Redlands gets new stage in Beaumont

The 24th Annual Redlands Bicycle Classic will host its first circuit race through the city of Beaumont in 2008, organisers have announced. The rolling 17 mile course will take racers around the perimeter of the city. Men will complete five laps, and women four laps of the challenging course featuring approximately 1200 feet of climbing per lap, as well as KOM and sprint points.

"The city of Beaumont is honoured and excited to be a part of this year's Redlands Bicycle Classic," said Beaumont Mayor Brian DeForge. "We look forward to working with the organizers, competitors, and viewing public to showcase our beautiful community."

The 24th Annual Redlands Bicycle Classic will continue its four day format under the guidance of race director Dan Rendler, and the all volunteer organizing committee. "The city of Beaumont is an excellent venue for the first stage of our 2008 race," said Rendler. "We are confident that the racers will find the new circuit course challenging and look forward to a long term partnership with the city."

This year's event begins with a torturous prologue Time Trial on April 3, the Beaumont Circuit Race April 4, the downtown Redlands figure-eight Criterium April 5, and finishing with the final stage on April 6, the famous Sunset Road Race through the hills of Redlands.

"We are excited the Redlands Bicycle Classic race committee has selected the city of Beaumont for their Circuit Race," said Beaumont Police Chief Frank Coe. "We look forward to welcoming the racers to our community and hope to develop a continuing relationship hosting future stages as well."

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