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Why Be A Host Family?

April 4th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Yes, we gave up 1 week of our life, turned our house upside down, emptied the contents of a fridge, and lost a ton of sleep….

However, our children got to meet, greet and play with some of the nicest, most humble bike riders ever. Colby Elliot was our “pit crew” for the children’s races, pancake breakfasts and TV watching. My husband loved hearing stories from old racing days and on two nights we had almost the entire Swami’s Team here for dinner. I particularly enjoyed cooking and feeding everyone and just having some very lively company around. Almost all the out of town racers at the Redlands Classic are housed in host housing and I feel that we were the lucky ones.

For more information on the Redlands Classic, click here.

And, good luck to all of you Swami’s Team members I hope you’ll make it to the big leagues SOON!

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Tags: Cycling, cycling apparel, accessories · Redlands Classic

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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Tags: Fitness for Kids and Family · Kids · Redlands Classic

Scenes from the Races!

March 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Redlands Classic is quickly coming to an end and the racing has been amazing! My friends and I have been out an finding fantastic adventures with our children all the while watching the races. We love it. Friday was by far our best adventure as we took the kids on a big hiking adventure all in the name of spectating!

We hiked to the top of a “castle” to get a view of the Beaumont Stage Race with the kids.

We went searching for bear tracks!

The boys competed in their individual kids’ races!

We got to watch the professional women’s criterium race- featuring Amber Neben and Ina-Yoko Teutenberg.

Yes, entertaining our children sometimes will include a snow cone!

Rachel and Tammy (A Mom in Red High Heels) get together for a photo while our children are on the climbing wall.

Now, off to enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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Tags: Cycling, cycling apparel, accessories · Redlands Classic