One for the record books. The California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized scored five USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) victories since 2010, the most wins for any amateur teams during this period. In addition, the Berries also won up five classification jerseys at NRC stage races.
5 NRC Wins in 6 Years for California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized
This is big. “Typically amateur teams do not win an NRC race – ever – during a year,” commented Sport Director James Mattis.
Teamwork delivered success for the California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized team at the the Redlands Bicycle Classic which ended on Sunday. The final tally for the Berries was one stage win (Brendan Rhim), third overall (Adrien Costa) and two classification jerseys (Rhim, Costa) at the five-day USA Cycling National Race Calendar (NRC) opener.
Adrien Costa third in the final GC podium at 2015 Redlands Bicycle Classic. Phil Gaimon (Optum) was first and Gavin Mannion (Jelly Belly), second.
Adrien Costa in white best amateur and Brendan Rhim in green sprint jersey join the other jersey winners Gregory Brenes (Jamis-Hagens Berman) in red climber and Phil Gaimon (Optum) in yellow leader jersey at the end of 2015 Redlands Bicycle Classic.
“It was pretty incredible,” said Sport Director James Mattis. “Typically amateur teams do not win an NRC race ever during a year. Here we are at the first race of the year, we’ve won the green jersey, we’ve won a stage.”
Brendan Rhim outsprinted his breakmates to claim his first NRC victory at the City of Redlands Criterium, stage 4 of the Redlands Bicycle Classic this afternoon. The California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized rider made his way into a six-rider break with more than 60 minutes to go in the 90-minute race. His goal was simply to accumulate sprint points.
Brendan Rhim stands on top of the Redlands Criterium podium.
Flawless teamwork and climbing legs propelled Adrien Costa up the tough Oak Glen climb to finish fourth on stage 3 and into third overall at the Redlands Bicycle Classic this afternoon. Protected by his teammates throughout the grueling 75.9-mile Yucapai Road Race, the young California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized rider not only climbed with the best of the North American riders but put in an attack to reduce an already dwindling lead group in the final kilometers.
Adrien Costa increased his lead in the Best Amateur competition