Alison Powers (Now and Novartis for MS) is on a roll, making it three for three. The former US time trial national champion won the time trial, stage 3 of the Sea Otter Classic women’s stage race on Saturday afternoon. Last rider to leave the start gate, Powers caught and passed her minute-(wo)man Lauren Rowney (Specialized-lululemon) to clock the fastest time of 18 minutes and 56 seconds on the 7.8-mile (12.6km) course.
The only rider to break the 19 minutes barrier, Powers averaged 24.8 mph (39.929km/h) on the hilly course. Second place was her teammate Anne Samplonius at 41 seconds down, making it another 1-2 for the team. In third was Jessica Cutler (Peterson Racing p/b Spokeswomen) at 58 seconds down.
With one stage remaining, Powers leads the general classification with two minutes and three seconds on her teammate Olivia Dillon. Cutler moved up to third, a further 15 seconds down while Rowney dropped three spots to fifth place. Swiss National Champion Pascale Schnider (Exergy Twenty12) is in fourth place at one minute down.
The four-day event concludes on Sunday with the circuit race held on the Laguna Seca racetrack. Each 2.2-mile lap includes a challenging 300-foot climb and the descent down the Corkscrew. The women start at 10:15 and race 17 laps (or two hours). Follow along on @podium_live for all the updates.