mobius BridgeLane is excited to be invited back to the United States of America for the second year in a row to compete in three of the biggest domestic stage races on the USA Pro Road Series Calendar.
In 2017, the team raced the UCI 2.2 Tour of the Gila and the long-running Redlands Bicycle Classic. The team will return to contest these races and will also compete in the UCI 2.2 Joe Martin Stage Race in Fayetteville, Arkansas, having been fortunate to receive an invitation after a strong showing in the US series last season.
A strong seven-man team arrived in Fayetteville on Saturday in preparation for the four-day Joe Martin Stage Race beginning on April 12th.
Alistair Donohoe joins the team fresh off the UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Rio de Janeiro – where he finished second in the C4-5 Scratch Race – and will be racing alongside Angus Lyons as the protected riders for the general classification.
Both Angus and Alistair have proven their climbing abilities throughout the season, especially at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour where both played pivotal roles in guiding Alex Evans to a second place finish on the Queen Stage.
Angus recently showed his form is coming along with a 6th place overall finish (4th U23) at the Oceania Championships road race two weeks ago.
“This is the first time I will race in the U.S.” said Angus, “I am going in with my eyes on the GC – the hill climb TT will probably be the deciding factor despite only being 5km long. All the climbs throughout the tour are mid-length which suits me well.”
“The other two stages look tough but not likely to blow things to pieces too much. Stage one has a solid finish. There will be an opportunity to take a few seconds over the last few kilometres particularly if the rest of the stage is ridden hard.”
The course suits both riders, with punchy climbs including an estimated 5,400 feet (1650 meters) of climbing that will test the riders over the 110-mile (177km) stage on day two.
Throughout the stage, the peloton will face a 9.2-mile (14.8km) staircase climb with an average grade of 2.7%. If the peloton hasn’t blown apart by then, be sure to expect fireworks in the final 3km with the finishing straight featuring an 8% uphill grade over the last 400m.
Stage three is the 3-mile (4.8km) Time Trial in Devil’s Den State Park, the uphill race against the clock and will likely seal the general classification should the mountain stages not produce a clear winner. As is tradition, the final stage will be a technical criterium in downtown Fayetteville, with a steep uphill drag to the finish line.
After a long break between the Jayco Herald Sun Tour and the American block of racing, the team is eager to get back out on the road and racing again. Alistair and Angus will be assisted by climbers Conor Murtagh and Ben Carman, with Peter Livingstone, and Aden Reynolds playing key support roles throughout the four-day stage race.
Joe Martin Stage Race Roster
Joe Martin Stages
Stage One – 182.3km
Walker Park to Mt Sequoyah Retreat
Stage Two – 176.8km
Walmart Super-centre, MKL Blvd to Downtown Fayetteville
Stage Three – 4.84km
Devils Den State Park Individual Time Trial
Stage Four – 1.94km circuit, 30 laps
Downtown Fayetteville Criterium