Texas State Criterium Champion: Nick Torraca

Elevate -KHS Pro Cycling Team member Nick Torraca won Texas State Championship win this past weekend! This has been a break-out season for the Austin-based rider, and we checked in with him after his first state championship victory to see how it all came together.

KHS: Congratulations on winning the Texas Criterium Championship! Tell us about the race and how it played out in the finale.

Nick Torraca: Texas State Crit Championships was held in Dallas this year on the 8-turn Matrix Challenge course. Matrix is a course that I have had previous experience racing on with success. Staying at the front of the race and out of trouble is critical in preserving energy and having the ability to follow moves effectively. Prior to the race, I had talked with director Heath Blackgrove to go over a strategy that would put me in position to win. I knew leading into the last corner was my best bet at getting to the finish line first. About 20 minutes into the race, I found myself in a 6 man move which eventually stayed away for good. I would rather sprint out of a break, so this worked out well for me. In the last lap, I took over the front with two corners to go, to make sure I hit the last corner first. Once I got there, I gave it one last dig to seal off the win for the Texas State Championship!

KHS: You have had a stand out season so far with 3 wins and 8 podium appearances. How has your training and focus over the winter and heading into the season been different?

NT: This has been such a terrific year already! 3 WINS and 8 podiums has been absolutely amazing for me. I never would have expected that coming into May. This is my first year racing without attending university, so I might attribute that with my success. However, my training has also more specific and intense. The most important factor this year would be that I am racing smarter. “Smarter is faster” I have been told countless times and the team has really driven that into me over the last few months. It’s nice to have that finally clicking in at the races. When your heart rate is 180+, making the right decision doesn’t always happen, but limiting your mistakes is key and I have been working on that.

KHS: What races are next for you?

NT: Sea Otter Classic this week, the Dana Point Grand Prix, followed by the Redlands Bicycle Classic. I am looking forward to getting on the road to California for the next block of racing with the team and to building on the success we have been having this season.

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