Tuesday, January 3, 2017 12:49:32 PM EST5EDT
Stradalli Cycles Cesar Grajales Will Enter The Trans-Sylvania Epic Mountain Bike Race
Stradalli Cycle will be well represented this year at the Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage race as it was confirmed this week that Cesar Grajales would be joining the field. Grajales will be joining Stradalli Cycle mountain biker Bob McCarty and CEO Tom Steinbacher in the stage race which takes place May 29th through June 3rd. In just 6 short years the Trans-Sylvania Epic (TSE) has quickly become one of the biggest mountain bike stage races in the United States.
“I’ve heard about the TSE for a few years now. Some good friends have told me about it and how great a time they had at it. Then I found out Tom and Bob were going and I had to join in. Everyone I’ve spoken with said it’s a lot of fun and they recommend doing it at least once, if not every year. I know Pennsylvania has some of the best MTB trails anywhere so I’m excited to get there and race. Stage races are always so much fun because you get to go against great racers every day but on different trails so it’s a great challenge.” Stradalli Cycle mountain biker Cesar Grajales
Grajales has an impressive cycling resume. As a member of the Colombian National Team he medaled three times in the Colombian National Championships as well as competed in the World Championships of Mountain Biking. However, it was in 2004 when Grajales had the biggest win of his career racing and beating Lance Armstrong, Jens Voigt, Bobby Julich and Chris Horner in front of 750,000 spectators in the Dodge Tour of Georgia.
As a member of Stradalli Cycle, Grajales has been racing and training on both mountain bikes as well as road bikes. He is looking forward to the opportunity to compete against great competition and showcase what his Stradalli M29 29er full carbon fiber MTB can do.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 10:50:42 AM EST5EDT
Stradalli Cycles were taking wins in several states this weekend, but the Raw Revolution Miami Criterium Classic Sunday saw a podium sweep from Stradalli - Safetti Team in the Pro/1/2 category.
Stradalli - Safetti started a team of 4 of their top riders, two of which found the podium the previous weekend at the Florida State Criterium Championships.
Akil Campbell, young rider for Stradalli - Safetti, worked for the team throughout the race. Campbell was constantly covering attacks and flying off the front of the race. Campbell worked well with Enrique Lopez to drive the pace of the race and ensure other teams had to work hard in order to stay in contention.
Jose Frank Rodriguez raced a masters race early in the day and immediately followed his first race with the Pro/1/2 race. Rodriguez also worked for the team throughout the duration of the Pro/1/2 race chasing and riding in breakaways.
Despite other teams doing their best to get away from the field, Stradalli - Safetti controlled the race and set up the finish for a field sprint. A small group of 4 would get away from the field in the closing meters which included Stradalli - Safetti rider Alex Mclaughlin
Mclaughlin would sprint from that group to take 1st place. Campbell and Lopez would lead the charge from the field sprint to pass Mclaughlin's late breakaway companions to take 2nd and 3rd places making for Stradalli - Safetti's first podium sweep in 2016. Despite having raced two races, Rodriguez would still finish top 10 in the race.