Redlands Bicycle Classic

April 08, 2014

I feel very fortunate to be a working photographer in an area that provides one incredible race after another.  Last weekend was the San Dimas Stage Race, followed by this past weeks Redlands Bicycle Classic.  Having few years experience as an official with USA Cycling, many years of riding bikes, and more countless year photographing bikes - I appreciate what southern California has to offer for both the racers and those of us covering the sports.  The Redlands organizers put on such a great race.  Results were fast, podiums were easy to shoot, and the volunteers were amazing.  One particular thing I enjoy about covering Redlands is that it's an opportunity to cover para cycling.  These athletes are incredible!  Olympian, Amber Neben has created a non-profit (Dare to Be) that helps provide bicycles to underprivileged youth...  She was able to give to young girls their first hand cycles at this event.  Normally a bike like this starts at around $1800 - something most families could never afford.  In addition, she was able to raise enough money to purchase a 3rd hand cycle for another lucky youngster in the near future to receive.  I hope to cover the para Olympics in Brazil in 2016 along with the Olympics themselves.  

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