It was an early start for the Haute Route San Francisco peloton on Sunday morning, so everyone could catch the chartered ferry from San Francisco to Angel Island for the Stage 3 time trial. With only 11 seconds separating the top two riders in the Solo Men’s Original course competition, the orange leader jersey was still up for grabs.
Angel Island sits near the mouth of San Francisco Bay, which is why it has been used at various times as an immigration station, quarantine, and military base. These days it’s a State Park, with nearly five miles (8km) of curving and undulating perimeter road – and no cars.
Kyle Mccoy commented, “It was fantastic, just us out here. The practice lap was fun, and then the time trial was hard. There are some hills out there, and steep ones! But it was so cool to go through the historic military areas and see the views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge. You’d come around a corner and have another amazing view.”
The 15.9-kilometer individual race against the clock consisted of two laps around the historic island, completed before the first public ferry arrived for the morning. Daniel Lincoln set the fastest time of the day at 22:51.73, beating Kirk Carlson, Jr by just 2 seconds! It was enough for Lincoln to win the General Classification with 14 second lead over Carlson. Jeff Mahin rounded out the podium in third place.
In the Women’s Solo Original course competition, Isabell King won all three stages and the General Classification, finishing more than seven minutes ahead of Susannah Breen, with Amy Mcclintock on the third step of the podium.
Following the time trial, riders boarded the chartered ferry for a quick tour of San Francisco Bay and the Closing Ceremony. With the sun shining and the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, event announcer Fergus Grant awarded age group and overall winners with their prizes and winner’s jerseys.
“That was great,” commented Greg Wolf as he waited to board the ferry back to San Francisco. “I loved to be able to ride without having to worry about cars. I did see a deer, which was interesting. The time trial was fast and furious. It was short, so you could go full gas all the way. I’ve been wanting to do something like the Alps or Pyrenees, and that’s a challenge with travel and time off, so when I saw Haute Route events in the States I thought ‘this is perfect’ because I get my feet wet, see what it’s like, get a little taste of it, and it’s a lot closer to home.”
Next up on the 2019 Haute Route calendar, riders will gather for Haute Route Ventoux in Bedoin, France next weekend, October 4-6. In North America, Haute Route Mexico will be held in Valle de Bravo on October 18-20, and we’ll close out the season with Haute Route Qingcheng in China on October 25-27.
SOLO Men’s Original Overall: Daniel Lincoln
SOLO Women’s Original Overall: Isabel King
SOLO Male U23: Quintin Chiapperino
SOLO Male 24-34: Kirk Carlson
SOLO Male 35-44: Daniel Lincoln
SOLO Male 45-54: Daniel Bugmann
SOLO Male 55-64: Chris Hope
SOLO Female 24-34: Isabel King
SOLO Female 35-44: Susannah Breen
SOLO Female 55-64: Marni Harker
SOLO Men’s Compact Overall: Eduardo Costa
SOLO Women’s Compact Overall: Emma Jane Montiel
SOLO Male 24-34: Eduardo Costa
SOLO Male 35-44: Reno Junizwan
SOLO Male 45-54: Eric Hodgins
SOLO Male 55-64: Robert Wheeler
SOLO Male 65+: John Bruns
SOLO Female U23: Sabrina Bugmann
SOLO Female 35-44: Emma Jane Montiel
SOLO Female 45-54: Patricia Ledesma Liebana
DUO Male Original Overall: Calimex (Juan Jose Cardona Molano and Jaime Carvajal)
DUO Mixed Original Overall: Pom Pom (Simon and Kathy Butt)
DUO Female Compact Overall: MarMic (Micala Gotfredsen and Martina Lerche)
DUO Mixed Compact Overall: Watt Riot (Ian Turnbull and Haley Block)