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…
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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…
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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!

CRY BABY HILL-Tulsa Tough

The final day of the Tulsa Tough never disappoint, at it lived up to its name again this year! come enjoy the last stage of the Tulsa Tough as the Elevate KHS Pro Cycling team race up the infamous CRY BABY HILL.

Team on Top at Tulsa Tough

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team headed to Tulsa, OK with a strong sprint team and the aspirations of winning the overall omnium at the three day event. Returning to the event was Scott Law, 2017 Overall winner as well as Alfredo Rodriguez who placed second overall. Adding to the sprinting fire power was recent Winston-Salem winner Sam Bassetti, ensuring the squad was prepared to take top honors.

Tulsa Tough has been a favorite event for the team since 2011. The festival atmosphere, fantastic hosts and top notch racing is always a highlight for the team. Having had success winning the 2014 addition and knocking on the door the past few seasons, the team was motivated to land on top again.

Friday night racing took place in the Blue Dome District, where the 60 minute event was livestreamed to include the fireworks show with 5 laps to go. There had been several animated breakaways and attacks thanks to the $500 primes and racers looking to make their money back for the weekend, or get a few laps off the front on the big screen. As the laps wound down, the team methodically collected at the front to reel in any last chance takers up the road.

With 3 laps remaining however, things seemed to get slightly disorganized as other trains took the lead. As the front of the peloton exited the darkness on the backside of the course on the final lap, there were three unmistakable blue jerseys together and ready to pounce. In what would go down as one of the most epic finishes at Tulsa Tough, the team finished 1-2-3, placing Sam Bassetti 1st across the finish line, with an already celebrating Alfredo Rodriguez in 2nd and fist-pumping Scott…
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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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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!