Stage 1 - Highlands Circuit Race <--Strava activity link
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Chad Beyer - Twitter
Evan Murphy - Twitter - Instagram
Matthew Jeannes - Twitter
Michael Olheiser - Twitter - Instagram
Nolan Tankersly - Instagram
Thomas Vaubourzeix - Twitter
20 laps of a 2.8 mile circuit kicked of the 2016 Redlands Cycling Classic. It was brutally hot out there and it definitely took its toll on the field, with time gaps opening everywhere and some people losing some serious time on the short circuit race. The neutral rolled on to the last corner of the course and up the large finishing hill where the finish / KOM line was located, a right down a big open descent led into a neighborhood that we wound through before opening back up to the feed zone and the final climb. With 200 riders the course could string and bunch depending on where you were.
Overall a good day, represented in the break, and contesting the field sprint. Chad is our first guy in the GC, with Chris not too far behind. I lost about 1:00 after my effort but still sit close enough to move up with the Oak Glen Mountain Top finish tomorrow and a good time trial on Friday. After the scorcher today I think most people will be relieved at the cooling temps for the rest of the week, but personally, I liked the attrition the heat caused.
Tomorrow we take off at 9:40, you can follow the race from the team twitter or @RedlandsClassic.
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For this interested the next two days should have complete live video feeds of the races. Tomorrow's criterium starts at 4:30 (7:30 E.T.) and the Sunset Road Race on Sunday is at 2:00 (5:00 E.T.). The feed can be found on cyclingtips.com.
With that being said tomorrow is a hard 94 mile race, our bread and butter, and you can expect some fire works from me and the guys. We go off at 2:00pm (EST) and again the race will have a live feed from cyclingtips.com. Check it out and look for us out front, it's the last day to get a big result and I think we're all sick of being close.