Redlands Bicycle Classic and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Partner to Present the 31st Annual Redlands Bicycle Classic April 8-12


The Redlands Bicycle Classic Committee and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians are pleased to announce their partnership to present the 31st Annual Redlands Bicycle Classic. This event will be held April 8 – 12, 2015 in Redlands, CA and surrounding cities. The Classic has the distinction of being the first race on the 2015 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar, a series of competitive cycling events held throughout the country during the course of approximately six months.

The year 2015 is the third consecutive year of the partnership that has expanded the event, bringing racers, spectators and the broader community new opportunities to participate in the Classic. This year will mark the second year of a race stage in the nearby city of Highland, a school outreach program to promote healthy lifestyles and a Saturday evening family concert.

“We are pleased to announce that the Redlands Bicycle Classic will be, “Presented By” the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians,” said Redlands Bicycle Classic President Bob Peppler. “It is an honor to have a presenting sponsor with a history that is deeply rooted in the region, and one who shares the vision of promoting a healthy lifestyle, especially for our youth. We can influence kids with a positive message of fitness and well-being.”

For 30 years, Redlands has been host to thousands from the local community and around the world, as more than 300 volunteers put on a world class event in the form of bike racing. Athletes of all abilities – from toddlers barely able to touch the pedals to seasoned professionals ready to become the next legend – compete while the world watches as Redlands and surrounding communities put on this fantastic community event.

“San Manuel is honored for a third year to be the presenting sponsor of the Redlands Bicycle Classic, joining with the cities of Redlands, Highland, Big Bear and Yucaipa to host events and programs which bring our communities together,” said San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena. “The Classic is more than just spectacular races; its outreach programs share a passion for cycling and teamwork through participation with area schools, host families and local businesses.”

The professional men and women’s races will include five tough days of racing, beginning with a Circuit Race in the City of Highland on Wednesday, a time trail at Big Bear Lake on Thursday, a grueling road race in Yucaipa with a mountain top finish in Oak Glen on Friday, wrapping up in Redlands with a criterium Saturday, and the famous Sunset Road Race on Sunday. For more information, including race times, distances, and volunteer opportunities, visit redlandsclassic.com.

2015 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Tuesday, April 7 – Registration & Managers Meeting
The Hope Center, 1210 Ford Street (corner of Ford & Highland) Redlands
10:00 am – 11:30 am Stage Race Registration for Women
12:00 am – 2:00 pm Stage Race Registration for Men
3:00 pm Managers Meeting for Women
4:00 pm Managers Meeting for Men

Wednesday, April 8 – Highland Circuit Race
Finish Line at Baseline Street and Church Street, Highland
8:45 am Stage 1 – Highland Circuit Race for Women 14 laps, 41.3 miles
11:00 am Stage 1 – Highland Circuit Race for Men 20 laps, 58.1 miles

Thursday, April 9 – The Big Bear Time Trial

East Boat Ramp, North Shore, Big Bear Lake
10:30 am Stage 1 – PossAbilities Para-cycle Time Trial 4.3 miles
11:30 am Stage 2 – The Big Bear Time Trial for Women 7.8 miles
1:15 pm Stage 2 – The Big Bear Time Trial for Men 7.8 miles

Friday, April 10 – City of Yucaipa Road Race
Start at Bryant Street north of Oak Glen Road
8:45 am Stage 2 – PossAbilities Para-cycle Circuit Road Race 24 miles
10:30 am Stage 3 – City of Yucaipa Road Race for Men 75.9 miles
11:40 am Stage 3 – City of Yucaipa Road Race for Women 47.7 miles

Saturday, April 11 – City of Redlands Criterium 
Start/Finish Citrus Avenue, Downtown Redlands
7:00 am Registration opens for Public Races with School Duel
7:30 am Start of R.U.F.F. rides
9:00 am Public Races with School Duel featuring Shimano Youth Series
1:15 pm Flag Ceremony and National Anthem
1:30 pm Stage 3 – PossAbilities Para-cycle Criterium 1 mile course (30 minutes)
2:30 pm Stage 4 – City of Redlands Criterium for Women 1 mile course (60 minutes)
4:30 pm Stage 4 – City of Redlands Criterium for Men 1 mile course (90 minutes)
6:05 pm Free Family Concert

Sunday, April 12 – Downtown Criterium
Start/Finish Citrus Avenue, Downtown Redlands
6:00 am Registration opens for Redlands Downtown Criteriums
7:10 am Criterium for Men 5 0.65 mile course (40 minutes)
7:55 am Criterium for Men Masters 55+/60+ 0.65 mile course (40 minutes)
8:40 am Criterium for Women Cat 1-3 0.65 mile course (50 minutes)
9:00 am PossAbilities Para-Cycle Clinic (till 1:00 pm) Lower level parking structure
10:00 am Stage 5 – Beaver Medical Group Sunset Road Race for Women 9 laps, 68.1 miles
10:05 am Criterium for Men Masters 45+ (Cat 1-4) 0.65 mile course (45 minutes)
10:55 am Criterium for Men 4 0.65 mile course (40 minutes)
11:40 am Criterium for Men 3 0.65 mile course (55 minutes)
1:30 pm Stage 5 – Beaver Medical Group Sunset Road Race for Men 12 laps, 94.1 miles
1:40 pm Criterium for Men Masters 35+ (Cat 1-4) 1.0 mile course (50 minutes)
2:35 pm Stage 4 – PossAbilities Para-cycle Criterium 0.65 mile course (30 minutes)
3:15 pm Criterium for Men Pro, 1, 2 (non-stage) 1.0 mile course (75 minutes)

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