Red Walters was awarded a stagiaire spot with Hagens Berman Axeon for the second half of the 2021 season. In his latest Cyclingnews blog, the 22-year-old talks about his debut races and the lessons he has already learned.
Hey everyone. In my last blog, I’d just won the U23 Caribbean Championships and was preparing for the Pan American Championships . A lot has happened since then, so lemme fill y’all in.
I’ll cut to the bad bit real quick. The Pan Am road race was three hours on a pan-flat circuit, on an out-and-back course. Colombia had controlled the majority of the race and were the main lead-out train heading into the finish. With no teammates, I made sure to get myself onto their sprinter’s wheel. But with approximately 500 meters to go, another rider tangled bars, flicked across, and took out their sprinter, leaving me nowhere to go.
I’m generally a very calm and controlled person, but I haven’t felt rage like that in a long time. In the video you can hear me cursing for a long time after the crash – not from the physical pain, but the devastation of missing out on the chance to sprint for a continental championship title.
Red Walters blog: Determination is infinite Red Walters: I think I can get to the WorldTour From on the brink to a chance at the highest level: Red Walters on his shot at Hagens Berman Axeon
As you can probably tell, I’m still a bit salty […]