The men’s team will toe the line at the final one-day race of the UCI and NRC calendar this weekend at the newly christened Reading 120 in Reading, PA on September 12. The UCI 1.2 ranked, 120 mile circuit race, described as “very long and very hard” on the race’s website, will be the final tune-up for the team as it prepares for a historic culmination of the season at the UCI World Championships in Richmond, VA.

Mike Woods cemented the red Best Canadian Rider jersey (likely tinted brown after six days of often wet, frigid racing) at the Tour of Alberta after a final circuit race in downtown Edmonton. The Ottawa, Ontario native won the classification, which became a climber’s contest after two days in Jasper National Forest on the steep slopes of the Colorado Rockies, where temperatures plummeted near the freezing mark.

The team opened a busy Memorial Day weekend of racing with standout performances in two countries. Leah Kirchmann won the Tour de Lafayette, the opening stage of St. Louis’ Gateway Cup race series, with Brad Huff taking second in the men’s edition of the popular main street criterium. Mike Woods got his first chance to test his climbing legs after his career defining performance in last month’s Tour of Utah, this time on native soil at the Tour of Alberta. Woods finished fifth in the race’s first climbing stage through the cold, alpine terrain of Jasper National Park.