9 September 2014
NRC REDLANDS BICYCLE CLASSIC
Report by Dana Gardner
The 2014 edition of the Redlands Bicycle Classic which took place this last week saw Tayler Wiles (Specialized-Lululemon) take the women's event, while Joseph Rosskpf (Hincapie Sportswear Development) secured the men's race.
2014 marked the 30th year of the NRC Redlands Bicycle Classic held in Redlands, California. As the first NRC race of the 2014 season, the 5-day stage race brought riders from around the globe. Joseph Rosskopf (Hincapie Sportswear Development) took the final stage and the overall GC classification title in the Mens Pro 1 category while Tayler Wiles (Specialized-Lululemon) took the overall GC classification title for the Pro 1 Women. This puts the two racers into the overall points leader position, respectively, in the NRC 2014 calendar series. Their wins aided in putting each of their teams into the number one position for the NRC team points for this season as well. In addition, para cyclists participated in 4-days of stage racing.
GC winners: Mara Abbot (United HealthCare) in second; Tayler Wiles, (Specialized-Lululemon) in first; Leah Kirchman (Team Tibco)) in third. © Dana Gardner
Two time Olympian, world and national champion Amber Neben participated in the racing event. In addition, she was there to help promote an organization that she founded: "Dare To Be". This is a nonprofit organization which is "geared toward helping homeless and underserved youth embrace adversity, assist in setting life goals and teach the freedom and responsibility that comes with owning bikes".
The non-profit gave 2 young female para-cyclists their first hand cycles (pictured). A hand cycle can cost much more than a traditional bike, starting around $1800. In addition, the Redlands Bicycle Classic was able to help the organization raise another $1800 to provide another young, future para-cyclist with a hand cycle.
To find out more about this cause and/or how to volunteer, donate, etc. visit: http://www.thedaretobeproject.org
The two young hand cycle recipients from Amber Neben's "Dare To Be" Organization lead out stage 5 of the para-cyclists category. © Dana Gardner
Alfredo Delossantos wins stage 5 and the GC for the H4 Para Cyclist category. © Dana Gardner
Early in the Men's Pro 1 category race. © Dana Gardner
The Men's Pro 1 racers stay together through the turns on the 1 mile course at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. © Dana Gardner