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Update: The Redlands Classic

April 2nd, 2011 · 5 Comments

I love this time of year! The Redlands Bicycle Classic started Thursday and we are a host family the duration of the classic. Our team is a composite team put together solely for the purpose of the Redlands Classic. There are three very interesting veteran racers; Dirk Friel, Anton Villatoro, and Alexi Grewal. And, then there are five very young racers who are just starting out in their career with hopes of becoming the next big racers! Last night, I made dinner for most of the team (Large pot of non-paleo pasta, sweet potatoes, and fruit and they ATE it all!! I’m quite certain they are going to EAT the entire contents of my fridge before Sunday. It’s been a blast for us to have so much extra life around here and my kids are having a ball meeting and greeting them! We will probably continue to be host families in the next years, it’s just too much fun.

In addition to being a host family, my school also was lucky enough to have four of the women from the Peanut Butter and Co. team make a visit. All of my elementary students got to hear about each of the women’s cycling background, how they came into racing their bikes and how much peanut butter they get to eat! My students were thrilled and the best comment was “well if you’re bike is made of carbon fiber like an airplane, can you fly on it?”

Finally, we are onto Saturday, which has the best events of the week- the kids races and the Criterium for the mens and women’s teams. Both children had a fun time racing their bikes, although, I’m kind of mad at Shimano for not sponsoring the kids races with medals this year! Why was this year different?  There are well over 300 children participating this year, it gets promoted all over town and in every elementary school.   Yes, my kids do it to win, but, also they know from prior experience that they will get a medal at the end!!  To them, it’s the reward they get for doing it.  Regardless,  the Redlands Classic is one of the few bike races where children of all ages actually get to participate.  It’s been a great opportunity for the entire community to come together and let the kids race too.

Life is good and busy!!

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bike Racer // Apr 3, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Fit Mom,

    1) You have quite an animated style of writing, it makes for an interesting read. Please take note of your USE of ALL CAPS. Typically you tend to capitalize the word about two words too early. It is weird.
    For example: “ATE it all”, rather you probably meant the emphasize the fact that they “ate it ALL”.

    2) How dare you dog Shimano for not providing medals for the children! They have supported the RBC for years. Take the issue up with the RBC directors without publicly dogging a company if you have no knowledge of the situation that transipired to result in the lack of medals for the children. My kids have been doing the kids races for a few years now and they look forward to the cheering crowd which makes them feel like “big boy” bike racers. They know that bike racers usually do not get medals anyway.


    Bike Racer
    Somewhere in SoCal

  • 2 Paul // Apr 3, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Regarding the comment. Really? Are you the ALL CAPS POLICE? C’mon, so what?
    As far as medals, I agree that medals for all is kind of a waste. We all have to learn that winning is a little special, you need a goal. But it is well within one’s rights to “dog” a multinational corporation over a few dollars worth of cheap tokens IF it bugs them. I think they can take the heat generated in this forum. Maybe I’ll walk across the street and take it up with one of the RBC directors myself. His lights are still on…

    Respectfully (sort of)
    Another Bike Racer in SoCal

  • 3 Fit Mommy // Apr 3, 2011 at 5:00 am

    @Bike Racer. The RBC directors can only ask for a sponsor, it’s not up to them if they get it or not. My children love doing these races and look forward to showing off their “swag” at the end of the race.

  • 4 Fit Mommy // Apr 3, 2011 at 5:19 am

    No reason for snarky comments here. I am a huge supporter of the Redlands Classic and if I am disappointed about the medals, I’m allowed to say it.

  • 5 Pro Cyclist // Apr 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Hey bike racer,
    I have been racing in the pro race here at Redlands, and I think it’s more than important for medals to be awarded in every kids race, as they are awarded in every pro race. The kids need flowers and t-shirts as well!

    About shimano, really? They didn’t even do neutral service, so we can “DOG” them all we want, dude!

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