Redlands, Calif. — As the anticipation builds for the 25th running of the Redlands Bicycle Classic, the U.S. Handcycling Federation has finalized its 2009 start list. As with the 2008 edition the RBC kicks off the eight-round U.S. Handcycling Series, but unlike ‘08 this year’s event will feature nearly double the amount of athletes. Nearly thirty handcyclists are set to do battle over three days of racing, beginning with an uphill time trial Thursday, March 26th.
Among those favored for glory are; Carlos Moleda, a former Navy SEAL and Ironman world record holder (wheel chair athlete); Monica Bascio a former world handcycling champion (’02) and 2-time U.S. National Handcycling Champion; David Randall the defending U.S. Handcycling Series overall champion (long-seat); Erica Davis defending RBC champion (women’s division); Matt Updike former 2-time U.S. National Handcycling champion and ’08 Olympic Team member; and Scott McNeice winner of the ’08 RBC and defending U.S. Handcycling Series champion (knee-seat).
“I’m impressed by the level of talent attending this year’s event,” said Race Director Dan Rendler. “With names like McNeice, Davis, Randall, Moleda, Updike, and Bascio attending our event it is easy to see why handcycling has become a core piece of our race, it’s going to be an exciting event!”
This year’s Redlands Bicycle Classic kicks of Thursday, March 26th and the PossAbilities handcyclists will be the first to tackle the grueling uphill time trial course. Be sure to tune into www.redlandsclassic.com for up to date info and results.
2009 Redlands Bicycle Classic Handcycle Roster:
Monica (Lawless) Bascio
For more information, including race times, distances, and volunteer opportunities, visit www.redlandsclassic.com.
About the Redlands Bicycle Classic
The Redlands Bicycle Classic is an all-volunteer organization, including the race directors. The 25th Annual Redlands Bicycle Classic is scheduled for March 26-29. The event was founded in 1985 by a community group, chaired by then-Mayor Carole Beswick, to promote awareness of downtown Redlands. Since that time, professional cyclists from around the world have been racing in this event, which is centered around the city of Redlands, California. The Redlands Bicycle Classic is on the USA Cycling (USAC) National Racing Calendar (NRC).
PossAbilities is a community outreach program of Loma Linda University Rehabilitation, Orthopaedic, and Neurosciences Institute. Membership to PossAbilities is free and there are no age restrictions. For more information: www.TeamPossAbilities.com
About CH&E Investments
CH&E Investments is a Redlands based real estate investment firm dedicated to supporting the community through a partnership with PossAbilities.