This past Sunday marked the final race of the SoCal Cup series. The series began at the Boulevard Road Race the first weekend of February which Fabrizio Von Nacher finished second, spearing heading the beginning of what would become a very successful racing season for the entire team.
As the team towed the line in Carson on Sunday at the final CBR Criterium of the season, the riders held the 2nd-5th positions in the individual standings, while maintaining a solid lead in the team overall standings. At the end of the day, Chris Barton finished 2nd overall in the SoCal Cup with teammate David Santos 4th and Fabrizio Von Nacher 5th. These results solidified the team overall victory for the 5th season in a row.
In 2011, David Santos won the the final race of the season in San Clemente, sealing the Criterium Championship as well as the SoCal Cup Overall. This result ultimately placed the whole team on the podium to receive the SoCal Cup trophy. Since then, the team has made a steady impact on local and national racing, racking up over 30 wins per season, and 70+ podiums.
As the 2015 season winds down, the team has tallied 26 wins and 72 podiums, including several stops on top of NRC, National Championship, and NCC podium steps.
On Sunday, the race boasted over $1,000 in cash primes as well as a very hefty prize purse for the 90 minute event. The team raced aggressively from the gun, but with the SoCal Cup leader in the race as well as multiple quality sprinters, the breakaway efforts were thwarted.
With just a few laps remaining, Efren Flores spearheaded a 3-man breakaway that quickly gained traction on the tiring peloton. As the lap cards ticked down, he powered away from his companions, leaving every bit of energy out on the road. As he rounded the final turn, up the tailwind finish, his gap was dwindling with the surge of the chasing teams. Caught just before the line, he finished 7th on the day.
Congratulations to the entire team for a fantastic season of racing, and for winning the SoCal Cup Team Overall for the 5th year in a row!
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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