Phil Gaimon and Megan Guarnier continued their impressive spring runs Thursday, winning the uphill prologue at the Redlands Bicycle Classic in California.
Gaimon (Kenda-5-hour Energy), winner of a similar opener at the San Dimas Stage Race last weekend, stomped his way up the steep climb of Wabash Street and Sunset Drive to finish in 9:25. Julian Kyer (Juwi Solar) lodged a surprise second-place ride, at three seconds back. Exergy’s Morgan Schmitt led for much of the day and rounded out the men’s podium in 9:31.
Defending champion Francisco Mancebo (Competitive Cyclist) finished ninth.
Guarnier (Tibco-To the Top), a member of the women’s long team for Olympics selection, took the women’s opener in 11:19, beating out former world time trial champion Amber Neben (Specialized-lululemon) and former National Racing Calendar champ Alison Powers (NOW-Novartis).
Neben entered the stage fresh on the heels of a 10-hour travel day, straight out of her three-jersey-grab at the Vuelta El Salvador.
The Redlands Bicycle Classic is the opener on the National Racing Calendar and continues Friday with the Beaumont Circuit Race.