Photo by Casey Gibson. Courtesy Redlands Cycling Classic Stage 2: City of Yucaipa RR Recap
YUCAIPA, California (April 21, 2022) — Australian Freddy Ovett won the City of Yucaipa Road Race today after an exciting attack in the closing meters of the brutal uphill finish to Oak Glen. The L39ion of Los Angeles rider timed his final move perfectly to take victory ahead of LUX Cycling’s Jesse Maris and Xander White from CS Velo, and now leads Redlands Bicycle Classic by a slim four-second margin ahead of Maris, who moves into the Best Amateur jersey after an incredible performance on junior gears.
“It was a super hard race,” Ovett said. “Chapeau to Project Echelon for making the race hard. I felt good, I gave it my all. I had my teammates believing in me, so I had no choice but to go full gas. I got a nice gap and managed to get the win. I’m wearing this beautiful jersey, and hopefully I can hold onto it for a few more days.”
“I was feeling okay at the start of the race,” Maris said. “It was a long race so it wore down on me, but it wears down on everyone. I was feeling okay. Maybe I could have done better, but I’m really happy with how I finished.”
Today’s challenging 90-mile road race started with six laps of a 14-mile circuit before turning onto the final climb. Attacks started almost immediately, but it took a lap before KOM leader Kaler […]