Williams Takes Armed Forces Cycling Classic Crystal Cup

Photo Credot: Doug Graham

Now in its 21st edition, the Annual Armed Force Cycling Classic is a two day racing event in Arlington, VA that showcases the country’s top sprinters for the greater Washington D.C. region. The Armed Forces Cycling Classic consists of the Clarendon Cup, known as one of the most difficult criterium races in the U.S., and the Crystal Cup the following day. The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling team sent a strong team to Arlington all focused on bringing fast sprinter, Cory Williams, to the line first each day.

Saturday’s Clarendon Cup featured a one kilometer course traversed by the field 100 times for 100km. The technical demands of the course and the summer heat would ensure this would be a very difficult 100 kilometers for the field.

Early on, about ten laps in, a break of four riders slipped away and managed a healthy gap for the first half of the race; the field behind was unsure how to react and the time gap was allowed to open up, a dangerous game on a short one kilometer course, especially with the former national criterium champion in the move, as the field would soon find out.

As the break, now three riders, got within 15 seconds of the back of the field the peloton began to take notice at the front looking to deny the inevitable. This only served to fracture the field and add to the long list of DNFs that would populate the results sheet at the end of the day.

In the end, the break made the catch and UHC set up their fast man Eric Marcotte, now a lap up, for the victory. The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling boys were active all day trying to bring the escapees back for most…
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Seamus Powell on the XCE Short Track

There has been an itch developing over the past few year. The kind of itch that you get on your back and have your significant other or best friend scratch the hell out of it  only to find its moved places… “a little to the left…!!! Yeah yeah yeah… that’s the spot!!”
Well that has been XC racing for me. Not only local or national level XC but World Cup Level XC!! This year marks 6 years since I last lined up at a World Cup XC race. I was nothing to write home about when I left the XC circuit but I could hold my own at times.
Enduro and Downhill have scratched the competitive itch for many years but I had it in the back of my head I would race at the highest level XC again. Over the winter my coach recommended that I try out a XC Eliminator race. Eliminators are high intensity technical sprint races, based in city centers and raced in heats of 4 riders over a 2 minute track with the top 2 riders of each heat advancing to the next round…. SOLD ! Better yet the UCI World Cup XCE series opener was ONLY a short 18 hour drive in Columbus, Georgia.
After the Sea Otter Classic in April I went into a 5 week training block before the race on June 3. Two workouts a day and riding my KHS Team 29er Hard Tail, my weapon of choice for the race while also reacquainting myself with a bike that has no suspension per say of other than a mere 3 inches in the front. I didn’t take long…
The race…
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Elevate-KHS #1 Ranked Team in the Country

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

After a stellar weekend of racing in Oklahoma and Virginia, USA Cycling released the updated Pro Road Tour team and individual rider rankings. For the first time in the programs history, the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team is ranked #1 in the team rankings, ahead of United HealthCare Pro Cycling Team, Holowesko Citadel P/B Arapahoe, Hagens Berman Axeon, and Rally Cycling.

With standout performances from a number of team riders, Elevate-KHS also has four athletes placed in the top 11 in the individual rankings. Sam Bassetti is 3rd overall, with Alfredo Rodriguez 6th, James Piccoli 9th and Scott Law 11th.

Team Rankings: https://bit.ly/2vOCAXL

Individual Rider Rankings: https://bit.ly/2MlLtfo

PezCycling Article on PRT Rankings and Elevate-KHS rise to the top: https://bit.ly/2l6cUNR

Thank you to our partners, fans and support network for helping the team achieve these rankings. The team is ready to tackle the rest of the season in earnest and we appreciate all the support along the way!

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Tulsa Tough- Blue Dome Crit

The Saint Francis Tulsa Tough race is one of the best races in the country. Check out the Elevate KHS Pro Cycling team smash the first stage from this past weekends race. We will post stage two tomorrow and stage on Thursday, stay tuned!

Yackle Brothers Tackle the Missoula PROXCT/UCI Juniors Series

Over the weekend, Yackle Brothers Racing competed in 4 races: the Elite/Pro/Open STXC, the UCI Junior Series XCO, the 15-18 Junior STXC and the 15-16 Junior XC. We are happy to share that Yackle Brothers Racing stood tall at the end of the weekend with 3 podiums and an 8th in the Elite/Pro STXC!

Though both Nye (a 4th and a 3rd) and Jake performance was most impressive. Jake finished a close 2nd place, just 9 seconds behind the overall winner. Jake handily beat 35 of the 37 Nation’s best 17-18 year-olds. Jake led nearly the entire race, and won the critical sprint battle (1.5 minutes) for the final Singletrack descent. However, after a collision with that knocked Jake off course, he was forced to remount and bring his bike back on course. He descended hard, full gas, and closed the gap in a huge 2 minute effort. This unfortunately left him tapped for the impending sprint but we’re happy to report that he came in a very close 2nd! We are confident that Jake’s next Junior XCO Race at USA Cycling MTB Nationals will be one to watch.

Weekend Preview: Tulsa Tough & Armed Forces Classic

The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team has a great weekend of racing ahead. Splitting the quad between Oklahoma and Virginia, the riders will toe the line at Tulsa Tough and the Armed Forces Cycling Classic. Both events provide ample opportunities to watch the races live as the action unfolds.

Tulsa Tough has been a staple event for the program since 2011. With a strong roster including 2017 overall winner and 2nd overall winner Scott Law and Alfredo Rodriguez, as well as recent Winston-Salem champion Sam Bassetti, the team is poised for three fantastic days of racing.

Roster:

Gavin Hoover

Scott Law

Kevin Girkins

Sam Bassetti

Alfredo Rodriguez

Nick Torraca

Race Schedule:

Friday June 8th: Brady District Criterium 8:50PM Race CST

Saturday June 9th: Arts District Criterium 7:55PM Race CST

Sunday June 10th: River Parks (Cry Baby Hill) Criterium 4:35PM CST

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This is the first opportunity the team has had to race the Armed Forces Cycling Classic in Virginia. Being our debut at the event, we are confident in our strong 5 man squad to tackle the 2 day event.

Roster:

James Piccoli

Eder Frayre

Cory Williams

George Simpson

Jordan Cheyne

Race Schedule:

Saturday June 9th: Clarendon Cup 12:00PM EST

Sunday June 10th: Crystal Cup  12:45PM EST

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For a video highlighting the event, watch HERE

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Bassetti Claims Emphatic Victory in Winston-Salem

Photo Credit: Ethan Glading Photography

Memorial Day marked the sixth edition of what’s fast becoming an American Cycling tradition, the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic. The two day event features a downtown criterium on Saturday followed by the main event on Monday, the UCI 1.1 ranked Winston Salem Cycling Classic Road Race; 177.8km of racing over a 13.7km circuit amassing over 2100m of climbing in 13 laps around the city. Absent from the 2017 edition of the race, Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling made it a point to make an impression on the host city.

Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling came into the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic weekend fresh off a string of sprint victories in the Redlands Cycling Classic Criterium and the Dana Point Grand Prix, so the team was looking for a fast finish in Saturday’s USA Crits Criterium from sprinters Alfredo Rodriguez and Sam Bassetti. The criterium featured a figure 8 1.4km course with six turns and 24m of elevation per lap, most of which coming on the 4.3% “Hill of Doom.”

The criterium would ultimately come down to a fast sprint like predicted with Colin Joyce (Rally Cycling) taking the win, edging out Pier-Andre Cote (Silber) and Alfredo. The team worked great all night and gave Alfredo the opportunity to take another trip to the podium this season finishing the night in 3rd place, and giving the team motivation for Sunday’s finale.

With a difficult course and inclement weather on tap, the team turned their focus towards their biggest test of the season, 177km UCI 1.1 ranked Winston-Salem Cycling Classic Road Race. With rain compounding…
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School Visits at Redlands Bicycle Classic

The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling team had the opportunity to visit 3 area schools leading into the Redlands Bicycle Classic. These school visits are always a highlight for the riders, as they get to interact with many children who are eager to meet the pros. With athletes from four countries, the school kids were treated not only to information about safely riding their bicycles, but accents and stories of riding and racing in far off lands such as Australia, Mexico and Canada.

After safety demonstrations, talk about the Redlands Classic, and tips on being healthy student-athletes, the kids were able to ask questions. From wanting to know if the riders could take breaks, where their food came from, and how fast or far they had ridden, the students had excellent questions. However, the best question came from the last student, “but can you do anything cool?” he asked. Yes indeed they can! Alfredo Rodriguez then showcased his BMX background with a wheelie across the blacktop waiving to the students, followed by high-fives for everyone.

Arroyo Verde Middle School is located on the Highland Circuit Race course, which allowed the students to come out to cheer on their new favorite team during the stage 3 race. With handmade signs, dozens of cowbells and lots of cheering, their added support sure helped spur the team on that day as James Piccoli finished 3rd on the stage.

Thank you Redlands Bicycle Classic for helping organize school visits so that the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team could interact with the community, talk about their passion for sport, safety and healthy living with over 600 school children prior to the event. We hope to see these young riders out at the races next year!

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