The KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo team had a quick turn around from a very successful Redlands Bicycle Classic, to head to Monterey for the 2016 Sea Otter Classic. Riders Cory Lockwood, Eder Frayer, Fabrizio Von Nacher and Ulises Castillo began their campaign at the event with the early morning criterium, held on the Laguna Seca Raceway. With 60 minutes to race, the team knew that the key was to enter the last 4 quick turns in the lead in order to solidify the win.
As the laps ticked down, the field began to dwindle due to the pace and attacks sent by the KHS team, Team Illuminate, and Jelly Belly. Entering the final lap, Ulises and Fabrizio bided their time, taking over the lead going into the first of the final turns. Ulises took his 2nd win of the week in style, with Fabrizio close behind in 5th and teammate Cory Lockwood placing 8th as our 3rd rider in the top ten.
After the podium celebrations, the team headed to the expo to visit our great 2016 partners. Velo Saddles and Xpedo pedals were our first stop, where we got to check out new product, as well as show off our new 2016 KHS Flite 900 team bike.
Adam Haverstock and the team from Praxis Works have added the Zayante Custom Forged cranks and chainrings to our custom 2016 race bicycles. Along with the bottom brackets they provide, these parts have helped take this bicycle to the next level. It is very exciting to be expanding our partnership with Praxis this year to include the cranks and chainrings!
Kali Protectives are in the 2nd year of partnership with our program, and this year, they were offering something really cool at Sea Otter. The Helmet Exchange allowed anyone to come and switch out their old and used helmet for a brand new Kali Helmet!
The teams second day at Sea Otter again brought a victory and podium appearance for the team. Friday was the Sea Otter Road Race, covering laps through Fort Ord with substantial climb with a 5K climb to the finish. Ulises Castillo sprinted to victory, as Eder Frayer held on to a solid 3rd place finish on the day. It was great to be able to share the podium experience with our partners from JLVelo, WD-40 Bike and Xpedo!
Maxxis Tires is a great support of the team, and it is always fantastic to connect with team behind the product.
For 2016, we have a new parter with 4iiii Precision Power Meters. This is an exciting new partnership and they have provided each of our athletes top of the line power meters. Their crank-based product is top of the line and it great to have each racer collecting both training and racing data to ensure they are taking their racing to the next level.
Thank you to all our partners for a fantastic Sea Otter 2016! We are excited to come back next year!
Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, Infinit Nutrition, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, 4iiii, Big Wheel Coaching, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.
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