Piccoli 2nd Overall at Joe Martin Stage Race

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The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team traveled to Fayetteville, AR to race the Joe Martin Stage Race. This event is the first stop on the UCI America’s Tour, as well was a pillar of the Pro Racing Tour. With a strong 7-man roster, the team was poised for 4 days of excellent racing.

The first 2 days of racing brought challenges, however. With misinformation on time gaps to breakaways up the road and the team miscalculating the time and work needed to reel the moves in, 4th places finishes were the top honors for the team on both stages. The team put all their resources behind Piccoli on stage 1, which had a steep uphill final sprint for the finish.

The 3 mile uphill time trial on stage 3 also suited Piccoli, where he finished a close 2nd by 0.6 seconds to eventual overall winner Stephen Bassett. His performance in the time trial placed him 2nd going into the 4th and final stage, a technical criterium that also finished on a steep climb which the racers had to travers each of the 30 laps. With the time gap to the yellow jersey 14 seconds, the team knew they had to try everything possible if Piccoli were to overtake the lead. In the end, Bassett proved resilient and maintained the jersey while Ulises Castillo sprinted to 2nd place on the day to finish out the tour.

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Sweep in San Dimas

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The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team made their mark on the San Dimas Stage race this past weekend. Coming off of great showings at both the Tour de Taiwan and Redlands BIcycle Classic, the team was motivated to keep the momentum going and win their first yellow jersey of the season.The San Dimas Stage Race begins with a 4.25 mile uphill time trial on Glendora Mountain Road, an iconic climb in the Southern California mountains. James Piccoli clocked the fastest time of the day by 3 seconds, placing him in the lead going into stage 2. The San Dimas Hospital Road Race is notorious for the technicality of the course, as well as the challenging conditions and strain the combination puts on the field. With strong competitors within striking distance of the yellow jersey and multiple time bonuses up for grabs within the race, the team rode aggressively to place Ulises Castillo in a strong 3-man breakaway. This move lasted to the finish line and Ulises shed the last of his break away companions heading into the long finishing straightaway, winning the stage solo. He had enough of a gap on the field as well as time bonuses from the laps he spent in the break, that he moved into the overall lead for the final stage in downtown San Dimas.

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The stage 3 Criterium is dynamic with several time bonuses up for grabs, and a course that makes a breakaway hard to catch once they are out of sight. The team was in a great position with Ulises in the lead and teammate Piccoli 2nd on GC 17 seconds down. The overarching goal was to retain yellow for the team and win the stage.

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James launched an attack that would soon develop the breakaway of the day. The gap began to grow and as the lap cards went up, James attacked the break and rode the final laps solo, finishing with the 3rd win in as many stages for the team. In the peloton, the team set up the sprint where Alfredo Rodriguez finished 2, winning the bunch sprint, and Ulises just behind in 4th.

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Once the time bonuses for the day were tallied, James Piccoli would again wear the yellow jersey and Ulises Castillo held onto 2nd Overall while also winning the Green Sprinter Jersey. The team is now preparing to race the UCI America Tour Joe Martin Stage Race in Fayetteville, Arkansas where they plan to continue their podium performances. Follow the Team on Social Media: Facebook: www.facebook.com/elevatekhscycling/

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Success in Taiwan

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The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team returned to the Tour de Taiwan for the 3rd year with big aspirations. The 5 day UCI 2.1 event is the first stop on the UCI Asia Tour and an exciting venture for the team abroad.

The tour proved to be a successful campaign with James Piccoli winning the Queen Stage on day four, finishing 2nd on the General Classification and Eric Young sprinting to two photo finishes 2nd places on stages 1 and 5.

The team took advantage of previous course knowledge and fine-tuned leadout to control the final kilometers on stage 1. Eric finished a close 2nd with teammate Alfredo Rodriguez 4th, beginning the race in exciting fashion.

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On stage 4, the team was committed to giving climber James Piccoli all their resources to ensure he was ready for the penultimate climb and run in to the finish. James attacked multiple times on the steep climbs in the final kilometers, but could not put enough distance between himself and the hard charging reduced bunch.

With only a few kilometers left, and where the gradient of the course softened, James used the momentum of the bunch to launch one final attack. The surge caught the group off guard and he quickly gained a sizable gap. He buried his head, turning on the after burners to win the stage by a few bike length.

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The 5th and final stage is the longest of the tour at just under 200k. Being a relatively flat course, the finish was sure to come down to a sprint. Again, the team focused on conserving all their resources to shepard Eric to the finish line. The sprint came down to a bike throw again, with Eric narrowly finishing 2nd on the stage.

The team wrapped up the 2019 Tour de Taiwan as the most successful UCI campaign to date, with gained motivation and confidence heading into the Joe Martin Stage Race and Tour of the Gila.

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Tour of Taiwan Preview

The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling team will be racing the Tour de Taiwan March 17-21st. This the third time the team has traveled to Taiwan to compete in the UCI 2.1 stage race that is the first stop of the UCI Asia Tour.

Roster:

Alfredo Rodriguez

Brian McCulloch

Eric Young

George Simpson

James Piccoli

Ulises Castillo

Each stage will be shown live through the Tour de Taiwan YouTube Channel.

Note: Taiwan is 15-hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time, the times below are adjusted to that time zone.

Stage 1: March 17th

Taipei City

83Km

Start Time: Saturday March 16th, 6:15PM PST

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Stage 2: March 18th

Taoyuan City

118Km

Start Time: Sunday March 17th, 6:30PM PST

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Stage 3: March 19th

Taiwan Romantic Route

156Km

Start Time: Monday March 18th 6:30PM

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Stage 4: March 20th

Nantoe County

166Km

Start Time: Tuesday March 19th, 6:30PM PST

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Stage 5: March 21st

Pingtung County

193Km

Start Time: Wednesday March 20th, 6:30PM

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Adam Roberge is Prepared for 2019

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Canadian Adam Roberge traveled to Southern California so that he was able to have a solid winter training block ahead of the 2019 season. As a new addition to the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team, Adam is motivated to make an impact with break through performances and being an integral member of the squad.

You just completed your first team camp with the team – how did it go and what is your impression for the 2019 season and the team?

It was great to meet the team, and it is always a wonderful time getting to know people who share the same passion as you. It went pretty well, I was especially surprised and happy when I realized how close the staff and riders were. It feels like a big family and I’m super excited to improve as a rider and person with all of them.

After camp, you and 3 teammates raced a local event, the Victorville Road Race, where you finished 2nd. How was the course and conditions?

Really hard, it was 12 laps of a 10km circuit. What made the course so challenging was the extreme wind conditions. My Elevate-KHS teammates and I stayed together as long as we could so we were able to work together in an echelon formation to waste the least amount of energy

Teammate Alfredo Rodriguez won the race with you 2nd – how did the race play out?

Alfredo was in a break of 4 guys off the front. I was in the group behind with my to other teammates Ulises and Brian. We worked together to keep the break at seeing distance because we were not happy with only first place – we wanted at least two guys on the podium. At about mid race, Ulises attacked in the most technical section on the course with me on his wheel and we dropped everyone else in the group. Together we bridged up to the break. At this point, we had 3 KHS riders out of a group of 5 in front with 4 laps to go. We attacked one after the other, forcing the 2 other guys to cover and get tired. With 2 laps to go, I attacked on the climb and only Alfredo was able to stay on my wheel. We rode together for the last 2 laps and cross the line with the same time sharing the victory.

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You have spent quite a bit of time training in Southern California preparing for the season. How has that been going and how is the training compared to Canada right now?

I have been staying in Beaumont for the last month or so, going up and down some amazing roads and enjoying breathtaking scenery in the San Bernardino national forest. On top of that, I stay with the most loving hosts I can possibly have. For us Canadians, we have to travel during the winter to train. Right now it’s impossible to ride the road bike outside with all the snow. When I’m at home I either train inside on the trainer of outside on the fat bike.

This is your first season on the team – what events are you looking forward to the most?

For sure, the Tour of Utah is the biggest race for us during the season so I will be making sure to arrive fully ready. Winston Salem is also a race that I look forward, I really loved the experience of one day races at the GP Quebec & Montreal and I’m excited for the team to defend Sam Bassetti’s title. Other than that, I’m anticipating pretty much all races during the season, preparing and racing at my best so my teammates and I can win the most races we can!

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