The Redlands Bicycle Classic is back for its 36th installment after two years off due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is one of the longest continuous running invitational, professional stage race in American bike racing. Each year, the City of Redlands and surrounding communities open their homes, their hearts and their streets to world-class athletes.
This year’s race is a 9.1-mile time trial over historic Route 66, which hasn’t been a part of the Classic since 1996. It is presented by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
Stage 1 of the race took place on the Highland Circuit on Wednesday morning. Stage 2 was the renowned Yucaipa road race, with the final climb up Oak Glen Road taking place on Thursday. On Friday, Stage 3 travels to San Bernardino along Cajon Boulevard and Old Route 66. On Saturday, Stage 4 travels to downtown Redlands, and on Sunday, Stage 5 of the Sunset Road Race travels from downtown Redlands to the Redlands Country Club.
The Redlands Classic is a community-wide event. The racing takes place on public streets so road closures will be in effect in some areas. See the Redlands Classic website for more information on the days, times, and locations of the closures.
While spectators are allowed to stroll along the course’s perimeter, organizers advise that they always be mindful of both their own safety and the riders’ safety given that the cyclists may occasionally go at speeds exceeding 50 mph.
For more information about the Redlands Bicycle Classic, please visit: www.redlandsclassic.com.