REDLANDS BICYCLE CLASSIC 2018 DAY 1 – BIG BEAR LAKE TIME TRIALBrett Richards
This is the race that never happened. The Redlands Bicycle Classic is typically our first big race of the season. Everyone is in their best shape and eager to see where they stand with fellow competitors after the short winter some people call off season. This race shows who has been putting in the work over the winter. I was looking forward to the first race of the year as if there was a pot of gold at the end of it. I recently received my new bike from CarbonBike USA and I’ve put in the work in the winter. This bike was made possible by the PossAbilities grant program. I am forever grateful.
In the week prior to the race we began to see the chance of rain. We had no idea it would end up the way it did. May in Southern California is typically a beautiful month with occasional showers but this year the rains had the worst timing possible. As the week goes on the forecast was showing colder and colder conditions which eventually ended up indicating snow. Unfortunately Mother Nature got the best of us and the race was canceled. With Southern California needing the rain it was nice to receive a storm. However, this one nobody saw coming and it blasted the area with snow just before the start of the race.
The morning of the time trial overnight showers in Redlands turned to snow quickly as we climbed elevation very early in the morning. it was just before 6am and very dark still. The sun barely showing its light showed rain and snow covered roads from the low overnight temperatures. It was evident we wouldn’t be racing in these conditions.
After discovering the time trial was officially cancelled shortly after 6am I had a slight sense of relief. This feeling didn’t last long as it was bitter sweet. The whole team has been working so hard for this day and it’s all just come to a halt. Typically I’d say that I am a good at time trials but I have never raced this course. I did preview it in the car with my mother in law two days prior to the race. The sun was shining on the entire course on the north side of the Big Bear Lake shore and it was a beautiful day then. The course doesn’t have a flat spot on it but it’s also not considered steep. It has rolling roads for the entire course that is a little short for my liking. I feel I need a longer course to show my strengths and gain time on the strong sprinter type of racers in the field. That being said, I wasn’t all that upset that the time trial stage of the Redlands Bicycle Classic was cancelled. I think the only reason I wished we did race was to see where I stand amongst the field and see if all the training and my new bike provided by Team PossAbilities would have what it takes to maybe get another win at the Redlands Bicycle Classic and go back to back after winning in 2017.