Team Kelly Benefit Strategies is returning to the 2010 season with much of its last-year roster in tow, and is looking for bigger events this year.
According to Jonas Carney, team director of Kelly Benefit Strategies, KBS is focusing on stage racing and one-day events as the team enters the new season. Last year saw the team focusing more on criterium racing, so this year, they are targeting international races, which includes the Tour de Langkawi this coming March, Padyak Pinoy (Tour of the Philippines, and also races in Uruguay, Thailand, Brittany, and France.
Last year, frontrunners Andrew Bajadali and Scott Zwiwanski both made it to the U.S. road nationals podium. Likewise, David Veilleux and Ryan Anderson also went one-two at the Canadian nationals in the time trial. But Carney says that everyone in the team is committed to win and is putting in their part on KBS’ victories. Just like Neil Shirley, who had no major wins last year but considers 2009 to be his season for his contributions to their success. Planning better strategies and teamwork is their game, says Carney.
And as the 2010 season is coming near, the team is spending their time scouting the courses and practicing their skills as a rider. Last Saturday, they rode the 21-mile circuit course up along the Mulholland Highway for Stage 8 of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California. They have also tested their time trial skills at the A2 wind tunnel in North Carolina, and Zwisanski expresses his confidence that if a KBS rider will be able to stay in front if he gets on a breakaway during a race.