Stage 9 of the Peak Centre Winter Racing Series headed back into the mountains for the second Uphill Mtn stage of the Fall season, and the third round of King of the Mountain competition. The course was 18.00km in distance, and consisted of a valley floor run up to the climb which consisted of moderate grades with some steep sections thrown in for good measure. With the KoM points being awarded based on average watts/kg this course was designed to offer limited recovery and was all about sustained power . With the course being a little shorter this week, many racers dug deep and hit season high average wattages.
Dale Ewanchook showed again that he isn’t just a pretty face and knocked out some big watts to make it a second win in a row. The top five times were all in the 31 minute range, but Dale’s 31:25.2 was the top time this week. Only eight seconds behind was regular heavy hitter Roger Lee with a time of 31:33.4, and another 11 seconds behind was Vancouver’s Andy Handford who finished in 31:44.4. This meant that Vancouver took all the podium spots this week, but Ottawa’s KOM specialist Alex Gagnon was only a mere 4 seconds out of third place. Roger Lee still holds firmly onto the top of the overall Men’s A standings, while Dale’s win takes him 12 points in front of Lee Ryan, who missed this week’s racing.
In the Women’s race, it was a completely opposite podium to the Men’s, as Ottawa occupied the top three places. Kelly Knowles was the leading lady once more, following in Dale’s footsteps with her second win in a row. Kelly’s time of 35:09.2 was over 1:30s faster than the nearest competitor. Wendy Blagdon rode a time of 36:40.6 to take second place. A further minute back was Nicola Johnson, marking her first race this year with a time of 37:47.3 and a bronze medal position. There is no change in the overall Women’s podium, however Kelly’s win puts her only 12 points off the podium with three races to go. It’s shaping up to be an exciting finish to the Fall Season of racing.
The Men’s B podium saw a change of face at the top this week. Vancouver’s Zack McLaren took the stage win ahead of Ottawa’s Luc Dube. Luc finished his first race of the season 26 seconds behind Zack, with Luc finishing in 33:41.0 and Zack 33:15.9. Following in third position was Vancouver’s Mike McIvor. The overall podium remains unchanged, but Zack closed the gap between him and first place to only 5 points!
As this was a King of The Mountains (KOM) stage, there are also points towards the KOM title for highest average watts/kilo (AVG WPKG). Kelly Knowles doubled up this week with a win for the women, with an impressive average of 3.87. The KOM specialist Alex Gagnon from Ottawa secured all 20points in the Men’s battle, averaging a huge 4.35.
As usual, the results link has everything you need to know! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhXrz7isgo7NdDlwUkRiT1ZwNzNZVUVadFRsWFk4Vmc
Next week we head back to sprint points with the second ‘Plateaus & Climbs’ course of the season. Bring your sprint legs! Just a reminder that the Valley First Granfondo Axel Merckx is donating some sweet swag to all racers in Stage 10. Make sure you book your CompuTrainer
Up Coming Events:
Stage10 (Dec 3,5&6) – The Valley First Granfondo Axel Merckx is sponsoring a heat of the racing series and will be providing some free swag for riders
January 2012: New in 2012 the Winter Racing Series is going international! We will be welcoming 5 other multi-rider centres from all over North America to race with us making the series the only international time trial series of it’s kind. It is going to be awesome! Welcome to:
Revolutionary Velo-Watts – Clifton Park, NY
Infinity MultiSport – Chicago, IL
SBR Coaching – Verona, WI
VR Cycling Centre – Magnolia TX
Challenge By Choice – Squamish, BC