For the second year in a row, the Redlands Bicycle Classic has decided to postpone the event for the 2021 season and is looking forward to hosting the next edition April 20-24, 2022. The event was tentatively scheduled to take place in October 2021 after the Tour of the Gila.
The Redlands Bicycle Classic is always a favorite for the cycling teams and fans to attend each year. We will miss the Redlands Bicycle Classic again this year, but will look forward to the 2022 edition!
The Redlands Bicycle Classic Executive Director, Marc Shaw shared the following statement below explaining the postponement.
As the 2021 cycling season slowly opens, the Redlands Bicycle Classic Organizing Committee has been working diligently behind the scenes determining the best path forward for 2021 and beyond.
The Redlands Bicycle Classic is a community event, comprised of an all-volunteer committee. Without their countless hours of work, the race simply would not happen. Our ability to host this world-class experience is only possible because of local sponsorships. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Beaver Medical Group, Stater Bros. Charities, PossAbilities and Toyota of Redlands have all remained steadfast partners during these difficult times. It is important for us to recognize their contributions to other causes, often with a greater need than a community event such as ours. Finally, our host cities have all faced significant financial constraints as a result of the pandemic and without the support of their public safety, public works and community services departments, we would face great challenges in creating a safe race environment.
The Redlands Bicycle Classic Organizing Committee has decided to focus our efforts on creating an amazing 2022 Redlands Bicycle Classic, with all of the elements people have come to love. Our professional racers will enjoy the Inland Empire as they stay with host families and visit school kids throughout the region. Our fans and spectators will gather along the course and at the start/finish line to cheer on riders in the public races and professional races alike. There will be fun rides, vendors, demonstrations and the energy that makes Redlands such a special event.
We look forward to sharing all of this with you over the course of five days, beginning April 20, 2022, as the Redlands Bicycle Classic returns to its long-standing home as one of the premiere early season races on the USA Cycling Professional Road Tour calendar.