It will be a full house on the men's and women's starting lines at the Redlands Bicycle Classic when it gets underway on Thursday, March 26 and runs for the next four days. More than 200 men and nearly 150 women have signed up.
"Not only is this one of the largest number of entrants we've had for both the men's and women's fields, but it's also one of the most prestigious," said Race Director Dan Rendler. "The women's field reads as a 'who's-who' of female cycling, while the men's field features 11 of the 13 registered UCI Continental teams."
Some of the A-List ladies that will be hitting the streets of Redlands include Laura Van Gilder, Amber Neben, Mara Abott, Kim Anderson, Rebecca Much, Emilia Fahlin, Brooke Miller, Alison Powers, Ina Tutenberg, Kat Carroll, Tina Pic, and Alex Wrubleski. Among those names are no less than five current national champions, one current world champion, the current NRC champion and over 20 race wins between them in 2008 alone impressive to say the least.
As for the men, their field is highlighted by stand out performers such as Rhassan Bahati, Jeff Louder, Scott Nydam, Andy Bajadali, Floyd Landis, Chris Wherry, Ben Jacques-Maynes, Neil Shirley, Justin Williams, Pat McCarty, and Rory Sutherland.
The list includes two current national champions; a Tour of California KOM Jersey winner; a two-time NRC Champion; former Redlands Bicycle Classic stage and GC winners; the recipients of the Most Aggressive Riders Jersey at both the Tour de Georgia and Tour of California; the 2008 Carroll King Sportsmanship Award winner and former US National Road Champion, not to mention the winner of the 2006 edition of the Tour of California, Paris-Nice, and the Tour de Georgia.
Men's teams: Bissell Pro Cycling, BMC Racing Team, Bobs Bicycles.com, California Giant-Specialized, Champion Systems Racing, Colavita Sutter Home, DLP Racing, Empire Cycling Team p/b Northwave, Fly V Australia p/b Successful Living Foundation, Garmin- Holoweko Partners- Felt, Jelly Belly, Kahala La-Grange, Kelly Benefit Strategies, Land Rover-Orbea, Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team, Mt. Khakis, OUCH p/b Maxxis, Ride Clean Team, Rock Racing, Team Hotel San Jose, Team Type 1, Team VRC NOW-MS Society, Team Waste Management, Ten Speed Drive/BH Bicycles, Trek-Livestrong, Webcor/ Alto Velo
Women's teams: Canadian National Cycling Team, Colavita Cutter Home p/b Cooking Light, DFT p/b Treads, Kahala La-Grange, Metro Volkswagen Cycling, Metromint Cycling, Nurnberger Sho-Air, Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus, Team BC, Team Columbia Highroad, Team Lip Smackers, Team Squadra Swami's, Team Tibco, Team Type 1, Touchstone Climbing, Value Act Capital Cycling Team, Vanderkitten Racing, Velo Classic Tours p/b Incycle.com, Veloforma/Zym, Webcor Builders Cycling Team, Wines of Washington