Jamis/Sutter Home Cycling Team Update
Today, we're lucky to have a guest blogger: Phil Mooney from our Jamis/Sutter Home Professional Cycling Team! Phil is here to give us an update about the team's recent race.
LUIS AMARAN RIDES HIS XENITH T2 TO TIME TRIAL VICTORY AT CASCADE CYCLING CLASSIC
Photo Credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us
Based in and around Bend, Oregon, one of the most scenic and cycling-friendly cities in the United States, the six day Cascade Cycling Classic is regarded as one of the most beautiful stage races of the year. With a variety of stages designed to expose every cyclists' weakness, including a prologue, time trial, criterium and even mountain top finish, it is no wonder the race is also regarded as one of the most challenging of the year.
Entering the Stage 2 Crooked River Time Trail, several Jamis/Sutter Home riders were well positioned in the overall standings and looking to make their mark on the race with a strong performance. At 16 miles in length, the out and back course meanders its way along the banks of the Crooked River. With its mix of sinuous roads and short climbs, it gives every rider a formidable challenge. As he accelerated down the start ramp and up to full speed, Luis Amaran immediately knew he was feeling good. His legs were a blur as he ticked over the pedals of his Jamis Xenith T2. Luis absolutely flew around the course, making quick work of each roller and maintaining his speed through every twist in the road. As the finish approached, Luis lowered his head for one last all-out effort. As he scorched across the line, the clock showed him with a time of just 31:19, good enough for the win by almost 21 seconds! Even more impressive, Luis had put enough time into his top rivals to move into the overall lead by five seconds!
"I am happy to feel so good at such a large race against many of the best time trialists in the country", said a visibly elated Amaran, "I have been very good at time trials in the past, but today was one of my best and to take the leaders jersey is a great feeling." Jamis/Sutter Home's director Sebastian Alexandre says the team will fight to defend the jersey over the coming stages. "There are several very difficult stages ahead, but we have a strong team here and all the guys are ready to work for Luis, so we will ride like leaders and keep Luis in the jersey as long as possible."