Bassetti Takes Bronze in US Pro Criterium Championships

Set in Downtown Knoxville, the 2018 USA Cycling National Criterium Championships featured a wide open 1.8km long course, boasting six corners and a slight downhill into the finish. The course design alone was enough to all but ensure the race would culminate in a blistering sprint finish in 90 minutes time.

The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling team brought a stacked team to the 2018 edition of “US Pro” looking to improve upon the previous year’s result which found the team finishing just outside of the top ten. Fresh off of victories at the Armed Forces Cycling Classic and Tulsa Tough, respectively, Sam Bassetti and Cory Williams led a two pronged attack supported by George Simpson, Nick Torraca, Kevin Girkins, and Gavin Hoover.

The pace was high throughout the entire race and it took a decent amount of time for any real break to establish itself as every attack was reeled in on the downhill. The rain that drenched the women’s race hours earlier no longer posed a threat, making the race that much faster.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Finally with about ten laps to go a solo rider was able to gain enough of an advantage to stay away for a few laps. This opportunistic move didn’t last, but it ignited the spirits in every rider looking to stave off a field sprint. This brought Elevate-KHS, Rally Cycling, and Holowesko-Citadel to the front to control the pace as the laps ticked down.

Inside 5 laps to go we saw attack after attack attempt to snap the rubber band holding the peloton together to no avail, the most dangerous attack coming inside the final lap by UHC’s Eric Marcotte. Unfortunately for Eric, his attack didn’t pan out as it created the pace Rally needed to finish off their leadout train for Ty Magner with Eric Young (Rally) on his wheel and Sam Bassetti sitting in the best possible position coming into 400 meters to go.

Rally Cycling’s Ty Magner launched inside 400 meters to go and was able to hold it until the line with his teammate Eric Young coming in just behind him while Sam Bassetti pulled his best ever US Pro result by rounding out the podium for the Bronze medal.

Though just a few steps away from the stars and stripes jersey, the team couldn’t be more proud with how the boys raced and the bronze medal in the USA Cycling Pro Criterium National Championships that they all earned together.

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US & Canadian National Championships This Week

The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team has a strong roster set to race in Knoxville, TN for USPro. Racing will begin on June 21st and there are several ways to watch the action and stay up to date with results.

Roster: 

Sam Bassetti – Crit & Road Race

George Simpson – TT, Crit, & Road Race

Cory Williams – Crit & Road Race

Nick Torraca – Crit & Road Race

Kevin Girkins – Crit & Road Race

Gavin Hoover – TT, Crit, & Road Race

Schedule: 

6/21/18: Time Trial, 20.9 miles, 10AM Start

6/22/18: Criterium, 90 Minutes, 7:45PM Start

6/24/18: Road Race, 193 K, 15 Laps, 1:15PM Start

Race Courses and maps can be found HERE

How To Watch:

  • The U.S. Pro Road Race Championships for women and men will be webcast on Sunday, June 24 on the USA Cycling YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.
  • The men’s road race on Sunday afternoon will be broadcast live by WATE-TV in Knoxville, WATN-TV in Memphis, and by WKRN-TV in Nashville. Highlights and interviews from the women’s race will be included in this programming.
  • Follow race updates on Twitter @usacyclinglive #USPro #CritNats
  • Follow other event updates on Twitter @usacycling and @knoxrocks

After a successful campaign at Tour de Beauce, both Jordan Cheyne and James Piccoli are motivated to race the Canadian National Championships this week as well.

Roster: 

Jordan Cheyne: TT, Road Race, & Criterium

James Piccoli: TT, Road Race, & Criterium

Schedule: 

6/21/18: Time Trial, 2:15PM

6/23/18: Road Race, 12;15PM

6/24/18: Criterium, 1:00PM

Technical Guide for routes and more information can be found HERE

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Piccoli Triumphs at Tour de Beauce

Photo Credit: Brian Black Hodes – Velo Images

Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team riders Jordan Cheyne and James Piccoli had the opportunity to race the UCI 2.2 event Tour de Beauce in Canada. The two climbers joined the Canadian National Team to race the event, with the aspirations to win the overall.

A notoriously challenging stage race where the riders would take on the elements, steep climbs, technical circuits and a double day in order to complete the 5 stage event. As the stages unfolded, Team Canada had several riders in contention for top 10 placings, until the stage 4 criterium. Here, both James and Jordan rode into the breakaway of the day, where James ultimately attacked his compatriots for a valiant solo effort across the finish line. His win moved him to 8th General Classification and placed the Blue jersey on his back for the 5th and final stage of the event. Click the link to watch the video interview with James after his win on Canadian Cyclist.

Photo Credit: Brian Black Hodes – Velo Images

Team Canada was committed to take on the technical circuits of the 5th and final stage with fury, putting United HealthCare and General Classification leader Sergei Tvetcov on the back foot. With both Jordan and James again in the breakaway, they lifted the pace and pushed the limits as the laps ticked down. The distance to the tattered peloton continued to grow until James became the virtual leader on the road. The breakaway began with 8 riders, and was whittled down to 4 before they crossed the finish line. Teammate Cheyne had crashed on a technical descent after diligently protecting James in the break and working hard to solidify their distance from the chasers. Ultimately James finished 4th on the stage while taking the overall Yellow Leaders Jersey at the end of a dramatic day of racing. Jordan continued his fight to the finish line to finish 5th on the stage and an impressive 9th overall.

Photo Credit: Brian Black Hodes – Velo Images

Piccoli’s victory has placed him in the record books as it has been a decade since a Canadian has won the Tour de Beauce. His teammate for the tour, Svein Tuft, was the last Canadian to win the event in 2008. Rest assured, the team was elated and honored to place a Canadian back into the Yellow Jersey.

From James Piccoli: “So I’ve had a day to process and I have a lot of thanks to give here. Yesterday I won the Tour de Beauce. I would not have won the Tour de Beauce if it wasn’t for my unbelievable teammates. Jordan Cheyne gave 100% of himself and even some of his skin to give us the shot at the win. Ben Perry and Svein Tuft believed in me and set up the moves perfectly. Derek and the boys gave everything. The staff were passionate and supportive and caring. I think you can see by the pictures I chose here how much the win means to all of Team Canada. I am so blessed and honored to be a part of such an achievement. Thank you guys and girls for everything this week!”

Canadian Cyclist Article

Pedal Mag Article

Montreal Gazette Article

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Elevate KHS’s James Piccoli wins Tour de Beauce

 

Quebec’s James Piccoli ( Elevate KHS Pro Cycling ) won the 33rd Tour de Beauce on Sunday in the streets of Saint-Georges.

Winner of the criterium Saturday in Quebec City, Piccoli was 8th in the overall standings at the start of this last stage. A victorious breakaway with a sufficient gap allows him to climb on the highest step of the final podium.

Against all odds, the new champion of the 2018 edition has filled a gap of 1 min 10 sec to finish fourth in this fifth stage and thus get his hands on the yellow jersey he had not worn once since the beginning of the week. This is obviously his best career victory on a UCI event.

” I can not believe it ! I never thought about it during the stage. I knew it was close to two laps from the end. My teammate Jordan Cheyne did an amazing job up front. It’s an honor, “said the new champion.

The last Canadian to win the Tour de Beauce was Svein Tuft in 2008, but Jacques Landry was the last Quebec champion in 1994. Twenty-four years later, Piccoli has made his name on the charts. For full article click HERE

This marks the 3rd UCI win for the Elevate KHS Pro Cycling team in the 2018 race season. Congratulations to James on his big win!