Daniel Holloway Wraps Up 2016 With Elite National Title on Panaracer Tires

From six-day races on the track, to fixed gear criteriums, and time trial national championships, Daniel Holloway took a convoluted route to winning two stars and stripes jerseys in 2016. One thing remained constant, though. Holloway raced all year on the same pair of 26mm Panaracer Race C Evo 2 tires. 

Coming into the Elite National Road Race Championships, Holloway was not given much coverage by the press. Known as an out-and-out sprinter, he was slated as a favorite in the criterium, but not mentioned for the road race. 

What was unknown to the press, however, was the time trial training that Holloway had been doing in the lead up to the event. Feeling stale and unmotivated early in the season, Holloway made the choice to change up his training by spending a lot of time on his TT bike. The change paid off, revitalizing him, and also giving him the strength to see through a big breakaway during the road race. With 35 km to go, Daniel found himself off the front, and stayed there despite the commentators calling that the race would come back to a bunch finish. But Holloway dug deep and crossed the line alone to take his first win in the road race at elite national championships. 

With rain pouring for the criterium two days later, the Panaracer tires underneath Holloway perhaps played a bigger part in his Elite Criterium win two days after the road race. "Panaracer tires truly surpassed my expectations this year. I’ve never had a tire with so much edge to edge traction" Said Daniel. The fast circuit featured a sweeping corner just before the finish line. The wet surface saw a huge chunk of the field slide out on the final lap of the race, but Daniel and his teammates stayed upright, "The team had zero slide outs during training or racing. I also never had a tire that has so much durability while maintaining such a high level of performance."

The Race C Evo 2 that Daniel won two national titles on board has this year been superseded by the EVO 3 range of tires, that provide the same level of grip and performance, but at a lighter weight and with better durability. 

The Race C Evo 2 that Daniel won two national titles on board has this year been superseded by the EVO 3 range of tires, that provide the same level of grip and performance, but at a lighter weight and with better durability. 


So what was the highlight for Holloway, who races across the globe all year? The Athens Twilight criterium, a stalwart on the circuit and known for its crowds ranked highly, but it was the much lauded Tulsa Tough that took the cake for Daniel, "Tulsa Tough really stepped to a new level this year and is fighting for the #1 spot of must go to criteriums in the nation."

Panaracer tires truly surpassed my expectations this year. I’ve never had a tire with so much edge to edge traction.
— Daniel Holloway

As the weather drops in Daniel's hometown of Boulder, Colorado, the Race C Evo2 tubulars will get taken off in favor of the road tubeless options for training. "This was the first year I used road tubeless for training, and the ability to ride lower pressures when the weather is bad is a huge advantage." When the difference between making a workout happen and staying inside can be the tires you're running, Holloway is certain that road tubeless will make a difference. 

The Backroads of Sonoma County on the Panaracer Gravelking

There used to be a time that road riders had a choice: stick to the pavement and deal with the traffic, or explore further and risk the flats and the rough rides that came with it. Sonoma County is undoubtedly beautiful, but it will never win awards for the quality of its pavement. But the views and solitude on the gravel roads around Santa Rosa were always enough to tempt people from the beaten path, and that was the drive that initially created the Gravelking tire. Now we're at the point where exploring new turns is part of every ride, and the tire technology is at a place to allow that.

"I've gone farther and higher than I ever had on any tire. I've wizzed down technical and dodgy descents with the only thing on my mind being how much fun I was having." - Bryan Larsen

"I've gone farther and higher than I ever had on any tire. I've wizzed down technical and dodgy descents with the only thing on my mind being how much fun I was having." - Bryan Larsen

Bryan Larsen is a developing road racer who has been racing with the Echelon Storck Development team this year. After a season or two avoiding potholes on his road bike, Panaracer set Bryan up with a pair of Gravelkings to make the training miles go by a little quicker, "For the first time, I can now look up from road directly ahead of me. I can now enjoy the expansive vistas of Sonoma County with little to no worries about the condition of the pavement" For Bryan, the ability to extend his training rides into the unknown has been a huge aid in staying mentally fresh throughout the harder miles of winter and spring. While there have always been bigger, heavier road tires on offer, Larsen is happy that the Gravelking maintains the ride feel of his race bike, "In the past, I've had to make a compromise between ride quality and protection. I've had to choose if I want to feel sharp, fast, and snappy or if I want to spend my ride not fixing flats. The Gravelkings offered no compromise in terms of protection or race handling."

"It's pretty simple actually. I know I am riding a fantastic tire when I don't even think about the tire I am on, regardless off the road, path, trail, or adventure."

"It's pretty simple actually. I know I am riding a fantastic tire when I don't even think about the tire I am on, regardless off the road, path, trail, or adventure."

Larsen hopes that the extra space to do his training will pay off when it comes to race season. For Panaracer tires, expanding the options for road riders has been a huge part of the continued development behind the Gravelking line. 

Gravel World's: All You Need to Know

This weekend's Gravel World Championship Race will be held out of Lincoln NE and is put on by the Pirate Cycling League. This is an unofficial event that gave itself the title of "Gravel World Championship" in 2006, just before the gravel racing scene really took off. Although the name was coined as a joke, the race is expected to attract a talented field of serious racers. Up to 500 racers are expected to toe the line for a 6am start, before racing over 150 miles of Nebraska's gravel goodness.

Contesting the race for the Panaracer/Stan's NoTubes p/b Bicycle X-Change team will be team Captain Bob Cummings who landed third place on the podium last year behind Brian Jensen and Winner Neil Shirley.  Joining Bob will be returning members Austin Morris (4th in 2015) and Rob Bell.  Nathan Wadsworth and Evan Fast will round out the Elite Men's team.  Guest riding for the team and returning 2015 Men's 50+ Champion is NE native Mike Marchand.  

The Women's Open field will be challenged by Karen Pritchard. This will be Karen's first attempt at Gravel Worlds but with an age group winning and Open Women's podium performance at this year's Dirty Kanza 200, Karen is no stranger to crushing gravel at a high rate of speed.  

The course is 150 miles of non stop giant rolling hills that will end up accumulating over 10k feet of climbing. While the roads are not near as tire shredding as the flint hills of Kansas, there is always a variety of challenging conditions from fresh deep gravel sections to gravel barren minimum maintenance dirt roads that can turn into mud pits at the slightest hint of rain. It is typically super hot and humid with 20+ mph winds. The current forecast calls cooler temps with a chance of rain Friday the day before the race and on race day Saturday.  It could throw some unexpected challenges at the racers.   

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The Panaracer Gravelking 35c will be the team's choice of tire and size for this event.  Bob Cummings spoke highly of the tire, "We could not be happier with the performance of this tire.  It feels as fast as a road tire on pavement yet absorbs large marble sized gravel like it is not even there.  The climbing, cornering, and braking traction is outstanding and its durability is second to none."

 This tire has carried the team to many wins and podiums all season. This tire has the perfect tread pattern, width, and volume for the gravel roads of NE.  

Catch up with the Happy Tooth Pro Cycling Team's Success on Panaracer Tires

The Happy Tooth Pro Cycling Team has had a relentless summer of racing, chasing the USA Crits and Professional Road Cycling Calendar around the country. The team uses solely Panaracer rubber on their race and training bikes, being one of the first teams to get their hands on the new EVO3 line of tires. The tires are available now from Excel Sports. 

Tulsa Tough The team sent a strong group of five racers the Tulsa Tough. The weekend consists of three criterium races and is one of the best atmosphere's for any race on the calendar. They raced aggressively all weekend, coming away with a few top fives including a fourth place finish for Kate Sherwin on Cry Baby Hill.

Tulsa Tough

The team sent a strong group of five racers the Tulsa Tough. The weekend consists of three criterium races and is one of the best atmosphere's for any race on the calendar. They raced aggressively all weekend, coming away with a few top fives including a fourth place finish for Kate Sherwin on Cry Baby Hill.

Tour of America's Dairyland Tina Pic, Christina Gokey-Smith, and Marie-Soleil Blais were in the greater Wisconsin area for ten days of criterium racing at Tour of America's Dairyland . They were joined by a few other teammates later in the week. Tina finished second overall for the series while taking many wins and podiums during the week.

Tour of America's Dairyland
Tina Pic, Christina Gokey-Smith, and Marie-Soleil Blais were in the greater Wisconsin area for ten days of criterium racing at Tour of America's Dairyland . They were joined by a few other teammates later in the week.
Tina finished second overall for the series while taking many wins and podiums during the week.

BC Super Week Christina Gokey Smith, Tina Pic and the team went up to Vancouver to race the beginning of BC Super Week before heading to the Boise Twilight Criterium. They were joined by guest rider Anne Marije Rook. Tina took third in the Delta Criterium, top ten at the Delta UCI road race, and finished the week off with a win in the Gastown GP Criterium. Gastown is Canada's oldest running race, and we are so proud of her and the team for the win.

BC Super Week
Christina Gokey Smith, Tina Pic and the team went up to Vancouver to race the beginning of BC Super Week before heading to the Boise Twilight Criterium. They were joined by guest rider Anne Marije Rook. Tina took third in the Delta Criterium, top ten at the Delta UCI road race, and finished the week off with a win in the Gastown GP Criterium. Gastown is Canada's oldest running race, and we are so proud of her and the team for the win.

Boise Twilight Criterium A select Happy Tooth team lined up for the Boise Crit. Tina Pic and and Christina Gokey Smith drove straight from BC Super Week to the Boise Twilight Criterium. Gokey raced herself into a late break, eventually finishing third. These two have been racing amazing together all year, and we are looking forward to what they can do in St. Louis for the Gateway Cup.

Boise Twilight Criterium
A select Happy Tooth team lined up for the Boise Crit. Tina Pic and and Christina Gokey Smith drove straight from BC Super Week to the Boise Twilight Criterium. Gokey raced herself into a late break, eventually finishing third. These two have been racing amazing together all year, and we are looking forward to what they can do in St. Louis for the Gateway Cup.

Panaracer presents the Crusher in the Tushar - Which Tire Will You Choose?

On July 9th, the small town of Beaver, Utah, will once again play host to the Crusher in the Tushar. Now in its sixth edition, the race is famed for the varied terrain, rendering almost all equipment choices terrible at some point during the 70 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing. Panaracer is happy to be on board as the official tire supplier of the race. The Panaracer GravelKing range of tires covers all eventualities, ensuring that no matter what bike you're lining up on, there will be an appropriate tire to match. 

The GravelKing SK range feature an aggressive tread designed to roll fast but still corner well on the loose descents found in the Tushar Mountains. The hair-raising descent into the Piute Valley at Mile 22 of the course will suit this tire, allowing riders to rail corners and be confident of coming out the other side pointing in the right direction. 

Shortly after, the route returns to pavement for the roll into the town of Junction. This five mile section of paved roads would suit the faster rolling GravelKing line. 

The GravelKing tires are designed for rough pavement and dirt roads. Perhaps less suited to the roughest sections of the course, these tires are still hardy enough to withstand 70 miles of rough riding. The 32c version is as wide as most traditional cyclocross tires, ensuring that you have the cushioning to push through the rocky terrain. Riders looking to gain an advantage on the smoother sections of the course will likely opt for one of these treads.

The finish line sits atop the famed four mile long climb to Eagle Point Ski Area. At an elevation of 10,500 feet above sea level, the climb is notorious for breaking the soul of riders on their run in to the finish. The prevailing sentiment at the end of the race has always been "I chose the wrong bike!". At Panaracer we know there is a GravelKing tire that is suitable for every rider in the field. It's down to you to find out which tire that is! 

Buy Panaracer GravelKing tires now at Excel Sports!

Buy Panaracer GravelKing tires now at Excel Sports!

Happy Tooth Dental Pro Road Team Dominates Speed Week on Panaracer Tires

Tina Pic wins Speed Week overall, with Christina Gokey-Smith taking third place, and the team sitting atop the overall standings

Christina Gokey-Smith off the front at Speed Week in Georgia

Christina Gokey-Smith off the front at Speed Week in Georgia

USA Crits Speed week is an annual pilgrimage to the south east for the USA's fastest road racers. With six races spread over eight days in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, the racing is great entertainment for fans as well as the riders themselves. Riding on Panaracer Tires, the Happy Tooth Dental team came to the series in great form, and continued to dominate the proceedings. 

The Happy Tooth Dental Team are racing on Panaracer's new EVO3 range of tires. The Race A EVO3 Tubular tire was the prime pick for the downtown races. With heavy thunderstorms almost all week, the confidence to race on the slickest of roads was important for the team. 

Gokey Smith was proud of her teammates after a week of intense racing, "I'm proud for the squad have taken home the Team Win in addition to having Tina take the Individual Win. This year racing Speed week- the racing was pretty aggressive. There are always sprints for the mid race points but everyone was going for every lap point and riders countering those primes for opportunities for a break. The courses being tight and technical made for some fast laps. My favorite was being able to rail those corners during Athens!"

Tina Pic, team leader for the Happy Tooth squad opened the podium account with a resounding win at the Michelin Test Track Criterium, and was followed the next day by a win for teammate Christina Gokey-Smith at the Walterboro event. The Friday night event under the lights in downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina was the stage for the next podium, with Tina Pic taking 3rd place, which moved her into the lead on the overall standings. The grand finale of the weekend, the Athens Twilight Criterium, drew huge crowds to the college town in Georgia. It was here that Pic cinched her overall victory with a 5th place in the hotly contested field sprint. The consistent results from Pic and Gokey-Smith, alongside their teammates, ensured the Happy Tooth Dental team won the Team General Classification for the week. A reward for the skill, hardwork and patience of the entire squad. Speaking after the event, Pic was ecstatic with the win, "Speed week was awesome. We're learning to work together and with the help of all of our sponsors and equipment to help us along the way we got some race wins and the overall individual and team. Woo hoo!!"

The Race A EVO3 Clincher Fast, durable and long lasting ZSG dual compound tread AC All Contact shape ProTight lightweight protection layer Supple but strong AX casing Perfected all condition wet/dry compound Available in 23mm, 25mm and 28mm widths 208 grams - 23mm 229 grams - 25mm 238 grams - 28mm Made in Japan

The Race A EVO3 Clincher

Fast, durable and long lasting

ZSG dual compound tread

AC All Contact shape

ProTight lightweight protection layer

Supple but strong AX casing

Perfected all condition wet/dry compound

Available in 23mm, 25mm and 28mm widths

208 grams - 23mm

229 grams - 25mm

238 grams - 28mm

Made in Japan

 

 

Panaracer releases New EVO3 Tubeless Road Tires. Available Now!

With a relentless pursuit of quality, Panaracer is proud to release the new EVO3 Tubeless range of tires. Our engineers have spent the past two years transferring the unparalleled ride quality that Panaracer is known for into a tire that will withstand the demands of even the toughest roads. The new Road Tubeless offerings from Panaracer continue our 50-year commitment to producing only the highest quality tires.

The ProBead tubeless specific bead was designed from the ground up to the tightest tolerances used in the cycling industry. With the consequences on the line, Panaracer engineers started from scratch to ensure their design and implement of a tubeless system goes above and beyond what is found on competing tires. A large concern for the engineers is what would happen in the event of a flat tire. Ensuring the bead stayed in place even when the tire was completely deflated adds an extra level of security to the system. Using a proprietary carbon-based bead the EVO3 Tubeless tires optimize safety, with no degradation of performance.

In bringing the EVO3 Tubeless tires to the market, Panaracer Brand Manager Jeff Zell is pleased with the results after years of hard work,  

“The new EVO3 Race series is handcrafted in Japan using our fifty years of tire making experience and a dedicated team of riders who also happen to be engineers. Knowing what riders want and need and then developing proprietary materials to deliver performance and durability not see in road tires before is what Panaracer is all about.”

Taking Panaracer's proprietary All Contact shape and profile, The Race A EVO3 Tubeless is a product of innovative and proven technology. The concept behind All Contact is simple: no matter how far you lean your bike through corners, the tire will respond with optimal grip and rolling resistance. This will get you out of the next bend safely and faster than the competition. The All Contact design works in tandem with Panaracer's ZSG dual compound tread. With ZSG, the center tread is a harder diameter for less resistance and faster rolling while the sides of the tire are a softer and more flexible compound for grip.

The Race A Evo3 Tubeless is a pure-bred race tire with proprietary bead technology

The Race A Evo3 Tubeless is a pure-bred race tire with proprietary bead technology

As far as durability is concerned, the Panaracer ProTight belt is what keeps these tires from flatting. ProTight is a soft woven belt that offers the ultimate protection by keeping road debris from penetrating the supple casing. The finely woven belt is so supple and compliant that is it has no negative impact on the ride quality. The Race A EVO3 Tubeless features Panaracer's supple AX casing. The casing's composition features soft and flexible fibers that are strong enough for durability and handle high tire pressures, but still conform to varied and uneven surfaces. This flexibility and suppleness results in maximized grip, comfort and a certain surefooted feel in corners.

The new EVO3 Tubeless tires will be available in a huge range of models and sizes.

Echelon-Storck Development - Panaracer Partners with The Brightest Devo Team in California

Panaracer Tires - Echelon Storck Devo Team

Echelon-Storck is the brightest new team to come out of Northern California, giving young road riders the support they need to make the next step into the world of professional road racing. What separates this team from the many local programs around the country? It's the attention to detail, meticulous care in their equipment, and the passion running through each and every ride. 

Panaracer was on hand to see the new Storck bikes being built up in anticipation of the 2016 season. With an invite to the Redlands Classic in the bag, the team is looking forward to mixing it up at the front with the fastest riders in the USA. Managing director AJ Kennedy realized the need for a transition program for young riders leaving the junior ranks and moving up to the elite level. The focus during the 2013 season was to create the initial squad and build a core group of riders that became the foundation for adding young talent. In 2014 and 2015, a number of new riders were added to the roster. The 2016 season sees the team take on the new name of Echelon-Storck Development and continue to build the program into one of the leading development teams in the country.

Panaracer will be supplying the team with all racing and training tires for the 2016. To learn more about the range of road tires Panaracer has on offer, take a look at our product pages. 

As the managing director of the team, I have been thrilled to watch our riders become friends as well as teammates. I believe it’s important for young riders to develop strong relationships and respect for each other. If they respect the talent and character of their teammate they’re more likely to sacrifice their own personal chances for the benefit of a teammate. - AJ Kennedy, Managing Director


 

 

 

Panaracer joins forces with Happy Tooth Dental Women's Pro Road Team

Panaracer tires has come together with some of the strongest and most recognisable names in women's cycling to support the Happy Tooth Dental Pro Road team in 2016. The team is led by Tina Pic, who at 50 has seen a successful career in which she became a six-time American national criterium champion, five-time National Road Circuit champion, two-time Pan-American road race Champion and six-time World Championship team member.

The Happy Tooth Dental Professional Racing program will exclusively use Panaracer Tires in 2016, as they compete across the country in the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour, and selected other national calibre events. 

Panaracer Tires provided the team with a ride range of EVO3 tires, from the reliable Race A EVO3 Tubeless Clincher tire that will handle all training duties, to the lightweight and race ready Race A EVO3 tubular tire, that will be glued to the team's selection of race wheels. 

Pic is joined by experienced riders such a 2011 New Zealand road champion Courtney Lowe, Christina Gokey-Smith, Laura Jorgensen and Jannalyn Luttrell. Joining the team to learn from their experienced teammates are up-and-coming riders Ashlyn Woods and Monica Volk.

Former American road race champion Robin Farina will make her debut as Director Sportif.

“After a long and satisfying road career, I am excited to change gears and direct a dynamic team of women that want to excel on the road and in their professional cycling careers,” said Farina. “There is no better time than now for me to be involved in women’s cycling and help grow our sport to a more professional level. I am thrilled about what 2016 will have in store for our new team.”

 

With an emphasis on rider development, the team will provide unique guest riding opportunities for amateur riders from the Pacific Northwest through the Portland Bicycle Studio women’s development program.

Christina Gokey-Smith, Courteney Lowe (2011 New Zealand Road Champion), Laura Jorgensen and Jannalyn Luttrell bring firepower and professional experience to the team. Ashlyn Woods (junior World’s team member), and Monica Volk are up and coming racers looking to make their mark in the women’s peloton.

“I leapt at the opportunity to work with Happy Tooth Dental to build upon their national caliber racing programs in 2016.” PSG owner Molly Cameron says, “Together with our partners we have built a team with winning professional riders, hungry young elite talent and we provide a clear path to develop amateur women through our development program. I can not express enough how honored I am to have Robin Farina directing our team.”

“After a long and satisfying road career, I am excited to change gears and direct a dynamic team of women that want to excel on the road and in their professional cycling careers.” Robin Farina, (2011 US Road race champion); “There is no better time than now for me to be involved in women’s cycling and help grow our sport to a more professional level. I am thrilled about what 2016 will have in store for our new team.”

The team officially begins the racing season at the Redlands Bicycle Classic before heading East to the USA Cycling Criterium national championships followed by team camp and media presentation in Chapel Hill, NC.