2023 – Men’s Stage 5
STAGE 5 – BEAVER MEDICAL GROUP SUNSET ROAD RACE
SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2023
There are FIVE Intermediate climber competitions. The first competition is approximately 6.8 miles from the race start on the sunset loop (12 laps to go). The other four climber competitions will be contested on the Sunset Loop at 9, 7, 5, and 3 laps to go at the same location.
The climber competition line on the Sunset Loop is 150 m past the intersection of Valle Vista Drive and Sunset Drive. A sign will mark 200 m to the competition line.
There are THREE Sprinter Competitions (two Intermediate and one Finish Competitions). The Intermediate competitions will be at the end of each of the two opening circuits. All competitions will be at the Finish Line.
INTERMEDIATE TIME BONUSES
First time across the climber competition line at mile 6.8 (12 laps to go), and at the finish line at the end of the first full downtown finish circuit (4 finish laps to go)(see page 13 for time bonuses).
FINISH TIME BONUSES
Will be awarded at the race finish on the finish circuit not at the time measurement line on Citrus Avenue.
Time will be taken at the Finish Line on Citrus Avenue for all riders that complete the finish circuits. Riders who are stopped at the ‘Time Cut’ line on Citrus Avenue will be given a pro-rated time.
The pro-rated time will be the time difference between the first rider across the ‘Time Cut’ line and when each rider is stopped at that line. That time will be added to the first finisher’s time (at the Finish Line) for final stage and GC times.
All riders lapped on the Sunset Loop will be asked to withdraw. A rider asked to withdraw or who drops out of the race shall proceed to the Fire Station and remove his body number and hand it in to an Official who is to record the rider’s finish time on the bib number. Riders must complete at least four laps without being lapped to place in the race. All riders who have been asked to withdraw after completing four laps without being lapped, and who check in with the Official at the lap cards (Fire Station) will be given a pro-rated time and placed in the final GC. Those who do not turn in their bib number and abandon the race will be designated DNF and will not appear on the stage or Final G.C.
COURSE EVENT / DESCRIPTION
There are three distinct sections to this Race:
1. THE STARTING CIRCUIT/LOOP TRANSITION:
The starting circuit is 2 laps of the short criterium course, 1.3 miles in total length. After crossing the finish line on lap 2, the riders will continue straight on Citrus Avenue and turn right on Redlands Blvd., right on Highland Avenue, left on Cajon Blvd. (becomes Garden Street), to the start of the Sunset Loop at Garden Street and Rossmont Drive (Simonds Park).
2. THE SUNSET LOOP:
On the Sunset Loop you will ride 12 laps of 6.5 miles each, with the first lap beginning at Simonds Park (lap card) as you enter the loop for the first time. There is considerable climbing, especially during the first 2.6 miles (4.2 km).
3. THE FINISH:
Riders return to downtown Redlands via the transition section, which is the same way they came up. The race will be very broken up at this point, so please obey center line rule for your own safety. Time for all riders will be determined as they cross the time measurement line on Citrus Avenue at 9th Street. The Chief Referee shall determine which riders will be allowed onto the final five laps of the Finish Circuit (1.0 mile criterium). Those riders making the final circuit will compete for final stage placing and time bonuses. Riders who are not allowed on the final circuit will go through a finish chute in an orderly fashion to obtain final placement and calculated finish time. Riders in mishaps in the final 3k (2 finish circuits) shall receive the same time as riders in their group per rule 3H6(c)ii.
SPECIFIC COURSE INSTRUCTIONS
Start: Riders will make 2 laps on the short (.66 mi / 1.1 km) criterium course. After crossing the finish line after 2 laps, riders will go straight out Citrus Avenue to a right turn onto Redlands Blvd. The rolling enclosure begins on Citrus Avenue and is in effect until the start of the Sunset Loop.
For safety reasons, Team vehicles cannot travel on the Race route, except as they traverse those portions of the course designated in the directions for arriving at and leaving Feed Zones. There will be no exceptions; violations may result in penalties.
On the Sunset Loop portion, rules governing circuit races are in effect. Escorted vehicles may be encountered on this Loop Section. Race Staff will make every effort to protect riders during this section.
Riders will not be allowed to begin another lap of the Sunset Loop after the leaders have completed their final Loop and entered the transition section leading to the Start/Finish. Riders should use caution from the point of leaving Sunset loop to the time cut line. Dropped riders must stay to the right of the centerline. The five finish laps are on the long criterium course (1.0 m), which is closed to all vehicular traffic.
At the Start/Finish line. Press office will be located in Expo area.
There will be an Awards Ceremony at the Finish Line for the first three finishers in this stage (immediately following the conclusion of the Stage). Final Individual G.C., Team G.C. Climber Winner, Best Amateur Winner and Sprinter Winner will be announced and awarded at the conclusion of Stage 5 after all timing calculations have been completed and any protests resolved.
DIRECTIONS TO START
Citrus Avenue in downtown Redlands between 5th & 6th Street.
See map of Redlands area.
Team Liaisons will be in contact with the Team Managers before the event to assign parking at the Redlands High School parking lot located north of the HS stadium. Proceed east on Citrus, Left on Church Ave (stoplight), Right on Central Ave. Parking lot is to the left. Otherwise, limited parking is available in the Downtown area.
Citrus Avenue in Downtown Redlands, between 5th and 6th Street.
On 6th Street immediately north of Citrus Avenue. Sign-in begins at 1:00 pm and closes at 1:45 pm.
Men can warm up on the starting loop after the finish of Women’s Race.
Support will be provided. In addition to Neutral Caravan Support, one Team Service Pit will be located just past the Feed Zone on Sunset Drive on the right side.
FEED ZONE LOCATION
There is one Feed Zone on Sunset Drive, east of the intersection with Puesta del Sol Street. Because of the expected crowds near this Feed Zone, Team Liaison will regulate access tightly. Support crews should assist by identifying unauthorized spectators to members of Team Support. There will be 2 Green Zones. The first will be just before the Feed Zone and the second approximately one mile after the Feed Zone on E Sunset Drive North. See map on page 44.
DIRECTIONS TO THE FEED ZONE
To the Feed Zone:
• Go E/B I-10 to the Yucaipa off ramp.
• At the top of the off ramp, turn right and immediately left onto the Outer Highway.
• Turn right on Alta Vista Drive (1st major intersection). Alta Vista Drive becomes Sunset Drive.
• Feed Zone is approximately 2 miles from the intersection of Outer Highway and Alta Vista Drive.
Vehicles must leave before the start of the race to reach the Feed Zone. Late vehicles will not be allowed on the course to get to the Feed Zone (it’s a long walk).
Leaving the Feed Zone to return to the Start/ Finish:
• Team vehicles should go East on Sunset Drive, which becomes Alta Vista Drive.
• Turn left at the intersection of Alta Vista Drive and Outer Highway.
• Take W/B I-10 and exit Cypress Avenue.
• Continue one block to Citrus Avenue and turn left.
• Turn Right at Redlands Boulevard (the fourth stoplight).
• Turn Left on 6th Street.
• Continue on 6th Street to the Start/Finish area.
CARAVAN OR FOLLOW VEHICLES
No vehicles other than Officials and Neutral Support are allowed on the course.
At Fire Station where lap cards are shown and at the corner of 6th Street and Citrus Avenue near the Start/Finish Line.