Pro GRT 4, Tamarack, Idaho

KHS Factory racing was up in Idaho racing the 4th stop of the Pro GR series at Tamarack Mountain Resort. Despite a fire close by, the race went on. Logan Binggeli had a great showing as he finished in second place, and Nik Nestoroff also came out fighting finishing in fourth place. The next stop, and last, of the GRT series will be at  Mammoth Mountain next month. Logan is second overall looking to get to the number one spot.

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 day rolled around fast. All tuned up physically and mentally I loaded up and made the trip to my first UCI World Cup in 6 years. Slightly nervous but incredibly determined I went to the race venue Saturday to walk the track and start to plan my strategy for Sundays race. Wood features, berms, dirt jumps and tight corners on pavement, were all elements that made up the track. I left the venue Saturday seeing the technicality of the event with a renewed feeling of security knowing that I have all the elements to do just fine as long as I can execute my race strategy correctly…Which pretty much consisted of getting the “hole shot” and blocking the rest of the riders from passing and advance to the next round. Easier said than done…
Sundays racing started off with an individual time trial to place the brackets for the eliminator race. one lap as hard as you can go to determine your placements. Sprinting my way around the course I seated myself in 7th place and was in the 3rd bracket in the first heat. Unfortunately  for me I had a poor start and was battling over the two lap heat to solidify myself into that 1st or 2nd place position to advance but was just edged out by half a bike length in the final sprint and did not make it to the next round.
Luckily for me I had a second chance to race on the same day for the UCI Short track. 20 min of pain on the same track we raced for the XCE. I had a great start and was with the lead group for much of the first half of the race but a crash in front of me required a ton of effort to make contact again with the shattered lead pack. A dropped chain 1 lap later didn’t help the matters and left me in no mans land and suffering all by myself all the way to the finish.
I finished 9th in the XCE and 8th in the Short Track respectably as the top American at the event. Initially I was really disappointed but realize that everyone I’m racing against does this style of racing all the time. I trained  hard to be in the mix, I didn’t get shelled off the back and I had some fun with it.   Showing up is half the battle and being competitive is the second half. I checked both those boxes and that itch I referred to earlier just moved…
“Keep evolving” is my saying for this race season. i’ll be back for more of this style of racing but for now back to work on the enduro bike as I head toward my biggest goal of the year defending my National Championship title.

Powell on the Podium at Plattekill

Seamus Powell found himself on the podium in second place at that second stop of the Eastern State Cup Enduro series at Plattekill Mountain Bike Park.

“Plattekill Mountain offered up the raw and untamed trails,” Seamus recalls, “Its infamously noted to have for the second stop of the Eastern States Cup Enduro series. This was my first east coast enduro of the year. After a full day of practice Saturday in bone dry loose conditions, multiple broken bike parts and one gashed shin, I called it a day knowing Sunday would provide a completely different riding experience with rain in the forecast.”
Seamus continues, “I welcomed Sundays rain with open arm. The skies opened up and the Mountains ski lift broke down leaving the racers no choice but to climb the ski hill 4 times to complete the race. I had consistent, smooth and fast stages but was just nipped for the win after 13 minutes of racing. My Kenda Hellkat tires were incredible in the wet and sloppy conditions and I managed to keep my bike together for the race! That’s a feat in itself racing on that mountain.”
Great job Seamus, onward to ESC Enduro round 3 next week in Binghamton, NY

 

Sea Otter 2018

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 going 1 & 2 in the Road Circuit race on the final day.

All in all it was great weekend for team KHS.

The RV Life

Yes, a travel log! The KHS Factory Racing team is out on the road. This time they are heading to the second stop of the Pro GRT series in Port Angeles Washington. When you are out on the open road you need to take some time to stop and stretch the legs. Well these guys do it a little differently… enjoy!

Nik Nestoroff’s first ride at Bootleg

A few weeks ago, Nik Nestoroff headed out to Bootleg Canyon in Bolder City NV. for the first time on his KHS DH Team. Check out his practice runs which paid off as he took second place, behind teammate Logan Binggeli this past weekend.

The Podiums Keep Rolling

This past weekend the KHS FActory race team was back out at Bootleg Canyon in beautiful Bolder City, NV. for the second round of the DVO Winter Series at Bootleg. Logan Binggeli looked to capitalize off his first place finish from the first round, and came up just short but came up with second over all. The third and final round will be on March 18, and Logan is in the lead for the overall and to retain the his crown.