The Redlands Classic started with off with the difficult 5km prologue under gray skies. While walking around and saying hi to the women, High Road’s Kim Anderson told me that Mara was flying. And she was right. Mara Abbott won the prologue with the enigmatics Kat Carroll (Aarons) in second, and the amazing Kim in third. (Read race report on RoadBikeReview).
The men were ready to finally get the NRC season started, and all the teams came out guns firing.
Unfortunately, the race commissaires decided to change the measuring rules for BB to bar ends, so the tall guys, like Henk Vogels, Tom Zirbel and Reid Mumford, were left scrambling.
These were the same bikes and same measurements used at Tour of California and other races. Made no freakin sense.
Rory Sutherland took the honors with Dominique Rollin and Ben Day right behind him. I was surprised to see Dominique place so high but as he said, he was surprised as big guy Svein Tuft won it last year. (Race report on RoadBikeReview). I can’t wait to see what else Dominique Rollin can do this year, as I have been following his career for many yers in the Quebec press.
With 6 guys in the top 15, Toyota-United should be hitting up a somewhat weak Health Net in tomorrow’s stage. On the women’s side, High Road is looking forwards to attacks from all the teams.