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Straight Up in Your Feed Zone: Here Comes 2013 Redlands Bicycle Classic

The first day of racing, Thursday April 4, features time trials on the north shore of Big Bear Lake, with a start/finish about 40 miles northeast of downtown Redlands.

The 29th Redlands Bicycle Classic, one of the Inland Empire's premier sporting events for professional, amateur and disabled athletes, is three weeks away.

Whether you keep your cowbells ringing all year long in anticipation, or you annually depart the Redlands area to escape the racing crowds, here are a few facts you may need for the event in early April:

- The first day of racing, Thursday April 4, features time trials on the north shore of Big Bear Lake, with a start/finish about 40 miles northeast of downtown Redlands via the 330 and the 18.

- Friday April 5 features road racing in Beaumont and Cherry Valley, with a start/finish about 15 miles east of downtown Redlands via Interstate 10.

- Saturday April 6 features the criterium circuit in downtown Redlands and 28 categories for public racers, from 3-year-old tricycle riders to men and women 45 and older.

- Sunday April 7 features the Sunset Road Race, from downtown to twisting hillside climbs and descents - 9 laps for the women's 68.1-mile course, and 12 laps for the men's 94.1-mile course.

- PossAbilities of Loma Linda University Medical Center is handling registration for all paracycling race events, which are scheduled all four days, in Big Bear, Beaumont and downtown Redlands.

- Hundreds of volunteers in Big Bear, Beaumont and Redlands will help make this year's races and related events possible. For more info click here, email volunteers@redlandsclassic.com, or call (909) 844-6152.

- Platinum Spoke Sponsors for the 29th Redlands Bicycle Classic include Loma Linda University, PossAbilities, Beaver Medical Group, the City of Redlands and the City of Beaumont.

- The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is the sole Presenting Sponsor.

Downloadable, printable maps of the primary race routes are attached to this report.

For more details, visit www.redlandsclassic.com.

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