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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.

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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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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.

First Road Race of 2018!

The first Road Race of the year is complete!
The junior team raced at Ace Speedway this morning with all but a sick Wes Haggstrom lining up.

Niko grabbed the win and Jacob took 3rd!

Everyone had a great time and were all smiles afterwards.

The guys doubled up and raced the 4/5 race as well and had the opportunity to race with u23 teammate Ben Hostetler and the other big kids. It was a good experience and great training. Huge thanks to Triangle Velo for letting all the junior racers do the 4/5 at no extra cost!!!

Shaping up!

The pieces are all coming together for this year! Half of the Rouler team clothes made it to the US, the rest should be here next week.
Rouler sent a cool 3d mock up of the skinsuit:

And, the helmets arrived today!

The juniors finished up the NCCX Series this past weekend and hit Zwift for some racing on Tuesday. Road season is just a few weeks away after all. Everyone on the team is excited to get back to the Dixie Classic Criterium Tuesday nights in March!

Juniors Racing on Zwift

It was new bike day last night at the Junior Studio ride! We have four of the five bikes built up and three lucky kids got to ride theirs at the biweekly training race last night.
The kids had a fantastic race on Zwift with a huge group of very fast adults, including former NRC Stage Race winner of Healthnet and Jelly Belly, Mike Jones. Wes Haggstrom finished 6th overall, in the group just 25 seconds behind SoPro Jones! That’s why he wears the National Champ skinsuit… the kid is fast, really fast.

Thanks entirely to our partners, we are giving these young men and women a huge opportunity to experience an amazing sport!

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Junior – u23 Team Taking Shape

Good news from the Velocious Sport Racing Team, we are set to continue with our Junior and u23 racing team next year. Our second year is shaping up to be better than our first with solid sponsorship again from title sponsor Crumley Roberts  and new presenting sponsor the National Cycling Center as well as continued support from Ken’s Bike Shop.

We have retained our core group of racers and picked up a few new faces. Returning are juniors- 10-12 National Criterium Champion Wesley Haggstrom, Elizabeth Salazar Garcia, Niko Salazar Garcia, Matthew Salazar Garcia, and, Fox Hamblen; u23 racers- Will Hardin, Miki Whittington, Marcel Gutierrez, and Kit Bjerk

New riders starting with us in January include junior Jacob Bernas and u23 Ben Hostetler.

More details and Team Presentation info later!