Some investigative journalism on behalf of the Redlands Daily Facts prior to posting random letters such as Ms. West’s would clarify that the Mentone resident was referring to the road closures due to the 10th Annual Redlands Triathlon/Duathlon, which took place on Sunday, February 8 at Redlands East Valley High School.
The incident was not due to a group of renegade cyclists as Ms. West's letter and the Redlands Daily Facts led the public to believe.
When reached for comment, a representative of the Redlands Daily Facts said, “Oh.”
The event, which was held in rainy conditions attracted hundreds of competitors and was won by Kyle Simmons of Redlands. The 17-year old finished the 3.1-mile run, 10-mile bike portion, and 100-yard swim in a time of 45:30. Winning the Female division was 38-year old Polly Crawford of Temecula with a time of 53:26.
Justin Ogan, a sophomore from Yorba Linda, who was using the event as a training race rated the course and overall venue as average. When asked if he’d compete in the event again next year, Ogan said, "Probably."