DENVER - The Primal/MapMyRIDE Professional Women's Racing Team powered by BH Bikes travels to California this week for the Redlands Bicycle Classic March 31-April 3, the second stage race for the first-year team.

Team member Tiffany Pezzulo heads to Redlands after posting top-5 finishes in the road race and criterium stages of the San Dimas Stage Race last weekend and Liza Rachetto and Emily Kachorek enter the event coming off top-10 finishes at the Merco Cycling Classic in Merced, Calif. in early March. The Primal/MapMyRIDE team also enjoyed an impressive performance at the John Earley Memorial Valley of the Sun race in February, the team's first stage race.

"The team is heading to Redlands very much on form and excited to race as we start into the main stretch of our season," said team director Susannah Gordon. "Redlands has a great field of talented riders, and we're confident we'll be in the mix on Sunday."


The Redlands Bicycle Classic features a time trial prologue followed by two road stages and a criterium. One of American's longest-running stage races, the Redlands event began in 1985 and has grown into a major early-season event for many professional teams.

The Primal/MapMyRIDE team roster for the 2011 Redlands Cycling Classic:
Emily Kachorek, Sacramento, Calif.
Gwen Inglis, Lakewood, Colo.
Kasey Clark, Louisville, Colo.
Liza Rachetto, Los Altos, Calif.
Megan Hottman, Golden, Colo.
Nicky Wangsgard, Salt Lake City
Nicole Evans, Salt Lake City
Tiffany Pezzulo, Salt Lake City

Over the course of the training season, team members are using the iMapMyRIDE smartphone application, which tracks and broadcasts speed, distance, and heart rate to the team's group page at mapmyride.com. Cycling fans and potential racers can learn from team members' training regimes by monitoring that data, reading team members' blog posts and interacting with them by using the site's social media tools.

For more information about the team, visit www.primalprowomensracing.com.

Photo credit: Primal/MapMyRIDE.