Belmont Classic Criterium
by Jean Michel Lachance (Predator Cycling)
Spartanburg, South Carolina. It’s 11am. I wake up in time for a delicious breakfast with our hosts, Stewart and Crystal, who also had a late morning after yesterday’s Spartanburg regional classic.
We finally head to Belmont, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte, for stop 6 of USA Crits Speedweek. A new venue on the circuit, the first impression we have when we arrive is, hey, this is going to brea ! The course is a 6-turn, 1km circuit with a 350m steady ascent and the finish line located halfway up that. With 75 laps totaling 50 miles (80km), it promised to be a race of attrition.