Strade di Milano – Gravel Race/Ride – Jan 16th, 2021

January 16, 2021 will be the first edition of the STRADE DI MILANO – GUCCI GRAVEL EDITION for our challenging  90%+ gravel 34 mile loop starting in Milano, Texas. This is a real deal gucci gravel course recommending real deal gavel bikes and tires. Riders are expected to self-maintain their own tires, tubes and equipment. This event is promoted and sactioned by USA Cycling under permit #2021-4801 – USAC licenses are not required, but helmets are mandatory at all time when on a bicycle.

Start Times/Distances on BIKEREG page:
https://www.bikereg.com/strade-milano

register at bikereg.com
https://www.bikereg.com/strade-milano

Riders shall wear face coverings on the start line at staging and may remove coverings prior to at the start. Rider categories have been set at limited capacity and smaller waves. Once each category limit has been filled, an optional waitlist may be created.

Late start times allow riders to travel from Waco, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio to the event and return home in the same day. 200 METER and 1KM markers before the finish line will be in place – because that’s bike racing and fun. 

This event and parking lot is held on a Texas State School property, so please be advised of Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code § 101.75. Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages Near Schools and Tobacco/E-cigarette restrictions as well. Please be good citizens and do not drink or smoke at a sporting event on Texas State property. 

Please bring your own drinks, fluids, filled water bottles, coolers, nutrition and spare bottles in coolers to setup for self-support in the feedzone of the high school parking lot. 180 Feedzone stops of 30 seconds are mandatory at this series. Respect your fellow riders and allow for a quick bottle grab and go. If you do not require a bottle swap, you will stilll be required to stop for 30 seconds out of respect of hydration for others. The race will not be won in the feedzone. We’re going to enforce 30 second feedzone stops, foot down to show sportsmanship and hydrate properly. 

Podium presentations will take place within 10 minutes of the third place finisher. Podium ettiquite is encouraged and let’s mask up just like the pros on the podium for good health code and image.

Location: Milano High School, 600 N 6th St, Milano, TX 76556
Strade di Milano – 1 lap – see route below to download
https://www.strava.com/routes/2778148969556313542
Strade di Milano – 2 laps – see route below to download
https://www.strava.com/routes/2785266722604482126

ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON Friday, Feb 15, 2020 AT 5:00PM CST,
RACE DAY REGISTRATION $40 cash or venmo.

Holland TX Classic – Heartbreaker Edition – Feb 20, 2021

February 20, 2021 will be the HEARTBREAKER EDITION for our challenging gravel and road 22 mile circuit starting in Holland, Texas. Gravel sections are fast and smooth, so skinny gravel or road bikes are acceptable. Riders are expected to self-maintain their own tires, tubes and equipment. This event is promoted and sactioned by USA Cycling under permit #2020-3129 – USAC licenses are not required, but helmets are mandatory at all time when on a bicycle.

race echelon

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN FEBRUARY 1st, 2021
https://www.bikereg.com/holland-tx-classic-heartbreaker

Under Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-28, dated June 26, 2020, outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people in the unincorporated areas of the County are prohibited unless approved by the County Judge. This event has signed approval by the Bell County judge under the following conditions: indivudals not of the same household shall maintain social distancing, individuals will self screen before coming to the event for COVID signs or symptoms, attendees shall wear face coverings when within 6 feet of another person who is not a member of the individual’s group. 

Riders shall wear face coverings on the start line at staging and may remove coverings prior to at the start. Rider categories have been set at limited capacity and smaller waves. Once each category limit has been filled, an optional waitlist may be created.

Late start times allow riders to travel from Waco, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio to the event and return home in the same day. 200 METER and 1KM markers before the finish line will be in place – because that’s bike racing. 

This event and parking lot is held on a Texas State School property, so please be advised of Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code § 101.75. Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages Near Schools and Tobacco/E-cigarette restrictions as well. Please be good citizens and do not drink or smoke at a sporting event on Texas State property. 

Bathrooms will be available at the High School’s gymnasium.

Please bring your own drinks, fluids, filled water bottles, coolers, nutrition and spare bottles in coolers to setup for self-support in the feedzone of the high school parking lot. 180 Feedzone stops of 30 seconds are mandatory at this series. Respect your fellow riders and allow for a quick bottle grab and go. If you do not require a bottle swap, you will stilll be required to stop for 30 seconds out of respect of hydration for others. The race will not be won in the feedzone. You can leave your CamelBak at home (unless it’s your “special needs” CamelBak that makes you feel like you’re being hugged and loved by its chest straps), be euro and bring your un-insulated tiny bottles for the feedzone. We’re going to enforce 30 second feedzone stops, foot down to show sportsmanship and hydrate properly. 

Podium presentations will take place within 10 minutes of the third place finisher. Podium ettiquite is encouraged and let’s mask up just like the pros on the podium for good health code and image.

GO here to see all course details and GPS MAPS.

Location: Holland High School, 100 Rose St, Holland, TX 76534
Course Map: Holland TX Classic on Strava Courses
Entry Fee: $30 for 2&3 lap course & $20 for 1 lap course

ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON Thursday, Feb 11, 2020 AT 5:00PM CST,
NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION AVAILABLE

RACE MODE – OPEN MEN: 12:00 NOON – 68 miles (3 laps)
CASH: $75 1st place, $50 2nd place, $30 3rd place plus swag bonuses
Pay-out provided minimum field of 8 riders is achieved. Payout will be adjusted at promoter’s discretion if field limits are not met. 80/20 prizelist/overhead will be adjustment factor based on paid entries.

RACE MODE – OPEN WOMEN: 12:00 NOON – 68 miles (3 laps)
CASH: $75 1st place, $50 2nd place, $30 3rd place plus swag bonuses
Pay-out provided minimum field of 8 riders is achieved. Payout will be adjusted at promoter’s discretion if field limits are not met. 80/20 prizelist/overhead will be adjustment factor based on paid entries.

RACE MODE – AGE GRADED 40+ MEN : 12:05pm – 68 miles (3 laps)
AWARDS: top 3 – 1st $50 Meteor Cafe Gift Card, 2nd $25 Meteor Cafe Gift Card, 3rd Meteor bandana + tulips, stroopwafels and gouda swag
This is a unique race, since this is a rare age graded only start to allow the old guys to duke it out under their own crusty steam without getting buried too hard by the young guns.

RACE MODE – AGE GRADED 40+ WOMEN : 12:05pm – 68 miles (3 laps)
AWARDS: top 3 – 1st $50 Meteor Cafe Gift Card, 2nd $25 Meteor Cafe Gift Card, 3rd Meteor bandana + tulips, stroopwafels and gouda swag
The age graded women shall start with the age graded men. If a tie vote, the promoter shall break the tie.

GROAD MODE – 3 LAP HEROS AND SHERO: 12:25pm – 68 miles (3 laps)
Kudos on Strava waiting for you after upload.
Start with your friends under your own power and groad at your own pace across the course for a full 3 laps.

GROAD MODE – 2 LAP HEROS AND SHERO: 12:25pm – 45 miles (2 laps)
Kudos on Strava waiting for you after upload.
Start with your friends under your own power and groad at your own pace across the course for a 2 laps.

GROAD MODE – 1 LAP HEROS AND SHERO: 12:25pm – 23 miles (1 lap)
Kudos on Strava waiting for you after upload.
Start with your friends under your own power and groad at your own pace across the course for a 1 lap.

Proceeds will be benefit the Holland High School Scholarship Fund.

Holland TX Classic – Gouda Groad Series – Dec 12, 2020

December 12, 2020 was the finale of the GOUDA GROAD SERIES – DEEL TWEE for our challenging gravel and road 22 mile circuit starting in Holland, Texas. A big thanks to our photographers who came out to share their passion for bike life, their professionalism for photography and capture those moments to share with the riders.

BEING SOCAL
Please weave @velofest360 as a PHOTO TAG and #hollandtxclassic (the official hashtag) into all your posts, stories and media on Facebook and Instagram Threading it all together is all that I ask on your end to tie in a great day shared by those who were able to attend. Each race or series has a theme but that’s the core event name in full: Holland TX Classic
This was a finale in a two-part series (Nov 21 + Dec 12) named as the Gouda Groad Series – Deel Twee (“part two” in Dutch)
And include the photographer’s tag – see bios below:

Holland TX Classic – Gouda Groad Series – Deel Twee – Scott W.
Jeep driver and pro photographer,
Scott Willeford from Dec 12, 2020
INSTAGRAM CREDITS – @scott_willeford_photography
@texasxlander
@velofest360 #hollandtxclassic

— Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/media/set?vanity=velofest360&set=a.859125278173046
— Google Drive
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HMYDQBspb81K5m4MnTfvY2HkxEOzgxAv?usp=sharing
— INSTAGRAM
https://www.instagram.com/texasxlander/
https://www.instagram.com/scott_willeford_photography/

Holland TX Classic – Gouda Groad Series – Deel Twee – Jessica
Pro photographer on moto,
Jessica Alexander from Dec 12, 2020
INSTAGRAM CREDITS – @jealexphoto
@velofest360 #hollandtxclassic

— Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=velofest360&set=a.859145364837704
— Google Drive
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1IYPo35gLnoAwMvxTLdfWkRdsHD9rUTUS?usp=sharing
— INSTAGRAM
https://www.instagram.com/jealexphoto/

FullShutter by Emily Barrera
INSTAGRAM CREDITS – @fullshuttermedia
@velofest360 #hollandtxclassic

https://fullshuttermedia.photoshelter.com/gallery/Gouda-Groad-Series-Race-2-December-2020/G0000GtpDpUqhJOA/
— INSTAGRAM
https://www.instagram.com/fullshuttermedia/

Jason Hoffman
INSTAGRAM CREDITS – @yoja5on
@velofest360 #hollandtxclassic

https://gallery.jhof.me/hollandgoudagroad2020/
— INSTAGRAM
https://www.instagram.com/yoja5on/

April 5th 2020, Sunday – Holland TX Classic EDITION #2 COVID-19 CANCELLED

Captain Obvious sayin’ Yes this like all other group rides and events is cancelled.

April 5th 2020 will be the CASTELL HANGOVER EDITION for our challenging gravel and road 22 mile circuit starting in Holland, Texas on the day after the Castell Grind. Gravel sections are fast and smooth, so skinny gravel or road bikes are acceptable. Riders are expected to self-maintain their own tires, tubes and equipment. This event is promoted and sactioned by USA Cycling under permit pending – licenses are not required, but helmets are mandatory at all time when on a bicycle.

Sorry if the first sand pit got you in Castell Grind, your pity party is over and it’s time to come bring your best groad bike setup. Same noon start and some small changes. We will be teaming up with the University of Texas Cycling Club and recruiting new young riders and collegiate racers to a new race wave for U23 (you must be 23 years old or younger on race date to qualify). Lots of new details and how to prepare your road bike as a classics road bike for this course. Or tips on how to setup your gravel bike for more speed at the Holland TX Classic.

February 15th 2020, Saturday – Holland TX Classic HEARTBREAKER EDITION

February 15th 2020 will be the HEARTBREAKER EDITION for our challenging gravel and road 22 mile circuit starting in Holland, Texas on the day after Valentine’s Day. Gravel sections are fast and smooth, so skinny gravel or road bikes are acceptable. Riders are expected to self-maintain their own tires, tubes and equipment. This event is promoted and sactioned by USA Cycling under permit #2020-879 – licenses are not required, but helmets are mandatory at all time when on a bicycle.

GO here to see all course details and GPS MAPS.

Location: Holland High School, 100 Rose St, Holland, TX 76534
Course Map: Holland TX Classic on Strava Courses
Entry Fee: $10 (17+under) $30 (19+ ages) for 3 lap course & $20/25 for 1&2 laps

https://www.bikereg.com/
holland-classic-heartbreaker-edition

ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON FEB 14TH AT 8:30PM CST,
RACE DAY REGISTRATION 10:30-11:30AM +$10 LATE FEE

OPEN MEN: 12:00 NOON – 68 miles (3 laps)
CASH: $75 1st place, $50 2nd place, $30 3rd place plus swag bonuses
Pay-out provided minimum field of 8 riders is achieved. Payout will be adjusted at promoter’s discretion if field limits are not met. 80/20 prizelist/overhead will be adjustment factor based on paid entries.

AGE GRADED 40+ MEN & WOMEN: 12:05pm – 68 miles (3 laps)
AWARDS: 3 places for men and women
This is a unique race, since this is a rare age graded only start to allow the old guys to duke it out under their own crusty steam without getting buried too hard by the young guns. The age graded women shall vote to start with the men or start 2 minutes under their own power. If a tie vote, the promoter shall break the tie.

OPEN WOMEN: 12:05pm – 68 miles (3 laps)
CASH: $75 1st place, $50 2nd place, $30 3rd place plus swag bonuses
Pay-out provided minimum field of 8 riders is achieved. Payout will be adjusted at promoter’s discretion if field limits are not met. 80/20 prizelist/overhead will be adjustment factor based on paid entries. The open women shall vote to start with the age graded men or start 2 minutes under their own power. If a tie vote, the promoter shall break the tie.

2 LAP HEROS AND SHEROS: 12:20pm – 45 miles (2 laps)
SWAG: 3 places for men and women
Let’s get physical but we understand that you might want to knock out a good 45 miles and bounce. This is where the real fun and banter takes place. Tulips, stroopwafels and Gouda to the top 3.

1 LAP HEROS AND SHEROS: 12:20pm – 23 miles (1 laps)
SWAG: 3 places for men and women
Groad/Gravel noobies are welcome to come out and give this a shot.

1 LAP JUNIORS 17 & UNDER: 12:20pm – 23 miles (1 laps)
SWAG: 3 places for boys & girls
Groad/Gravel kids are welcome to come out and give this a shot.

Continue reading “February 15th 2020, Saturday – Holland TX Classic HEARTBREAKER EDITION”

1st Sept 2019 Sunday – Davilla Gravel Recce 100km p/b Eliel Factory Team & Nuun Hydration

Join us in Davilla Texas at 8:00am (8:15 start) this Sunday to ride our 90% gravel route on 20 mile loop. Plan is 3 laps for 100km. Bring coolers and 6-8 bottles, there’s nothing here. Get grub and drinks in Granger TX afterwards. GPS maps will be uploaded. Park next to Davilla Volunteer Fire Station but do not block access to the station itself. Sorry this is a country event, so tinkle in the woods.

Davilla, Texas is about 1 hour north east of Austin. It is small enough that you will find us. We’ll be at next to the Davilla Volunteer fire station. This is a self-supported fun ride to check out the course, get race course feedback and get in some gravel fun.

I’ll have some Nuun electrolytes samples on hand courtesy of our Nuun reps.

Strava Route:
https://www.strava.com/routes/20707862

ABOUT NUUN, HYDRATION and the FEED ZONE

We’re excited to have Nuun samples and Nuun fluids in a cooler. Let’s get serious about hydration .. each loop is 22.75 miles so you should drink down 2 bottles per lap or 1 bottle every 30 minutes. Bring 6 bottles for the full 68 miles. The feed zone is at the turn around with a slow 180 to encourage proper hydration to grab bottles and go. I’d recommend leaving a cooler along the fence, drop 2 bottles and grab 2 fresh bottles and pedal out. The Nuun sample will only cover 1 bottle, so you might want to buy some Nuun on Friday. Insulated water bottles are the best since colder fluids also keep your core temperature down. Mark your bottles with a Sharpie and we’ll rake up the feed zone so you can get your bottles back afterwards. You can fill up your bottles at the coolers but don’t count on your fellow riders to wait on your time to fill if you’re in race mode. Camelbaks are another option but don’t jet off through the feed zone if you’re in Camelbak mode. Be a good sport and respect good hydration for all riders. Don’t skip the feed zone on the first lap .. that’s just a poor choice that you will pay for in the end. Let the real race take place on the course not in the feed zone. Gels vs bars vs blocks .. hopefully you know your body and what works. Personally I’d recommend 2 Clif Blocks total and 2 gels per lap. If you’re old school .. a flat Coke bomb might be something that you’ve prepped for your last lap boost. 

Thanks again to Nuun for their support and be a smart athlete and treat your body like a temple. Use your watch to remind you to drink. And pro tip .. big gulps are better for your body .. read up on this and why .. it’s really cool science. 

If you got that cooler setup, consider stashing an ice sock to put under your jersey on the top of your back for lap 2 and/or 3. A thin sock or long medical sock is a good setup. A plastic bag of ice will stick to your skin and build up heat after the ice has melted. 

Wash your sunglasses with Dawn and dry them prior. Leave a dry rag or mini towel to wipe down your sunglasses in the feed zone. Applying extra sunblock spray or cream is up to you as well.

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July 13th 2019, Saturday – Holland TX Classic REMATCH – #GROADSOHARD

July 13th 2019 will be the REMATCH for our challenging gravel and road 22 mile circuit starting in Holland, Texas. Gravel sections are fast and smooth, so skinny gravel or road bikes are acceptable. Riders are expected to self-maintain their own tires, tubes and equipment.

GO here to see all course details and GPS MAPS.

Location: Holland High School, 100 Rose St, Holland, TX 76534
Course Map: Holland TX Classic on Strava Courses
Entry Fee: $5 (18+under) $20 (non-elite) $25 (elite)

March 24th 2019, Sunday – Holland TX Classic RECON DAY REPORT/RESULTS

March 24, 2019 launched our new challenging gravel and road 22 mile circuit starting in Holland, Texas. Gravel sections were fast and smooth. We had approximately 40 recon starters with a mix of road and gravel bikes. With 51% gravel and 49% road and a solid southern wind, this wasn’t your typical Sunday in the South. The speeds were high as expected topping out at 35mph at times and averaging just over 20mph.

An early breakaway was initiated by Dennis Lastochkin (Night Owls Racing) going south on sector #3 with his teammate Jake Boone (Night Owls Racing) making the bridge. Alex Rodriguez (ATC Racing) also made the bridge with his teammate & race promoter Joel Rierson (ATC Racing) in tow. Gregg Ueckert (CCR Roofing) was connected with Dan Piercy (Velo Roussillon Racing). By the end of sector 3, this 6 man breakaway was well established. It consisted of 2 gravel bikes (Dennis & Dan) and 4 road bikes (Jake, Joel, Alex and Gregg). 

This group rotated away and out of sight. Joel was put into difficulty early on after a couple hard efforts by the Night Owls duo, but his teammate helped in picking him up. Gregg suffered a front punture on his tubeless road tire and attempted to fix it at the end of first lap. The fix didn’t hold and Gregg was out. Down to 5 in the breakaway. The group continued intact until Alex suffered a puncture in the S turns on sector 3 on the 2nd lap. 

Down to 4, the next move came with Dennis attacking on sector 4 and his teammate Jake followed in pursuit. Then with a fast southern tail wind and a tight left bend, Dan almost overshot the corner and had to brake hard to regain control. Joel reconnected here with Dan. The two Night Owls hammered into the wind at the end of sector 4. Rolling back onto sector 5, the gap was about 1 minute.  And finally Dan suffered a rear puncture on his back tire. Joel was stuck solo and gave a chase unknowingly that this was going to be a solo 50km effort.

As the race promoter, on limited sleep from the night before, Joel knew that if he could  survive that he would be on the podium. Drink enough Nuun, enjoy his Clif Blocs, turn over the pedals and focus on not hitting any big rocks. First place was a bouquet of tulips, 2nd place a tower of Stroopwafels and 3rd place was Gouda cheese.  As the promoter, these were the items that he asked him mom to purchase at Costco and Trader Joe’s. What was on his mind? Joel responded: “I was risking it going on tubes, but I wanted the full speed advantage of deep dish carbon wheels and a road bike. So we chatted at Mellow Johnny’s and agreed that 2nd best to tubeless would be to go with latex tubes and Continental Grand Prix 4 Season tires with a double Vectran belt. I was still nervous so I floated on the gravel sections and picked the best lines that I could. There were 21 sectors of gravel over 68 miles, so I was only totally relaxed 49% of the time while on the road.” 

Jake and Dennis kept their 1-2 status, Joel held in no man’s land to secure some cheese for 3rd place. Dan rolled in next. And even after a bloody crash on the first lap of sector 3, Stefan Hardie (ATC Racing) finished in 5th place.

HOLLAND TX CLASSIC RECON DAY RESULTS – 110km

1Jake Boone (NIGHT OWLS RACING) road3:20:19
2Dennis Lastochkin (NIGHT OWLS RACING) gravel3:20:20
3Joel Rierson (ATC RACING) road3:26:32
4Dan Piercy (VELO ROUSSION RACING) gravel
5Stefan Hardie (ATC RACING) road

Check out the Velo Fest 360 Facebook page and April 6th Holland Classic event info for comments on bike setup, tires and more.

Holland TX Classic Podium Etiquette – COVID-19 EDIT

OK so you made the podium at the Holland TX Classic, the same guidelines shall apply at recon day or the official race day. We had our official race jury round up the top tips, so that the event photo looks so pro even Dylan Groenewegen or Tom Dumoulin will be proud.

  1. GOLD, SILVER & BRONZE. Podium is top 3 only places.
  2. BRAND LOYALTY. Wear your team kit. We’ll be efficient and speedy for awards. Clean podium shoes or race shoes are best.
  3. CLEAN UP. Wear your trucker hat, align your sunglasses, zip up that jersey. Wash your face, hands and legs. Swap out for clean bibs and long sleeve jersey if you can. NO jeans, shorts, jean shorts or tights* (unless it’s winter edition – then leg warners or team tights).
  4. DOGS, CATS AND BABIES ALLOWED. Only for the winner. No nieces or nephews. And you can only pick one of the following under 20lbs: a dog, baby or cat. No fat cats, sorry. We’re not letting you highjack the podium.
  5. NICE & EVEN. Winner’s hands up, 2nd and 3rd one hand on behind the back (but not touching) back of winner and outer hand up. Smiles are encouraged – under your masks. It’s OK if didn’t win and don’t want to smile, afterall you just got a proper beat down at the Holland TX Classic. Yeah we’re gonna mask up for podium as is the Covid-19 fashion.
  6. NO PODIUM BIKES. It’s just not going to be tolerated here.
  7. DON’T MAKE OUT WITH THE PODIUM GIRL. (podium grid models have fallen out of fashion, goodbye 80’s) Lily has a mini army of followers on Instagram, so behave or her fans will unleash on your social media and sponsors. Covid-19 says what? yeah not happening. The proper number of cheek kisses is 3 in the Netherlands.
  8. NO HYDRATION PACKS shall be worn on the podium. Sorry CamelBak.
  9. NO HELMETS shall be worn on the podium.
  10. SKINNY LENS, PHOTOSHOP WORK MAY BE NECESSARY. If you’re carrying some extra winter timber but still crushed it; we’ll consider enhancing your podium photo, since it’s still early season. The 2018 Poteet Strawberry King has been known to put on some extra timber in winter and he’s going really well right now.
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