5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team Heads to
New Mexico UCI Event following Joe Martin Stage Race
New Roster Announced for Tour of the Gila May 1-5
April 29, 2013 - The 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team added to its momentum on the National Racing Calendar this past weekend by placing two riders in the overall Top Five at the Joe Martin Stage Race presented by Nature Valley. After four days of racing in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Francisco “Paco” Mancebo (ESP) finished on the podium for a second straight year and earned second place overall. Teammate Nate English (USA) finished fifth in the General Classification.
After this weekend, Mancebo remains atop the NRC individual rankings. The 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team was also honored with second overall in the team classification in Arkansas. 5-hour ENERGY® is tied in the lead of the NRC team rankings with Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies.
English took home the first NRC win of his career by winning the Devil’s Den Time Trial on April 25 in Arkansas. Mancebo finished third in the TT, just six seconds back. The 5-hour ENERGY® Team rode solid in the race against the clock, placing all riders in the Top 30 for the opening stage.
With teammates battling hard at the front for the Stage 2 Road Race and the Stage 3 Circuit Race, Mancebo was able to finish in the Top 10 in both events. Heading into the final 54-mile criterium, the 5-hour ENERGY® Team executed strategic moves throughout the afternoon to keep Mancebo and English in their G.C. positions.
Next up for the team is the 27th annual Tour of the Gila powered by SRAM in Silver City, New Mexico. The 2.2-rated UCI stage race in New Mexico features over 340 miles in five days, from May 1-5, with a total prize purse of $26,000. Team captain of the 5-hour ENERGY® squad, Mancebo, won the Tour of the Gila G.C. in 2011 and took fourth place last year.
The 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team roster for the Tour of the Gila powered by SRAM will include:
- Gregg Brandt (Winona, Minn.)
- Nate English (Berkeley, Calif.)
- Max Jenkins (Citrus Heights, Calif.)
- Francisco “Paco” Mancebo (El Tiemblo, Avila, Spain)
- Christian Parrett (Macon, Ga.)
- Taylor Shelden (Louisville, Colo.)
- James Stemper (Jackson, Wyo.)
- Bobby Sweeting (Asheville, N.C.)
Stage 1 begins Wednesday, May 1 with the Silver City to Mogollon Road Race. It begins at Gough Park in Silver City and ends near the ghost town of Mogollon, stretching a total of 92 miles. Stage 2 is the 76.2-mile Inner Loop Road Race beginning at Pinos Altos, seven miles north of Silver City, and ending at Ft. Bayard. Stage 3 features the Dan Potts Memorial Tyrone Individual Time Trial, which is a total of 16.15 miles beginning and ending in Tyrone, 4.5 miles south of Silver City. Stage 4 is the Downtown Silver City Criterium that runs 43.2 miles for 40 laps. The final stage of the race, Stage 5, is the challenging 100.6-mile Gila Monster Road Race, which begins at Gough Park in Silver City and ends at Pinos Altos, seven miles north of Silver City.