Nevada State Downhill Championship

This past weekend was the kick-off to the DVO Winter Gravity Series at Bootleg Canyon, NV. with the Nevada State downhill championship. The KHS Pro MTB team, fresh off their first race of the year, kept their podium run going.

Nik Nestoroff capitalized on his second-place finish the week before and took the top spot on the podium and defended his title by winning the 2020 Nevada State downhill championship.

Teammate, Steven Walton, improved on his last race run and pulled off a 3rd place finish.

New teammate, Kailey Skelton showed stuff and was the fastest down the mountain in the women’s class and was crowned as the 2020 women’s Nevada downhill champion.

Here we Go

The 2020 race season has started! KHS Pro MTB team took to the dirt in Fontana, Ca over the weekend to kick-off the race season at the Southridge winter series.

Nik Nestoroff and Steven Walton road hard in first race of the season and pulled off a podium finish.

Elevate-Webiplix Pro Cycling Team Official Press Release

Webiplex becomes Co-Title Sponsor of the 2020 Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling Team.

Tustin, CA: The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team has achieved many incredible results in the past three years, learning valuable lessons while growing immensely as a team. With KHS Bicycles, the program has built a solid foundation and is now looking forward to continuing this incredible journey by strengthening our relationship with Webiplex, the provider of DocuPeak™, a premier cloud-based business process automation and document management platform. 

“We are proud to have Webiplex as our new Co-Title Sponsor. They represent the discipline and drive towards efficiency our team embodies, with a solid focus on the team goals which are required within our competitive sport. Cycling is also a deep part of the Webiplex culture – their offices were specifically chosen to be right next to a bike path – as is the encouragement of fitness for the general health and well-being of their employees,” said Paul Abrahams, Team General Manager.

“We were a proud sponsor of last years team, as they displayed the dedication and drive it took to become the highest ranked cycling team in America,” said Webiplex CEO, Rob Rennie. “We’re even more excited now as we increase our sponsorship as the team’s Co-Title Sponsor for the 2020 season, and announce the new Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling Team name.”

KHS Bicycles is stepping back as the primary partner and title sponsor, but continues to be the official bicycle supplier and valued technical partner, providing the program with the best equipment possible. KHS Bicycles has played an integral part in the creation and sustainability of the team, coming on board as a partner in the 2012 season.

The 2020 race season is upon us, and both the athletes and staff of the Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling Team are completely focused on winning the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour (PRT) for the second year, UCI events in Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, and having a team athlete compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“With the Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling Team there is so much to be excited about,” says General Manager, Paul Abrahams. “Armed with our core values and excellent team partners, I expect this season to be exhilarating for our fans, sponsors, staff, and riders alike. The team will be looking to win races all season long!”

The team won 50 races in 2019 and earned the top spot in USA Cycling’s season long Pro Road Tour standings, winning both the team and individual competitions.

Leading the sprint-game for the team are US National Team Members Eric Young, Gavin Hoover, and Lucas Bourgoyne as well as Mexican sprint-ace Alfredo Rodriguez. Rodriguez’ compatriot Ulises Castillo and Sam Bassetti will lead the charge in the tougher one day races.

The team also boasts serious time-trial talent including Adam Roberge, Canada’s current U23 National TT Champion, and George Simpson who earned the bronze medal at this year’s USA Pro TT National Championships.

Completing the roster is the experienced duo of Team Co-Captains Brian McCulloch and Canadian Jordan Cheyne. 

With a focus on teamwork, and a continuous drive toward excellence, everyone on the Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling Team is excited for the season to begin and once again earn their place as the best team in America!

Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling Roster: 

Sam Bassetti (USA)

Lucas Bourgoyne  (USA) 

Ulises Castillo (MEX) 

Jordan Cheyne (CAN)

Gavin Hoover (USA)

Brian McCulloch (USA)

Adam Roberge (CAN)

Alfredo Rodriguez (MEX)  

George Simpson (USA)

Eric Young (USA)

Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling Calendar: 

Team Training Camp (Feb 5-13)

Tour de Taiwan (March 1-5)

Tour of Malaysia (April 1-6)

Redlands Bicycle Classic (April 22-26)

Tour of the Gila (April 29-3)

Tour of Japan (May 17-24)

Winston-Salem Criterium and Road Race (May 23-25)

Armed Forces Classic (May 30-31)

Tulsa Tough (June 12-14)

US Pro Championships (June 18-21)

Canadian Pro Championships (June 18-21)

Mexican Pro Championships (June 18-21)

Boise Crono Time-Trial (July 10)

Boise Twilight Criterium (July 13)

Tour of Utah (August 3-9)

Maryland Cycling Classic (September 6)

Bucks County Classic (September 15)

Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling Team Partners:

Elevate Financial, Webiplex, KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, La Forma Sports, Xpedo Pedal Precision, Velo Saddles, Monster Hydro, Kali Protectives, 4iiii Precision Power Meters, Rennie & Associates, FSA Components, BONT Cycling Shoes, Vision Wheels, Chamois Butt’r, Park Tool, AMP Human Performance, Air Relax, Bone Shaker, EVA AIR, Serfas and Q2 Components.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/elevatewebiplexpro/

Instagram: @elevatewebiplexpro

That’s a Wrap | CX #8 2019-2020

Rather than find out what happens when you overstay your American Schengen Zone allotment of 90 days in a 180 period, I took my little mini truck and hopped a ferry across the channel to the UK. A ten day stay would earn me enough time to finish off my season in Nommay, France for one last world cup.

 

I’ve been to the UK before, precisely ten years ago.  It was summer then, and I was much further west but I did bring a bike with me. The story of me riding to see Stonehenge 60 miles away and ignoring the obvious need to return another 60 miles while having never ridden more than a planned century, is a favorite “major fail” that I, to this day, enjoy sharing.

 

As expected on that day, I didn’t quite make it back smoothly: I got exceptionally lost, ran out of daylight, was aimlessly riding roads with no shoulders sans lights, didn’t know where I was staying(!) to head back to, ran out of food and water and ended up in a McDonalds begging them to print me off a Google map so I could see where I needed to go to get “home.” I spent an hour or so earlier in the day attempting to navigate off of a set of wind turbines that unbeknownst to me rotated with the wind to face the opposite direction.  I was sick the entire rest of my trip to England and spent it on the couch with chills and a fever.  If I had ever needed to learn the same lesson of realistic endeavors, proper preparation, and heartfelt self-care again I wouldn’t consider myself very perceptive.

 

Ten years later and I am much more versed in the art of training in unfamiliar locations.  I bring a backup battery to charge any devices that go flat as a precaution and mapping is much more robust.  Still, it takes a bit of time to get familiar with the flow of a new area, what roads are uncomfortably busy, which ones look like roads but really are muddy logging trails that end in gates, and which are ones that are gated to start with and not passable.

 

The backwards (to us non-island folk) roads in England are of course a consideration but the reality of that concern comes less from being on the uncomfortable side of opposing traffic and more centered around the reality that the road is only wide enough for one entity to proceed.  This means you generally ride in the center of the pavement and rely on instinct to get you to your respective place of safety should traffic suddenly appear. With the tendency of English roads to feature thick hedges that originate millimeters from the edge of the right of way, more than one scary moment ensued where I dove right around a blind right corner into oncoming traffic.  If there ever was a reason to sport American flag apparel, I feel like this might be the time. 

 

Regardless, I’m continuously impressed with the willingness to share the road that I find amongst the Britons.  Based presumably upon necessity rather than a campaign such as we have in America to “share the road,” not one car has expressed frustration at me holding them up on any degree of byway.  The irony is not lost when there is quite literally half the available space for users to travel upon.

 

Race season is generally so compact and so intense that much time is spent recovering and regrouping for the next competition.  Whatever I’ve been doing these past years has not been working out for me, I feel as though I come into the season with a varying bit of fitness but a semblance of fitness (a consequence of the summer of riding), none the less. Throughout the season this declines and by the conclusion I’m flat, have made few gains, suffer from a progressively bigger hit on my confidence, and marvel at the hopelessness of salvaging any result I consider respectable. 

 

I saddled up to the week in the UK with little regard for what the ride efforts would consist of.  I chose destinations, I rode sans power, I opted to not get frustrated when I arrived home to discover my heart rate had not recorded.  I got lost, I overdid my days, I left a few marks on Strava, I didn’t pause for rest.  My ATL skyrocketed, my legs started to feel like they belonged to a cyclist again.  But mostly my mind cleared.  That isn’t to say that the moment I shrug into a one-piece race suit again the familiar patterns won’t come back, but anytime I gain awareness I feel like if I’m not more capable as a consequence, at least I can help others to be so.

 

I’m ready to wrap up the season, if not because of reoccurring injuries, an intense need for vitamin D, waning fitness, or the need for a reset; then because the future is always exciting with its promise of opportunity, of trying again, of doing it differently, of doing it better.  I’m not ignorant to the fact that each year I tackle the same brutal pastime with a slightly older, more battered body amongst a more fearless and increasingly younger group of competitors. Experience and determination are my weapons and they are mine to continue hacking away with amongst the skill, fitness, fearlessness, luck, and aggression that defines this crazy sport.

 

Even with definable objectives satisfaction will not automatically come just because specific targets are met, those with lofty ambitions find that deep down there’s more going on than the immediate aspiration. The best prognosis is to embrace the journey and to be appreciative of how that journey changes your perception of the world around you. In part, my readiness to go back is due to that change. The lens in which you see the world is altered by each new experience but the only measure to this adaptation is to revisit your baseline, to return home.