San Dimas is a friendly cool build up to Redlands. NorCal will have a big footprint at Redlands this year from looking at the rosters so keeping an eye on San Dimas will give us a good indication how some of the locals will fare against the big guns.
The NorCal rider to watch at San Dimas this weekend has to be Ali Starnes. After a convincing win at Merco, Starne’s and the Peanut Butter 2012 team look like strong favorites even when you stack them up against Tibco, Colavita and HTC. I’m hoping for some big rides from the locals on Webcor and Vanderkitten squads. If they slip into the right break they could find themselves on the right side of the standings after the road race. Rachetto and Kachorek will be backing up a full Primal-Map My Ride squad, and a few stragglers like Devon Gorry have made their way onto some guest riders spots. Send us updates on other NorCal riders to watch and we’ll slip in a report or two over the weekend.
Cat 2 Men
Yahoo, Metromint, and Marc Pro Strava are all fielding riders in the Cat 2 race. I’m looking for Justin Rossi of Marc Pro Strava to bust a move in the TT and hold his lead for the win. As elite men go I think the Cat 2 Category is NorCal’s best shot for a result.
think it is going to be tough going trying to unseat Ben Day when he’s being backed up by a strong Kenda team. Bissell doesn’t have it’s heaviest hitters, keeping them in the wings until Redlands, Jelly Belly, and Jamis look strong but not strong enough to take the win. Day should be able to walk away with this race but the presence of several strong pro teams will make it hard for the NorCal locals. Wolberg is registered for Form Fitness so I’m hoping he can sneak away into a move doing the RR with some Cal Giant riders to get the local boys into the top ten.
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