• Basso Bridge TT Begins the 16th Mariposa Women’s Stage Race

    by  • May 17, 2013 • norcal scene, race coverage, womyn on weels

    Basso Bridge Time Trial
    Stage 1, Mariposa Women’s Stage Race

    17 May 2013

    A terrific weather-day for the Mariposa Women’s Stage Race to get underway. None of the high-temperatures of last year although it must have reached a heat index in excess of 80ºF on the pavement.

    Molly Van Houweling (Metromint Cycling) was the first rider off but said she would not obsess over riding without a rabbit to chase. Nor did she need one as the World Masters Champion Time Trialist set the fastest time for Pro/1/2 Women.

    Van Houweling’s time was 23’49″ for the 10-mile out-and-back course. It betters her own winning time from last year by 5 seconds.

    Van Houweling Repeats as the 2013 Basso Bridge TT Winner

    Van Houweling Repeats as the 2013 Basso Bridge TT Winner

    Second place went to Lisa Mueller (Metromint Cycling) at 17 seconds off the pace. Jane Despas (Leopard-Sapporo Team) took third with a 25-second deficit.

    Felicia Gomez (Pinnacle p/b Argon 18) is 33 seconds behind in fourth with Katie Hall (Metromint Cycling) rounding out the top five.

    Jane Despas ended her 2012 season with a collarbone injury and is now regaining some of her fitness. A top-five finish for today’s time trial “was solid,” remarked Despas. “It was a little windy but I tried to conserve on the way out and let it go on the way back. We had a bit if a tail wind heading back to the finish.

    “By comparison to last year’s 95ºF it was very pleasant today. The temperature wasn’t a factor at all.”

    Stage 2 gets underway at 9:30am tomorrow morning with the Groveland Hillclimb – 650m of elevation gain over 11km with two category 2 climbs.

    Race Results
    Women 1/2/Pro
    1. Molly Van Houweling (Metromint Cycling) 23’49″
    2. Lisa Mueller (Metromint Cycling) +17″
    3. Jane Despas (Leopard-Sapporo Team) +25″
    4. Felicia Gomez (Pinnacle p/b Argon 18) +33″
    5. Katharine Hall (Metromint Cycling) +45″
    6. Lina Martensson (Metromint Cycling) +1’11″
    7. Rikke Preisler (Metromint Cycling) +1’34″
    8. Cristina Hughes (Hub Coffee Roasters p/b Tahoe Carson Radiology) +1’41″
    9. Julie Bellerose (Metromint Cycling) +2’5″
    10. Anna Lindstrom (Leopard-Sapporo) +2’24″
    11. Heather Nielson (Fremont Bank Cycling Team) +2’39″
    12. Erica Greif (Reno Wheelmen) +3’30″

    Women 3
    1. Kaitlin Benner (Wolf Pack Cycling) 25’30″
    2. Misha Scovill (Stevens Bicycle Racing) +1’51″
    3. Kelli Samuelson (Ritte Van Vlaanderen) +2’33″
    4. Heather McDonald (Metromint Cycling) +2’38″
    5. Melanie Wong (Leopard-Sapporo Team) +3’22″
    6. Sabrina David (Metromint Cycling) +3’28″
    7. Elise Hazlewood (Red Racing) +3’36″
    8. Peta Takai (Ritte Van Vlaanderen) +4’0″
    9. Megan Alderete (ThirstyBear Cycling) +4’14″
    10. Monica Harris (Ciclistas del Valle) +4’54″

    Women 4
    1. Amanda Schaper (Ritte Van Vlaanderen) 26’24″
    2. Lori Olin (B4T9/Foundation) +11″
    3. Trudi Schindler (Velo Club LaGrange) +28″
    4. Fran X (B4T9/Foundation) +57″
    5. Kelly McLaughlin (B4T9/Foundation) +1’5″
    6. Cheryl Sweeney (Velo Club LaGrange) +1’16″
    7. Amy Bruski +1’25″
    8. Shaylyn Lewis (Pinnacle Women’s Racing) +1’37″
    9. Tiina Aardemae (Velo Girls) +1’44″
    10. Tanna DeRuyter (University of Nevada-Reno) +2’8″
    11. Michelle Nightengale (Ciclistas del Valle) +4’45″

    Women 35+
    1. Elizabeth Benishin (Velo Bella) 2’32″
    2. Andrea Atkins (Velo Bella) +4’18″
    3. Linda Locke (Velo Bella) +9’5″

    Women 45+
    1. Helen Casabona (Peninsula Velo Cycling Club) 25’33″
    2. Yvonne Walbroehl (Peninsula Velo Cycling Club) +53″
    3. Laurie Furman (Metromint Cycling) +1’1″
    4. Carla Cosentino (Pacific Crush Racing) +3’55″
    5. Monica Nevitt (Pacific Crush Racing) +5’17″

    Women 55+
    1. Camille Deluca-Flaherty (Velo Bella) 25’08″
    2. Jill Gass (B4T9/Foundation) +2’12″
    3. Cynthia Snyder (Rio Strada Racing) +4’13″
    4. Anne Chen (B4T9/Foundation) +4’58″
    5. Narda Roushdi (Team Fast FREDDIE) +5’41″

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