redlandsclassic2009-1-lgThe Redlands Classic started its 25th running on Thursday with a prologue Time Trial with Stage 1’s Circuit Race today, a Criterium on Saturday and Road Race on Sunday.  The event’s size and stature have grown over the years, starting as a way to bring some life into the city.  Now, it’s a major fixture on the U.S. Road Racing calendar and draws riders from teams like Rock Racing, Team Type 1, Ouch/Maxxis and Jelly Belly.

Past winners include Christian Vandevelde, Jonathan Vaughters, Chris Horner, Tom Danielson and Chris Wherry, who launched promising careers in Redlands, each eventually shooting to the sport’s biggest stages in Europe.

Every top American cyclist, except Tour de France champions Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong, have raced on the roads of Redlands since 1985.

Poster by Tracy Holmes Fine Art.

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