The Orange and Black men, currently stationed in Sacramento for a nine-day mini-camp of Amgen Tour of California (AToC) reconnaissance, claimed victory at two Sacramento area races, the Land Park Criterium and Bariani Road Race. New sprinter Brad Huff barreled his way to his first win for Optum at Land Park, and Jesse Anthony followed up Huff’s effort with a win at Zamora’s 70-mile Bariani Road Race. It was the first win of 2014 for both riders.
Sometimes these smaller local races can be tougher to win than you imagine – the racing is always very aggressive,” said Performance Manager Eric Wohlberg. “A lot of local riders in California know the roads so well and are such strong guys, that they will always make things competitive. It was nice to see the guys be outnumbered badly and still be able to get a result.”
The team will spend the next week in Northern California, scouting the opening leg of the AToC. The recon will include stage one’s Sacramento circuit race, stage two’s Folsom individual time trial, and stage three’s summit finish from San Jose to Mount Diablo. A five-man team will finish up the week by tackling the 3-day Chico Stage Race.
“We wanted to get to know the first few stages better, and so we scheduled a short camp in the Sacramento area,” said Jonas Carney. “It worked perfectly to tie this camp in with the Chico Stage Race. The guys will gain some knowledge about the courses they will be racing in May, and also get four races under their belt. Chico is a great area and they’ve put together a really nice stage race.”
Learn more about the new race at www.chicostagerace.com.
Chico Stage Race Roster