Jonas Carney’s 2009 Kelly Benefit Strategies squad heads to the Redlands Classic this weekend with one of it’s strongest line ups ever. The team moves west with an A-list roster that includes former Redlands Overall winner Andrew Bajadali, KOM jersey winner and new addition Jake Erker plus 2007 rainmaker Alex Candelario, pivotal in Bajadali’s win two years ago. “We’re beginning our season well rested but ready,” says Jonas Carney, performance director. “There are a lot of teams out there with a ton of racing in their legs already but we’re just getting started. The Redlands roster is one of the strongest we’ve ever fielded, Bajadali and Candelario know this race inside out and all the rest of our guys are ready to go.”
The Redlands roster also includes new additions Ryan Anderson and Neil Shirley. Anderson, who moved to the team from Symmetrics, took first in the Kelowna Stage Race Criterium and third in both the Elktown Classic Road Race and the Yaletown Grand Prix last season. Shirley comes to KBS from Jittery Joe’s and took the most aggressive rider jersey for stage six and 2nd overall KOM in the Tour de Georgia last season. They join KBS all rounder’s Reid Mumford, Jake Keough and Dan Bowman.
“Redlands has some very challenging courses and some steep competition – it’s a great way to start our season,” adds Carney. “We’ll be working hard to ensure our riders gel as a team for what is shaping up to be a busy season – with two internationals in Uruguay and Thailand next month.”
Kelly Benefit Strategies Redlands Classic Roster, March 26-29