I was very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to race for the Amy D. Foundation at the Redlands Cycling Classic in early May. The Redlands Classic is one of the oldest and most prestigious stage races in America. Living in Northern Canada means that it is often difficult for me to get to big races so when the foundation emailed me to notify me of my selection for this race I was very excited but also nervous about the prospect of racing in my first real stage race.
I was also nervous about racing with a composite team of 5 riders who had never met or raced together. I didn’t need to worry though as Katie, Michelle, Gabrielle, Amber and Lauren where wonderful people who I am very glad to have met and raced with. Overall the race went quite well for me, I was disappointed to not be able to race the TT which was cancelled due to snow up at Big Bear mountain. The rest of the race went quite well and was overall a very valuable learning experience. The team rode very well each day and everyone gave it their all in every stage.
The Amy D. Foundation is such a wonderful team in the sense that they provide the opportunity for riders to compete in some of the biggest races in the states for riders that would otherwise be unable to attend them. The week went smoothly thanks to the foundation’s three staff Des, Katheryn and Scott who looked after the registration, organization, bike mechanics and our race day needs. Thanks to the foundation’s wonderful sponsors Giddy up Film tour for financial support, Lazer helmets, Pearl Izumi for our wonderful kits, Feedback sports for providing trainers to warm up on, Handlebar Mustache socks, Carbo Rocket nutrition, Bikeflights and spare bikes from SCOTT. Finally thanks to Dan and The Amy D. Foundation for providing us with the opportunity to race, I am so very grateful for having the opportunity to represent the foundation and to #RideLikeAmyD!