Winter Race Series 2012! Stage 2 – Report and Results

 

A celebration is in order this week as we cracked the100 rider count this season!  But before we get to this week’s results, next week is the Original Time Trial. This course is the only course that is repeated through the series. This is your opportunity to benchmark and compare how you’re doing later on in the series. Speculation abounds about whether the all-time records could be in jeopardy with the influx of new racers to the series. The Men’s all time record for the Original TT is held by Derrick St. John of Peak Ottawa with a 33:45.9. The Women’s record is held by Sue Schlatter, also of Peak Ottawa, at 37:14.6. Are they good enough to stand or is there somebody out there who can take a run at them?

This week’s stage took us to the mountains for the first time since the Fall season. The 20.98km hilly course favoured the climbers this week where power to weight ratio was rewarded.  The first half of the course took riders through a series of climbs and descents as an appetizer to a long sustained climb of challenging grades.  In the back half of the course the climbing continued but offered a little recovery before a last sustained climb to the finish line.

Top dog this time around was last weeks second placed rider, Alexandre Gagnon from the Peak Centre Ottawa.  Alexandre seems to get stronger as the grades get steeper and distinguished himself by being the only  person to go sub 37 minutes this week with a 36:50.4. The rest of the podium spots were occupied by the other two podium finishers from last week, indicating early signs of a series long battle. Roger Lee from the Peak Centre Vancouver improved by one place from last week and took the silver, finishing in 37:19.2. In third was last weeks winner, Sam Janicki from Tri Fitness in Minnesota. Sam was just a shade under 30s behind Roger and less than a minute behind Alexandre with his time of 37:47.1.  Roger maintains third place in the overall standings, whereas Alexandre leaps in front of Sam to take top spot.

The Women’s podium for stage 2 was a repeat of stage 1 – who can stop these ladies?  Kelly Knowles from the Peak Centre Ottawa to top spot for the second week running, putting some early pressure on the rest of her competition. Kelly had another great race, finishing in a time of 41:59.8, a small, sub 30s gap over second placed rider Alison Wood from the Peak Centre Vancouver. Alison finished in a time of 42:21.0, a slight 18s advantage over third placed rider Carol Deavy from the Peak Centre Ottawa.  This week’s Golden Bucket award goes to SBR Coaching Wisconsin rider Summer Ohlendorf.  Her epic 300 watt average sprint for the finish did manage to edge out her teammate however it did also dislodge her lunch.  We at Race Headquarters salute your dedication to twisting out every last watt and appreciate the reminder to go a little deeper into the abyss next week.  Well done Summer!

Men’s B is becoming a tricky category at the moment.  We are expecting to be promoting a bunch of riders after next weeks Time Trial course, as there seems to be some A class talent lurking within B!  It was  Peak Vancouver out in front with John Forsyth taking the stage win and 20points into the GC standings. John finished in a time of 40:27.0, just edging Peak Ottawa’s Marcel Lavoie by 19 seconds who finished in 40:46.2. Bill Martin from SBR Coaching in Wisconsin  rounded out the podium with a time of 40:53.7. Marcel maintains his position at the top of the overall standings, with John’s time boosting him into second place, and Darrin Grace from the Peak Centre Ottawa dropping one place to third.

Here is the link with the full results of the stage:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhXrz7isgo7NdDg2LWZrNS01dmlwMTZocE9vR3MxQXc&hl=en_US#gid=1

This weeks was also the first chance for King of the Mountain points. These points are awarded based on average watts/kg (power to weight) for the whole stage. The top woman of the week was Kelly Knowles from the Peak Centre Ottawa, adding the KOM win to her stage win. Kelly averaged a huge 4.02 W/Kg, the only woman who powered above 4 W/Kg! Second place went to Carol Deavy also from the Peak Centre Ottawa, as she averaged 3.78 W/Kg. Completing the women’s podium and making it an all Ottawa affair was Ali Wilson as she maintained an average of 3.44 W/Kg. On the Men’s side of things there were three riders over 4 W/Kg, who took all the podium spots. Peak Centre Ottawa’s star Alexandre Gagnon had the highest average with 4.61 W/Kg. Second went to Vancouver’s star rider Roger Lee with 4.18 W/Kg, and Peak Ottawa rider Glen Budgell took third place with a 4.05 W/kg average.

To Register for Racing in Vancouver:

If you want to race you have to book in. You can do this via phone (604-299-7959), emai (info@peakcentrevancouver.ca, or booking online (please call to set up a password).

Vancouverheats take place at times of:

Saturday 1pm & 2.30pm,

Monday   5pm, 6.30pm & 8pm

Tuesday 9am, 10.30am & now 6.30pm! 

All the best, and see you next week!

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