The San Dimas Stage Race kicked off today with the Chaffey Auto Body Time Trial. Over 900 riders went against the clock for 3.8 miles up the beautiful Glendora Mountain Road in overcast conditions. With a new start and finish line that included slightly more climbing, the times were expected to be slightly slower than in years past. In the Pro Women’s race Olympian Kristin Armstrong (Exergy/Twenty12) flew up the mountain with a time of 15:01, followed by six-time Olympic medalist in cycling and speed skating Clara Hughes (Team Specialized/lululemon) in 15:32 and SoCal’s Kathryn Donovan (FCS|Rouse p/b Mr. Restore) in 15:53. Phil Gaimon (Kenda/5hr Energy p/b Geargrinder) put his stamp on the race with a winning time of 13:10, followed by Rob Britton (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team) in second with a time of 13:24. Nathan English (Kenda/5hr Energy p/b Geargrinder) rounded out the podium in 13:24. Both Gaimon and Armstrong will start Stage 2, the San Dimas Hospital Road Race, in the leaders jersey on Saturday. Rain is expected the next two days, which will add an extra dynamic for the riders on the challenging courses.
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