With the 2009 best team title under their belt, the Holowesko Partners Under-23 Development Team hopes to have history repeat itself this year at the Redlands Bicycle Classic.
Alex Howes, the Under-23 US National Road and Criterium Champ, is confident that they can attain the goal of best team title once more. “We are coming to race, not to be pack fill. We have to set the goals high. Last year when we won it that was a big surprise for us so maybe we will surprise ourselves again this year.”
The four stages of the Redlands will be on March 25-28 in California. It also marks the start of the National Racing Calendar. There will be almost 200 riders from 26 teams participating in the race.
The riders for Holowesko Partners are Howes, Peter Salon, Caleb Fairly, Taylor Sheldon, Andrei Krasilnikau, Lachlan Morton, Danny Summerhill and Raymond Kreder.
Howes hopes to bring a better performance this year after his break out to the scene last year at Bend, Oregon. He won fifth at the Tour of Utah and is proving to be a strong cyclist to beat. For the other riders on the team, this will be their first NRC race.
Peter Stetina and Kirk Calrsen were previously part of the team but have been recently promoted to Pro Tour team Garmin-Transitions. Sportiff Directeur Chann McRae is excited to hone new talent for the team’s next cycle of young athletes. They will soon be seen competing at events like the Redlands Bicycle Classic, Tour of the Gila, Cascade Cycling Classic and the Tour of Utah.
McRae is hopeful as the rest of the team regarding the possibility of winning the team overall once more. “We are going to put as many riders as possible into the top ten in the individual general classification. We don’t go into these stage races with the team overall as a number one goal. We would rather place as many guys in the GC and get a stage win. If we do that, we might win the team overall too.”