The Redlands Classic kicks off today in California, with a brutal 3.1 mile prologue that kicks up over 600 feet in the second half. Among the teams vying for glory is MABRA's own XO Communications p/b Cisco. Comprised of Keck Baker, Adam Farabaugh, Jared Nieters, Russell Brown and Stephen Mull, the squad will duke it out against some of the country's fastest, including Bissell Pro Cycling, Kenda / 5-Hour Energy and Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies.
MABRA alumni are also well-represented in the race. Former NCVC junior standout Nate Wilson is competing with his California Giant Berry Farms / Specialized team; Joe Dombrowski attacks the 4 stages with the rest of the Bontrager-Livestrong team; Tim Rugg is racing with his new Champion Systems p/b Stans No Tubes outfit; Matt Cooke races alongside the rest of Team Exergy; and Tyler Karnes toes the line with the BMC-Hincapie Development Team.