Triple Podium and a New U.S. DH Champion

KHS Pro MTB team rider Steven Walton riding at Snowshoe W.V.
The KHS pro MTB team does excellent work at the final Downhill national this year coming out on top with triple podiums the overall Pro men’s Downhill winner, Nik Nestoroff, Kailey Skelton taking 2nd place in the Pro Female Downhill, and the headline news of the season with Steven Walton taking the overall 2020 Downhill U.S. National title to make for his first major title in his career.
KHS Pro MTB team, Men's podium at the Snowshoe DH National finals with Nik Nestoroff in first place and Steven Walton in forth place.
KHS Pro MTB team, Men’s podium at the Snowshoe DH National finals with Nik Nestoroff in first place and Steven Walton in forth place.
It was a grueling season. A season that will never be forgotten with over Coming and adapting with all the current global crisis. This series went all across the United States from east to west and the final race with all the points on the line ended up in Snowshoe West Virginia known to be very slippery wet grueling track.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Kailey Skelton riding around a big rock at the DH finals in Snowshoe W.V.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Kailey Skelton riding around a big rock at the DH finals in Snowshoe W.V.
Friday started off with pro training followed by Saturday’s qualification with the team having a top five qualification spots. They were exactly 6.5 seconds down on the 2019 U.S. National Champion, Neko Mullally, so they definitely have their work cut out for them.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Nik Nestoroff about to head off a jump at Snowshoe for DH national finals.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Nik Nestoroff about to head off a jump at Snowshoe for DH national finals.
Sunday ended up to be a beautiful morning with no rain and track conditions were turning out to be perfect. It was roughly 4 PM when finals went off and Nik Nestoroff was able to lay down the fastest pro male time of the day beating out all the top competition!
KHS Pro MTB team rider Steven Walton set in the starting gate for his final run at the DH national finals at Snowshoe W.V.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Steven Walton set in the starting gate for his final run at the DH national finals at Snowshoe W.V.
Steven Walton had tremendous pressure on his shoulders and was running a fine line of keeping the rubber side down, he executed his race run coming 4th on the day and taking the overall U.S. National Downhill Championship title.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Steven Walton with his puppy.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Steven Walton with his puppy.
The team wants to thank all our great sponsors for continuously supporting us throughout these tough times and we are very excited to have a great fall season of training and riding in preparation for 2021.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Kailey Skelton riding around having fun and popping a Wheelie in the parking lot at the DH finals in Snowshoe W.V.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Kailey Skelton riding around having fun and popping a Wheelie in the parking lot at the DH finals in Snowshoe W.V.
Stay tuned for our SnowShoe West Virginia final Downhill video coming out soon!
KHS Pro MTB team rider Nik Nestoroff cleaning his race bike after a day of practice.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Nik Nestoroff cleaning his race bike after a day of practice.

Welcome Back Seamus Powell

KHS pro mtb team rider Seamus Powell showing his new KHS 7500 bike.

We are excited to announce the return of 2x U.S. National Enduro Champion Seamus Powell! Seamus is returning the KHS Pro Mountain Bike Team for the 2020 race season. His focus will be racing Enduro event around the country and to get back his National Title. He won that title in 2017 and 2018 when he was with KHS. Welcome back Seamus, we look forward to a great year of racing from you!

Road National Championship Round Up

In one weekend, six Elevate KHS riders earned a total of six podiums in National Championships in the US, Canada and Mexico, including 1 Gold Medal, 3 Silver Medals, and 2 Bronze medals!

Adam Roberge won the U23 Canadian National Time Trial Championship for the 3rd year in a row. He also received the bronze medal in the Pro Time Trail.

Friday, one of the most hotly contested criteriums of the year took place as the sun was setting. The US Pro Criterium came down to the wire, where Eric Young finished 2nd and teammate Sam Bassetti right behind in 4th. With a bike throw to the line, Eric took the silver for the teams 4th medal of the weekend.

 

Sunday brought the biggest day of racing, with National Championship Road Races in each country. Ulises Castillo rounded out the podium count with a 2nd place finish in Mexico in an exciting two-up sprint after a challenging and hot race at altitude.

George Simpson took home the bronze medal in the US National Pro Time Trail.

In Canada, Jordan Cheyen, Adam Roberge and James Piccoli were motivated to put everything on the line in the hopes of winning the coveted Maple Leaf Championship Jersey. Racing in Beauce, the team was aggressive from the gun and James ultimately rode solo for 100K, only to be caught with 5K to go after being chased for several hours by a dwindled field and chase group. He was able to finish strong in 5th place, just out of medal contention, knowing he had put everything into the chance to win the race.

When the weekend was complete, the team had tallied 6 podiums and medals, making this the most successful National Championships to date.

The 6th podium came from Kyle Swanson the week before where he placed 2nd in the U23 USA Elite Criterium Championship race in Maryland.

Congratulation to the all of you, and the whole team for there great efforts this past weekend!