McConnochie holds lead in Tour of Juneau

Chris Scholes trails leader by 2:30 heading into today's final stage

Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2005

Juneau's John McConnochie holds a two-and-a-half minute lead over Chris Scholes and more than a three minutes lead over Gary Smith after two stages of the Tour of Juneau bike race.

The final stage starts at 9 a.m. today in Auke Bay.

McConnochie captured the second-leg of the race Saturday by winning the 40-kilometer time trial with a time of 55 minutes and 56 seconds, a North Douglas Highway record.

Scholes took second Saturday at 57:51 while Smith finished third at 58:54.

On Friday's first stage, Smith climbed the five miles of Eaglecrest Road first to win the stage. McConnochie took second place.

Janice Sheufelt leads the women's division after winning the first stage in 20:26 and captured the second stage in 1:03:50. Sheufelt totes a 10 minute, 25 second lead over Tara Jeans heading into today's final stage.

In the sport class, John Bilderbeck owns a 6 minute, 48 second lead over second-place Lewis Brooks as racers head into today's stage.

The winner will be determined by best cummulative time, with bonus given for places and sprints.

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