Julie Dibens, one of the strongest female cyclists in the sport of triathlon, held her own against an invitation-only field at the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Time Trial on the technical course.
Dibens started near the front and crossed the finish line with an official clock time of 59:48. The time was good enough for eighth place in the lineup of 14 athletes who completed the 19.8-mile course.
Cyclists had the choice to switch to a road bike for the final steep climb up to the finish line, but Dibens opted to stick with her Trek Speed Concept to the finish line.
Dibens is a decorated triathlete across all distances of triathlon with one Ironman 70.3 World Championship title and three Xterra World Championships to her name. She has not competed in triathlon since she withdrew from the 2011 Ironman World Championship due to an injury that has plagued her throughout her career. Early in 2012 Dibens underwent back-to-back foot and knee surgeries and has just recently been able to return to running. She hopes to validate her spot for the 2013 Ironman 70.3 World Championship with a finish at August’s Ironman 70.3 Boulder.
1. Evelyn Stevens
21.3 mph | Specialized-lululemon
2. Alison Powers
21 mph | NOW and Novartis for MS
3. Kristin Mcgrath
20.8 mph | Exergy Twenty16
4. Jade Wilcoxson
20.2 mph | Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
5. Mara Abbott
20.2 mph | Exergy Twenty16
6. Alison Tetrick
20.1 mph | Exergy Twenty16
7. Brianna Walle
19.9 mph | Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
8. Julie Dibens
19.9 mph | Trek
9. Taylor Wiles
19.9 mph | Specialized-lululemon
10. Robin Farina
19.8 mph | NOW and Novartis for MS
11. Jasmin Glaesser
19.6 mph | Team TIBCO
12. Katie Compton
19.6 mph | Trek Cyclocross Collective
13. Lauren Stephens
19.2 mph | Team TIBCO
14. Rhae Shaw
19 mph | Vanderkitten +6:44
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