With one of the biggest races of the year in our rear view mirror, our schedule does not get any easier.
Up next for Stage 17 Racing is the Northern California classic, Copperopolis Road Race in Milton, Calif. on Saturday, April 7. This race is known for its extremely rough pavement on its twisting descents. The road is listed officially as fair to bad and riders are instructed to carefully tighten all bolts on their bicycles. This is not simply to make the race sound rough, as every year the race claims riders who would otherwise be the strongest on any other given day to mechanicals and punctures. Our iRT Wheels will be put to the test over the 105-mile course located in a town without a local gas station or telephone. How can you not get excited?
After Copperopolis, the team will head further north, to Chico Calif., for the Chico Stage Race. Chico Stage Race is a two day event located 80 miles north of Sacramento that features three stages of racing in what is normally one of the hottest regions of the state.
The racing begins on Saturday, April 14 with the 90-mile Paskenta Hills Road Race. This race features a 45-mile loop contested over two laps with 4 miles of gravel each lap.
The next day is a split stage begining with the stage two 10-mile time trial out of Chico towards the Sacramento River and back into Chico. Though this isn’t a technical course, the time trial will still help create selections for GC.
The second part of the day is a stage three downtown criterium held in the heart of Chico. The 70-minute race may not win the race for anyone, but finishing safely is key to securing your overall placing.
Stage 17 Racing is going into both of these races looking for good results after spending a week with the Pro teams in Redlands.