The cyclocross season is upon us and we are excited to announce that Team Redlands will be a part of the 2018-19 SoCalCross Prestige Series race calendar with the inaugural Calimesa CX Classic as the season opener! This is going to be a fantastic race on a killer course and should be a fun time for all. I have been riding in and around Redlands for the past 10 years and as long as I can remember people have asked: “why isn’t there a cyclocross race here?” The idea has ebbed and waned for a long time and has almost happened a couple of times. This is why we are so stoked to be hosting this event on October 21st at the Calimesa County Club. As the president of Team Redlands, it is my goal to make cycling more accessible to our local population and to help people experience the joy of riding and racing their bikes.
The first Calimesa CX race is going to be an annual Cyclocross Classic thusly named will give you the unique experience of racing on a golf course. What that translates to is a fast, smooth course with several natural features including punchy climbs, three sand traps, a run-up, and over 150 feet of climbing per lap. In keeping with the golf theme, the winners will get to wear “podium jackets” and will receive trophies and awards unlike those from any other cycling race. Our goal with this event is to create a fun, family friendly, atmosphere that can be enjoyed by everyone.
The people at Calimesa Country Club have been awesome to work with and they are happy to be our partners in this venture. Since they are no longer utilizing the golf course for golf, they were very interested in alternative uses for the land. They are currently rebranding themselves as an event center and will be providing a limited selection of food and a full bar for purchase during this event. So, come on out and enjoy a great day of racing at an amazing venue!
– Eric, Race Director – Team Redlands