Evan Larson, a fourth-generation Redlander, is now 18 and will ride this year with the Lux team.

What’s even better than watching the Redlands Bicycle Classic? Cheering on four riders who will be racing the stage race for the first time in 2022.

Yes, this year Redlands will have four of its own cyclists competing in the main event.

Evan Larson, 18, was born in Redlands and is a fourth-generation Redlander. He is a senior at Redlands High School and will be racing on the Lux team. Evan recently placed second overall at the Tucson Bicycle Classic in the Junior Men 15-18 category.

Redlands High School graduate Devin Wilson, 20, attends the University of California, Davis, and races with Team California. Devin and his family are highly active in the Redlands cycling community. They own BC Fitness+Cafe in Redlands and also run the GS Andiamo youth cycling program.

Tyler Thorp, 20, is a sophomore at Fort Lewis College in Colorado and races on their varsity cycling team. He graduated from Arrowhead Christian Academy in Redlands and is racing the Bicycle Classic as a member of the SoCalCycling team. His family owns the local business Lot22 Olive Oil.

Thomas Fuller, 23, was born in Redlands and raced his first Redlands Classic public race as a 3-year-old. He is a junior at Lindenwood University in Missouri, where he races on the Lindenwood Lions varsity cycling team. Thomas is racing the Classic as a member of the SoCalCycling team.

To add to our Redlands Bicycle Classic history, Tyler and Thomas are both coached by local legends and former Bicycle Classic racers Joy and Brian McCulloch of Big Wheel Coaching.

It’s no wonder Redlands has produced such a fine crop of talented young riders. Not only does the city boast great roads, fantastic year-round weather, stellar local bike shops and the designation as an IMBA Bronze Ride Center, but is also home to several local cycling groups such as Team Redlands, Ride Yourself Fit and the Redlands Water Bottle Transit Company.

For the youngsters, there is GS Andiamo, a comprehensive cycling program that includes riding skills, bike safety and racing, plus the Redlands Composite MTB Team (previously RICO), whose middle and high school racers compete in the NICA/SoCal League.

These youth programs exist because of the dedication of their volunteer coaches and the financial support of many amazing sponsors such as Team Redlands, Beaver Medical Group, Lippert Construction, and Adobe Veterinary Clinic, to name just a few.

Who could have known 20 years ago that these four riders would have so much fun racing the Redlands classic public races as children that it would spark in them the dream to one day race with the pros chasing the yellow jersey in their hometown? How many more young riders will be inspired by these four as they race the streets of Highland, San Bernardino, Yucaipa and Redlands?

So as you line the streets to watch some of the finest cyclists in the country, save your loudest cheers for these four boys from Redlands — Evan, Devin, Tyler and Thomas.

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