Since 1985 the SoCal city of Redlands has hosted one of the best stage races in America – the Redland’s Classic. Of the five days of racing though, it’s always been the criterium that’s attracted the biggest crowd and some of the most furious racing.  Here’s just some of what we saw on a hot day of SoCal racing.

One of the most impressive things about the Redland’s Classic is how much support it gets from the local community. Thanks to the plentiful host housing for the racers and support from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and local businesses, bike racing in America is able to continue.


The start line for the Pro Women’s race.


The DNA Cycling team warming up before the start…


..And lined up ready for business.


A collection of leader’s jerseys with Team 3T/Q+M  Cycling’s Emily Marcolini in the yellow Leader’s jersey.  Emily  would lose time on the following day’s circuit race and end up finishing  third overall.


The Ladies from the InstaFund La Prima Elite team took an early turn at the front through the famed downtown Redland’s twisties. One day later team rider Heid i Franz would claim the GC win.


3T/Q+M Cycling teammates Katie Aman (#331) and Stefanie Sydlik take the inside line at speed working for race leader and teammate Emily Marcolini.


Thirty minutes before the 90 minute long men’s crit, Team Echelon was taking soke shade and discussing race tactics.


Nary a pre-race jitter was evident in CS Velo Racing’s Connor White.


Shimano neutral support is a Redland’s tradition.


The lads from L39ION of Los Angeles share a tense moment minutes before the start…


… Before leading early – and  taking the eventual win with Tyler Williams.


The  Team L39ION S-Works race bike ridden by eventual  crit winner Tyler Williams.


Vittoria Corsa 28mm tires mounted on Shimano Dura-Ace wheel detail.


With temps hovering in the low 80’s,  Kelly Benefit’s rider Nathan Surowiec was one of many riders who resorted to using  an ice pack at the start.


Owing to their gear limitations, all of the bikes for Junior riders were tested for their roll-out by a race official.


Years ago Chris Reikert was an up and coming PR gut at Specialized who later quit to become a full-time racer. We had our doubts. Reikert had the last and best laugh when the Mike’s Bikes (p/b Equator Coffee) team rider rolled to the line resplendent in the green Sprint jersey. Morale of the story – don’t give up your dreams kids! Pedal on Chris!


As always, the Team Lux /CTS kids kept  kept things  animated.  Riders CJ Burford (r) Max Dorf are just two of the team’s notable up and comers.


The most oft repeated comment heard all day was simply how good it was to have some bike racing to watch again. In one week following Redlands, 1000’s of riders will be heading to San Marcos, CA for the Belgian Waffle Ride. Racing is good.


The Aevolo squad enjoyed some added team support thanks to EF Education loaning them their team bus for the week.


Speaking of sweet rigs, we just couldn’t leave Redlands without a photo of this bitchen convertible Chevy Blazer.


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