Now in its fifth season, the Pacific Premier Bank® Cycling Team will once again compete at many of the top races in North America – including several races on the 2018 Pro Road Tour calendar.  So come back often to stay up to date, grab some gear at our online team store, and join in the excitement as we work to develop the future stars of world cycling!


Redlands Classic

Redlands Classic

May 7, 2018

The 34th edition of the Redlands Classic kicked off Wednesday May 2nd at the Big Bear Lake Time Trial, or at least it was scheduled to.  Several inches of snow Tuesday night forced organizers to cancel the opening stage due to unsafe road conditions.   A disappointment for some become an opportunity for others as the

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Barrio Logan/Dana Point Grand Prix

Barrio Logan/Dana Point Grand Prix

May 1, 2018

The Pacific Premier Bank Cycling Team competed in a pair of Southern California criteriums this past weekend in a final warm-up for the 5-day Redlands Classic which begins Wednesday May 2. Saturday’s race which was held in the historic Barrio Logan area of San Diego featured an exciting finish when Pacific Premier’s Enrique Aldapa nearly made it

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Gains at the Tour of the Gila

Gains at the Tour of the Gila

April 23, 2018

Heading into the 2018 edition of the Tour of the Gila the Pacific Premier Bank Cycling Team had much to be excited about.  Not only would this be the team’s second appearance in the UCI race, the boys would also be welcoming guest rider Cory Lockwood to the squad. Winner of both the San Dimas Stage Race and the

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New Additions Gel at SDSR

New Additions Gel at SDSR

March 27, 2018

The Pacific Premier Bank Cycling Cycling Team welcomed new riders Joseph Bacala and Thomas Wavrin as they joined the team this past weekend at the 18th edition of the San Dimas Stage Race. Bacala, coming off an impressive 5th place at the stage 3 Time Trial in Chico just a week ago, quickly assumed a leadership

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Flat out at Murrieta

Flat out at Murrieta

March 13, 2018

The 13th edition of the Tour de Murrieta would once again prove itself unkind to the Pacific Premier Bank Cycling Team.  Ever since the team first participated back in 2014, when most of the rostered riders were racing in the lower categories, trouble has seemed to find the boys in one way or another. Just a

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A fast start in the Valley of the Sun

A fast start in the Valley of the Sun

February 20, 2018

The 2018 racing season began in earnest Friday at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race in Phoenix AZ. At the stage 1 Individual Time Trial, guest rider Innokenty Zavyalov took the overall lead in the general classification laying down a day’s best time of 27:50 over the 14 mile course.   Placing 9th in the stage for

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    Joseph Bacala

    Place of birth – Baton Rouge, LA (1989)

    Height/Weight – 5’ 10″, 160lbs

    Cycling specialty – Stage Races, Time Trials

    Favorite pre ride meal – Eggs and bananas

    Musical Instruments played – Guitar and toy accordions

    Favorite activity other than cycling – Hiking in the Sandia Mountains with my wife and dogs

    First learned to ride a bike – I was four when I ditched the training wheels.  They just weren’t aero enough.

    Favorite beverage – Coffee!

    First Race/Result – 2011 LSU Collegiate Invitational Team TT Men’s B – 1st place

    Ivan Garcia

     

    Place of birth – Sonsonate, El Salvador (1985)

    Height/Weight – 5’7″, 123lbs

    Cycling specialty – Climber

    Favorite post ride meal – Home made pasta

    Favorite movie – Scarface

    Favorite cycling movie – The Program

    Longest training block – 750 miles in 1 week

    First bike – all white 1999 Benotto

    Long term cycling goals – to stay fast as long as I can!

    Favorite training route – Kyle Canyon (Mt. Charleston) near Las Vegas

    I was born and raised in El Salvador.  At the age of 14, I started competing in Triathlons, which opened the door for my love of cycling.  I joined the El Salvador Cycling National Team in 2001.  I raced in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.

    My most memorable race was in 2002 at a Coast to Coast 3-stage race in Honduras. The first stage was 135km and I attacked on a hill climb about 100km in. About 5km to the finish, I was caught by 2 riders, and finished third.  The second stage was 145km. At a hill climb, all four of my team members attacked and finished 1-4, taking the name of “The Fantastic 4”.  The third stage was 180km but I flatted and finished 5 minutes behind the peloton.  Still I won the King of the Mountain jersey there and still have it hanging in my closet along with newspaper article clippings from the race.

    I won several races after that in El Salvador but took a break from cycling to pursue a better life in the United States.  I have been living in Las Vegas for the last 16 years.  Aside from cycling, I love to cook, especially nutritious meals.  I am married to the most beautiful woman and have a little angel for a daughter who keeps me busy away from the bike.

    Raul Arias

    Place of birth – East Palo Alto, CA (1995)

    Height/Weight – 5’11″, 135lbs

    Cycling specialty – All arounder

    Top 3 Finishes – First place Red kite bump Criterium,  3rd place Dash for cash Criterium, 1st Track Nationals

    Favorite Movie – Only the Brave

    Favorite Dessert – Chocolate Lava Cake

    Favorite Actress – Ana de Armas

     

    Enrique Adalpa

    Place of birth – Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico (1991)

    Height/Weight – 5’9″, 154lb

    Cycling specialty – All arounder

    Top 3 finishes – 1st place Bellegen Belgium Classic Elite, Mexican National Champion TT U23, First place Stage 3 Tour de Murrieta 2013

    Favorite post ride meal – Spaghetti & Pizza

    Favorite Pro Cyclists – Alejandro Valverde or Tom Boonen

    Favorite sport (other) – Baseball

    Favorite cycling movie – American Flyers

    Most influential person – My Grandfather

    Thomas Wavrin

    Place of birth –  Coon Rapids, MN (1995)

    Height/Weight – 5’11”, 133lbs

    Cycling specialty – Climber, Stage Racer

    Top 3 finishes – 9th Tour of the Gila GC 1/2 — 5th Stage @ Tour of the Gila — 9th Stage @ Joe Martin Stage Race

    Favorite post ride meal – Food, I’m not really picky in that way.  After racing I stick with liquid calories due to an odd stomach

    Favorite movie – The Three Amigos I can watch again and again but Arsenic and Old Lace is the absolute classic

    Favorite cycling film – World Cycling Productions Tour de France 2007 “The Tour Rediscovered” – This isn’t technically a movie but it is the best 12 hours of cycling found on DVD

    Favorite sport (other than cycling) – I would have a hard time picking between soccer, figure skating and downhill skiing

    Favorite Dessert – Hotel Sacher torte – Any good chocolate cake works but this one is at the top of the list by a large margin

    First bike – It was a red Gary Fisher kids bike – I can’t remember the model but think very small since I was three

    Solo or Group training – Solo, I have nothing against a group but living in the rural upper midwest for a long time one gets used to the tranquility of riding alone

    First race – Ken Woods Memorial Road Race in 2011

    Most influential person(s) – My parents

     

    Joseph Garey

    Place of birth – Tehuacán, Mexico (1995)
    Height/Weight – 6′ 162 pounds
    Cycling specialty – “all arounder”

    Most satisfying result – Castiac Road Race, I placed 11th. I didn’t win, but I was really happy with my performance against some top notch climbers. One of my break through races

    Most awkward cycling moment – wearing my bib shorts inside out for my first ride!  Ahaha

    Pre race ritual – I down a bottle of beet juice and listen to my “get you some” playlist on Spotify

    Fav training ride – I enjoy doing a Lake Mead loop and coming over sunrise mountain to get back into Vegas.. All uninterrupted and lots of rolling hills

    Long term cycling goal – Make it as far as I possibly can as a professional and sharing this wonderful sport with as many people possible

    How long to Change a flat – I’ve been around a few flats. Give me a co2 ready at hand and I get you back on the road in around 1:30-2 minutes!

    Favorite beverage – can I pick two? A nice hot black coffee in the morning and a le croix (any flavor except coconut)

    Last time/place I had fast food – does Chipotle count?  If it does, last week on the way back home from Tucson Bicycle Classic… If it doesn’t, maybe about 3-4 years ago!

    Last Poster on wall – I had a sweet Pokémon poster back in the day when I was 12-13 years old. What a nice treat to wake up to every morning.. Gotta bring that back

    John Garbo

    Place of birth – West Covina, Ca (1974)

    Height/Weight – 5’7″ 150 lbs

    Cycling specialty – sprinter

    First race bike – Diamondback Jr. Turbo (mid 80’s)

    I like to snow ski when not riding a favorite crit practice

    Goals are to help the guys on the team and stay as fast as I can before I retire to master races.  Mostly train solo and love bacon cheeseburgers

    Ian Holt

    Place of birth – Bethlehem, PA (1982)

    Height/Weight – 5’8″, 160lbs (explains why Thomas crushes me on the climbs)

    Cycling specialty – All arounder / track rider now

    Hardest race completed – I’ve raced for too many years to know the hardest race I’ve completed.. probably something in Belgium but the Tour of Utah crit was brutal

    Last book read – The Martian

    First road bike – Tomassini

    Favorite sport (other) – Ice hockey

    First race – a collegiate race in New Mexico

    Long term cycling goals – to stay fast as long as I can!

    Solo or Group training – Solo training most of the time, group training once or twice a week

    How long to change a flat – About 2 minutes

     Last time I had fast food – I eat In and Out way too much

    Rex Roberts

    Place of birth – Berkeley, CA (1988)

    Height/Weight – 5’10”, 160lbs

    Cycling specialty – “punchuer

    Hardest Race completed – Lake Elizabeth Road Race in 40mph winds and Zipp 404s

    First Road Bike – 2006 Specialized Allez Comp

    First Race – Boulevard Road Race (3rd)

    Favorite (other) sport – Skateboarding

    Favorite Beverage – Kombucha

    Favorite Food – Granola

    Favorite Band – Deftones

    Solo or group training – Group

    Occupation – User Experience Designer

    Pet – Fat Orange Tabby (Beezy)

    Last sports figure poster on bedroom wall – Michael Jordan

    Anthony Fitch

    Place of birth – San Dimas, CA (1995)

    Height/Weight – 5′ 6.5″, about 140lbs

    Strengths – “All around specialist”

    Hardest race completed – Tour of Gila stage race 2016 Cat 1/2

    First race – Ontario Grand Prix in Ontario, CA (8th place)

    Favorite training ride – Glendora Mountain Road to Mt Baldy Village, on a foggy June morning when you ride through the clouds and ride above them

    How long to change flat – 2.5 min with a co2 pump of course!

    Favorite beverage – Horchata

    Long term cycling goal – Become the best I can be

    Favorite thing to do while not training/racing – hike and explore the San Gabriel Mountains

    Most satisfying result – 16th Tour of Gila 2016 Stage 1

    Favorite race – (The Gila) is my favorite result due to the fact that it became my favorite race!