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Raring to go in Redlands!
 
By Becky Leidy
Date: 3/31/2003
Raring to go in Redlands!
 

Redlands, CA - America’s premier road bike race, the Redlands Bicycle Classic will be hitting the roads April 1 – 6, 2003. As it has in earlier years, this professional road bike race will be returning to six grueling stages and again will be the season opener for America’s top level of road cycling.

Changes for this year's race include two new stages; a new 5 mile /8.05 km race course in Highland, a new 10.1 mile /16.3 km race course through Redlands and Yucaipa featuring one of the toughest climbs on any American cycling event.

Previously held two weeks earlier, this 19th edition of the Redlands Bicycle Classic had to be moved forward due to a new general racing schedule. The Bike Classic’s main follower, the Sea Otter Classic, had been set at a later date. In order to provide a tight racing schedule, the Bike Classic then decided to move with them.

Besides putting on the toughest and most prestigious stage race in the US, the Redlands Bicycle Classic also offers a wide array of cycling activities for the non-pro. From leisurely paced rides to epic hill climbs, from hard- fought kids races to pulse-raising amateur criteriums, the Redlands Bicycle Classic has it all.

Previous year’s pro women’s GC winners include Mari Holden, of T-Mobile, Lyne Bessette of Saturn, Alison Dunlap, Genevieve Jeanson of Rona, and most recently, Judith Arndt, now of Nurnberger. There is a total Pro women's purse of $19,135 up for grabs.

Confirmed teams for the men include: The Canadian National Team, Vitamin Cottage, Cyclery USA, Team Dirt, Navigators, Jelly Belly, Sierra Nevada, Great Britain National Team, Saturn, LeMond Fitness, 7Up, Trek-VW, Squadra, Sportsbook.com, Schroeder Iron, LaGrange, West Virginia, Prime Alliance, Health Net, and Morati-Honeywell.

Adding to the international flavor of the Redlands Classic are world class athletes coming to race and ride in "composite teams." This is an update of those who have found a team and are looking for a ride.

Men

Christoph Sauser (Switzerland)

  • 4th or 5th in WC Mountain Biking
  • 3rd Olympics Sydney 2000
  • 3rd World Championships Vail 2001
  • 3 World Cup Wins
  • 4 time Pro National Champ
  • Four time veteran of Redlands riding with Volvo-Cannondale

Kashi Leuchs (New Zealand)

  • 7th overall WC Mountain Biking 2002
  • 8th overall WC Mountain Biking 2001
  • 3rd overall WC Mountain Biking 2000
  • Formerly of Volvo Cannondale, and Saeco. Currently with the Maxxis mountain bike team.

Silvio Bundi (Switzerland)

  • 3rd National Championship 2002
  • Top 20 World Cup Rider

Nathan Russell (Australia)

  • Top 10 ranking in Australia
  • Two seasons racing in Europe
  • NSW State road champ
  • 4th at the Oceana Championships
  • 5th at Grafton-Inverell
  • Top 10’s in the Herald Sun Tour

Bartek Fidelus (Poland)

  • Raced Redlands last year (crashed out on stage 3)
  • 1st Santiago Time Trial 2003
  • Raced in Europe as a Junior
  • Originally from Poland, U.S. citizen
  • Has been racing for 9 seasons

Stephen Wooldridge (Australia)

  • 1st World Team Pursuit in Copenhagen, Denmark 2002
  • 1st Team Pursuit Commonwealth Games Manchester, UK 2002

Women

Emma Rickards (Melbourne, Australia)

  • 1st Victorian Criterium 2002
  • 1st Victorian Team Time-Trial 2002
  • 8th National Open Road Race 2002

Amanda Lawrence

  • 1st US Collegiate Div II National Crit, Road Race, TTT, and Omnium 2002
  • 1st US Collegiate East Coast overall road race 2002

Rook Campbell

  • 1st Syracuse Criterium, NY
  • 1st Sandy Hook Time Trial, NJ
  • 2nd Bermuda Grand Prix Stage Race, Bermuda
  • 1st Butternut Valley RR

The Redlands Bicycle Classic, Inc. is a nonprofit California public benefit corporation established for the purpose of conducting a quality Stage race for Pro, 1, 2 men and 1, 2 women cyclists.

Stage Information

Tuesday, April 1, 2003
Prologue—Mt. Rubidoux Time Trial
Stage Map in PDF format (108KB)

Start: Fairmont Park in Riverside, California
Finish: Top of Mt. Rubidoux
11:00 AM Mt. Rubidoux Time Trial for Women - 5 km
12:45 PM Mt. Rubidoux Time Trial for Men - 5 km

A technical, uphill climb over residential city streets, with some downhill sections. The start of the course is through park roads and scenic neighborhoods. During the first 1/3 of the course, riders should ride on the LEFT side of the road as designated by fencing, cones, or Race Officials. The right side of the road will be open to vehicle traffic during the first 1/3 of the course.

Wednesday, April 2, 2003
Stage 1—Highland Circuit Race
Stage Map in PFD format (110KB)

Start/Finish: Greenspot Road East of Church - Highland, CA
8:45 AM Highland Circuit Race for Women - 8 laps (66.3 km)
10:45 AM Highland Circuit Race for Men - 12 laps (100 km)

The race consists of 8 laps around a 5.1 mile /8 km circuit. From the Start/Finish Line on Greenspot Road, go east to Alta Vista and turn left. Turn left at Santa Ana Canyon to North Fork and turn right. This starts a climb thru the Feed Zone to Water Street turning left to Aplin, then another right past Cram School to Southwood. Turn right on to Southwood, then left up Brookwood (short steep climb)to Baseline where the Climber line is located. Turn left on Baseline, follow all the way to Church Street. Turn left on Church which is a fast downhill back to Greenspot Road, where you turn left, then straight back to Start/Finish Line, approx.1.5 mile flat.


Thursday, April 3, 2003
Stage 2— Oakmont Oak Glen Road Race
Stage Map in PDF format (704KB)

9:00 AM The Oakmont Oak Glen Race for Men - Redlands to Oak Glen (172 km)
9:45 AM (estimated) The Oakmont Oak Glen Road Race for Women - Lake Matthews to Oak Glen (130 km)


Friday, April 4, 2003
Stage 3—The Sun - Panorama Point Road Race
Stage Map in PDF format (130KB)

Start/Finish: Fifth Street and Dearborn, Redlands, CA
9:00 AM The Sun - Panorama Point Road Race for Women - 4 laps (73 km)
10:45 AM The Sun - Panorama Point Road Race for Men - 6 laps (105 km)

This race is a rolling enclosure, not a closed course. The course consists of a flat 4.75 mile/7.6 km loop and 4 Laps of a 10 mile /16.1 km circuit and includes a 20% grade section and sections with high speed descents.


Saturday, April 5, 2003
Stage 4—Beaver Medical Group Criterium
Stage Map in PDF format 120KB)

2:00 PM Beaver Medical Group Criterium for Women - Timed Event: 60 min.
3:30 PM Beaver Medical Group Criterium for Men - Time Event: 90 min.

A 1.6 km, basically level, highly technical, tight 9 turn criterium course. Event is a timed 60 minute criterium.


Sunday, April 6, 2003
Stage 5— Redlands Business Center Sunset Road Race
Stage Map in PDF format (568KB)

Start/Finish: Citrus Avenue, Downtown Redlands, CA
10:00 AM Redlands Business Center Sunset Road Race for Women - 8 laps (99.5 km)
1:30 PM Redlands Business Center Sunset Road Race for Men - 11 laps (142 km)

There are two distinct sections to this Race. A start/finish transition section and a 6.5 mile loop with considerable climbing, fast downhills with grades greater than 20% and switchback turns.

Many thanks to the official Redlands website for all information.


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