The Jelly Belly p/b Kenda cycling team traveled to Japan for its final race of the season, the UCI-sanctioned Japan Cup on Oct. 19-20.
The first day, Jelly Belly p/b Kenda riders joined some of the best professionals in Japan for a one-hour criterium. The plan was to sit in the field and watch the race unfold. Banking on a field sprint, the team led out Brad Huff, who raced to a fourth-place finish.
On Day 2, the riders set out for a 150-k road race in the rain. They aimed to put either Luis Lemus or Sean Mazich in the breakaway, while the rest of the squad waited until the final 3-k hill to the finish. Lemus, who did make the break, emerged from the stage with the KOM jersey, and Serghei Tvetcov placed 16th.
With 100,000 Japan fans watching the race, which was broadcast live, the Jelly Belly p/b Kenda team put on a great show. Special thanks go out to Jelly Belly Japan, Cateye and Inno Racks, who came out to the race to support the team.
“This was a great end to a solid season for Jelly Belly p/b Kenda. I’m proud of our riders and sponsors who made the years a success,” said team director Danny Van Haute.