Photo: Tosh Clements
AEVOLO TO START REDLANDS BICYCLE CLASSIC
March 12th, 2019
Fresh off almost two weeks of training in the coastal mountain climes of Malibu, Aevolo will travel south to the 35th annual Redlands Bicycle Classic presented by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for five days of fierce competition around San Bernardino County.
Starting March 13, the stage race features diverse stages including a time trial, downtown criterium, circuit race, and mountaintop finish.
The race has a special place in the hearts of Aevolo. In 2017, Gage Hecht sprinted to victory at the Redlands Criterium, marking the team’s first win and solidifying its place on the professional circuit. The next year, Fernando Islas captured the mountains jersey after a fierce battle with UHC’s Daniel Jaramillo. The sky’s the limit in 2019, and the team looks forward to making its mark yet again.
Finishing eighth overall in last year’s edition, Alex Hoehn is starting Redlands, along with Islas. Canadian Laurent Gervais is also attending, as is Michael Hernandez and Luis Villalobos. New to the team in 2019, Gabriel Rojas, Riley Sheehan, and Andrew Vollmer round out the roster of eight.
“The team is riding really strong right now with everyone coming off of a solid camp in Oxnard,” Hernandez said. “I think personally it was a good run in with the right amount of effort mixed with proper rest. Overall, we have a real GC shot with Luis and Alex and tomorrow's time trial will start to set a pecking order for the rest of the week. Personally, my biggest aim is in the crit. It's my first time to the Redlands Classic so I'm looking forward to the new experience and see how I fair on the two circuit courses, Highlands and Sunset.”