Intense Heat and Steep Grades: Hotter’n Hell Hill Climb, By Brian McCulloch

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A lot of information can be gleaned from a properly crafted event name. So there was not much left to the imagination when I decided to sign up for the Hotter’n Hell Hill Climb up to the ski lifts at Mt. Baldy this last weekend. Having done this event two years ago, I already had an idea of the madness I was getting into and believe it or not, I was actually looking forward to it. (more…)

A Blustery Criterium: Ontario Summer’s End Grand Prix, By Brian McCulloch

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Upon arriving to the Ontario Criterium on Sunday, I was greeted by the same intense heat of Saturday’s hill climb and a properly stiff breeze. It almost made me think I had stepped into a convection oven instead of our industrial park criterium playground.

There is no secret that I love racing my bike. As much as I did enjoy the TT on Saturday, it was the highlight of my day to see my teammates and trade jokes before we suited up for the days racing event. The plan for the day was simple – race smart. However, that is not nearly as easy as it sounds especially for me. I tend to ride hard for the simple enjoyment of smashing it. (more…)

San Marcos Criterium – Santos 2nd, By Sergio Escutia

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Last Sunday, the team raced the San Marcos Criterium in the city of San Marcos, California. It is a really peculiar course, but very simple in its essence; not many turns, a little downhill and a little uphill just before the finish.

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Leadville 100: Shawn Daurelio

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This was my third year in a row racing the Leadville 100 mtb race. For those of you not familiar with this race here’s a bit about it.

Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the USA.  It sits at an elevation of 10,152 feet. The race is 103 miles and climbs to its high point at the turn around after the 10mile climb up to the Columbine Mine which is at 12,600ft.  The weather is always unpredictable as it can be snowing or hailing at any point through out the day. To make the event even more difficult, the race has a total of 13,000 total feet of climbing. This year, like the past two years, we had perfect weather at the start and throughout the race. I heard some of the later riders were treated to some snow and cold rain at the 50 mile turnaround a top the columbine climb.

In 2012, my first Leadville experience, I finished in a time of 8 hrs and 16 min.  Last year, 2013, I rode much faster, however I made a wrong turn at mile 93 and finished with a disappointing 8 hrs 18 min. This was disappointing to me because I knew I was on pace to finish with a much better finishing time than my 2012 race. I had reached the 50 mile turnaround at 4 hr 5 min, which was a good deal faster than 2012.  Looking at the added section of trail on Strava/GPS I took that day it had added up to 25min detour at least.

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This year my father qualified in Austin, Tx in April so that he could race the event.  He called…
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Death Valley Omnium: Changing Gears – Joy McCulloch

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I have lived in Southern California for over 10 years now, and I have never wanted to go the hottest and lowest place on earth – the fabled Death Valley. I have driven past it on the 395 numerous times and I have never given it more than a thought and a shudder, thinking of what just might lay at the bottom of the sand. But racing calls, and I am not one to turn down a day to pin another number on and test myself again the clock, terrain and my inner demons and angles. It was time to head to the desert. (more…)

Brentwood Grand Prix: By Steven Davis

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This past Sunday we raced the Brentwood Grand Prix. This is a 6-turn 1.7 mile criterium, very near to the city of Santa Monica. We had six guys representing KHS-Maxxis p/b JAKROO and were very excited for the opportunity to be really aggressive. With a six man squad, we could be on the offensive and hopefully dictate the tactics of the race.

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San Rafael Twilight Criterium: 2nd Place!

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The KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO team headed to the Bay Area this past weekend to race the San Rafael Twilight Criterium. Our sponsor iRT Wheels was one of the main sponsors for the event and we wanted to capitalize on the chance to meet up with our sponsors from iRT and JAKROO Custom Clothing while also having the chance to compete in a great bike race. The trip north proved to be well worth the effort, both on and off the bike with Fabrizio Von Nacher finishing 2nd and teammate David Santos 5th in a race that the team did the lions share of animating from the gun. (more…)

Boise Twilight Criterium

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For the 4th year in a row, we headed to Boise, ID to race the NCC Boise Twilight Criterium on our way to Cascade Cycling Classic. This is a great event with an exciting atmosphere where our team has had great success each time we have competed in it. Sprinter and our top finisher on the day, Fabrizio Von Nacher, recounts his experience in the race:

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Thin Air & A Beautiful View: A View from The Top of Sherman Pass

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At 53 miles, the Sherman Pass Road Race that starts just outside of Pearsonville near Ridgecrest, CA. This is by far not the longest race that I have competed in this season. However, with 8,700 vertical feet of climbing that begins with a 16 mile climb, this is without a doubt, one of the most difficult races I will compete in this season.

As the promoter of the event, Steve Barnes does not mince words and aptly calls his company, Anti-Gravity Cycling… it’s an appropriate name, and I can tell you that for 3.5hrs of my Saturday I was fighting with gravity to make the vertical ascent of Sherman Pass as quickly as possible! (more…)

Shawn Daurelio is headed to Leadville 100!

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My father qualified in for Leadville 100 at a qualifier race in Austin this April. He called me and told me the news and said, “your going, right?”  I hadn’t planned on racing the 100 mile mountain bike race this year as I’ve done it the past two years. But seeing how my father will be there, I made arrangements and signed up for the qualifier event in Tahoe, CA. (more…)