Welcome all to the final race report for the 2012 winter series. First of all we would like to thank everybody who has raced, and all of our affiliate centres for supporting the series. The send off course was our legendary Original Time Trial which provided riders a chance to compare their progress throughout the year and gain some all important bonus points for the GC standings. The OTT epitomizes what the series is all about, with it’s challenging moderate grades with only a few recovery spots. It really tests physical and mental ability to sustain the suffering for 22.53 Km.
This is not the traditional sequence but the Women’s A battle has been so close all year I feel that this deserves the first mention. Kelly Knowles from Peak Ottawa and Alison Wood from Peak Vancouver have traded wins and podium spots throughout the year, and the title was to be decided this week. The advantage went to Kelly with her 3.4 second victory over Alison landing her all 20 points and most importantly three bonus points. Alison did not set a personal record time and this was the clinching factor for Kelly as she took the series by a three point margin! Their respective finish times were 40:43.3 and 40:46.7. Coming in third place for the final stage was Summer Ohlendorf from SBR Coaching Wisconsin with a time of 41:19.1. This podium finish allowed Summer to land herself a GC bronze, just three points ahead of Carol Deavy from Peak Ottawa who has been a strong contender all season. Well done ladies you have given us some awesome racing!
The fastest time for Stage 12 went to Alexandre Gagnon from Peak Ottawa. Alexandre took the gold in style with his sixth win of the season with a super fast time of 37:01.9– again showing how having the highest average watts/kg is a stage winning factor. In second place was powerhouse Kory Seder from SBR Coaching Wisconsin. Even though Kory was nursing an ankle injury sustained whilst scoring in a soccer game he still managed a more than respectable finish time of 37:16.1, only 15 seconds off the win. Making his second podium of the series (his last was on the OTT too) was Mr. consistency, Glenn Budgell from Peak Ottawa. Glenn is always in the mix for points in Men’s A and his strong finish time of 38:00.0 was enough to place on the final stage podium. With all the points totaled it may not come as a surprise that we are to congratulate Alexandre Gagnon for taking the Men’s A GC win. Alexandre’s win is fully deserved after winning half of the stages, all three KOM points stages, and only failing to podium on one occasion (where he placed fourth). A total of 174 points was enough to secure the gold, 19 points ahead of Sam Janicki from Tri-Fitness Minnesota who seems to have been distracted by the nice weather over the last couple of weeks. A further 20 points behind and taking the GC bronze is Dwayne Kress from Challenge By Choice Squamish, who again showed that consistency is the key to success.
Men’ A seems to be the only category where the overall title was settled by more than three points. This week in Women’s B it was Michelle Newton from Peak Vancouver that dominated the Time Trial course to set a personal record time and take the stage win – her third in a row! Michelle’s finish time was 43:14.5. Coming in second place and finding podium form once more was Candace Anderson from Peak Ottawa. Candace had three consecutive fifth place finishes before Stage 12, but her 44:10.3 finish time this week shot her back to the podium for silver. After racing the first Original Time Trial back in stage three, Claudia Edwards from Peak Vancouver returned to the series for Stage 12 following what can only be assumed as hard training as she took the final podium spot in a time of 44:13.6 – a mere 3.3 seconds shy of second. In a similar fashion to Women’s A, the B category GC winner was decided by a three point margin; in fact, the top four ladies were separated by only five points. After all was said and done it was Peak Burlington’s superstar Melanie Shields that ran away with the gold medal, with a point total of 116. In second place with 113 points was Candace Anderson, who’s finish this week proved vital as she finishes one point ahead of her Peak Ottawa teammate Emily Flynn. Congratulations to these three ladies along with Michelle Newton, Claudia Edwards, and Kerri Labrecque who earn themselves promotion into Women’s A for the Fall season following their top performances in this weeks course.
Last but not least we move on to Men’s B, again another category that has been hard fought all season long. The man that led the pack this week was Bill Martin from SBR Coaching Wisconsin with a commanding winning time or 38:43.2. Peak Vancouver’s Bob McLaren had the ride of his life this week as he raced into second place and his first podium of the season after finishing in 40:23.8 – saving the best till last Bob! Bob was closely pushed by fellow Vancouverite John Forsyth who landed himself the final podium position by finishing in 40:36.6. The overall title came down to the wire once more, and following trend the win was sealed by a three point gap. The victor after the dust settled was Peak Vancouver’s John Forsyth, who has had a really strong season from start to finish. John earned this win with nine podium spots including two stage wins for good measure, totaling 148 points. The unlucky runner up was Bill Martin from SBR Coaching Wisconsin who managed four wins in his quest for success, but could only manage 145 points. Taking the final GC podium spot, and showing that interns can do just as good a job as the athletes was Alex Willis from Peak Vancouver (originally hailing from the University of Bath, UK). Alex managed a stage win and a sprint points win on his way to the bronze medal for Men’s B. Look for John and Bill to be competitive in Men’s A next season for sure.
For the full results, please follow the link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhXrz7isgo7NdDg2LWZrNS01dmlwMTZocE9vR3MxQXc&hl=en_US#gid=1
So riders, this is it. Thank you so much for being a part of this fantastic series. Let’s step outdoors for summer training and racing and we will meet on the CompuTrainers for the Fall season.
The Peak Team.