From Athens to Redlands

Photography by Shane Orr

Holowesko|Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources sweeps Spartanburg and Athens with sights on Redlands and Tour of California.

The team spent the past weekend in Spartanburg and Athens racing the crits as a prelude to upcoming weeks in California. The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Criterium on Friday evening came to a screeching halt with three laps to go after a bad wreck at one of the turns, and John Murphy and Miguel Bryon’s lead went to naught when the field was neutralized. Race commissaires declared the criterium would begin again with five laps to go. Thankfully, Brayan Sanchez and Andrew Dahlheim took the opportunity to finish what Murphy and Bryon had begun, finishing first and second, respectively.

Saturday, the squad traveled to Athens, Georgia for perhaps the most famous criterium in the United States. Brendan Rhim joined, giving Sanchez a break for the evening. Halfway through the race, Murphy and Gomez lapped the field, holding strong while the rest of the team went to the front and delivered them to the finish line. Murphy came in first and Gomez second.

“The Athens Crit is always a blast, and, of course, it’s even more fun when we win,” says Rich Hincapie. “I’m proud of John Murphy and the team and the effort they showed this past weekend.”

Now, it’s on to California. First up is the Redlands Bicycle Classic on May 2, followed by the Tour of California, which begins May 13. Squad for Redlands is Gomez, Sanchez, and Rhim, along with Ruben Companioni, Joe Lewis, Morgan Schmitt, Andzs Flaksis, and Grant Koontz. Squad for the Tour of California is still to be determined.

“The team seems to be absorbing the hard spring that we have had, and I am looking forward to seeing what we can do in Redlands this week as a tune up for the Tour of California,” says Chief Sports Director Thomas Craven. “All the cylinders seem to be firing!”