It is definitely a stacked field at the Redlands
Bicycle Classic this year. All of the teams have brought their “A” squads and many of the teams here are going
to be racing the Tour de Georgia or they raced in the Amgen Tour of California. So we will get a good gauge of where Team
Type 1 is at this point in the season.
I got ready for Thursday’s prologue by looking
at last year’s time and dividing the course into thirds. Using that information, I set some time goals for myself.
I thought I started off well. There’s a little
kicker right off the bat and I got over that pretty good. But when I got to the first time check I set for myself, I was behind
it. But I was still catching my 30-second man, so I thought I was doing OK.
After I reeled my 30-second man in, Ben Jacques-Mayne
(Bissell Pro Cycling) was my minute man. I could see him as we hit the climb, which was my second time split, and thought
to myself that maybe I wasn’t going as bad as I thought.
Up ahead, he went out of sight as the course curves
off to the left. Not too long after that, I made the turn and nearly ran into a rider, who I initially thought was him. Instead,
it was my minute-and-30-second man.
I kept going, but could tell I was slipping. I tried
to save a little for the last climb to try and rip it up since I’m a climber and that’s where I can really make
up time. But by the time I hit the last 100 meters I was pretty cooked. I ended up finishing in 53rd place, 42 seconds back
of the winner, Rory Sutherland (Health Net presented by Maxxis), and three-tenths of a second slower than my teammate, Shawn
Milne. (Jacques-Maynes was fifth on the stage.)
So now I’m looking ahead to a stage that better
suits Team Type 1. We’re not really a team built for prologue time trials. Friday’s race is five laps of a 17-mile
circuit. Just looking at the course profile, it appears it will be good for us. At the San Dimas Stage Race last weekend,
we had all of our guys make the decisive split on a tough circuit. Based on what we did last weekend, I think we could possibly
win if things go our way.