US Pro Championships and Somerville
This Memorial Day weekend the Jamis/Sutter Home Professional Cycling Team will be dividing its squad to compete in two marquis events. Taking place for the seventh straight year in Greenville, South Carolina, the US Pro Championships will decide which American rider will become the next National Champion and wear the coveted "Stars and Bars" jersey for the following 12 months. Meanwhile in New Jersey, Jamis Bicycles' home state, one of the country's longest running and most prestigious races, Tour of Somerville, will see many of the best criterium riders battle for sprinting supremacy.
Run on a challenging hilly course and seasonal hot and humid conditions, the US Pro Championship Road Race is a test of attrition and racing prowess. Riders that do make it to the finishing circuits after four trips up lung-searing Paris Mountain are treated to numerous attacks and late-race surges. The Jamis/Sutter Home Team will be lining up with one of its strongest squads to date, and hopes the climber Tyler Wren can be one of the riders battling for a step on the podium. Kyle Wamsley, often labeled as a sprinter, has also been known to climb well under the right circumstances and could be a trump card for the Team in the final kilometers. Also riding in support of Tyler and Kyle, and looking for an opportunity to try their hands in threatening breakaways, are Jamey Driscoll, Carson Miller and Philip Mooney.
The wide open, four-corner Tour of Somerville course makes for one of the fastest races in the country. With countless attacks beginning as soon as the starter's pistol is fired, racers are on the tip of their saddles going full gas for the duration. Having had extremely successful races at the Tour of Somerville in the past, the Jamis/Sutter Home riders will be looking to race aggressively and make sure they are always represented at the front when the time is right. Fresh off his win at the Wilmington Grand Prix, Demis Aleman is motivated and hoping to add another "W" to the Team's 2012 tally. Anibal and Alejandro Borrajo are always marked men, and together with Fernando Antogna, Guido Palma and Jackie Simes, will be looking to protect Demis while knowing any one of them could find themselves on the podium at the end of the day.
Visit Jamissutterhome.com for information on the 2012 team and race schedule.