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TJ Eisenhart (Holowesko-Citadel) and Ruth Winder (UnitedHealthcare) took top honors at the 33rd Redlands Bicycle Classic, held May 3-7.
Eisenhart took the race lead after winning on the Oak Glen climb on Stage 2, while Winder did not take the race lead until the final stage, the Sunset Road Race.
Photographer John Holderness of Above Four Media was on hand to capture the action.
2017 Redlands Bicycle Classic stage winners
Stage 1 (Greenspot Individual Time Trial): Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly)
Stage 2 (City of Yucaipa Road Race): TJ Eisenhart (Holowesko-Citadel)
Stage 3 (Highland Circuit Race): Michael Rice (Axeon Hagens Berman)
Stage 4 (City of Redlands Criterium): Gage Hecht (Aevolo)
Stage 5 (Beaver Medical Group Sunset Road Race): Francisco Mancebo (Canyon Bicycle)
1. TJ Eisenhart (Holowesko-Citadel), 11:39:33
2. Brandon McNulty (Rally Cycling), at 0:44
3. Emerson Oronte (Rally Cycling), at 0:59
2017 Redlands Bicycle Classic stage winners
Stage 1 (Greenspot Individual Time Trial): Amber Neben (The Dare To Be Project)
Stage 2 (City of Yucaipa Road Race): Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare)
Stage 3 (Highland Circuit Race): Lauren Stephens (TIBCO)
Stage 4 (City of Redlands Criterium): Claire Rose (Visit Dallas DNA)
Stage 5 (Beaver Medical Group Sunset Road Race): Ruth Winder (UnitedHealthcare)
1. Ruth Winder (UnitedHealthcare), 9:39:49
2. Amber Neben (The Dare To Be Project), at 1:05
3. Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare), at 1:24
The old Greenspot Road Bridge (built in 1912) is no longer used by motor vehicles and served as a historical backdrop for the Stage 1 time trial.
Serghei Tvetkov (Jelly Belly-Maxxis) beat the heat and the competition with a very fast time to start the 2017 Redlands Bicycle Classic.
World Time Trial Champion Amber Neben (The Dare To Be Project) honored the rainbow stripes with an opening stage victory at the 2017 Redlands Bicycle Classic.
The men wasted little time in establishing an early breakaway on Stage 2. The desire of the GC hopefuls to compete for a stage win and the overall lead kept the break in check throughout the stage.
Jelly Belly-Maxxis rode at the front of the peloton all day attempting to preserve the overall lead of Serghei Tvetkov.
Kaler Marshall (Canyon Bicycles) grabbed the early lead in the King of the Mountains competition.
The calm before the storm: The women’s peloton made their way up Highway 38 in anticipation of a long day of suffering.
Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) won Stage 2 atop the Redlands Bicycle Classic’s famous Oak Glen climb.
The heat took its toll on everyone during stage 2. From left: Lindsay Myers and Brianne Walle (Tibco-Silicon Valley) were relieved to cross the Oak Glen Summit finish line.
The women’s peloton at the Base Line St. summit and the start of Stage 3.
Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) paced the peloton on Stage 3 with Amber Neben (The Dare To Be Project) behind, keeping a watchful eye on her closest rivals.
The breakaway won the day and all of the podium spots on Stage 3. From left: Rushlee Buchanan (UnitedHealthcare), Leah Thomas (Sho-Air TWENTY20), and Lauren Stephens (Tibco-Silicon Valley).
Winner of the 2014 Highland Circuit Race, Lauren Stephens (Tibco-Silicon Valley) out-kicked her nearest rivals up the steep finish on the Base Line St. climb to claim victory in Stage 3.
The Canyon Bicycles team rode aggressively through the entire Redlands Bicycle Classic.
Rob Squire (Canyon Bicycles) made one final effort to leave behind his breakaway companions and hold off the peloton during the Stage 3 Highland Circuit Race.
Claire Rose (Visit Dallas-DNA Pro Cycling) stunned the field with a solo victory in the Stage 4 Redlands Downtown Criterium.
Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel) led the pack up the front straight in the closing laps of the Stage 4 Redlands Criterium.
Gage Hecht (Aevolo), who turned 19 in February, won the Stage 4 criterium ahead of established names like Summerhill, Menzies, and Huff.
The men’s peloton streaked past one of Highland’s many historic houses during Stage 3.
Holowesko-Citadel preserved TJ Eisenhart’s overall lead during Stage 3.
Ingrid Drexel (Tibco-Silicon Valley) challenged Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) for the QOM points on the first lap of the Stage 5 Sunset Road Race.
The Redlands Classic wouldn’t be complete without a good hail storm on the final day.
Holowesko-Citadel had another long day ahead in order for TJ Eisenhart to retain his overall lead and win the 2017 Redlands Bicycle Classic.
The women’s peloton climb under the Eucalyptus canopy along the locally famous Ridge St. climb.
Ruth Winder (UnitedHealthercare Pro Cycling) set out on her mission to win the Sunset Road Race, gain enough time to take over the lead, and win the 2017 Redlands Bicycle Classic.
Team Tibco-Silicon Valley led the peloton down the hill toward the lap counter in front of the Redlands Fire Station.
Ruth Winder (UnitedHealthercare Pro Cycling) took the Stage 5 victory and gained enough time on Amber Neben (The Dare To Be Project) to win the Redlands Classic general classification.
The pro women’s podium at Redlands: Ruth Winder (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) in the yellow leader’s jersey, Claire Rose (Visit Dallas-DNA Pro Cycling) in the green sprinter’s jersey, Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) in the red climber’s jersey, and Heidi Franz (Amy D. Foundation) in the best young rider’s jersey.
Francisco Mancebo’s late-race attack from the breakaway won Canyon Bicycles the final stage and threatened the overall lead for a brief moment.
The pro men’s podium: TJ Eisenhart (Holowesko-Citadel) in the yellow leader’s jersey, Gage Hecht (Aevolo) in the green sprinter’s jersey, Alex Cataford (UnitedHealthcare) in the red climber’s jersey, and Matt Zimmer (Gateway Harley Davidson-Trek U25) in the best young rider’s jersey.