Joshua Liberles (Colavita-New Mexico-JNF) and Melissa McWhirter (Colavita-Arizona) took the honors on Friday as the 22nd Tucson Bicycle Classic kicked off with the Old Tucson/McCain Loop Road Time Trial.
Liberles finished the 3-mile course, which featured a pair of stiff climbs, in seven minutes and 35 seconds. Drew Miller (Landis-Trek) took second at three seconds back with Phillip Gaimon (Fiordifrutta) third at eight seconds.
McWhirter won the women’s race in eight minutes, 16 seconds, with Sarah Swanson (Summit Velo) second at 0:22 and Melanie Meyers (Specialized) third at 0:27.
The Tucson Bicycle Classic continues on Saturday with the Sahuarita Loop Road Race, run on a 20-mile loop with 700 feet of climbing. Women race 60 miles, men 80.
Tucson Bicycle Classic: stage 1
Old Tucson McCain Loop Time Trial
1. Joshua Liberles, Colavita-New Mexico-JNF, 3mi in 7:35
2. Drew Miller, Landis-Trek, at 0:03
3. Phillip Gaimon, Fiordifrutta, at 0:08
4. David Salomon, P&S-Specialized, at 0:10
5. David Glick, Organicathlete’s Team Vegan, at 0:15
6. Ryan Blickem, Landis-Trek, at 0:18
7. Nicholaus Schreiber, Landis-Trek, at 0:20
8. Bryson Perry, American R.A.D.D., at 0:21
9. Ryan Baumann, CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25, at 0:24
10. Joshua Bartlett, Team Rubicon, same time
1. Melissa McWhirter, Colavita-Arizona, 3mi in 8:16
2. Sarah Swanson, Summit Velo, at 0:22
3. Melanie Meyers, Specialized, at 0:27
4. Cari Higgins, America’s Dairyland, at 0:28
5. Leda Cox, America’s Dairyland, at 0:29
6. Neva Day, at 0:30
7. Catherine Dickson, Tribe Racing, at 0:45
8. Clare Vlahopoulos, America’s Dairyland, at 0:48
9. Jennifer Weaver, White Mountain Road Club, at 0:55
10. Kate Ross, America’s Dairyland, at 0:56