UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team kicks off their 2010 season
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Friday, February 26, 2010

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team kicks off their 2010 season

by VeloNation Press at 8:40 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis is set to begin its 2010 season in Merced, CA March 6-7 with the MERCO race weekend.

The races in Merced, which for many years have served as the kick-off to the season, will provide a good test for the nine-rider squad from UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis.

“These races will be a good way for the Team to get the season started,” said team sports director Gord Fraser, who has won both the criterium and the road race multiple times. “The fields have traditionally been very strong, with a mix of national pro teams and the top regional NorCal elite teams. The criterium offers a good, technical course, and the crowds in downtown Merced are always great.”

The criterium will give the Team an opportunity to start working out tactics and dialing its lead-outs for the team's sprinters Eric Barlevav and Johnny Clarke.

The road race features five laps of a rolling 26-mile loop where the weather can be a factor.

“The course frequently offers up strong cross winds,” he said. “It’s a rare opportunity in the cross winds, if the conditions allow, because there aren’t many races in the U.S. that offer up these conditions.”

The team is bringing a strong line-up for the races including team captain Tim Johnson, Roman Kilun and new addition Adrian Hegyvary. It’s also a course that the team will expect to see their team leader Rory Sutherland put in a solid performance.

One other obstacle Fraser noted has more to do with the course’s surroundings than the course itself. “The almond orchards should be in full bloom,” he says. “That means lots of bees, and I’ve been stung out there on more than one occasion.”

The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis for the MERCO Cycling Classic, March 6-7 in Merced, CA:

Eric Barlevav
Johnny Clarke
Matt Crane
Adrian Hegyvary
Max Jenkins
Tim Johnson
Roman Kilun
Morgan Schmitt
Rory Sutherland

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