An Open Letter To All SoCal Cyclists:
By Brian McCulloch (CashCall Mortgage Cycling)
Nearly four years ago I had the opportunity to live a portion of my dream… a long sought after and visualized dream. In 2010, I raced the Redlands Bicycle Classic as a member of a locally sponsored composite team. We had the specific goal of raising $5,000.00 for the races’ title sponsor, PossAbilities. PossAbilities is a community outreach organization that does incredible things for the local disabled population.
A group of many generous local community leaders and friends made it possible for me to race the event successfully as well as achieve our philanthropic goal of presenting a check for over $5,000.00. The presentation for the donation check took place before the start of the Downtown Redlands Criterium. Thousands of fans were watching the presentation and a positive charge in the air was created that can only be described as ‘energizing’. The crowd had just experienced the power of the PossAbilities hand-cyclists churning their heavy gears as they were speeding around the same course I was about to race on with 180 other able-bodied cyclists. That experience was easily the most powerful event I have been a part of in my cycling career.
Today, I was notified that the Redlands Bicycle Classic is in need of support from the cycling community to continue the nearly thirty years of racing tradition. For those of you who have not been a part of the RBC, it’s an experience you must have. This event is far more than a bicycle race. ‘The Classic’ is a premier event for the Men’s and Women’s professional peloton. It is also unique in that it showcases the world’s best hand-cyclists in a stage race format. Saturday is packed full of riding and racing options for the non-professional. Enthusiasts can participate in the RUFF Ride for cyclists of all levels. Those new to racing can try their hand at the Public Races and local school kids can race in the School Duel. The longstanding crowd favorite is the Shimano Youth Series races in the morning. Sunday the course is filled with Southern California’s finest amateur criterium racers as all SCNCA categories take to the course. This event is second-to-none, and yes, I am biased as a local resident. I encourage you to come to the event and see for yourself, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
This amazing event needs our support to continue to thrive. Everyone on the Redlands Bicycle Classic Organizing Committee, an ALL-VOLUNTEER group, is putting on their fund-raising hats and seeking sponsorships to secure another year of memorable racing in the SoCal sun. They have asked me, as the 2012 SCNCA Road Race Champion and a member of the CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team, to lend my support. I have responded by partnering with our friends at Cycling Illustrated to get the word out and ask for your involvement.
Personally, I am making a financial contribution to the event. Being an athlete in the professional stage race was a ‘shoot for the moon’ goal since I began racing road bikes in 2005.It’s important to me that young cyclists have an event of this caliber to see, experience, dream about, and race in.
The Redlands Bicycle Classic is an event put on by passionate community volunteers, some of which are cyclists, for everyone to enjoy. Whether you are a racer, a Course Marshall, or a Host Family this event will leave a powerful impression.
Any financial support or sponsorship that you can offer is beyond appreciated. Please take a moment to go to the following links to find out how you can get involved.
To Learn More About The Redlands Bicycle Classic:
When you come to ‘The Classic’, make sure to cheer on the CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team as we participate in the professional stage race. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Until April…Be Safe, Ride Hard, And Have Fun,
CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team