• 2012/03/13 More wins and podiums this weekend for Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
    • More wins and podiums this weekend for Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies More wins and podiums this weekend for Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
      This weekend was very successful for both men and women racing on both coasts as well as in South America.

      The women raced this weekend at the first criterium on the National Criterium Calendar at the Delray Twilight Festival in Florida. On Saturday night Kristin Sanders escaped late in the race nearly hanging on for the win until being swept up in the final corners. However Courteney Lowe came across the line in 3rd. Lowe improved upon this on Sunday finishing 2nd on the line.

      The men tackled the Madera Stage Race in California, near Fresno. The weekend began with a Hill Climb Time Trial. Mike Creed was 3rd and Marsh Cooper opened his racing account with 5th on the stage following an earlier knee injury he experience before training camp. The following day's criterium was dominated by the team. Ken Hanson took his first win of the year and Candelario was 3rd. Mike Creed would not be outdone in the afternoon, taking the win in the flat time trial over California Giant's Evan Huffman, who dominated last week's Merco TT. Sunday's road race was wind blown and included a gravel section that proved to make the selection for the final General Classification. The team lined it up through the gravel and put Huffman and Kenda's Nate English in trouble. Eventually, Reid Mumford, Mike Creed and Ken Hanson escaped to team time trial to the finish for a 1-2-3 sweep. Mike Creed vaulted over English and Huffman to take the overall win for the weekend. After a long road stint that included the Merco Stage Race, a Tour of California reconnoitre, plus Madera, the guys have shown some strong early form.

      Full reports coming soon at http://optumprocyling.com

      In addition to the domestic racing front, Leah Kirchmann, racing for Team Canada, narrowly missed a gold medal at the Pan-Am Championships in Argentina yesterday. Kirchmann was 2nd on the line by half a wheel!

      This weekend the men and women converge once again in California at the San Dimas Stage Race. The team will tackle a long uphill time trial, a road race and criterium which will be followed by the 27th edition of the Redlands Classic, which was won by our own Andy Bajadali in 2007.