Sunshine and a light breeze greeted more than 300 riders on Thursday evening in Pine Grove, where a 2.5-mile time trial helped kick of the second-annual Mt. Hood Cycling Classic.
Sponsored by Savino’s Lounge, the first of five stages took competitors from Pine Grove Elementary to Panorama Point, where they were greeted with a spectacular view of Mt. Hood as they crossed the finish line.
Leading the way on day one for the Elite division was Russell Stevenson of Benaroya Research Institute, who posted a blazing time of 5 minutes, 6 seconds. Rusty Beall (Ridge Mortgage Services) and Derik Archibald (Valley Athletic Club) both clocked in at 5:16, while Eric Rumps (Boise, 5:18) and Lance Doherty (Ritchey, 5:18) rounded out the top five.
Local competitor Luke Pennington came in 41 seconds behind the leader at 5:47, while Disco Velo team member, Spencer Paxson, was close behind him at 5:48.
Meanwhile, in the Masters race, Brian McGuire of California finished first in at time of 5:26. He was followed by Dan Smith, also of California, who finished in 5:29. Blair Murray and Mick Walsh, both of the Washington-based team First Mortgage, were next in line at 5:30 and 5:32, respectively. Local rider Dave Zimbelman was 16 seconds back in a time of 5:42.
Rounding out Thursday’s results were the women, who were paced by Cynthia Mommsen of California and Lisa Magness of Oregon, who both finished in 6 minutes flat. Hood River resident Kristen Dillon clocked in at 7:07, while 2002 mountain biking national champion Alice Pennington finished in 7:12.
The Mt. Hood Cycling Classic continued on Friday with the Cooper Spur Circuit Race, sponsored by T. Gerding Construction (results not available at press time). The race took riders from 56-75 miles, and to elevations reaching 7,000 feet.
Today’s festivities kick off with the 10.5-mile Scenic Gorge Time Trial in the morning, and continue this evening with the Downtown Hood River Criterium Race.
Sunday’s 75-mile Three-Summit Road Race will lead up to the post-event party, to be held at Cooper Spur Mountain Resort. For updated results, visit www.mthoodcyclingclassic.com