February 9/07 8:55 am - Team Symmetrics Heads to Vuelta Ciclista a Cuba
Posted by Editoress on 02/9/07
Symmetrics Cycling Off To Smoke Some Cubans
Courtesy Team Symmetrics
After a winter of tough training, there's no more Stallin', the S-Team is set to begin its race season at the Vuelta Ciclista a Cuba. Racing begins this Tuesday, February 13th and will last a full 13 days, ending on February 25th.
The race features 14 stages of tough racing, including a 30-km individual time trial which should suit Svein Tuft. Tuft, who will wear his Red skinsuit of National Champion in the event, has been honing his time trialling skills lately on the track. [Mark Cunningham - Symmetrics] "I've increased my Revolutions per minute, my leg speed, with all the riding at the velodrome, so I'm pretty stoked to try it out on the road."
Joining Tuft in Cuba will be Marsh Cooper, Christian Meier, Andrew Pinfold and Andrew Randell. New S-team rider Geoff Kabush will be Lenin a hand to the squad, making his first appearance with his new comrades in arms.
Most of the team has been training in either BC or California, and although it is the rainy season in Cuba, weather could be a factor. "If it gets warm, we could have a pretty hot war on the roads with some of the locals who are more acclimatized," Symmetrics veteran Andrew Pinfold said. "As far as who is our best rider right now, I think some of the guys who have been training hard on the track might pull off some good rides, but whoever gets up there in the G.C., we will all ride in solidarity."
The total mileage of the race is 1865km for the 13 days, making the race itself an impressive feat. This is the longest race for all of the S-Team riders, and one of the longest races apart in the world apart from Grand Tours like the Tour de France. The community of racers who have flown in from various parts of the world will assemble Sunday in Havana, with the actual race beginning and ending at end at the Plaza de la Revolution in Baracoa.
Symmetrics will be providing reports from the race, so the People wishing to Git Mo' information should be sure to check out www.symmetricscycling.com