The season is well underway for me and the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. We’ve been racing in Argentina, Australia, Oman, Qatar, and Taiwan but we’ve just begun our season her in the US. When we race here in the US we are the team to beat. Especially when it comes to the criterium circuit. We’ve worked hard on race strategy and tactics. We’ve worked hard on our fitness and we started the season off well, but have missed the top step so far. It hasn’t been from a lack of trying or good racing. It’s what happens in racing and that’s the beauty of this sport. You have to be strong and tactically smart but sometime you have to get a little lucky too.
This past weekend at the US Pro Criterium Championships we raced a great race. It’s always a little different having new team members coming into a system you have so dialed, but the new guys did great and fell right into their role. You can watch the full race replay here or forward to near the end. I was really proud of the team for racing so well. Lots of people see what we do and say it’s easy but if it were easy everyone would be doing it and they aren’t. Everything was going to plan until the final corner our riders scrubbed a little speed and Brad Huff got a good run and had a great kick beating us. It’s always tough losing especially when everyone raced well and we were so close but that’s how it goes sometimes. Brad had a great run and sprint and earned it.
We’re now in Arkansas getting ready for the Joe Martin Stage Race. We have an uphill Time Trial followed by two road stages and a criterium. Even though we lost the team has high moral and expectations going into this race. Last year we were able to win 2 stages and the overall on the last day.