Jonathan Chodroff (Jelly Belly-Kenda) and Susannah Gordon (ColoradoBikeLaw.com) scored stage 1 time trial wins Friday at the Tucson Bicycle Classic. More reminiscent of an opening prologue course, the Old Tucson/McCain Loop time trial followed a rolling three-mile route with a six-percent uphill finish.
With a time of 7:24, Chodroff edged out Phil Zajicek (Fly V Australia) by 11 seconds, while recent Callville Bay Classic overall winner Michael Mathis (Empire Cycling Team-CRCA) finished third, 24 seconds down. Holowesko-Garmin u23 Caleb Fairly finished a further two seconds back for fourth. Chodroff and Matthis finished second and fourth, respectively, in the time trial opener in 2009 and Mathis went on to finish second on the general classification to Fly V rider JR Grabinger.
Gordon, an amateur and mother of two finished with a time of 8:36 to lead Rebecca Much (Team Tibco) by seven seconds and Angela Axmann (Allsport GPS) by 11 seconds heading into stage 2 Saturday. Much finished third on the GC a year ago, behind former Webcor teammate Janel Holcomb.
Saturday’s Sahuarita/Garrett Lemire Memorial Road Race follows a 20-mile circuit with 700 feet of climbing per lap. The men will run four laps for 80 miles, while the women will complete three laps for 60 miles.
Stay tuned to VeloNews.com all weekend for results and reports from the Tucson Bicycle Classic.