Below are some of the responses we had from last year's event. A lot of satisfied customers!
"I went last year and it was a blast! I have ridden many century road rides, many pure MTB rides, but never a mixed surface event that was a little bit of everything with some navigating required. I found my 29er perfect for the event. The people I met were all friendly and in for a good ride (somebody was handing out cold PBRs just before the last big climb...thanks!)....I discovered places to ride I never would have known, and the beer at the end was cold and in a nice Strada Rosa mug.
Kudos for having such a fun event! I'm getting psyched up!" - emejay
"This was a great ride! I found the last 25 miles definitely the toughest, riding on San Timeteo a terror, and the people I met so friendly and helpful. It was challenging, but doable. A big thanks to all who helped put this on, and certainly whoever donated their house for the after ride party. That band playing had talent.....Thanks for a great day! I feel guilty it didn't cost anything, other than $20 for a tee shirt, and $10 for Strada Rossa glass full of cold brew" - emejay (again!)
"Strada Rossa in Redlands was an event worthy of annual status. I couldn't ride the course but got to spend some time exploring downtown Redlands, a wonderful city with plenty of local businesses. The apres' ride party featured music, food, beer & bikes. Equipment was everything from serious looking MTBs to MCRBs." - dougP
"Bailed at mile 41. Total was 51.6 miles and 4,446 ft of elevation.Dave. Mark and the rest of IEBA, thanks for setting up the ride and your hospitality at the "Finish Line" party!!" - RFG
"One of the funnest cycling events, hell things, I did all last year! I'm IN! Thank you for hosting again." - Matt B.
"Simply amazing. Easily the most fun I've ever had on my cross-bike, and definitely up there as one of the coolest events around. The Strada Rossa refreshed my faith in humanity and reminds me how lucky we are to share the cycling bond.
I expected the route to be really fun, and my expectations were exceeded! The cue sheet proved essential and the chalk arrows were there when I needed them. Beautiful Route, beautiful people, beautiful day!
I will be jazzed on this event all the way to the next one. Thanks! IEBA!" - roach
Thanks to all the great riders I met that day and to those who organized this event." - Jose B-T
"Great course, I bailed at the 2nd crossing of San Timoteo and headed back to town, that was scary going up hill. Did a little over 37 miles. I definitely need to train if I ever want to finish this ride. May be I will head over to Crafton Hills just to do that section!!" - allroy71
"Had great time at this event! I hope you put some more on. Didn't take any pics to busy riding the route. Oh also thanks to the sweeper that rode with me to the 10 freeway." - Alex B.
"Great time though and big thanks to everyone who helped make this happen and to everyone else who stuck it out. Looks forward to hacking off a couple hours next time and now that I've seen of the trails the area has to offer might start doing some pre-rides well before then." - socal_eric
"Thanks so much for the ride! I didn't finish, but I had a lot of fun. Next year!" - Angela C.
"I am fine with the idea of having people join the IEBA. $25 is pretty cheap for something like this. Of course, the problem that you will run into is that the more people pay, the more support they expect. I didn't expect any support, so I was ready to ride it that way. But I did really like the beer at the bottom of the Grape Street section, so that was a good bonus. I'm up for a Fall one. It will motivate me to train a little bit more to try to finish it in better style.
Thanks again. I thought it rocked." - Reedster
"Great event, Mark (and all those who helped put this together). Nathan and I both really enjoyed it. A good mix of everything: road, dirt, grueling climbs, fun downhill coasts, good scenery, gravel and sandy areas to slog through, etc. Best of all, we really enjoyed getting to know other riders along the way. Events like this always remind me of how cool the cycling community is. Made a lot of new friends today!" - Grace Y-C