efforts I realized that I needed to calm down and let the field get tired. After following wheels, I saw an opportunity to go. Ulises Castillo came with me and we were off the front together.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

After a few laps off the front I had a mechanical, but I had a free lap and thankfully I was right by the pits when it happened. The next lap I caught back to Ulises, but the field was closing the gap to us. In the next lap, I saw a group of four riders bridging up to Ulises and me. In that break was Griffin Easter from Airgas and Jesse Anthony from Optum. Our teammates Chris Barton and Shawn Wayland were coming with them as well.
Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

When the four chasers caught us, we began to roll the break away. In the final laps, my teammates and I started attacking the Optum and the Airgas riders. With 2 laps to go, Chris Barton got away and after letting Airgas and Optum chase for half a lap, I decided to launch my attack. Chris and I came out of the last turn 1-2 and we were able to hold it to the finish. Ulises was able to stay away from the other two breakaway riders in the sprint to make a perfect podium for KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo! 

Thank you to all my teammates for a great weekend and hard work. Thank you also to all the sponsors and staff that make this program possible!”

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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