The 2017 race season is upon us, and both the athletes and staff of the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team are completely focused on winning the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour (PRT) as well as the invitational UCI events they will be competing in.
“With the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team there is so much to be excited about,” says General Manager, Paul Abrahams. “Armed with our core values and excellent team partners, I expect this season to be exhilarating for our fans, sponsors, staff, and riders alike. The team will be looking to win races all season long!”
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For 2017, the program has invested heavily in its infrastructure, with a new service course and a full compliment of support staff that will provide a solid base for the team to stand upon.
Directing the team will be New Zealand’s multi-time national champion and Olympian, Heath Blackgrove. “Heath is a born winner!” says Abrahams. With his race experience and passion to win, he is the perfect choice to be our team’s Director Sportif.”
The ensemble of time-trialists, sprinters, climbers, and rouleurs has formed a special bond that is certain to make them a force to reckoned with. The team just completed a 7 day training camp in San Diego, which was bolstered by two early-season camps together.
Leading the sprint-game is recently signed Cory Williams as well as Mexican sprint-ace Alfredo Rodriguez (winner of two stages of the 2016 San Dimas Stage Race), while Rodriguez’ compatriot Eder Frayre and neo-pro Alex Hoehn will lead the charge in the mountains.
The team also boasts serious time-trial talent. Innokenty Zavyalov holds the number one spot in USA Cycling’s Pro Time Trial Rankings. Connor Brown, winner of the Best Young Rider Classification at the 2016 Cascade Cycling Classic, along with Cory Lockwood, and Nick Torraca round out the time trial threats.
Completing the roster is the experienced duo of Joseph Schmalz, stage winner at the 2016 North Star Grand Prix, and team captain Brian McCulloch.
The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team is excited for the season to begin and earn their place as one of the best teams in America! With a focus on teamwork and a continuous drive toward excellence, the entire program is committed to making 2017 the best season yet.
Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Roster:
Connor Brown (USA)
Eder Frayre (MEX)
Alex Hoehn (USA)
Cory Lockwood (USA)
Brian McCulloch (USA)
Alfredo Rodriguez (MEX)
Joseph Schmalz (USA)
Nick Torraca (USA)
Cory Williams (USA)
Innokenty Zavyalov (USA)
Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Calendar:
Valley of The Sun Stage Race (February 17-19)
Chico Stage Race (February 24-26)
Pace Bend Road Race (February 26)
Tour de Taiwan (March 26-30)
Joe Martin Stage Race (March 30-April 2)
Sunny King Criterium & Fort McClellan Road Race (April 8-9)
Tour of the Gila (April 19-22)
Dana Point Grand Prix (April 30)
Redlands Bicycle Classic (May 3-7)
Winston-Salem Criterium and Road Race (May 27 & 29)
Philadelphia International (June 4)
Tulsa Tough (June 9-11)
North Star Grand Prix (June (June 14-18)
Boise Crono Time-Trial (July 15)
Boise Twilight Criterium (July 16)
Cascade Cycling Classic (July 20-25)
Tour of Colorado (August 10-13)*
Tour of Commonwealth (August 24-27)*
Tour of Alberta (August 30- September 4)*
Reading 120 & Doylestown Criterium (September 9-10)
Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team Partners:
Elevate, KHS Bicycles, Bariatric Center of Kansas City, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo Custom Cyclewear, Xpedo Pedal Precision, Velo Saddles, Infinit Nutrition, Kali Protectives, 4iiii Precision Power Meters, Rennie & Associates, Bicycle World, FSA Components, BONT Cycling, Bicycle World, Arundel, Boneshaker Project, HED Wheels, Chamois Butt’r, WD-40 BIKE, Serfas, Cycling Illustrated, EVA AIR, and Q2 Components.
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