By Kirsten Robbins
Floyd Landis will lead his 2009 squad OUCH presented by Maxxis at the Vuelta a Mexico Telmex held on March 1-8. The UCI 2.2 category event is a part of the UCI American Tour, offering eight days of tough climbing stages located around Mexico City.
"There is a big gap in racing in the US circuit after Tour of California leading into Redlands," said Directeur Sportif Mike Tamayo regarding the five-week absence of NRC level racing beginning at the end of February and into March. "Tour of Mexico fills that void with seven days of good, hard racing."
The number of NRC events offered in the California is declining yearly. This year the Redlands Bicycle Classic will be held on March 26-29 and marks the only NRC event offered in the early season months.