San Dimas wrap-up: three biggest lessons for Redlands
Many of the teams and riders that raced in San Dimas will start in the Redlands Bicycle Classic on March 22nd. While Redlands is a tougher race and deemed more important since it carries National Racing Calendar points, San Dimas results inform what to expect as Redlands unfolds later this week.
- Beware of blue and white. Joseph Schmalz of the ELBOWZ Racing team left San Dimas with a nice set of accomplishments: best young rider jersey (which he also won in 2011), a Stage 2 win, and second overall on GC. He won a couple of road races earlier in 2012, and a handful of cyclocross races in 2011. This kid is fit and could either be a GC threat in Redlands or fade under a longer, harder race. He slotted into 25th place in GC at Redlands last year following a 12th place GC result at San Dimas.
- Team Exergy, BISSELL Pro Cycling, and Kenda/5hr Energy p/b Geargrinder duked it out in San Dimas. Expect them to fight hard in Redlands.
- Clara Hughes on Specialized Lululemon delivered the second best performance among the pro-women at San Dimas and rode aggressively. With Exergy Twenty12’s Kristin Armstrong not on the women’s registration list, Clara could produce a great result at Redlands or provide strong support to help her teammate Amber Neben defend her overall title from last year.