DUFUR — Jade Wilcoxson doubled up on stage wins and solidified her overall lead Saturday morning at the stage 2 Dufur Time Trial of the 2011 Water’s Edge Cherry Blossom Cycling Classic, while Ian McKissick repeated his 2010 time trial win and rode into the leader’s jersey.

Highwinds were the order of the day as the course that ran through the exposed orchards and wheat fields around Dufur offered little respite from the gusting, bitterly cold wind. The out-and-back course greeted riders with incessant crosswinds and headwinds that tossed them across the road as they made their way toward the turnaround 5.5 miles away. The return trip was another story, with riders sailing down the same roads at 40 mph or more.

The men’s Pro/1/2 raceturned into a battle of experience against youth, with veteran rider and former BMC pro Ian McKissick (Audi) winning by 29 seconds in front of Hammer/CMG junior Colby Wait-Molyneux. Mckissick takes over the leader’s jersey won yesterday by 16-year-old Logan Owen (Hagens Berman),who finished 14th in the time trial, 2:23 back.

Keller Rohrback’sJames Strangeland improved his overall chances with a third-place finish, just over a minute slower than McKissick, who now leads Wait-Molyneux by 29 seconds in the overall battle.

Owen, who had hoped to limit his losses to around a minute Saturday morning, said battling the wind was the tough.

“Thebiggest wind I’ve ever been in,” Owen said. “It was tough. I wished I’dhad a bigger gear on the way back. I lost a lot of time there. I just went hard as I could to the turnaround.”

The racing continues Saturday evening with the Cherry City Criterium. The Cat 4 women start things off at 5 p.m.

RESULTS
Stage 2 ITT
April 2

Pro/1/2 Men
1. Ian McKissick (Audi) 24:19.79
2. Colby Wait-Molyneux (Hammer/CMG) +:29.20
3. James Strangeland (Keller Rohrback) +1:02.37
4. Kristo Jorgenson (BYRDS) +1:16.97
5. Morgan Schmitt (United Healthcare) 1:28.42

 

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