After a week off due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the racing series was back with the first ‘King of the Mountains Stage’. The Hilly stage was 22.05km course that kicked up right off the start line. Riders then settled into a gentle undulating elevation drop into a valley bottom which required some concentration to keep the power numbers up but allowed a few periods of recovery before the crux of the course. At this point the course started to bite back with a long grinding climb to reach the finish line punishing those riders that went out too hard. This is the first stage of our King of the Mountain competition with points assigned for the highest average watts/kg. More riders were added to the mix this week with the first riders from Ottawa, Burlington and Waterdown, Ontario putting down solid times
The top five times this week all feel within 38 minutes, but the man on top of that list was Lee Ryan from Vancouver, who finished in a time of 38:09.3. This is Lee’s first stage win of the year, and I don’t think it will be the last. Jay Menning of Vancouver stepped onto the podium for the first time this season as well, with a second place time of 38:20.8. Rounding off the podium was regular heavy hitter, Tony Zackery who came in a mere 10 seconds behind Jay, with a time of 38:30.6 making it a West Coast podium sweep. This caused a mix-up in the men’s GC standings, as Tony and Lee leapfrogged last years winner RogerLee in the overall standings.
The top spot in the women’s race was once more won by KJ Sadler of Vancouver, whose time of 42:33.7 was good enough for 12th position overall. Alison Wood of Vancouver rode strong and again took second place in the women’s race with a time of 43:28.0. A change for third place saw newcomer to the series, Alysia Withers of Vancouver taking the final podium spot with a time just a few minutes behind Alison, of 46:25.2. An exciting race occurred between riders from Down Under Cycling, in Waterdown, as Lauren Heinken and Deb Thorne were separated by only 3.6 seconds! How I would have loved to watch that race!
For the full results, follow the link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhXrz7isgo7NdDlwUkRiT1ZwNzNZVUVadFRsWFk4Vmc&hl=en_US
Onto the ‘King of the Mountains’ rankings. For the women’s competition, two ladies from Vancouver, and a rider from Burlington filled the podium. KJ showed her dominance once more, taking the full 20 points, with an average of 3.37, Melanie Shields took second with a 3.10 average, and Alison wood finished off the podium with an average of 3.08! The men’s contest was separated by 0.1 watt for the top three! Alex Gagnon from Ottawa stormed to 20 points with a gigantic 3.95 average, whilst two Vancouver riders, Dale Ewanchook and Kit Wellburn took second and third with averages of 3.90 and 3.85 respectively.
The next stage takes us to a course of Plateaus and Climbs for more of the same racing action!