Early Racing Season 2020
Race A Little Train A Lot
2020 is here and racing season has begun! I wanted to give an update on where we stand as a team, what our objectives are this year, and our goals for next year and beyond.
Redlands Bicycle Classic 2019
Cory Lockwood takes the final Overall GC
The Stage 1 Time Trial of the Redlands Bicycle Classic finished below expectations for the team. Innokenty Zavyalov rode well to take 8th on the stage, but an error in front wheel selection left Team Leader Cory Lockwood struggling to control his bike on the downhill and putting him nearly 40 seconds in arrears on the stage winner.
On Stage 3, the team had one clear objective, get Cory to the front of the race at the base of the final climb. For the day, the team rode defensively, working to keep Cory safe and out of the wind as much as possible. On the final climb, Innokenty went to the front and drilled it hard, trimming the group down significantly. Cory stayed with the front group of climbers, but in the final kilometer several riders jumped clear to take the stage. Cory finished the stage in 6th, moving him up to 4th overall.
“It’s fantastic,” Lockwood said. “I’ve been doing this race for quite a few years now. Specifically this race, I remember Paul Abrahams (KHS Elevate Director) telling me, ‘someday you’ll win this race,’ but then I remember coming out here getting lapped and crashing and this and that, 40th place, but I just kept working at it. It ended up coming around today. It came around on the last day, it’s pretty exciting.”
For Stage 5 Sunset Loop, the team plan was to send riders up the road to soften the field for a late attack by Cory. The pace was high from the beginning, though, so the guys sat back and waited for an opportunity later in the race. With an hour and a half to go, Innokenty attacked solo going into an aero tuck and putting time into the field. Cory attacked a few kilometers later with Quinn Simmons from Landis Trek joining him. Innokenty sat up and waited for the pair and once Cory and Quinn were on, he drove hard for several kilometers to establish the break. His job done, Innokenty sat up and Cory and Quinn set off on a two man break. From there, Cory drove the break hard driving up the gap to the field to two minutes. As the kilometers ticked down, the gap kept growing and when Cory made it down onto the final circuits he held nearly a two minute advantage. In the final kilometer Quinn pushed hard through the closing corners to solo in for a well deserved win. Cory finished a few seconds behind, to finish second on the stage. With the previous race leader finishing over two minutes down, Cory secured the final overall General Classification.
“It’s been a dream start to the season, but we know we can’t take anything for granted. So, we are going to celebrate this win tonight and tomorrow, and then we are going to get back to work.” -Team Director/Coach Jordan Itaya
Valley Of the Sun Stage Race 2019
Cory Lockwood takes the Stage 1 Time Trial and the Overall GC
The first Team Race for Semper Porro got off to a great start with Cory Lockwood demonstrating his prowess against the clock with a win in the Stage 1 Time Trial. Resplendent in his Stars and Stripes National Time Trial Champion suit, Cory stopped the clock at 27:56, beating the next best rider by over 30 seconds. Innokenty Zavyalov won the Valley Of the Sun Time Trial in 2018, but a mechanical on the start line derailed his chances at a repeat performance.
In the Stage 2 Road Race, the team rode the front in defense of Cory’s leader’s jersey, spending the entire day on the front of the field. Team Captain Joey Bacala, Innokenty and Cory did the lion’s share of work, successfully managing an early break of twenty riders. At the finish, Cory finished safely in the bunch to maintain his lead on General Classification.
In the Stage 3 Criterium, the team again rode the front, working to defend Cory’s lead. In the closing laps, Cory set up the rest of the team to practice the lead out for Team Sprinter Justin Poulson. Justin doesn’t have the power to win at this level yet, so the lead out was specifically to work out the kinks for when he does. In the end, the team ended up getting overpowered and Justin finished 9th. Cory finished safely with the group and retained his overall lead, winning the final GC with a comfortable lead over second.
“Cory said before the start of the season that he wanted to win VOS at some point in his career. He’s worked hard for this, so to see him do it in the first team race is amazing.” -Team Director/Coach Jordan Itaya