After a one day break in the action, Speed Week begins again in Spartanburg, South Carolina with race number five and continues tomorrow with number six taking the racers to Charlotte, North Carolina. At this point in the overall standing Hilton Clarke [Bahati Foundation] is in the lead with 3450 points. However by no means is the overall settled as riders from Kenda Pro Cycling, Team Type I, Mountain Khakis and UnitedHealthcare are all positioned to climb the leader board.
With tonight’s race in Spartanburg, several pro teams made their temporary base of operations in Greenville. Having a day between the Walterboro and Spartanburg criteriums means the racers still needed to ride to keep the legs fresh. With that in mind, yesterday the Carolina Trianthlon shop played host to the Kenda Pro Cycling team and three members of the Bahati Foundation squad, including the team’s namesake Rahsaan Bahati, for an easy spin on the US Pro road course. Once the word got out that a ride was occurring, several local cyclists joined the group for a chance to ride with some of America’s fastest criterium riders.
The tempo of the ride was steady and the group stayed together as it meandered through Greenville. As expected, once the ascent of Paris Mountain began the tempo went from casual to a little more serious. George Hincapie’s record time to the summit was never in danger, but the riders’ effort was hard enough to blow-out the cobwebs for tonight’s criterium.
Once back at Carolina Triathlon bike shop I was able to speak to both Rahsaan Bahati and Geoff Godsey about the upcoming criteriums and riding in the Southeast.