Red Kite Bump CR (E2/3)

Red Kite Bump CR (E2/3)

In the photo: Chris Craig

After way too long, I’ve finally won my first race! Definitely hooked to bike racing now, nothing quite like the feeling of coming across the line in first. Wanted to thank Mike’s Bikes and our other sponsors for their support. Especially wanted to thank my teammates Travis Mceuen, Mathias Jacquelin, and Matt Swartwout for pulling the right moves to ensure we landed a win.

Brisbane Crit (E2/3)

Brisbane Crit (E2/3)

In the photo: Chris Craig

Brisbane was a warmup crit after 2-3 weeks of travel and Europe and unstructured training. The course has some very technical turns (especially a sharp 90-degree turn) and definitely was expected to have lots of surges. Decided to give the 2/3 a "go" before racing the P1/2. We had a strong Mike’s Bikes presence in the race: Mathias Jacquelin, Ben Marshall, James Grady, Theo Goguely, and Arnaud Borner (plus a few more)…

Red Kite Crit #12 (E3/4)

Red Kite Crit #12 (E3/4)

In the photo: Tom Van Pelt

Glory. This is the what it all comes down to. This one word. 

Months of training to deliver a legendary performance at the mecca of cycling: the Livermore Office Park…

Davis 4th of July Crit (E3)

Davis 4th of July Crit (E3)

In the photo: Ingmar Jungnickel

This win meant a lot to me...

I am an engineer at Specialized and was part of the team that designed the new Venge that was released to the public the day before. While I already had my bike for a couple months, I could only take it out for solo rides, so I had no race experience on the new bike…

Lakeport Twilight Crit (E3)

Lakeport Twilight Crit (E3)

In the photo: James Grady

To say it was hot would be an understatement. The 3 PM start time was by far the hottest part of the day, with the temperature topping 100 degrees. After a nearly three-hour, air-conditioned car ride the heat was as welcome and inevitable as an elbow from Cavendish. It’s been 10 years since I moved to San Francisco from the Phoenix area, and I almost missed the oppressive heat.

Red Kite Crit (E2/3)

Red Kite Crit (E2/3)

In the photo: Travis Mceuen 

The first lap was uneventful so going into lap 2 I attacked. Peter Smith came with me and no one followed. We stayed out front for 2 laps or so. This was really just to get the legs up and running and, as we saw the group coming back, I prepared for the counter by just letting Peter pull.

Lost and Found (U30)

Lost and Found (U30)

In the photo: Emile Goguely 

After a fruitless stage-race-focused early season, I decided to ride my mountain and cross bike. Shifting my focus on the mountain bike allowed me to progress by learning new skills while maintaining my fitness. Hearing all the buzz about gravel bike races made me want to give it a go. After signing up for the Lost and Found gravel grinder I was still a bit confused on what to expect…

Berkeley Hills RR (E3)

Berkeley Hills RR (E3)

In the photo: Mathias Jacquelin

I have a particular history with Berkeley Hills Road Race. This wonderful event was my first road race ever as a Cat 5 a few years ago, and I always loved the 3 bears course. It was therefore a major target for me this season…

Willamette Valley Cycling Tour (E3)

Willamette Valley Cycling Tour (E3)

In the photo: Sean Davis 

It’s not every day a Mikes Bikes team member gets to represent in an Oregon race series. But I was lucky enough to compete in the WVCT. The race series featured 3 road races across the farm land just outside of Portland.


Red Kite Crit (E2/3)

Red Kite Crit (E2/3)

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In the photo: Travis Mceuen

Written by Travis. 

Plan: Ingmar, Travis K, Mikal and Arnaud would be the aggressors in the race and try and force a break. The main person to watch was Robert Skinner as he has solo’d the last 2 RKO’s he has been in. Tom and I would try and stay fresh if it came down to a sprint but if a move happened that we could follow we would go for it.

Race: First half had some attacks but nothing able to stay away. Shout out to Mikal and Ingmar for riding on the front and discouraging attacks. Right at the 30 min mark Robert placed a well-timed attack. I was at the front but had just been brought back from a short move and hadn’t fully recovered. Zane from Gooby followed but after a lap or so got popped. Everyone in the field knew that Robert could hold that effort.

Low and Emmitt from Terun attacked and I attempted to bridge to their move. A lap went by and I was just about to latch on when I see a pack of people coming up (I assumed it was the whole field but was actually a group of 8). We all joined together as a group of 10 or 11 and started working fairly well together. Eventually no one wanted to pull through and we stopped seeing Robert after corners…

Fast forward to 2 laps to go our chase group knew we were racing for 2 nd place. Travis K came up to me and said he would make a move and he did. He was able to put a gap on the field and force the other teams (Sun Power and Low) to chase. He was caught as we came through for the final lap and Low and Sun Power were on the front trying to lead it out. Luckily I was able to see this and slotted into third wheel and sat tight waiting for a launch. Sure enough after turn 3 Amain attacked on the right and I was able to follow putting me 2nd wheel into turn 4. I stayed on his wheel out of the turn and came around
him to win the bunch sprint.

Today we showed we were able to put a plan in place and execute. Killer work from all the boys today, especially Tom, Mikal and Ingmar who raced earlier and went 1 and 2 (Hell yeah Mikal and Tom)!

Thanks to our sponsors: Mike’s Bikes for keeping my whip game on point, Equator Coffees for waking me up in the mornings, Toyota Cycling, Capo Cycling always keeping me flossy, GU Energy for giving me ALL THE CARBS, and Absolute Black Chainrings for helping me spin efficient.

 

Cat's Hill Classic Crit (E3)

Cat's Hill Classic Crit (E3)

In the photo: Sean Davis

Maybe the toughest crit on the schedule, the Mikes Bikes Cat’s Hill Classic is one of those races you just want to survive.

From the gun, the race went out hard and saw an early break established by the first corner. Thankfully, the Mikes Bikes squad was well represented, and we were able to execute our pre-race strategy. The plan was to allow the early breaks to gain a manageable gap for the first half of the race and then move to the front of the pack at the halfway point and take control…

Red Kite Winchester CR (E3)

Red Kite Winchester CR (E3)

In the photo: Mathias Jacquelin

This was the first time doing Winchester Circuit Race. A teammate had mentioned that the course was fun and would suit me well so I decided to give it a try this season. I wasn’t disappointed as I think is probably the most fun course of the Red Kite Omnium, very well suited for punchers as climbs are not really long.

Chico SR (E2,3,4/5)

Chico SR (E2,3,4/5)

Read more to learn how we made it on the podium in every category! 

Land Park Crit (E4)

Land Park Crit (E4)

In the photo: Jack McCarthy

Land park is one of the few courses on the race calendar that I would consider myself truly familiar with. It’s home to a couple of different races which I have had some success at, including the Cal Aggie Crit earlier in the season. The course is a fairly short loop whose main highlight is a technical left-to-right chicane about two thirds of the way through the lap.

Snelling RR (E4,5)

Snelling RR (E4,5)

Read how the 4s and 5s races played out inside... 

Red Kite Bump CR (E5)

Probably everyone knows the Red Kite Bump Circuit Race. The E5's do 3 laps on the course that is quite narrow due to centerline rule, consisting of a descent, rollers and 3 straights on the firs half, rolling hills towards the end and a nice kicker to finish it off...

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Henleyville RR (P/1/2)

Henleyville RR (P/1/2)

In the photo: Adam Naguib 

TMB Development attacked this race with a team of four and although not the largest group at the event, we knew we had the legs to make things happen as we wanted.  As anticipated, the initial throes of the race saw the breakaway establish almost immediately, with a group of five being established after three or four miles. 

Suisun Crit (E3)

Suisun Crit (E3)

In the photo: Travis Mceuen

This was my last race as a Cat 3 and was hungry for the win. Suisun is a very fast/short 4 corner crit. Laps are around 50 seconds and usually have winds to battle being right on the water. We came to the race with 5 guys: Taylor, Ben, Justin, Cam and myself. The plan was to race aggressive, try for a break but if it stayed together have Justin lead me out as long as he could on the final lap...

Dunnigan Hills RR (P/1/2)

Dunnigan Hills RR (P/1/2)

In the photo: Adam Naguib

Lining up with a strong group of 5, we toed the start line at Dunnigan Hills Road Race with options.  We knew that if there was an early move, we’d try to get in it.  We also knew that we had the strength to re-shuffle things if we weren’t in the breakaway by putting members of our group on the front to bring back groups that we didn’t want to escape.  It was good to race with some options...