What Does it Take to Ride With the Pros?
by Sean Burke
Almost anyone who has thrown a leg over a bike has dreamed about being a pro rider and wondered what it takes to really race with the big boys. The Redlands Classic Stage race is one of the biggest pro-am races in the US, where some up-and-coming amateur racers get to live that dream and really test their mettle against the best pro riders in the country. Team Calimax rider and Crank Cycling coached athlete Eder Faryre is one of them. Luckily for us, he had an SRM on his bike for the whole race, so we’ll get to know exactly what it takes to race against the pros. And not just race against the pros, but get a real result. Eder was 8th place (top amateur) in the 120 mile Beaumont road race on Friday as well as 9th place in the grueling Sunset Loop Road Race on Sunday, so we’ll focus primarily on those stages.
Redlands has been Eder’s primary focus since the beginning of the season, and we consider two top 10 finishes in a race of this caliber to be a success. He has goals of being a European pro rider, and he has the talent, the supportive family, and the work ethic to get him there. He is definitely capable of getting results in your typical SoCal crit course, but where Eder excels, and where we have focused his training is the longer, more grueling races such as Beaumont and Sunset Loop. Basically, the longer and harder the race, the more Frayre will shine. [Read more…]