Redlands Bicycle Classic to be presented by San Manuel Band of Mission Indians


Sponsorship to bring new events and experiences to the 30th Year of the Classic

Redlands, Calif. (February 11, 2014) — The Redlands Bicycle Classic Committee and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians are pleased to announce their partnership to present the 30th Annual Redlands Bicycle Classic. This event will be held April 2–6, 2014 in Redlands, Calif., and surrounding cities. The Classic has the distinction of being the first race on the 2014 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC), a series of competitive cycling events held throughout the country during the course of approximately six months.
The 30th Annual Redlands Bicycle Classic will be presented by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. (Photo by Kathy Jo Lorenz)
The year 2014 is the second consecutive year of the partnership that has expanded the event, bringing racers, spectators and the broader community new opportunities to participate in the Classic. This year will mark a new race stage in the nearby city of Highland, a school outreach program to promote healthy lifestyles and a Saturday evening family concert.

“We are pleased to announce that the Redlands Bicycle Classic will be, “Presented By” the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians,” said Redlands Bicycle Classic President Bob Peppler. “It is an honor to have a presenting sponsor with a history that is deeply rooted in the region, and one who shares the vision of promoting a healthy lifestyle, especially for our youth. We can influence kids with a positive message of fitness and well-being.”

For 30 years, Redlands has been host to thousands from the local community and around the world, as more than 300 volunteers put on a world class event in the form of bike racing. Athletes of all abilities - from toddlers barely able to touch the pedals to seasoned professionals ready to become the next legend - compete while the world watches as Redlands and surrounding communities put on this fantastic community event.

“San Manuel is proud to be the presenting sponsor for a second year, joining with the city of Redlands and the many volunteers to usher in a new era of the Redlands Bicycle Classic,” said San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairperson Carla Rodriguez. “The passion of the racers and spirit of the community supporting the Classic drew San Manuel to once again partner with organizers to further grow this landmark event.”

The professional men and women’s races will include five tough days of racing, beginning with a circuit race in the City of Highland on Wednesday, a time trail at Big Bear Lake on Thursday, a grueling road race in the scenic City of Beaumont on Friday, wrapping up in Redlands with a criterium Saturday, and the famous Sunset Road Race on Sunday. For more information, including race times, distances, and volunteer opportunities, visit

About the Redlands Bicycle Classic
The Redlands Bicycle Classic is an all-volunteer organization, managed by the Redlands Bicycle Classic Organizing Committee, comprised of active community members that seek to see the promotion of cycling and its benefits in Redlands and its surrounding communities. The 30th Annual Redlands Bicycle Classic is scheduled for April 2–6. The event was founded in 1985 by a community group, chaired by then-Mayor Carole Beswick, to promote awareness of Downtown Redlands. Since that time, professional cyclists from around the world have been racing the event, which is centered in the city of Redlands, Calif. The event continues today invigorated by the RBC Organizing Committee’s adoption of, and commitment to, the events’ core virtues of health, diversity, and the environment. The Redlands Bicycle Classic is on the USA Cycling (USAC) National Racing Calendar (NRC) of events and is the opening round of the ten race series.

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, Calif. The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. Since time immemorial, the San Manuel tribal community has endured change and hardship. Amidst these challenges the tribe continued to maintain its unique form of governance. Like other governments it seeks to provide a better quality of life for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services and promoting social, economic and cultural development. Today San Manuel tribal government oversees many governmental units including the departments of fire, public safety, education and environment. For more information, visit

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