Watch Out for BISSELL at Redlands
BISSELL brings a stocked roster to this year’s Redlands Classic. Even with the loss of last year’s GC winner Phil Gaimon due to an injury, the team brings back Paddy Bevin who finished 2nd overall in 2012 and had three stage wins. In addition to Bevin, Frank Pipp, Chris Baldwin, Michael Torckler, Jeremy Vennell, Carter Jones, Pat McCarty and Jason McCartney will take the start.
New for this year, the opening stage will be a mile-high time trial along the north shore of Big Bear Lake. The lung searing race against the clock will be at 6,800 feet. Friday’s 120 mile circuit race includes 5 laps of twenty four miles. If past years are any indication, the peloton will not let a significant break develop and a large group will come to the finish. Last year, Bevin took the uphill sprint finish. The third stage is a 90 minute crit in downtown Redlands, and BISSELL’s Pipp and Bevin will be focused. The final stage is the Sunset Road Race with a course set up for breakaways. The BISSELL Team will come out in force and look to reclaim their title as 2012 winners of the team classification.