Michele Schaeffer – Redlands

One of the biggest challenges in working your way up in the pro women’s peloton is that experience is required, but opportunities to get said experience are hard to come by.  This season I set a goal of participating in more USA Pro Road Tour and UCI events. I am so grateful that the Amy D. Foundation allowed me the opportunity to race the one at the very the top of that list: The Redlands Bicycle Classic. Racing Redlands was likely the toughest yet most rewarding and inspiring experience I have had on my bike to date.  The Amy D. Foundation staff was incredible in fully supporting us and taking care of anything we needed all week long.  In the beginning it was actually hard for me to arrive at the course without carrying my trusted tool bag and the slew of the items I usually bring should something not go to plan.  But, I had to learn to let go,...
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