The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team fielded a 5-man roster for the 2017 San Dimas Stage Race. Located in the heart of Southern California, this event kicks off a big block of racing in the US. With Connor Brown, Cory Lockwood, Innokenty Zavyalov, Nick Torraca and Cory Williams, the team was poised for stellar showing.
Stage 1 of SDSR is a 4.2 mile uphill Time Trial. Connor Brown placed 2nd on the day, just 3 seconds out of the Yellow Leaders Jersey. With his 2nd place finish, he took the White Young Rider Jersey into the following day. Teammates Cory Lockwood and Innokenty Zavyalov also had good showings in the TT, placing them in the top 20.
Looking back at stage one, Connor Brown states “The SDSR Time Trial is a great course for me. I can climb and time trial well, so putting it together I knew I was going to have a good shot at the overall. The team is really good about being prepared for TT days and helped to give me a winning edge.”
The San Dimas Hospital Road Race on Saturday covered 7 miles per lap and the Pro Men were scheduled to race 12 laps. On each lap, however, there would either be a sprint point or KOM to be contested. Being 3 seconds out of the leaders jersey put a heavy burden on the squad to keep the moves in check while still focusing on the chances for a stage result and the overall.
“The road race was extremely chaotic, as the team expected. We had a smaller size team, but we were able to keep it all together for the finish and Williams finished second on the stage after doing a lot of work to ensure the dangerous moves didn’t get away. I sprinted in for tenth which kept me in 2nd GC at the same time gap.”
The final stage of SDSR was an 85 minute criterium which had 2 time bonus sprints as well as extra time bonuses to the top 3 finishers on the stage.
The team had worked all weekend to give me the opportunity in the crit to win. No matter what happened, we decided that we would keep fighting. After I took a two second time bonus in the first sprint and was only down by one second to the overall win, a group of three went up the road. Unfortunately, we mistimed bringing them back for the next time bonus and after that it looked very bleak.
However, the guys and I kept fighting no matter what. With everyone rotating at the front of the field, we were able to reel the breakaway back in. As it came back there was a reshuffle and finally a move went with the right combo and I was on it. I quickly realized the opportunity that was present and seized it. For me, there was nothing better than finishing off all of the hard work that my boys put in for me.”
Congratulations to Connor and the entire team for winning the San Dimas Stage Race Overall!
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