Stage two of the Fall series was a rolling 24.80km course that gave riders a few respites as the course generally wound it’s way uphill. The course featured a few moderate grades to challenge riders but in general this was a course for the flat landers where watts are king. This week also opened the sprint competition where riders with the highest watts per kilogram were awarded points for their finishing power.
A change at the top was witnessed this week. Hats off to Dale Ewanchook who was the overall winner with a gigantic ride in a time of 41:26.6, almost two minutes ahead of his nearest contender. The usual suspects, Tony Zackary and Roger Lee rounded off the podium with another fantastic battle. Tony edged out Roger by just 14 seconds, finishing in 43:21.3, with Roger coming in at 43:45.5. Roger still hangs on to the top spot in the GC standings, a mere one point ahead of Tony.
KJ Sadler maintained her number one form this week, taking all 20 points and extending her overall lead in the GC standings. KJ’s time was 49:07.5 which was over a minute ahead of the female field. Alison Wood made her return for this year’s series, clocking a time of 50:05.3 which was good for the second spot. A battle for the final position was settled on Saturday’s heat. Carolyn Hubbard and Taimi McMillan showed us what racing is all about, pushing each other all the way to the finish. Carolyn just had the extra legs, finishing in 50:29.8, a slight seven seconds ahead of Taimi. Excellent work ladies!
Now on to the sprint competition. Points are awarded in relation to maximum watts per kilogram. On the women’s side KJ again showed her ability, taking all the points in the ladies contest with a peak watts/kg of 6.32. The men’s contest was very close this week, but coming out on top was that man Roger Lee, putting down a huge 12.07 watts/kg.
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This week’s most improved riders (in terms of their average watts) were Carolyn Hubbard for the ladies, who upped her average by 10 watts, and Adam Brazil who moved out of zone 1 for an 18 watt rise. Good job guys!
The next stage is the first Hilly stage which is also the first race where King of the Mountain points will be available. This will happen after Thanksgiving with the next heats running in Vancouver on Saturday 15th, Monday 17th, and Tuesday 18th.