Stage 3 drew 128 fearless riders to the start line this week and cement us in the triple figures for a second consecutive week, so let’s start with a huge thanks to all riders! This week’s stage was the first Original Time Trial of the season allowing riders to lay it all down and set a benchmark time to beat when Stage 8 and 12 come along and we head back to this course. The Original TT never lets us down, bringing out the best in people and facilitating some fantastic racing! The 22.53km course is all about getting in the zone, ignoring the lactate scream from the legs, and powering straight through. With moderate grades and only a couple of short downhill breaks, there is no chance to step off the gas.
While no records were broken this time, there were some fantastic results as this week’s Mens podium consisted of the only three riders that went sub 38 minutes! Coming in third with a time of 37:48.3 was Challenge By Choice Squamish rider Dwayne Kress, marking his first appearance to this season with a podium spot. Coming in just over 20 seconds ahead was SBR Coaching Wisconsin powerhouse Kory Seder, with a time of 37:26.2. Kory reports he is recovering from the Black Plague so expect him to be making a run at the GC! Taking the win for the second week in a row was Alexandre Gagnon from the Peak Centre Ottawa. Showing he is not just a climber, Alexandre extends his lead at the top of Men’s A with a time of 37:19.7. Roger Lee from the Peak Centre Vancouver and Sam Janicki from Tri-Fitness Minnesota swap around to claim 2nd and 3rd in the Men’s A overall standings. A noteworthy mention goes out to Marcel Lavoie and Darrin Grace from the Ottawa Peak Centre, as their times earned them a promotion to the Men’s A category.
The Women’s competition has also undergone a makeover. With now over 50 ladies competing we have created an A and B category. A-status was defined by any time under 45 minutes in the time trial, and the newly formed category contains 9 riders currently. If you’d like to compete in the “A” Cat just drop us a line and we’ll move you in. The fastest woman of the week was Peak Vancouver’s Alison Wood. It took her a few stages but she finally got the edge on her main rival Kelly Knowles from the Peak Ottawa, who in finished second this week. Their times were 40:53.4 and 41:35.0 respectively. Rounding off the first Women’s A podium was Ali Wilson from the Peak Centre Ottawa with another great time of 43:02. Kelly maintains a three point lead over Alison at the top of the GC, with Carol Deavy from Ottawa still occupying the bronze position, a further 12 points back.
After Marcel’s and Darrin’s promotions, the Men’s B stage and overall standings were to undergo a change this week. The new podium was an all Peak Centre affair; maybe we have a slight ‘home course’ advantage over our new affiliates since we have been racing this course for 8 years! Last week’s winner John Forsyth from the Peak Centre Vancouver rode to another podium finish placing third, with a time of 40:50.2. Peak Centre Vancouver’s intern Alex Willis got the better of John by 26 seconds and took the silver spot after finishing in a time of 40:24.0. After a week off, Shawn McCleery from the Peak Centre Ottawa took the win in Men’s B with a time just 16 seconds short of promotion at 40:16.7. This win boosted Shawn back onto the overall podium, occupying the third spot, nine points behind Alex Willis in second, who is only one lonely point behind John Forsyth. A special mention goes to Bob McLaren who, on the way to a 3yr PB on the TT, earned this week’s Golden Bucket Award with a sprint finish that shook loose his competitors and his lunch… We love the intensity Bob!
Women’s B gets off to a bang with close racing right out of the gate, with the top three ladies being separated by only eight seconds. Michelle Newton from the Peak Centre Vancouver took the win in a time of 45:14.2, with another Vancouver rider Nancy Austin finishing just behind in 45:18.7 to take the second spot. Rounding off the podium was Peak Centre Ottawa rider Laurel Johnson who just edged out a strong ride from Melanie Shields of Burlington by less than three seconds. Laurel finished in a time of 45:22.6. Melanie Shields from the Peak Centre Burlington, Jessica Yurchcich from SBR Coaching Wisconsin, and Emily Flynn from the Peak Centre Ottawa make up your Women’s B podium in that order, with it all to play for over the coming weeks racing!
Here is the link with the full results of the stage: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhXrz7isgo7NdDg2LWZrNS01dmlwMTZocE9vR3MxQXc&hl=en_US#gid=1
Next week it is ‘big guys’ to the front with our first Net Downhill course of the Winter Season. Rest assured that “Net Downhill” does not mean “Downhill” so there will be plenty to challenge you next week. Maybe we’ll see some new faces at the top!