Texas State Criterium Champion: Nick Torraca

Elevate -KHS Pro Cycling Team member Nick Torraca won Texas State Championship win this past weekend! This has been a break-out season for the Austin-based rider, and we checked in with him after his first state championship victory to see how it all came together.

KHS: Congratulations on winning the Texas Criterium Championship! Tell us about the race and how it played out in the finale.

Nick Torraca: Texas State Crit Championships was held in Dallas this year on the 8-turn Matrix Challenge course. Matrix is a course that I have had previous experience racing on with success. Staying at the front of the race and out of trouble is critical in preserving energy and having the ability to follow moves effectively. Prior to the race, I had talked with director Heath Blackgrove to go over a strategy that would put me in position to win. I knew leading into the last corner was my best bet at getting to the finish line first. About 20 minutes into the race, I found myself in a 6 man move which eventually stayed away for good. I would rather sprint out of a break, so this worked out well for me. In the last lap, I took over the front with two corners to go, to make sure I hit the last corner first. Once I got there, I gave it one last dig to seal off the win for the Texas State Championship!

KHS: You have had a stand out season so far with 3 wins and 8 podium appearances. How has your training and focus over the winter and heading into the season been different?

NT: This has been such a terrific year already! 3 WINS and 8 podiums has been absolutely amazing for me….

Meet The Team at Sea Otter!

The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team will have 5 riders taking on the three road racing events at Sea Otter Classic. Between racing, the team will be meeting up with partners at the venue, where you will have the chance to come by and visit them, get autographs and say hello!
Rider Roster: 
Gavin Hoover
Scott Law
Brian McCulloch
Cory Williams
Nick Torraca
Schedule of Events for the Weekend: 
Criterium: 9AM 60 minutes
Great location at the venue which is easy to reach by foot and get up and close to the action!
Road Race: 12 noon start, 72 miles
Begins on the Laguna Seca track, but the finish – as well as the majority of the race – is off-site.
2PM Autographs with Full Speed Ahead at booth #725
4PM Autographs with 4iiii Precision Power Meters
Circuit Race: 2:45PM, 75 minutes
This race begins under the main arch on the Laguna Seca Raceway and the riders get to race down the Corkscrew each lap, which makes for an exciting race for spectators.

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Brian McCulloch Wins Belgian Waffle Ride on his KHS Flite 900

Brian McCulloch landed arguably the most prestigious win of his career thus far, by besting Ted King in a two-up sprint to win the 2018 Belgian Waffle Ride. Touted as the “Hell of North County” and the one Spring Classic of US cycling, the Belgian Waffle Ride is a one of a kind mixed terrain event. Covering 212k and over 11,oooft of climbing, the course traversed 14 dirt/rock/gravel sectors, 13 water crossings, and many other obstacles. With over 1,200 entrants, the San Diego event lived up to its reputation as being one of the highlight events across the country.

McCulloch selected to race his KHS Bicycles Flite 900 race bike with 28c Maxxis Padrone-TR tires which he converted to tubeless. Running the tires both front and rear proved to be the winning combination to ensure he avoided punctures on the rough terrain but also was able to throw down the throttle on the many open pavement sections.

Much transpired over the 6 hour 34 minutes of racing and the lead group was whittled down from 50, to 30, to 14 and eventually 5. A tangle with another rider left McCulloch on the ground and as they began their chase, they were sure their 3 companions were rapidly making up time on the duo. Unbeknownst to them, the trio had briefly gone off course, thus the cat and mouse game ensued. As the kilometers ticked by, Brian dislodged his partner and continued to ramp up the pace in hopes of “catching” what he thought were the podium positions of the day. As his motivation grew stronger, the gap began to grow, and he had distanced himself from the animated chasers by close to 2 minutes.

Neutral support finally…

Cheyne 3rd Overall at San Dimas Stage Race

Jordan Cheyne won the opening uphill time trial to begin the San Dimas Stage Race in the yellow jersey. With his sub-15 minute effort, he held the coveted leaders jersey by 11 seconds going into Saturday’s 90 mile road race. With multiple time bonuses within the race as well as the finishing line, the team was poised ready to defend the jersey of their general classification leader.

Amassed at the front of the charging peloton, the 8-man squad regulated the breakaway up the road as the time bonuses were gobbled up by non-GC threats. With 12 circuits around Bonelli Park, Heckler Hill funneled the peloton onto a narrow climb lined with fans and spectators – a great atmosphere to race in!

With only a few laps remaining, team leader Jordan Cheyne suffered a mechanical and the team quickly stopped, helped solve the problem, and began to chase the race leader back onto the peloton. The race quickly put 50 seconds into the chasing team, but as they remained calm and collected, they methodically whittled the gap down and brought their leader back to the front group.

Alfredo Rodriguez would ultimately place 3rd on the stage and Jordan retained the yellow jersey going into the final stage on Sunday, the Old Town Grand Prix.

With the time gaps even closer for the 3rd and final stage, the two mid-race time bonus sprints became imperative to patrol. With a roll of the dice, the team allowed a move to solidify up the road after the 1st bonus sprint was contested. With the hopes of other GC contenders vying for their overall position. As the move gained traction,…

Tour de Taiwan Preview

The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team is excited to be racing the 2018 edition of the Tour de Taiwan! The race runs March 11-15 and will have live feed to follow along. The team has spent this week in Taiwan, visiting the headquarters of KHS Bicycles, Velo Saddles and Xpedo Pedals, making for an exciting start to international racing this season. Thank you to our partners for your hospitality in Taiwan!


Sam Bassetti (USA) #91

Alfredo Rodriguez (MEX) #96

Kevin Girkins (USA) #93

Brian McCulloch (USA) #94

Eder Frayre (MEX) #92

James Piccoli (CAN) #95

Follow The Event: 

LIVE YouTube Coverage of each stage! There will be a new link for each stage, which you can subscribe to on their channel or find on our FB page.

Taiwan is 15 hours ahead, which means stage 1 coverage will begin Saturday March 10th, 5PM PST.

Official Start List

Race Results

Official Event Website

Tour de Taiwan FaceBook Page

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Law Victorious at Lago Vista

Photo Credit: J.A. Hicks

Hailing from Australia, Scott Law is a new addition to the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team for the 2018 season. Having raced against him last season, we are excited to have him the Elevate Blue colors where we know he will shine. Scott brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team, along with a great sense of humor and infectious laugh. Lining up for his first races with the team in Texas, he came away victorious at Lago Vista Primavera and we had a chance to check in with him and see how the race unfolded.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Elevate-KHS: This trip to Texas was your first official travel race with the team. With a successful first weekend at Pace Bend, you lined up for another double-header at Lago Vista. Saturday you won the race in a sprint – your first win as a member of the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team! Tell us about the race and how it came together in the finale. 

Scott Law: The race was a 8.5km circuit featuring a long gradual ascent followed by some short and sharp descents as the finish approached. The finish itself was a sharp uphill sprint from 150m to go.

As the race started, the attacks came in earnest. Many of the teams from Texas had strength in numbers which they used to place multiple riders into the breakaways. My teammates George, Heath, Nick and myself all tried to place ourselves into the moves to be represented in case the move would stick. But with the relentless pace and attacking nature of the field, the moves became nullified.

Coming into 1 lap to go, the team all rallied together and began to work at the front…

Back to Back Wins in Texas!

The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team officially kicked off their race calendar at the Pace Bend Weekend in Texas. Hosted by team partner Boneshaker Project, this double-header event is a cornerstone of the race season and one we wouldn’t miss. After a great 10 day training camp in San Diego, the team amassed in Texas to tackle the two days of racing. With Director Sportif Heath Blackgrove at the helm, local Texan Nick Torraca was joined with new additions to the squad Scott Law, George Simpson and fellow Texan Kevin Girkins.

In dramatic fashion, Nick Torraca won the Saturday race of the Pace Bend Weekend in front of his home crowd! We connected with him after his victory to get a quick recap of the day and how it played out:

Elevate-KHS: This was your first team race of the season, and also your first win of the season! How did it feel to win at home in Texas on a course you have raced many times? 

Nick Torraca: Being able to win at home in Texas always feels amazing!! Pace Bend especially because it was also one of the first races I ever did back when I was a junior. The last 4 or so years our team has been able to win here and to keep that streak alive, even winning myself, makes it that much more exciting and special for me.

Elevate-KHS: Winning Saturday was fantastic, and you backed that performance up with a 3rd place on Sunday behind teammate George Simpson taking the win. How is the team coming together here after a solid training camp in San Diego and the first team races on the road? 

NT: Training camp really set the stage for our team…

Mountain Bikes Season Opener 2018 | 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo

While cross season still feels as though it was mere moments away, a few weeks off the bike and some solid R&R at home in the flat light and monotone colors of a dry January left me more than ready to head south. The mid-February cult gathering of mountain bikers seeking relief from winter climates in the Tucson desert sold out in just over seven hours this year. Around 1,800 racers and over 3,500 people set up camp just outside of Oracle, AZ ready to see who could turn the most laps on a cactus shrouded 16.1 mile course in the Sonoran desert.

This year I was invited to join the five-person co-ed team led by Enduro Bites founder Brian. We had a few shuffles for team members as most races with registrations six months earlier then the event but managed to secure the fifth and final team member with just days remaining before the race. I enjoyed a peaceful drive down with an overnight in the El Malpais National Monument. I imagine you aren’t supposed to spend a night parked there but there aren’t many visitors and the ease in which you can hide a large white van between a 3.8 million year old lava flow and chalk cliffs is well worth the effort.

The skies opened up as the weekend drew nearer and the bone jarring, pothole ridden, dusty, 11 mile drive off the highway to 24 Hour Town transformed into a quagmire of greasy mud, axle deep ruts, entrenched cars, and an exceptionally slow-moving line of traffic inching their way towards the weekends destination.

After being directed one at a time through and clearing what was presumably the worst portion of the road, I barely made it…

Victory at Roger Millikan Criterium

The 2018 Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team Camp begins this week in San Diego, CA. With camp on the horizon, our team riders have began to arrive in SoCal to enjoy the great weather while getting the chance to get quality training days in alongside their teammates, as well as fine-tune their racing with the team. Local strongmen Brian McCulloch and Cory Williams were joined at the Roger Millikan Criterium this past Sunday by Texan’s Nick Torraca and Kevin Girkins, and Canadian James Piccoli.

The race spanned 75 minutes on a fast and smooth course that soon proved to be ideal for a sprint finale. With the five riders on hand, this created an excellent opportunity for the team to work on tactics and the leadout. With 5 laps to go, the team assembled and began the process of controlling the field while ensuring Cory Williams was protected and perfectly placed for the finish.

Not one to disappoint, Cory delivered in commanding fashion to solidify his 4th win of the season. This win brings the teams tally to 6 wins and 8 podiums so far for the 2018 season. The team’s energy and excitement was palpable and it is apparent that this will be an exciting season with a charismatic cast of athletes comprising the roster.

All photos courtesy Danny Munson Dmunsonphoto.com 

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The Winning Continues! 5 Wins & 7 Podiums to Start 2018

The 2018 season for the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team has started where we left off last season, with multiple wins and podiums! From Southern California to Texas and Mexico, the team has garnered 5 race wins with 7 total podium appearances. With team camp just around the corner, the motivation is high for both riders and staff as they put the finishing touches on of teamwork and cohesion before officially beginning their race calendar.

In Southern California, Brian McCulloch and Cory Williams have been taking the local criterium scene by storm. Winning the first 3 opening races in dramatic fashion at the Ontario Grand Prix, California Bicycle Racing (CBR) #1, and CBR #2. These are hotly contested races with great prize purses, primes, and motivated racers making the team work for every inch they have gained on the road.

In Mexico, Alfredo Rodriguez won the Thunders Criterium on January 28th, while new team addition Kevin Girkins won the Texas Chainsaw Massacre the day prior by a commanding margin.

With team camp beginning February 14th in San Diego, athletes are beginning to arrive for a few extra days of training in 80F before joining their teammates at camp. James Piccoli made the trip from Montreal and has not been disappointed by both the training and the chance to try his hand at his first Southern California Criterium.

James played an integral part in the teams win on Sunday, helping to strategically place Cory Williams in the right spot to win the final sprint.

With camp beginning next Wednesday, stay tuned to our social media outlets for updates from the road as the team, partners, and characters of the 2018 season come…