Greetings race fans.
Now that the tour has come to an end and Mark Cav just embarrassed every sprinter in France I wanted to take the time and answer a few questions people have been asking me lately.
What are your plans for next year and what is the deal with you team?
Honestly I think next year will become a defining moment in my life and
my career. Deep down inside, I feel the fire and desire to try racing
in Europe one more time before I transition into another chapter of my life.
concerning the state of my current team, I really can't say what the
status is. Rumor on the street is that he will drop all the US guys and just focus on the European guys who have race all year over in Spain, Belgium
etc. Do I believe that? Well giving the history of the rumors that has
hit the street regarding my team, most if not all has been true facts.
Can you beat Mark Cav? Now this question always makes me laugh because
of course I'm going to say yes. "I can kick his A*$". But seriously, I
truly do think I can be one of the top sprinters in the world only if I
had the support group behind me. It’s not as easy as popping up in Europe and racing. I know for sure that I need at least 15 months of building. I look at Tyler Farrar. He has busted his butt for almost 3 years and boom, one day he wins a race in Europe
and now he is knocking on the door of being a great sprinter. So to go
back to the question. Yes I feel I have more to offer and I could beat
him with the proper preparation and team. Plus I won’t be all extra
3. Will you stay with your current team? (Reference question number 1)
4. Why don't you post more on your blog? I know, I'm sorry. Twitter
and facebook are to blame. It's the man holding me back, LOL. I will
make a bigger effort to pay more attention to my blog from this day
forward. You know lazy Americans; convenience is what we live on.
Those are the main three things people have been asking me and I wanted to take the time and address them.
Everything else is going really well. Still waiting to get an airline ticket for Downers Grove so I have a crack at defending the National Crit Championships.
Other than that, I have been home doing landscaping and looking for odd jobs. Odd huh?
Its been a lot of chatter on my facebook and twitter about the team putting me in a very difacult situation about driving to the list of races you will see below.
here is the email i sent about a month ago
have put together a program that will 1st allow us to race but most
importantly get the core group of guys ready for Elk Grove and USpro
Crit championships in August.
Below you will find a list of
races. I have selected these race because they are NRC and they are all
within 200 miles of each other weekend and week out(only 1 round trip
ticket). But not only that, these are all the big crits that gives us
If planed correctly, this could be a very easy trip and very cost effective.
the riders and cars are in the mid-west, that's more than half of the
battle. If you look at the schedule you will find that we will race
every weekend leading up to USpro Crit. And almost all of them are NRC.
I could spear head this starting today and trust me it would be done right.
let me know what your thoughts are about this because USpro Crit is
very important to me and they ONLY way to be ready is to race.
please let me know what you think about this.
p.s most of these events have host housing and some of us have friends in the midwest. This will save thoudsands of dollars.
and maybe one more, but this is the main group.
International Cycling Classic (Wisconsin and surrounding areas)
Chicago Grand Park, Illinois
July 26th (sunday)
Tour of Elk Grove, Illinois
July 31st-Aug-2nd (fri-sat)
Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte
August 8th (sat)
Hanes Park, Winston Salem
August 9th (sun)
Downers Grove, Illinois
August 15th-16th (sat-sun)
Marion Classic, Indiana
August 22nd (sat)
Bahati's Ultimate Pro-Tour Cycling Experience gets additional star power
Published: Jun. 25, 2009
Carson, Calif. - Reigning United States criterium champion Rahsaan
Bahati won't be the only star doing the pedaling at
the Ultimate Pro-Tour Cycling Experience camp presented by Bahati
Racing and Cannondale in mid-July in Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Daytime Emmy Award-winning actor Shemar Moore will meet camp
participants when they participate in his charity ride to benefit the
MS Society during the four-day cycling training camp. Moore plays
Special Agent Derek Morgan in the CBS hit series, "Criminal Minds."
There is still time to register for the Ultimate Pro-Tour Cycling
Experience camp. From July 16-19, cyclists will receive professional
riding instruction, learn racing tactics and skills, and receive expert
advice about sports nutrition, recovery, strength training and time and
Bahati, who will be aiming for his third consecutive victory at
Sunday's Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, said he is excited about the
opportunity to fine tune and enhance the skills of cyclists of all
abilities. He is the camp's primary instructor.
"I'm also pleased that everyone will get a chance to meet my friend
Shemar, whose mother suffers from multiple sclerosis," Bahati said.
"Not only will they be getting the best in cycling instruction but they
will also get a chance to show their support for a worthwhile cause and
participate in a fun event."
The Pro Cycling Experience includes fully-supported rides with support
bicycles provided by Cannondale, sag and support vehicles to keep
cyclists safe; on-site mechanics to keep bikes cleaned and tuned;
on-staff masseurs to provide daily massages for peak performance and
optimal recovery; a professional bike fit to ensure bicycles are custom
adjusted to individual riders; chiropractic adjustments to keep
everyone fine-tuned physically; daily lectures and skills clinics to
educate participates on best practices; and ride appropriate nutrition
lessons to inform athletes of how to get the most out of their daily
food and beverage intake.
Camp participants will also enjoy first-class accommodations at the
Renaissance Club Sport Resort in Aliso Viejo, Calif. In addition to
its extensive full-service workout facility, rejuvenating day spa and
top-rated restaurants, its guest rooms provide a one-of-a-kind,
The four-day Ultimate Pro-Tour Cycling Experience camp presented by
Bahati Racing and Cannondale includes all activities and accommodations
for $1,400. Food and beverages are also included (with the exception of
alcohol). For information on registering, visit the Bahati Racing
website at www.bahatiracing.com .
Bahati is one of the most successful American cyclists on the road and
track, having won more than a half-dozen national championships during
a professional career that began in 2001. He is a member of the Rock
Saturday Davis crit was a good change of pace for me.
away for the weekend with my family and two really good friends was
just what I needed to keep my mind body and soul fresh.
After a long drive to downtown San Francisco, we arrived at the beautiful W hotel room and relaxed before having some Italian food in little Italy.
The day of the race was stress free, got there and met all the wonderful people who put on the race and prepared to get busy.
The race was straightforward. All breaks came back and that means we will have a field sprint.
The end was tricky for me because I really didn't know who to follow and what wheel I could trust.
came out the second to last corner 6th wheel and that proved to be too
far back. As I saw the gap from me to first place I thought my race was
over and maybe I’ll get 3rd. However as I approached the line I noticed
almost everyone in the saddle struggling to make it to the line as I
was still powering out some watts (1760) 40.8mph and I said, holy crap,
I could still win. It came down to a bike throw at the line and boom, I
Sundays race in SLO was the best racecourse I have done
in sometime. The course was something you would find on the east coast
and never in California.
With two little uphill pitches and a narrow brick section it was a race
full of attacks and counter attacks which is very uncharacteristic for
a local race. This race had a NRC feel to it.
My goal for this
race was to work as hard as I could during the race and sprint at the
end. Everything worked out. I raced very hard. I covered, moved,
attacked and closed gaps all day and was able to sprint at the end
where I beat Ken Hanson (team type 1) and Jeremiah Wiscovitch (scvelo)
to take my 4th win in a row. I wasn't able to do the 1760 watts but I
did get 1630 at 40.3mph. The difference was this finish had a slight
Thanks for reading and I’ll report back with more news.
DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE TRAINING CAMP IN JUST 2 WEEKS.
IF YOU CAN'T MAKE THE CAMP, COME JOIN US FOR THE CHARITY RIDE JULY 18TH IN ALISO VIEJO. MORE INFO AT WWW.BAHATIRACNIG.COM