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The BMX team travelled to New Mexico for the USABMX National. Kit Bjerk and Braden Romer hit the Spring National to dust out the cobwebs and prepare for the upcoming March 30-31st Carolina National in Rock Hill, SC. This is a big event for us and all of the BMX team members will be there.
If you live in the Carolinas, definitely get to Rock Hill BMX this coming weekend for the Elite national championship and USABMX Carolina National! Chat us up at the race, we’ll be easy to find, just look for our jersey or the big National Cycling Center van.

Meanwhile, the road crew has been busy with gravel races at the Croatan Buck Fifty and Love Valley events.

Will’s Croatan Buck Fifty(u23 Team):
An early start before a long day in the bike chair. The race was super long, 150 miles, and full pot hole strewn dirt roads yet still one of Will’s favorite events of the season! The picture below says it all.
Exhausted, dirty, and hungry. Not sure how he got himself back together for school two days later!

Kit and Braden’s NM race report (BMX Team):
Fun trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Braden Romer and I woke at 3am to catch a 6am flight on Friday to race the same day. Arriving in New Mexico we had practice, had to learn the technical track in 20 minutes. Races started at 5pm with Braden having total points mains where he got a forth in his first race as Vet-pro! I had a rough day coming unclipped in the semi. After a good nights sleep we were both ready to race Saturday. Braden had a total points main were he averaged a 4th in Vet-pro again. I transferred into the main in the first moto. The main, I didn’t get the first straight I needed but came out of the first turn in 2nd and ended the race race in 2nd. Sunday there was no pro race so Braden got to relax while I had one more day of racing. I won the first moto to transfer to the main event again. Getting the furthest outside gate in the main I tried my best to get over but wasn’t completely able to. One rider got underneath me in the turn but I was able to keep 2nd and finish there. We both hopped on a 5pm plane to get back to N.C. so I could get to class and Braden could get back to teaching.

Love Valley gravel race reports from Peter and Kristen (u23 Team)
Saturday:
Beautiful weather for racing & despite crashing, Kristen Haynes completes her longest ride in good spirits and good time. Peter Wallace finished in 2:30 managing to fend off local dads

Sunday:
Going in with a race plan of no punctures and no crashes, Kristen and Peter failed on both accounts within the first hour. While race hopes went out the window, all was recuperated over Chipotle.

#wattstyle #powerisking

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We did our first stage race of the year, the Tour of the Southern Highlands in Ball Ground, Georgia! It was a little wet and chilly, a bit of an education, and a whole lot of fun. #ToSH19

The team left Thursday night for the 5.5 hour drive through the mountains of NC to the foothills of northern Georgia.

After a short sleep we hit the morning time trial, in cold rain. Jacob Bernas, Niko Salazar Garcia, David Davenport, and Matthew Salazar Garcia started just after 9am. With rain falling and 50 degree temps, the roads were slippery and having not previously seen the course the guys rode conservatively. The u23 team, Marcel Gutierrez and Will Hardin, also not having seen the course rode fast enough to open up their legs and dust out the cobwebs for stage 2.

After a quick lunch and nothing very exciting happening (lie, I got the van stuck in our Airbnb driveway and we barely made it to the Criterium) we left for the race that evening in Woodstock. The 15-18 juniors made it through the race without hitting the deck, so we called it a success! The u23 guys in the Pro race had a heck of time staying with the field as long as possible as the pack shredded into multiple groups by the efforts of the Hincapie team.

On to the circuit race Saturday and we were joined by 13-14 junior Wesley Haggstrom who won the stage and took the leaders jersey! Former Wake Forest track runner and new VS u23 recruit Kristen Haynes, in her third bike race ever, toed the line in the Women’s 3/4/5 race. She finished and made it to stage 2 ...without falling over on the start line, well done Kristen!😆 Peter Wallace and Zach Hoestetler did the 2/3 event with Zach taking a mid field finish in the group. The u23 guys stepped it up a bit and made it to the finish line with the fast moving Pro peloton, a great result in a very fast group.

After a big chili dinner and some sleep (a little), we made the early departure for the road race. Kristen started her longest ride ever with hopes of just making it all the way to the finish. She did that, easily, and took 9th place! The 15-18 juniors rode their hearts out in the 75 mile race and moved up many places on the Overall GC due to their persistence and never say die attitude. Wesley learned about time bonuses as he took a close second in the road race and lost the overall lead. But, he did take home the King of the Mountains jersey and 2nd place on the GC as well as more understanding of stage racing. Meanwhile, the u23 fellas did enough in a torrential downpour to secure mid pack GC spots in their first road race of 2019.

Overall, we got everything we needed out of our first big road trip this year. Lessons galore and fitness to boot, plus a fun drive. Now it’s finally time to sleep 😴

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#ToSH2019 chilly rain. No worries, #memorypilot socks keeping us warm. #powerisking

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Fantastic

Fantastic racing this past week by the team!

It started with the Triad Crit Series at Dixie. We had a huge showing in the C Race. From the Junior team: David Davenport, Wes Haggstrom, and the Salazar Garcia’s Elizabeth, Niko, and Matthew; as well as u23 riders, Jake Grimes and Mikki Whittington. Jake attacked with about 10 laps to go and had a 15 second advantage over the group which was being patrolled by Niko, David, and Wes. While the field chased furiously, he held his gap to the line and took the C Race win with Wes 5th and David 8th!

Some race videos here:
https://www.facebook.com/VSJru23/videos/1786178054774819/
https://www.facebook.com/VSJru23/videos/1786236048102353/
And the finish here:
https://www.facebook.com/VSJru23/videos/1786187288107229/

The juniors then helped run the kid’s race, following behind to make sure no riders warming up on the course interfered with their race.

Later in the evening Will Hardin put in a tremendous effort at the front of the A Race to take a solo victory. Our first A race win this season and our second win of the night! And, I didn’t get pics again because I was racing with him 😬 But, Zach Hosteler and I know exactly how much effort he put into that ride, ouch.

Back on the 20” wheel bikes, Kit Bjerk, Matthew Salazar Garcia, and Gus Hamblen did some BMX racing over the weekend at Powder Springs, GA and Tanglewood. At Tanglewood, Gus brought home his second trophy since graduating up from the balance bike category! 3rd on his big bike 👍🏼 Matthew snagged a 2nd in 13 expert at T’wood after a hard fought battle with road/cross teammate Wes Haggstrom (C-Yaa Factory Team for bmx racing). Kit brought home 2nd place on Saturday in Georgia at the USABMX National Series race! He followed that up with an 8th on Sunday after slipping on the gate in the cold rain, still a great result to make it to his main again in tough conditions and in the toughest category in amateur BMX.

Thanks for supporting these kids! Come watch them race on Tuesday nights at the Crit Series, Saturday’s at Tanglewood BMX, or at the WSCC on May 26th in Winston Salem.

Crumley Roberts, Attorneys At Law National Cycling Center Kensbikeshop Velocious Sport

Updates

Hey everybody, a couple of updates from last week…
We recently picked up two new racers! Pic’s and a short bio below. The team raced the Triad Crit Series at the Herbalife plant and the NC State Series race at Tanglewood BMX.

Herbalife was a huge success this week. Peter Wallace grabbed the win in the C race with help from his junior teammates! At about 3 laps to go in the race, Niko and Wesley broke from the pack and strung out the field. They were caught with about a lap and a half to go but the move set up Peter perfectly for the sprint.

Zach and Marcel raced the A’s and Marcel was able to pull off 2nd place!

Later in the week we hit the BMX bikes for the State Series race in Tanglewood Park at the BEST track in North Carolina, Tanglewood BMX (totally unbiased opinion😉).

Kit Bjerk took the win in 17-20 expert, Niko Salazar Garcia won the 15 expert, and Matthew Salazar Garcia was 2nd in 13 expert! Gus Hamblen also picked up 3rd in 5 novice.

Now the new riders, David Davenport and Jake Grimes!
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My name is David Davenport. I have been riding with the purpose of improving for about a year. My main goal is to be the best, not just in cycling. I want to improve and meet new people. My goal for this year is to gain around 30 watts on my FTP, so I can move up in categories, before the end of the summer/fall. I am currently 15 years old; born on May 19, 2002, in Winston-Salem, NC

My name is Jake Grimes, I am a Sophomore collegiate cyclist at Lees-McRae College. I was born on August 5, 1998 and I have been riding a bike ever since! I have raced 7 seasons of cross-country mountain biking, and I have shifted my focus completely to road racing. My big goal for this up-coming season is to reach a Category 3 upgrade by the end of the summer. I am currently a couple of starts away from my Category 4 upgrade.

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Spring Break

We’ve had little break in racing with the juniors being on spring break and going on vacation. But here are the highlights this week:

The kid’s race at Dixie is steadily growing each week. If you have any under 12 bike riders, or know of some, bring them out for a one lap race at the Triad Criterium Series!

Jacob Bernas was our only junior racer on Tuesday in the C race. He had a good ride and stuck around to watch Marcel in the A race. Hanging around to watch the Pro 1/2 riders is actually a very smart move. These kids can learn a lot about tactics (and suffering) by watching the upper category racers.

And, Marcel and Zach were putting on a fantastic show in the A race. The field was deep with pro cyclocross racers Travis Livermon, Kerry Werner, and Alex Ryan, plus a special visit from Wake Forest Alumnus and super fast California racer Dr Stephen Vogel. Zach and Marcel put in huge efforts to get away but it wasn’t to be as the pack came together for a field sprint in the last few laps.

Meanwhile, Kit Bjerk has been tearing up the local BMX scene at the Tanglewood and Burlington tracks. Kit is heading to Georgia in a few weeks for the USABMX National where he has a really good shot at more podium finishes!

We are racing BMX Monday night at Tanglewood and heading to the third round of the Triad Crit Series on Tuesday (Herbalife plant off Union Cross Rd at 6pm). Then, it’s back to T’wood on Friday and Saturday for our State Qualifier race. Details on the website http://www.usabmx.com/tracks/1906/events/schedule?mode=list and FB Tanglewood BMX.
Come on out and watch the team compete this week!
Crumley Roberts, Attorneys At Law National Cycling Center Ken’s Bike Shop

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Rock Hill BMX and the Love Valley Gravel Race

Kit Bjerk hit the Carolina National at Rock Hill BMX and raced Expert 17-20. This is an ultra competitive class with about 50 riders fighting for the win. Kit breezed through motos, quarters, and semis to make it to the Mains on Saturday and Sunday and picked up a 3rd and 6th in the 17-20 class!!! I think a move to A Pro is right around the corner this year. Big thanks to Potter Racing Products for getting our BMX jerseys done in time for the Carolina National! If you need BMX/downhill or pit jerseys MADE IN THE USA, talk to Doug!
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Meanwhile, Peter Wallace was suffering in the muck at the Love Valley Gravel Race and the other u23 riders were at collegiate road races. Peter rode most of the race with Mother Team (Carolina Masters) member Emily Shields, working together to make it to the line in 3:24ish! As you can see, conditions were awesome! Mud, gravel, slippery pavement, mud, and gravel.
Crumley Roberts, Attorneys At Law National Cycling Center Ken’s Bike Shop

Peter mud running

Meanwhile, Peter Wallace was suffering in the muck at the Love Valley Gravel Race and the other u23 riders were at collegiate road races. Peter rode most of the race with Mother Team (Carolina Masters) member Emily Shields, working together to make it to the line in 3:24ish! As you can see, conditions were awesome! Mud, gravel, slippery pavement, mud, and gravel.Crumley Roberts, Attorneys At Law National Cycling Center Ken's Bike Shop

Posted by Velocious Sport Jr/u23 on Monday, March 26, 2018

Ace Again

March 21

 

The junior team raced at Ace Speedway one more time last week.

Why do we keep racing at Ace, it’s not a race series, it’s the only venue hosting races at the moment. We’ve lost a lot of good road and Criterium courses in North Carolina and there doesn’t seem to be anyone taking up the slack. Always remember to support your local race promoters!

Now, on to the fun stuff. The Salazar Garcia’s are well acquainted with Ace by now and know exactly how the race will play out. Their experience paid off, Niko and Matthew visited the podium again in first and third! — with Maria Salazar, Crumley Roberts, Attorneys At Law, National Cycling Center and Ken’s Bike Shop.

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Bull City GP

Race report! The junior team raced the Bull City GP, at not Durham (?) but Ace Speedway on Sunday. Niko, Elizabeth, and Matthew Salazar Garcia joined Finn Hosey and Jacob Bernas for more laps of the now quite familiar speedway. The team did exceptionally well, taking the top three spots!

Niko and Jacob doubled up and raced the 4/5’s as well to get in some more fast training. It’s not easy riding in the senior category but that’s the point, they ride over their head a little and learn how to race with a larger faster group.

U23 rider Marcel Gutierrez teamed up with Senior rider Zach Hostetler for the 1/2 race and the pair made the big break of the day only to get caught shortly before the finish. Still, a good effort and great training.

Ace Race #2

February 5

The Velocious Sport Jr Team (Crumley Roberts, Attorneys At Law, @usnccws, Kensbikeshop) had a great day of racing Saturday, Niko Salazar Garcia won the Ace Speedway Criterium Series in the Juniors category! He was first on the day to secure the series omnium title after winning both events. Jacob Bernas was 3rd on the day and 3rd overall in the junior omnium.

Despite the freezing temps the guys doubled up and raced with the senior 4/5’s where u23 rider Peter Wallace led out the sprint and hung on for 4th, while Niko was 5th. It’s been a good start to the road season! Big thanks to Triangle Velo for the racing.

Learning how to cope with cold weather is not easy but thanks to some warm Rouler Sportswear fleece jerseys and leg warmers, everyone was well prepared.