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.
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… (more…)
Bassetti Claims Emphatic Victory in Winston-Salem was last modified: May 30th, 2018 by khsadmin
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!
The 38th addition of the Redlands Bicycle Classic proved to be exciting from the beginning. The event was to begin with a 7.8 mile Individual Time Trial in Big Bear, CA. However, with a late spring storm descending on the mountain town Tuesday night, the stage was cancelled due to snow conditions.
Losing the first stage meant that the Yucaipa Road Race, Stage 2, would be a hotly contested challenging day as the general classification was yet to be set. With 95 miles of racing and over 9,000ft of climbing, the Queen Stage lived up to its expectations.
Within the first lap of 6 circuits, the group had already lost upwards of 30 riders. The pace continued as a team jokeyed for position in the KOM and Sprint Competitions. With a break of 4 up the road leading into the final climb up Oak Glen, the Elevate-KHS Team worked hard on the front to bring the time gap down. Ultimately the break was caught and climbers James Piccoli and Jordan Cheyne placed 10th and 13th respectively.
Stage 3 was hosted in the city of Highland, where the peloton raced a blistering 20 laps of the 2.8 mile Highland Circuit Race. Each lap found the riders charging up the steep Baseline climb where attrition and positioning became key. A solo rider was off the front as the laps wound down, putting the Elevate-KHS team in great position while the Axeon and United HealthCare teams worked hard to bring the race finale down to a sprint.
With the addition of Elevate-KHS at the front of the race, James Piccoli placed himself safely behind the team, and as the began the final assault up Baseline,… (more…)
Monumental Success at Redlands Bicycle Classic was last modified: May 10th, 2018 by khsadmin
Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Run First, Third, and Fourth in First Ever Team Victory at Southern California Race
“I looked to see where we were both sitting and I was in front and still really couldn’t believe that I’d actually won,” Scott Law.
Now in its 12th year, the Dana Point Grand Prix Presented by Kingston Technology is one-of the best organized and attended 1-day professional & Bike Festival events in America. The 2018 edition again featured a fast L shaped six turn course over .8 miles of Dana Point’s local roads.
The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling team has come close through the years, attending each edition of the event during the team’s existence, but has yet to step onto the top step of the podium, that is until now.
The race started out with a hard and fast opening salvo led by squads looking to make the early break. H&R Block, Gateway Harley Davidson, and Los Angeles Bicycle Club joined us in keeping the front of the race animated with each team looking to put several riders up the road.
There was a big crash 15 minutes in, which saw the race neutralized for a few minutes while they cleared the course and made sure it was all safe to go. “After that,” added Scott Law, “things settled down quite a bit after pretty tense start to the race with a lot of bumping and bruising.”
With about 10 laps remaining, the team began looking for each other and getting organized for the lead out train in front of Cory Williams and Scott. The team took over the front with 6 laps to go and started riding to keep the pace high but settled.
The 34th annual Redlands Bicycle Classic is set to begin on Wednesday May 2nd. The 3rd stop on the Pro Road Tour will feature an array of courses, terrain and weather to ensure it will be an exciting event start to finish. The team has a strong 8-man roster for the event and will be focusing on success on all stages from the sprint finishes to the mountain top finish in Oak Glen. Follow the team on social media for up to date reports, updates and information on the event.
Brian McCulloch USA
James Piccoli CAN
Alfredo Rodriguez MEX
Jordan Cheyne CAN
Sam Bassetti USA
George Simpson USA
Scott Law AUS
Nick Torraca USA
May 2 Wednesday: Individual Time Trial, Big Bear CA. With the threat of snow and rain, this challenging course will test the riders on all levels.
7.8 mile Race
May 3 Thursday: Yucaipa Road Race
94 miles with over 10,000ft of climbing
May 4 Friday: Highland Circuit Race
58 miles with 20 laps of the 2.8 mile course
May 5 Saturday: Downtown Redlands Criterium
90 minute race
May 6 Sunday: Sunset Circuit Race
94 mile road race
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Now in its 32nd edition, the Tour of the Gila has traditionally served as a true test for North American cyclists looking to succeed in the bigger stages race later in the season and is the second US stop on the UCI Americas Tour. In order to succeed in Silver City, NM, you need to be able to cope with a starting elevation of 5900’.
Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling, fresh off their stage victory on the final day of the Joe Martin Stage Race, kept the team unchanged for the 2018 Tour of the Gila and a focus on the sprint stages with JMSR winner Alfredo Rodriguez and, 2017 Tour of Utah stand out, James Piccoli for the General Classification.
The first stage of the race is relatively flat until the peloton reaches the infamous Mogollon climb. The team spent much of the stage looking after James and keeping him safe on the long straight roads that make up the majority of the route. As the road started to tilt skyward the peloton fractured completely and Eder Frayer looked after James as long as possible before James found himself in the chase group behind five leaders up the road. The very narrow and rough road gave the five escapees the advantage they needed as James would ultimately cross the line for a respectable sixth place on the stage, keeping him in the GC conversation heading into stage two.
Fort Bayard, just outside of Silver City, serves as the start and finish for the stage two Inner Loop Road Race. With a course that finishes with a flat run into the line, preceded by 5700’ of climbing, this stage has proved difficult to predict in past editions with the winner coming from both bunch… (more…)
Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Cap Successful Tour of the Gila off with 5th in Gila Monster Finale was last modified: April 27th, 2018 by khsadmin
This years Sea Otter was pretty epic. This is the first time this year that all of the KHS athletes have been at one event. Enjoy this short edit of the KHS Factory racing team, Rebecca Gross, and the Elevate KHS pro Cycling team as they leave their mark on the 2018 Sea Otter Classic.
KHS Factory Racing riders, Nik Nestoroff, Seamus Powell, Rebecca Gross, Logan Binggeli, and team Manager Quinton Spaulding.
Elevate KHS Pro Cycling team members, Cory Williams, Gavin Hoover, Scott Law, Nick Torraca, and Brian McCulloch.
Rebecca Gross had her weekend cut a little short as she was involved in a crash during the Cyclocross race, but she toughed it out and finished the race.
Seamus Powell took 12th in the Enduro race and placed 18th in the Down Hill race.
Nik Nestoroff had a good week, just off his 6th place finish up in Port Angeles, he placed 23rd in the Down Hill and took 7th in the Dual Slalom.
Fresh off his 5th at Port Angeles, Logan Binggeli finished off the week with a 15th place finish in the Dual Slalom and 7th in the Down Hill race.
The Elevate KHS pro cycling team had a great week and Sea Otter as Gavin finished 2nd in the opening road Crit and teammate Nick Torraca took 4th. Nick then went on to take 2nd on the road race, and Cory Williams and Scott Law finished the weekend off by… (more…)
Sea Otter 2018 was last modified: April 27th, 2018 by Flick
The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team had a n excellent showing at the 2018 Sea Otter Classic. With 5 podiums including a win on the final day at the Circuit Race, the campaign was very successful. Beyond their podium appearances, however, the riders had the great opportunity to connect with many of the teams partners through out the weekend. (more…)
Sea Otter Classic: 5 Podiums & Partner Visits was last modified: May 22nd, 2018 by khsadmin
Alfredo Rodriguez Claims Victory as Sam Bassetti Dons Green Points Jersey on Final Stage.
Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling secured their first victory of the UCI America Tour, this past weekend, on the final stage of the UCI 2.2 Joe Martin Stage Race as Alfredo Rodriguez stormed to victory in the technical Stage Four criterium. The stage victory was the breakthrough the team was looking for after finishing on the podium in the previous two stages with Alfredo Rodriguez finishing second in the Stage Two sprint and James Piccoli coming in 2nd on the Stage Three uphill time trial.
The Joe Martin Stage Race is not only first stop for the UCI America Tour in the United States, but also serves as the first USA Cycling Pro Road Tour event, ensuring each of the top American professional squads would line up alongside the team for the contest.
Stage One, a 113 mile loop, started with a dangerous break with the team well represented by three riders. While most of the strong teams were represented in the breakaway, they would only last until the foot of the final climb. From there Eder Frayre got things going for the team by sprinting to 6th place in the tough finish.
The following stage was another long road race with a lumpy 110 mile course and another 6,000 feet of climbing. As the weather turned south quickly, George Simpson represented the team in the break on the rainy stage; the advantage for the break grew to almost three minutes before being caught inside fifteen miles to go. In the final meters Sam Bassetti and Alfredo would time their sprint almost perfectly before coming up just short of the victory. Alfredo stepped onto the second step of the podium with… (more…)
First UCI America Tour Victory at Joe Martin Stage Race was last modified: April 20th, 2018 by khsadmin