The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team just completed the 2017 Redlands Bicycle Classic stage race. Spanning 5 days in Southern California, the riders were met with challenging courses, soaring temperatures and a hail storm on the final day of racing. With a roster that favored climbing with Eder Frayre and Alex Hoehn, the team focused efforts onto the climbing stages. Having Alfredo Rodriguez racing the event gave the team the opportunity to go for the sprint in the criterium as well.
Stage 1: Greenspot Time Trial 7.2 Miles
Alex Hoehn clocked the best time of the day for the team on the rolling quick course in Highland. Acting as a precursor for the upcoming climbing stages, the time trial was the perfect time chance to hone and perfect each riders time trial and equipment while priming them for the upcoming stages.
Stage 2: Yucaipa Road Race 94 Miles
The Redlands Bicycle Classic made significant changes to this stage by altering the finishing climb to summit at Los Rios Rancho in Oak Glen. This added over 5.5 miles of steep climbing on a day that boasted temperatures over 90F. With substantial climbing on each of the 14 mile loops before beginning the final ascent which peaked out at almost 5,000ft elevation. The team did a great job setting both Eder and Alex up for finishing climb where Eder placed just outside the top 20 and Alex was close behind.
Stage 3: Highland Circuit Race 58 Miles
Historically the Highland Circuit Race is the stage that begins the Redlands Bicycle Classic. At the 2017 edition, the stage fell on day 3 after an extremely taxing day on Oak Glen. The dynamic of the stage was aggressive from the start as the racers traversed the 3 mile circuit. As a breakaway snuck up the road, the team launched Alex Hoehn in a two man move which would ultimately join the breakaway up the road. Despite their efforts to stay away, the break was caught in the finishing laps for bunch finish. Eder once again finished the highest for the team.
Stage 4: Downtown Redlands Criterium, 90 Minutes
The Saturday criterium is a fan, and racer, favorite! Being one of the most technical courses on the circuit with 9 turns, the stage always offers excitement and fast paced racing. With Alfredo Rodriguez, the team was poised to set him up for the sprint at the finish. However a threatening move got up the road so the lion share of the work to reel it back in was placed on the team.
Despite their best efforts, the breakaway remained away and Alfredo was able to sprint and win the field sprint to end the day.
Stage 5: Sunset Road Race 94 Miles
The setting for the 5th and final stage of the Redlands Bicycle Classic was quite the departure from the previous days where the riders battled heat and dehydration. On Sunday, the sky opened up and the rains came down as the temperatures dropped. The Sunset Road Race is another favorite amongst the racers as it covers 12 circuits of a twisty and technical course in the hills of Redlands. As the laps wound down, it began to hail heavily which further shattered the already broken up peloton. This stage truly is one of attrition as riders battled the elements. In the finale, Eder Frayre was again the teams topped placed rider on the stage.
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