Volunteers Needed for Bike Race in Yucaipa

By on April 1, 2015
Redlands Bike Race Needs Yucaipa Support

Organizers of the Redlands Bicycle Classic are looking for volunteers to assist with a race in Yucaipa. The city will be hosting Stage 3 of the Redlands Bicycle Classic on April 10.

The multi-lap race in Yucaipa will present a challenging course with riders racing down Oak Glen and Chapman Heights Roads, then climbing up Highway 38. The length of the course is 14 miles, with over 1,200 feet of elevation change on each lap. The course will conclude with a climb to the community of Oak Glen, a 5.4 mile ride with nearly 1,800 feet of elevation gain.

The race will not call for complete street closures. Instead there will be soft closures, which require volunteers, called race marshals, to hold traffic as the riders pass. Race marshals also assist with crowd control. Race marshals are trained by law enforcement personnel for the Redlands Bicycle Classic.

In previous years the Redlands Bicycle Classic has partnered with local cities to offer different races for the Classic’s riders. This year, one of those cities was expected to be Beaumont. The city had to withdraw their involvement in the race because of a previous engagement.

Redlands Bicycle Classic President Bob Peppler approached the Yucaipa City Council last month and asked the city to host a race. The council voted unanimously to approve a race through the city.

This year will be the 31st annual Redlands Bicycle Classic, which is the longest continuous running stage race in American bike racing. The Classic attracts athletes from across the country and around the world. The event is organized by an all-volunteer committee. The total purse for the Classic is $40,000.

Race marshals are needed in Yucaipa from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For those interested in volunteering, call Penny Adams at (909) 797-5776. Volunteers can also sign up on the Redlands Bicycle Classic’s website at http://www.redlandsclassic.com/volunteers/.