The Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast pro cycling team are breaking camp in San Bernardino, California on Friday to take on the three-day San Dimas, California stage race. The team's lineup will serve as a test and warm-up ahead of the Redlands Classic where riders will support team-mate Andrew Bajadali in his defense of his 2007 champion title.
"We're geared up and looking forward to San Dimas," said Jonas Carney, performance director. "It's a perfect combination of hill work, road race endurance and some fast technical corners in the downtown stage three criterium that should help our guys get their game in place for Redlands next week."
The San Dimas roster includes Alex Candelario, new to the Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast pro cycling team in 2008 and winner of stage four of Redlands in 2007, Keven Lacombe, back in the saddle after a collision with a team car during the Tour of California, plus all-rounders Jonny Sundt, Mark Hinnen, Justin Spinelli and Nick Waite. Ben King, Junior TT and Road Race Champion in 2007 and David Veilleux, Canadian U23 2007 Road Race Champion complete the eight-man roster.
"It's a strong lineup," added Carney. "We're not just warming up for Redlands - we're here to race and win too."