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White, Clemence win Dana Point Time Trial

Brad White (UnitedHealthcare) stomped up the Cove Road grade Saturday morning to open the Dana Point Grand Prix weekend with a time trial win.

White finished the 2.25-mile TT in a time of 4:56.81, six and nine seconds better than teammates Andrew Pinfold and Morgan Schmitt, respectively.

Ruth Clemence (Specialized Designs for Women) beat out Dotsie Bausch (Incycle/SC Velo) in the women’s contest with a time of 5:51.71. With the women’s National Racing Calendar skipping Dana Point this weekend, only four women finished the Pro-1-2 race.

New for 2010, the Killer Cove course followed mostly flat roads around Dana Point Harbor before finishing on the 0.2-mile, 18+ percent Cove Road ramp.

“We previewed the course yesterday and it was pretty technical with that steep climb,” White said in a team statement. “I was excited to race it today. You had to come in with a good plan and execute it.”

White’s plan was to hammer out of the start gate and then use the descent shortly after the start to recover a bit. From there it was a matter of managing his gears with every corner to ensure he wasn’t over-geared, in order to accelerate out of each turn. He left the waterfront section and drilled it up the climb.

“The key was to get back up to speed as quickly as possible over the top,” he said. “You have to give everything you’ve got to get back up to speed. And when I got my speed back quickly, I knew I was going to have a good time.”

Check in with VeloNews.com for full coverage of the men’s $15,000 NRC criterium Sunday April 11.