Fraser, Emmett tops in Tucson opener
Gord Fraser (Health Net) put the hammer down in the opening time trial at the Tucson Bicycle Classic on Friday.
The Canadian speedster covered the 3-mile course on McCain Loop Road in Tucson Mountain Park in 7:09:29, 14 seconds faster than Phil Zajicek (Saturn) and 17 quicker than Todd Wells (Mongoose-Hyundai). Fraser was one of three Health Net riders cracking the top 10.
In the women's contest, Kelli Emmett took the win in 9:06:71, followed by Mt. Velo-SuperGo teammates Jennifer Wilson and Amy Vink at four seconds and seven seconds back, respectively.
Racing continues Saturday with a road race on a rolling, 21-mile desert circuit that includes a sharp climb up Gates Pass, with a grade of 12 percent grade, before dropping quickly to the finish line six miles away.