Monday, September 28, 2015


Grant and Josh headed over to fabulous Las Vegas to kick off their cyclocross racing season on the infamous velcro-like gras of CrossVegas. This year, the main event was held as a World Cup level race, the first ever held in the United States and the fans and international racing scene delivered. 
The Evol boys debuted the new team kit and steeds at the late afternoon USA Cycling 1/2/3 race, the 2016 Giant TCX Advanced Pro paired with Kappius Components wheels and Clement tubulars
From a field of 100+ riders, both Gran and Josh quickly made their way to the front, and formed a select 10 person group for the first two laps of the race. This year's course featured more twists and turns, uphill off camber climbs, a longer sand pit and 5 sets of sand-filled stairs. 
After a tangle in this sandpit on lap two of four, Josh burned most of his matches to latch back on the lead group with 1 to go. Grant, the ever present Coach & teammate, went to the front and kept it hard but steady, giving Josh a chance to recover in time for a few final attacks before the drag race finish where he managed to pull a good sprint together for 6th and Grant 9th. 
Much revelry followed in the Boulder Cycle Sport / YogaGlo Cycling Team and Noosa Professional Cyclocross Team tents cheering on our World Cup racers. CrossVegas was a true spectacle, with thousands of fans partying in the desert night air, while the world's best battled it out under the lights. Music, beer, pro-level heckling and strobe lights filled the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex late into the evening. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Closing out the fat tire season on a high note

After a summer of racing and riding mountain bikes around Colorado and Utah, Josh closed out his mountain bike season on a high note by taking first overall in the Midweek Mountain Bike Series, including five wins over the 12 races throughout the summer.

"I was really excited to learn about the Midweek series here in Utah and made it a goal this summer to try and take the overall," said Josh. "Having created many great memories through a similar weekly series in Boulder, the CU Short Track races, it was great to see a similar program and community vibe here in Utah too."

With the geography and climate of the Wasatch as a varied backdrop, the Midweek Series takes a different spin on your average weekly series. Tuesday night racing starts up in late April and runs through mid-August, but with six different venues that are used as the snow melts and the temps rise. And instead of the blood-curdling pace of a 20- to 30-minute short track race, Midweeks offer up an hour of racing, with just the perfect dose of single track to keep everyone honest, sharp, and happy. "Being able to race multiple venues and courses throughout the Wasatch, all within a 30 minute drive of home, was one of my favorite parts of doing the series. They start in Draper at the Corner Canyon trail system where its usually dry by April, then head up to Round Valley in Park City, a lower-lying zone full of sage and super flowy trails, and then the races alternate between Deer Valley, Solitude and Snowbird for some thin air suffering in the alpine. The courses are usually set up the best parts of the local riding areas, and are often four to six miles in length." The best part is seeing the 'little rippers' — an actual category — go off 30 minutes before main groups start. Striders and wide eyed kids fly through a mini course to the cheers of the crowd. Each race ends with a big raffle from local sponsors, a BBQ and even a few Upslope beers (if you BYOB that is)!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Women's Road Season Wrap-Up

It’s been a fantastic 2015 season for our EVOL Women’s Road team. We racked up podiums at every targeted race and had a blast racing Colorado’s finest women throughout the spring and summer.

Despite having fewer road racing opportunities this month, the EVOL women have been busy racing on the dirt to keep the 2015 season alive.

Beth spent the last few weeks ripping things up at the Colorado Short Track Series with podiums at each of her races.  

Margell took home the silver medal at the U.S. Mountain Bike National Championships in the cross-country women’s master race. Despite some close contact with this tree, she rallied to finish strong and rep the multifaceted EVOL women’s team.

Kate put her mentoring skills to work and volunteered with Little Bellas to teach skills to young girls at the Boulder Bike Park.

Christa and Kristen have been busy training (on the road and in the dirt) in preparation for the inaugural USA Pro Challenge Women's Edition. They’ll each be representing EVOL while racing with composite teams for the three day event.

As the season comes to a close, we’re sad to hang up the road bikes after so many great races. But cross is coming and the EVOL women will join forces with the EVOL men’s team to once again dominate the Colorado cross scene. Stay tuned as cross racing starts in just two weeks!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Kristen Legan and Christa Ghent to race USA Pro Challenge

Congrats to team riders Kristen Legan and Christa Ghent for being included in the inaugural women’s USA Pro Challenge event this August.

Kristen will race on a composite women's team organized by the Colorado Women’s Cycling Project and Spark Women’s Racing, Ltd.

“I'm thrilled and honored to take part in the inaugural Women's USA Pro Challenge and represent my home state of Colorado at this fantastic event. It's exciting to bring together six Colorado cyclists from various local teams to race together as Colorado Women's Cycling Project p/b SPARK Women's Racing. This is an amazing opportunity to showcase the supportive Colorado cycling community and our commitment to developing women's cycling at all levels,” said Kristen.

Christa will ride for the Amy D. Foundation team, which will be led by fellow Boulder resident Mara Abbott, who led the team to victory earlier this year at the Tour of the Gila. If you'd like to support the Amy D. team, check out their Rally Me page.

"I'm really honored to be racing with the Amy D. Foundation," said Christa. "This foundation has been able to do something really inspiring in memory of the loss of a good soul. It is going to be a tough race, but thanks to my Evol team members I've been preparing all year. I cannot wait to race on the big stage in front of my home state!"

The race will run August 21-23 and will include a stage 1 time trial in Breckenridge, a long road race from Loveland to Fort Collins, and concludes with a circuit race in Golden on Sunday.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

C*R*U*S*H*ing it in Utah

After a flat and cracked rim ended Josh's first attempt at the Crusher in the Tushar race last July, he returned to Beaver, Utah with the simple goal of just finishing the 69-mile, 10k of climbing, mixed road and gravel race. Celebrating its fifth year, the race has gained serious recognition as a super-challenging test of a riders' fitness and skills, and leaves the choice of their weapon to all participants, allowing road, cyclocross, and mountain bikes on the course, each offering a certain advantage or disadvantage throughout the course as it traverses the Tushar Mountains and finishes at the Eagle Point Ski Resort just above 10,400 feet.

All smiles after a long, hard day.
The action heated up after 10 miles of false flat, and social grinding ended with the start of an hour-plus dirt climb. The field exploded quickly and Josh set a steady pace, just off the back of a leading group of 10 riders, including last year's runner-up Jamie Driscoll and professional WorldTour rider Danny Pate of Team Sky. After a short, high-alpine flat section and first feed zone, the course plummeted down five miles of loose, pea sized gravel road. Josh keep things fast and loose and used every inch of his Clement USH and MSO rubber to stay upright in the switchbacks. He was able to catch a few riders and pass two race favorites who had flatted, fellow Utahans Jonathan Page and Alex Grant, to create a solid chase group of six that worked together for the 10-mile loop. It was every man for himself once they hit the dirt again and started climbing the sage. At three hours in, Josh started to feel the burn a bit and had to dial the race pace back to something more sustainable, knowing that the Col d'Crush was up next: 2,300 feet of vert in five miles averaging eight percent with numerous surges to 20+ percent full of loose gravel. Fortunately a tailwind emerged, a solid line was burned in from racers coming down earlier in the day and a pop-up feed zone filled with Coke revitalized racers at the KOM summit.

But the pain didn't stop there, as Josh and the rest of the racers faced another 1,000 feet of climbing over 15 rolling miles of dirt all above 9,000 feet, with a final mile, 10-percent grade finish. Josh fought off cramps in both legs throughout the rest of the race and managed to fend off a rapidly closing Allen Krughoff to finish 16th on the day, and just under five hours. Driscoll once again was runner up, this time to another local Utah pro, Robbie Squire of the Hincapie Racing.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

EVOL Women Getting Comfy on the Podium

EVOL Racing is back in action after a mid-season break in racing. Our women’s team continues their streak of podiums with Beth’s stellar second place GC at the Boulder Stage Race and Kate Powlison’s sprint for third at the Colorado State Crit Champs.

Boulder Stage Race

In its first year, the Boulder Stage Race drew a wide assortment of racers to test their legs with some of the most challenging racing of the year. Christa and Beth started off the stage race with solid results in the time trial from Lyons to Boulder. This set the duo up for an aggressive circuit race that included our team’s favorite dirt climb on Crane Hollow Drive. Unfortunately, Christa was caught up in a crash on the last lap that took her out of contention for the stage but Beth crossed the line in 3rd and took time out of the GC contenders in front of her. The final and most difficult stage was an uphill road race that saw 4,100 feet of elevation gain in just 21 miles. As EVOL’s designated team climber, Beth crushed up this massive climb, finishing the stage in 4th and again pushing her way up the GC standings. After three intense days of racing, Beth took home 2nd place for EVOL in the overall standings and Christa fought back from the time lost in the crash for 9th overall GC. Well done Christa and Beth!

Colorado State Crit Championships

EVOL Women’s Racing came to the Colorado State Crit Championships ready to do some damage with well-orchestrated team tactics. The course was flat, fast, and full of sweeping corners and perfect for Christa, EVOL’s team sprinter. Kate and Kristen worked to control the field throughout the race and brought back attacks and breakaways to ensure a field sprint. Unfortunately, Christa’s luck turned upside down and she flatted out of the race with just a few laps to go. Kate quickly jumped into action, knowing she was EVOL’s next hope for the sprint finish. After a fast final lap, Kate attacked early on the uphill finish and was just nabbed at the line by two of Colorado’s best sprinters. While disappointed that Christa didn’t get her chance at the line, Kate’s versatility and quick thinking kept EVOL on the podium and kept the moment rolling as we head into the final few races of the year!