Carefast | Storck Race Results: Santa Barbara County Road Race Jan. 28

Santa Barbara County Road Race

Santa Barbara County Road Race aka Poor College Kids is the first official road race of our 2017 season and we had several riders in multiple categories to test the legs in this season opener. The course had a new start finish that was moved to a road just off the main “lap” and the final run in after the last lap had the sprint crossing a bridge. We all had the same thought going in that this had potential to be a very dangerous final sprint as we were dealing with a center line rule and a barrier (for the bridge) that reduced the lane dramatically. So if it came down to a sprint and the bunch was large it could get ugly. Our intuition was correct and unfortunately our team rider and manager, Mike Allec, was involved in a spectacular crash in the final sprint.

As evidenced by the video and pictures below, we are extremely grateful that this wasn’t worse. Mike was making a move on the right side as it was open to do so, he got pinched by another rider and pinned against the barrier. His bike and his body went over the wall, thankfully Mike was able to grab the edge and hang on while his bike went to the bottom of the ravine some 30ft. below! Local personnel were able to quickly help him off the bridge and back to safety with only road rash and a badly damaged kit. The bike however didn’t fare too well and had severe damage to the frame, etc.

We are very thankful for the outpouring support from many who were there and more importantly those that helped him off of the bridge. Words cannot express the gratitude for him being able to walk away from this with road rash, this could have ended much much worse.

Thank you Peter Aquino for the video and to all of the personnel on site including local emergency crews.

Be safe out there!

Video by Peter Aquino

Thank you to the nice woman who provided the photos, sorry we did not get your name!

Carefast | Storck Race Results: So Cal Season Opener in Ontario Jan. 15

Ice Breaker Crit Ontario, Ca.

Video by David Holland

The boys went out to Ontario, Ca., for the Ice Breaker Crit, to mix it up for some early season racing and came back with a win in the 50+ category! Scott Winzeler, our newest member, lays it down in the final sprint to seal the deal! The second race of the day found Team riders Mike Allec and Scott Winzeler battling early attacks and a break that had a decent gap. Late in the race the break gets pulled back and Scott seals the 3rd place spot! Lastly the Cat 3 race had a hot pace from the whistle and team riders Jeff Mitchell, Mike Allec and Scott Winzeler finished with the pack for a great day of racing! Great work guys!

The 2017 season has officially started, please stay tuned and follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on our progress!

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Test Drive: EPI PEPPI from Carefast

EPI PEPPI aka Rocket Fuel!

When our key sponsor, Carefast, told us they were developing something that would give us an edge on the bike, we were stoked! Our riders have been testing the new hydration/energy supplement, EPI PEPPI, and the feedback has been very positive.

We tested it on race day:

“It gives you a substantial kick and it doesn’t fade like most energy supplements, it lasted the entire race!”


We are testing it on our winter training rides:

“Provides lasting energy to get through the long days on the bike!”

EPI PEPPI is available online now! Click Here –> Carefast EPI Peppi

Carefast | Storck Race Results – Manhattan Beach Gran Prix Aug 7

Manhattan Beach Grand Prix


The boys in plaid were back in So Cal for the 55th Annual Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. This race attracts big fields and the racing is always fast on this 1.3 mile course. It is an out and back course with a decent riser before the first turn followed by another small bump then a fast downhill into the final turn, leaving approx 300-400 meters to the finish line. The first race of the day was the 35+ 3/4 with Jeff Mitchell, Sergei Vasilyev, Shannon Larsen and Tony Rago. The boys lined up in a field of 55 racers with the plan to get Jeff in a break and then protect it from being chased down. Early in the race Jeff made his move and slipped away with another rider while the rest of the guys did a perfect job of discouraging a chase. Jeff was able to stay away with over a 30 second gap on the field to seal a second place finish! Unfortunately Tony went down in the final corner of the last lap as he was setting up to sprint for 3rd, heal quickly Tony! The next race was the Cat 3 with Danny Pearce, Jeff Mitchell, Shannon Larsen and Taylor Sisson in a field of 65 racers. There were plenty of break attempts but our boys remained in control of the race by staying up front and chasing anything down that tried to get away. With two laps to go Jeff takes a flyer with another rider and gets a small gap on the field, the field reacts and brings Danny right to the final corner for him to do what he does best, Danny wins the field sprint with a decent gap and takes home the winners jersey! The guys executed their race plan in both races absolutely flawlessly and worked together to bring home the results.


Huge Congrats for a solid day of racing!

Carefast | Storck Race Results – Carlsbad Grand Prix July 17

Carlsbad Grand Prix


One of the bigger races on the calendar, The Carlsbad Grand Prix always attracts the big So Cal teams and they bring their best. Today was no exception, we saw a strong break survive the 35+ race early in the day and we had Mike Allec and Tony Rago in the 45+ which looked to be equally tough. There were plenty of attacks and break attempts but it came down to a field sprint and after getting caught in traffic Tony was able to manage a top 10 finish for 8th place. We had Kevin Turchin in the P12 race that was lining up at noon, in the middle of the race schedule (a nice change for the guys in that field!). The pace was hot in the P12 and again a break got away and stayed away. Kevin put up a great fight and came in for a mid-pack finish. Next, we had Jeff Mitchell, Andy Erickson, Mike Allec and Tony Rago in the Cat 3, another big field, and the plan was to get one of our guys in the break, it seem to be the theme of the day. Jeff was successful at getting into a promising break only to get caught at the last corner on the final lap. No time to salvage anything, the rest of the guys came in for pack finishes. Finally rounding up the day was Steven Keltie in the Cat 4 race and he bridged a break that look like it had legs but again it was brought back and another pack finish for the boys in plaid.

Photo courtesy of Eliel Cycling

Overall it was a fantastic day for us, the event was well organized and everything went off really smooth. We got to spend time with our boys at Eliel Cycling as well as other industry folks that are helping progress our beautiful sport.

We cant wait for next years Carlsbad Grand Prix!

Carefast | Storck Team Summer Camp 2016

The Carefast | Storck Team were in Redlands, CA for their 2016 Summer Camp to enjoy some downtime, do some local rides and train with Brian and Joy McCulloch from Big Wheel Coaching.

Hemant Kishore, the 6pack Chef, was there to provide the meals for the team that were nothing short of amazing. To say that everything was handled from the moment we got there would be an understatement.

Hemant also provided all of the photography! The HK Life

Check out the pics below in the gallery!

See you on the road!

Carefast | Storck Race Results from So Cal June 18-19th

Victorville Road Race


30+ 3/4

Yash Gokul, Tyler Chairsell, Andy Erickson, Shannon Larsen, Steven Keltie and Zac Harpin line up for this one. Relatively flat course with good pavement, the exception being a short technical neighborhood section with horrible pavement. Solid race plan and executed flawlessly until the final lap, unfortunately Andy washes out a dusty turn. This splits the group that is left; Shannon makes the front group, Yash and Zac are caught behind but manage to chase back on. It comes down to Zac leading Yash out for the win and Yash flats in the final kilometer! Zac recovers from the effort and seals 2nd with Shannon rolling in for 7th place.

Taylor Sisson lines up for the Cat 3 later in the day(temps over 100 at this point) and with neutral support not that well organized the excessive heat gets the best of him… we are glad he is safe and didnt push himself to the point of no return.

Victorville Crit Cat 3


Another scorcher in the high desert. A 3-man break gets away, several attempts to bridge but the break sticks. Taylor manages to roll in for 9th place.

Another great weekend for the Plaid Army! Solid riding boys!

Carefast | Storck Race Results from So Cal June 11-12th

Lake Elizabeth Road Race


Results from the Lake Elizabeth Road Race in California today.

Field of 32 in the Cat 3 whittled down to under 15 finishers by the tough climb and windy conditions.

Mike Allec brings home a 4th place finish!

Yash Gokul inside the top 10 and Taylor Sisson and Danny Pearce bring up the final finishers.

Great job guys!!

CBR Crit


The Boys killin it at CBR today in the Cat 3!!

Danny Pearce rolls in 2nd and Jeff Mitchell seals the 3rd!!

Mike Allec avoided a nasty crash in the 45+ at the final corner and was just outside the top 10 for 13th ….

Great weekend for The Plaid Army!!

Way to crush it guys!!

The Mighty Tour De Nez

Steven Keltie and Eliiot Grothe were in Reno for The Mighty Tour De Nez.

Steven brings comes in just outside the top 10 for an 11th place finish and Elliot Grothe inside the top 20 in the 35+ 123 with a 16th place finish.

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Carefast | Storck Race Results from So Cal June 4th

Adrenaline Circuit Race


Some great results out of the Adrenaline Circuit Race in San Diego yesterday.

Mike Allec with a 6th place finish in the 45+.

Shannon Larsen with a top 5 in the Cat 4 and Steven Keltie inside the top 10.

Andy Erickson with a top 5 in the Cat 3s and Taylor Sisson just outside top 10.

Kevin Turchin with a mid-pack finish in the Pro 1-2 and Nathan Grill dealing with a mechanical(bummer)..

Lodi Cyclefest


Team Rider Elliot Grothe seals a top 10 at the Lodi Cycle Fest today! Nice job E!

Carefast | Storck Race Results from So Cal April 16-17

San Luis Rey Road Race


Cat 3

Race Report by Danny Pearce

Yash and I started next to 48 other riders. This was my first time at SLR. I didn’t know what to expect other than hold on for the climbs. Soliciting other’s advice and experiences, there would be break attempts but it would most likely come down to a group duking it out on the final climb. Because of this, Yash and I planned to sit in to conserve as much energy as possible for the 8-minute climb. My goal was to get near the front for the start of the climb and sag back as needed.

For the first couple laps, riders tried getting up the road. The crosswinds lowered their morale after a couple minutes and they were reeled back. The major moment in the race came on the third lap’s climb. The pace was hot leading into it, about half way up an attack was made. This splintered the pack into smaller groups of 6-10 riders, with gaps of 10-15 seconds in between each. Yash and I found ourselves in the 3rd group. We bridged to the second group after gaining some composure after the downhill. There was a lull in the race as teams were blocking for their teammates up the road. It became apparent we were racing for a top 10 spot at this point. Coming into the final climb I was positioned 6th. Not even a minute into it, my right leg starts twinging and lightly cramping. Keep riding…… BOOM, hammy and quad lock up. I unclip my right leg to shake it off. Too late. In the end I’d lose another 2 minutes while I mastered yoga in the dirt. I limped up the final hill to a 25th or so finish. Overall, I was pleased to be in that position at the end of a tough race that didn’t suit my strengths. BIG THANK YOU to Sergei Vasilyev, Mike Allec and Tony Rago for helping with the feed zone. I would of been off the bike on the 3rd lap if it weren’t for you guys.

45+ 123

Race Report by Mike Allec

Tony and I lined up with 30+ guys, including all of the top old guy climbers in SoCal for a 73 mile road race, 5 laps with a 8-9 min climb at the end of each lap.

Our race plan was pretty simple, don’t do any work in the race. We were willing to bridge to a break or go with a promising break, but we were not going to do any work reeling in breaks. We knew the race would most likely come down to the final climb and we would need to conserve energy to be able to hang on.

The race officials asked us to roll out semi neutral until the first s curve, about a mile down the hill, but 3 big guys ignored that and attacked after 100m. As we got to the first climb we caught 2 guys, as I expected, but the other guy was still putting time on the group. After the second lap the solo rider had put 2 minutes on the group so some of the race favorites were getting anxious and started to try and get guys working to pull him back. I sat near the front, but refused to do any work, which got a few guys fired up, especially the race favorite, but we stuck to the plan.

After 3 laps I started having some leg cramping issues, i think caused by the heat and from not using any hydration pre load. I was able to fight off full on cramps and was in pretty good position thru the final lap. A couple of guys attacked a few miles before the final climb so I jumped on the race favorites wheel as he worked to reel them in. Tony came around and put a great final effort to get us about halfway to the break just as we hit the final climb. I continued to follow the wheel, but just as the climb kicked up I popped and my legs were done. I got separated from the group, rolled in for 13th, Tony a little behind me for 15th. The solo guy stayed away, won by 4 minutes.

Pro 1-2

Race Report by Kevin Turchin

I lined up with a field of just under 50 riders for 103 miles of fun in the heat and wind on a grueling course. My plan was to just follow wheels, don’t put myself into the wind, and try to position myself near the front of climb each lap. Pretty much the same plan as 90% of the field I’m sure. Before the downhill begins about 6 riders go off the front and by the end of the first lap they have a small, but decent gap.

The first climb wasn’t too bad as everyone was feeling each other out. The second time up the climb was brutal and it took me and several others chasing for almost half a lap to catch back on. The third climb started fairly mellow and then we were neutralized so the break in the 35+ could pass. The rest of the climb was fairly easy and guys started fetching bottles from the feed zone so they weren’t hitting it as hard near the top. The whole time this is going on there are a few attacks each lap to bridge up to the break which by now was only a couple riders. The wind had kicked up by now and no bridge attempt was successful.

The fourth climb was a little tougher but I managed to latch back on right after the turn around. The descent was very mellow and I was even talking to Tate from Allegiant on most of it. As soon as we hit the bottom and made the left turn a couple teams started putting in the chase to reel in the break which was holding steady at two minutes. The rest of the lap was strung out all the way back to the climb. A lot of guys were hurting by now. I made it up the climb until just after the S turn and then a couple surges did me in along with a lot of other riders. The rest of the race I never saw more than 6 or 8 riders together. The race had imploded. I tried to mount a chase with two other riders, but we lost one quickly and it was starting to feel like I was pedaling while wearing a pair of wet pants. A rider put in a decent chase and I would provide help occasionally. On the sixth climb he dropped me. I passed a few more riders up the climb and watched a few more call it a day. I was hurting but why not just finish?; which is what I did. No idea where I finished, but well down in the 20’s or 30’s if I had to guess. A tough day of racing, but I think it is a very fair course and I will probably do the race again.

LA Circuit Race


45+ 123

Race Report by Tony Rago

Mike and I line up in a field of 53 on a hot and breezey day. The out and back course is 4 miles a lap — we were doing 6 laps. All the big So Cal teams were in the mix — I knew if it came down to a sprint Bart was one to be close to so I kept an eye on him and his Surf City boys.

First lap starts kinda hot and there are moves being made pretty much immediately, we make the turn around and there was a decent head wind on this side of the course. No one wanted to be in the front for too long so Mike and I were just following wheels and maintaining top 10 or so in the field. I ended up in the front a couple times just from being in the rotation and refused to close any gaps — it was so early and there was really no reason — no one was staying away today. I was on Mikes wheel for a solid lap or so but it really wasnt organized at all and didnt want to end up back up front so I slid back and got behind the biggest bodies I could for the headwind portion of the laps.

Final lap, I start moving up to top 10 wheels or so headed into the turnaround, I knew the sprint was going to be a long one so I wanted to be clear and stay on the outside — I chose the left side because of all the cones on the right. Sitting 8th wheel or so it heats up and guys start jumpin, SOOOO EARLY UGH. No choice time to go – freelanced my way thru everyone so I could to get a clear shot at the line and just kept diggin. I came around a final guy at the line and did a big bike throw to seal 3rd.

Nice cap to a great weekend of So Cal racing – weekend was just a blast. Seeing all our boys representing at SLR and LA was just awesome. Way to go everyone — great representation all weekend!

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