The National Racing Calendar is about to begin at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. The event covers 5 grueling days of racing, but one of the highlights of the event is the community involvement. Leading into the event, the race hosts over 30 school visits around the Redlands and Yucaipa area to promote bicycle safety, healthy living, sportsmanship, and the event itself. Our riders always have a great time sharing their stories about racing, traveling, and all the great people they get to meet on the road. We had the opportunty to visit three different schools including Kimberly Elementary in Redlands, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, as well as the Competitive Edge Charter Academy in Yucaipa.
Talking with the children also provides the athletes an excellent opportunity to showcase all of their special sponsor items ranging from their KHS Bicycles to their JLVelo speed suits. It was great to be able to meet with the kids outside so the riders could show a bottle hand-up, how to clip in correctly and just how important it is to wear your helmets the proper way.
The students were amazed at how light the bicycles were and how well they matched the riders kits. They all wanted to pick up the bikes, check out the great paint job, and touch the super skinny wheels. They were most interested in the amount of food the athletes would eat while training and racing, and why in the world their outfits were so tight. They had more questions than we had time to answer!
As a farewell and thank you to the riders for coming to visit the students at Kimberly Elementary, they all chanted K-H-S before heading back to class. We are hoping they stop by at the races this week for a high-five, have a photo-op or autograph session our team. Click the link to watch the video Kimberly Elementary School Visit!
Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.
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