Defending Redlands Bicycle Classic champion Alison Powers made her intentions known Thursday when she blazed to a stage 2 win in Big Bear Lake, California. U.S. champion Tom Zirbel (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) won the stage and took the overall lead in the men’s race.
Powers (UnitedHealthcare) logged a time of 16:22 in the mostly-flat, 7.8-mile individual time trial.
Leah Kirchmann (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) was second, at 35 seconds, and Tayler Wiles (Specialized-lululemon) was third, at 41 seconds.
Powers’ ride landed her the overall lead, which she holds by 34 seconds over Kirchmann. Overnight leader Lauren Stephens (Tibco-To the Top) fell to fourth overall, at 42 seconds. Wiles is third, 41 seconds adrift.
Zirbel handled the lakeside course in 14:56, knocking off runner-up Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly-Maxxis) by six seconds. Samuel Snipe-Grove (Incycle-Predator Components) was third, at 15 seconds.
Zirbel leads the overall by one second over teammate Will Routley, who finished third in Wednesday’s opening stage. Travis McCabe (SmartStop) is third, at five seconds.
The 30th Redlands Classic continues Friday with the Beaumont Circuit Race. The women and men will race 72 and 120 miles, respectively.