Sunday, January 24, 2016

Just hit 100 registrants!

Last year we had 41 registered at the end of January. This year it's 100 on Jan 24th.
We are capping it at an optimistic 250 this year, so if you're thinking about signing up, might want to commit sooner rather than later!

If you wait too long, you might not get to sign up the day of the event!

Redlands Strada Rossa

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Course Familiarity

Woodhouse Rd.
Locals have the benefit of knowing the area. We really want out of towners to be similarly comfortable with route options. The best feature of the RSR is the ability to alter the course, adding or subtracting miles depending on how your legs and lungs are feeling that day. We lay out what WE think is the best route, but if you think otherwise, ride your own ride!

To that end, familiarizing or reacquainting yourself with previous routes is a good idea.

2015 route:

2014 route:

Take a look at how the routes go from Redlands and into Yucaipa, accessing open spaces in each community.

We are out pre-riding segments right now, confirming access, conditions, and fun-factor. It's going to be a good ride, count on it!

Monday, December 21, 2015

All systems are green... go!

And we're officially accepting registration for the 2016 event! Emails went out to prior participants, giving them first opportunity to sign up. Now it's open to all (well, technically always was)!

There are three courses available: English century (100 miles), metric century (62 miles) and metric half century (30 miles). As in previous years, all share the same course! A shared riding experience is one of the foundations of the RSR. The half-metric will be really straighforward, and a good ride for someone just getting into multi-surface rides. The metric century will begin the same as the half, but instead will keep going up to Yucaipa, Crafton and then Mentone. Great sampler of what we have to offer out here!

What's new this year is the 100 mile century ride. It's still being hammered out, but will add on at least two additional segments to the metric century route. The second of which, if all goes according to plan, will have a wee bit of elevation gain on it!

We will be capping registration off at 100 for the metric and half metric, and 50 for the English.

And while registering, please consider becoming an IEBA member. While it does save you a little bit on the fees, it helps us grow our organization. Membership is the key to a successful advocacy group, we need your help!

Friday, November 20, 2015

100 Is The Magic Number!

As in miles.

You read that right! We will continue to have the now-traditional 100km (62mile) route, but add on to it an additional 34 mile segment. All riders will still share the same basic route, which is one of our goals. The mile century riders will have extra segments added onto the metric route.

Don't want to give too much away, but tacking on those extra 34 miles, will also add 4,700ft of climbing! Hmmm, where could we possibly find a way to get mixed-surface miles like that... I wonder...

What this means in addition to having to ramp up the base miles: We need volunteers! More will follow on that note, but please be thinking if you or someone you know can staff an aid station on the 19th. Bonus points if they want to run a smoothie-bike!!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Redlands Strada Sterrata re-cap

The Redlands Strada Rossa if a FANTASTIC and fun ride. Not too long, not too short. Not to hard, not too easy. Not too flat, not too hilly. Just all-around great and hard to improve upon. But we rose to the occasion, and put together a shorter but dirtier version, the Strada Sterrata.

"Dirt Roads" in Italian, the Strada Sterrata intended to link up as much dirt in the surrounding communities as possible, and create a mostly off-road route. In the end, it was 38 miles with 3,630 feet of climbing. Not too bad. Of that, only approximately six miles were on road. Most of that was leading out of and returning to downtown Redlands. You can see the map below, and link to it here.

We had 16 riders show up. A good mix of riders, similar to the Strada Rossa, but obviously more dirt focused. Everyone was encouraged to have 2" tires at a minimum, and to not ride it unless they had some sort of puncture protection. The fat tires were to get through the sandy sections
Strada Sterrata pre-ride
and the sealant was to make sure you weren't stopped by goatheads. Good advice for RSR as well, but not quite as imperative as it was for the RSS.

Different degrees of success with that.

In the end, two riders made the entire route, with six of us coming together at the end for pizza and beer at Gourmet Pizza in downtown Redlands. I think it was a great, but long day. Everyone seemed happy and positive about it, and are updating their family's calendars to make sure they come back for the longer, but less-rugged Strada Rossa on March 19th.

The best write up and pictures from the day can be found on the IMTB site:
Click through and check it out! I love seeing the different pictures from the day as well as reading the different thoughts on the ride and trails

Hope to see you here in March!!!