Spartanburg, South Caroline. It’s 11am, I just wake up in time for a delicious breakfast with our hosts Stewart and Crystal who also had a late morning after yesterday Spartanburg regional classic.
We finally head to Belmont, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte, for stop 6 of USA Crits Speedweek. A new venue on the circuit, the first impression we have when we arrive is : hey, this is going to break ! The course present a 6 turns 1km circuit with a 350m long steady ascent strectch with the finish line located half way. With 75laps totalizing 50miles (80km) that promised to be a race of attrition.
When a race goes on for more than 25 years, their has to be something special about it. Redlands Bicycle Classic is one of them. After I got the bad news about the sponsorship lost in Japan, I was now available for Redlands and was pretty excited to do it.
The stage race included an opening time trial in Big Bear Lake at 2060m of altitude, a road race of 195km, a criterium and a last road race of 160km. Put the some of the best teams of the country in the mix for a total of 191 riders and you have some world class road racing !
After a good 2012 season, racing mostly criteriums in the USA, I dediced to make it bigger and I will continue part time with the same structure captained by Emile Abraham and another one in Japan directed by Sebastien Pilotte; Positivi Peugeot cycling team ! /
Après une bonne saison 2012, à courir principalement des critériums aux USA, j'ai décidé de faire les choses en grand et ainsi, je vais continuer avec la même structure dirigée par Emile Abraham; Predator Cycling en plus d'une autre au Japon dirigée par le québécois Sébastien Pilotte établi au Japon; Positivi Peugeot cycling team !