The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team is at the half way point of the season with 15 race wins and 30 podiums. With a short racing break to focus on training for the upcoming block of racing, we took some time to connect with team veteran Brian McCulloch to hear how his season is going.
Elevate-KHS: Brian, this is your 6th season with program, but your first time racing at the UCI level, and racing internationally. What was your take away from the UCI 2.1 Tour of Taiwan?
Brian McCulloch: Besides the fast and aggressive racing, which I enjoyed immensely, what was most memorable to me at the Tour of Taiwan was the logistical support required to race literally across the entire country. KHS, Maxxis, Velo Saddles, Xpedo and FSA were integral to our success getting through the stages each day. Between their local knowledge of the routes and road conditions, as well as the fan support that came along with 4 major Taiwanese brands was incredible. I began the week knowing zero Taiwanese and intrigued about the culture, and completed the race knowing a handful of words and many new friends in a foreign country.
Elevate-KHS: The Tour of the Gila originally was not on your racing schedule. However, you received the call the week prior that you would be racing the challenging event at altitude. How was your experience in New Mexico?
BMc: This was my first year racing at the Tour of the Gila and I had always heard how challenging the altitude and the event was. Getting the call to race with our team and help Alfredo Rodriguez finish 3rd in the criterium, our teams first UCI podium, was a great experience. We were fortune to have wonderful host accommodations in the little town of Silver City that kept us comfortable between the grueling stages. As always, having great staff support at a race of this caliber is essential and the group we had at Gila made a huge difference. The little things such as post-race meals, massage, and freshly cleaned bikes go a long way to help us stay focused on performing our best.
Elevate-KHS: The final event of the racing block was the Redlands Bicycle Classic. This was your 8th time lining up at your hometown race. Does it get any easier?
BMc: NO! And the race organizers wouldn’t have it any other way. Nor would I. This year the race reshuffled the stage order and added extensive climbing for a mountain top finish on the iconic Oak Glen. Along with soaring temperatures at the start and hail by the end, this addition of the Redlands Bicycle Classic was very challenging.
Elevate-KHS: You are about to embark on a 6 week road trip across the country racing with the team. What are you looking forward to the most?
BMc: Racing! Racing is what I am looking forward to. Each race day in the upcoming block of travel offers an opportunity for the team and me to earn results, race hard, and put on a great show for the fans. Many of the upcoming races will be Livestreamed so we hope you can follow along from home or come out and watch us at the races. Check our social media for links and information as the events get closer.
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