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The first race of the season is already under the...

Johann van Zyl, le texte de sa publication du 22-03-2019 13:30:21 :
The first race of the season is already under the belt. It felt so good to pin a number again and meet up with my new team The 303 Project. 🙌🏼🚴🏼‍♂️

The Redlands Bicycle Classic kicked off with a 7 mile ITT. Being the first real effort since my last race in October I knew this one is going to burn. I had to settle with 6th place on the day. I was disappointed with this result as my goal was to win that TT.

Stage 2 was a short circuit race in Highlands. Basically a longer version of a crit. Super intensive and flat-out racing. The finish was on this kicker which strung out the peloton every lap. I maintained my 6th place on GC which was the main objective.

Stage 3- Oak Glen hilltop finish. We did laps around Yucaipa and finished up Oak Glen. A hard 7-8% avg gradient climb 5 miles long. The team gave me full support and we raced perfectly together all day. What lacked in the end was horsepower. I was hanging on to the select front group of 10 as we approached the final, but lost contact when they started attacking for the win. This also meant I dropped out of the top 10 on GC.

Stage 4 was a 90’ criterium in downtown Redlands. I’ve heard these US crits can get pretty wild so I was nervous before the start. Turned out this was the most fun I’ve had on a bike in a very long time. 90’ of fullspeed racing, dive bombing each other into every corner and plenty of pushing and shoving to keep positioning. I loved it!

Stage 5- Sunset lap race. 150km of racing on this twisty and undulating circuit. This is where the race is decided every year. I was amped to give it a good go and finish the race off strong. With 40km to go the peloton was already stripped down to 40-50 riders. I attacked to try and bridge to the front two riders. I probably timed it a bit wrong as I never made it across the 1’ gap and eventually got caught by the remainder of the field with 20km to go. I finished in the front group and moved up to finish 13th in the General Classification.

Its been a great experience racing in the US again. I love the team and I’m confident we’ll score some big results this season.
I enjoyed racing for the win again. It’s a big transition and yet another learning curve as I’ve been riding as a domestique these last 6 years.

Thank you for all of the support out there! See you at the next one 👉🏼 Joe Martin Stage Race 👈🏼

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Message de Johann van Zyl du 18-03-2019Le 18-03-2019 :
That’s a wrap of @redlandsclassic 2019. Felt so good to pin a number again. I definitely have some work to do before the next. ⠀

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Message de Johann van Zyl du 16-03-2019Le 16-03-2019 :
Inlove with Redlands, CA at the moment🔥🚴🏼‍♂️🇺🇸⠀

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Message de Johann van Zyl du 13-03-2019Le 13-03-2019 :
Excited to pin a number on my back again #️⃣1️⃣3️⃣ Tomorrow we start @redlandsclassic with a short, but sweet 11 km ITT 🚴🏼‍♂️💨
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