Friday’s PossAbilities Para-cycle Yucaipa circuit road race stage got off to a great start with bright sunny weather, cool morning air, and none of the wind that kicked up for the time trial on Wednesday. There were 43 competitors in 14 different categories lined up at the start line to complete as many laps as they could before the first competitor completed 15 laps of the 1.7 mile course.
Then, they were off, climbing a gradual hill past Ridgeview Elementary. School children lined the sidewalks encouraging the cyclists along with high-fives and cheers of “Let’s go, bikers!” It’s little wonder that this amazing cheering squad makes the Yucaipa course a favorite of world champion T2 competitor riding for Peace Cycling Performance, Jill Walsh. “I love this course because the schools are really supportive and all the children are out cheering,” she commented before the race. It was easy to see what she meant.
Bassett unstoppable on Oak Glen, Doebel-Hickok wins stage 3
Stephen Bassett upset the pre-stage favorites on the queen stage of the Redlands Bicycle Classic on Friday, timing a late attack on the decisive Oak Glen climb to perfection. The First Internet Bank rider rode away from Edgar Frayre (Elevate – KHS) and stage winner Kevin Vermaerke (Hagens Berman Axeon) to win by a handful of seconds.
Krista Doebel-Hickok claimed Rally UHC’s second win of the week on stage 3 of the Redlands Classic after a late surge in the closing meters of the Oak Glen ascent. The 29-year-old cyclist saw her opportunity to accelerate with 500 meters to the line, putting 44 seconds into eventual second place, Emma Grant (Sho-Air Twenty20).
“It was the plan to make the GC riders have to work a bit before the climb,” Doebel-Hickok said.
Doebel-Hickok’s performance boosted her into the Queen of the Mountains jersey, which she holds by one point ahead of race leader, Amber Neben.
For a complete list of winners, Stages 1-5, visit redlands-classic.com.