10 centres across Canada and the US lined up for the legendary Original Time Trial in Stage 1 of the Fall Season of the Peak Centre Indoor Racing Series, making this the most competitive start to a season to date. The 22.53km course features a mix of moderate grades and false flats that provide no respite. This course is all about sustained power output and dishes out some solid suffering.
Once again, nobody could stop Teklit Tesfay (Team Eritrea) following up his victory in the pre-season stage and taking an early lead in the overall classification with a time of 37:10.8, just 47 seconds ahead of Dwayne Kress of Challenge by Choice, Squamish (37:57.1) who put in an excellent ride. Roger Lee (Peak Centre, Vancouver) was a further 11 seconds back (38:08.2) in 3rd. 19 men finished with a time under 42 minutes and make up the current Men’s A classification.
The stand out performance in the Women’s competition was from Shea Rankin (The Cycle Studio, Carmen) who blitzed the course in 41:29.8 to beat the field by 2:33, taking the win having finished 3rd in the pre-season stage. Grace Menning (Peak Centre, Vancouver) finished second in 44:02.2, 1:04 ahead of Sarah Greenwood (45:06.2; Challenge by Choice, Squamish) who completed the podium.
The Men’s B competition should be hotly contested this season, with just 4 minutes covering the top ten this week. Eric Lorenz (Peak Centre, Vancouver) has an early advantage, taking the stage with a time of 42:14.5 just 24 seconds ahead of Mike Fertuck (Peak Centre, Vancouver). Jean Fran Filion (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) rounded out the podium spots with a time of 42:54.4.
Christiane Gagne (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) took an early lead in the Women’s B classification with a time of 50:26.6, just ahead of Brenda Knighton-Slatte (SBR Coaching, Verona) who finished in 50:54.7. Heather Johnstone (Peak Centre, Vancouver)
The closest battle on the stage was between John Hedley (Natural High Fitness, Okotoks) and Ewa Bailey (Peak Centre, Vancouver), with Bailey edging Hedley out by 0.5 seconds!
Next week is another rolling course with a tough uphill drag to the finish, but as it is a SPRINT stage there will also be honours for those who can lay down some serious power.
The series is designed for fun and fitness so whether you’re looking to get stronger for next year or to challenge for Stage and GC honours, the Peak Centre Indoor Racing series delivers. Call you nearest participating centre to book your CompuTrainer today.
Want to find a participating Multi-Rider Centres in your area? Please see our website at: http://www.peakcentrevancouver.ca/winter-race-series/
Natural High Fitness, Okatoks AB
Ascent Physical Therapy Performance Lab, Canmore AB
Peak Centre for Human Performance, Vancouver BC
Challenge by Choice, Squamish BC
Innovative Fitness, Surrey BC
Peak Centre for Human Performance, Ottawa ON
Down Under Cycling, Waterdown ON
Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville QC
US Based Centres:
The Cycle Studio, Carmel IN
Shrewsbury Health & Racquet Club, Shrewsbury MA
Tri Fitness Training, White Bear Lake MN
Revolutionary Velo-Watts, Clifton Park NY
CycleOne LLC, Portland OR
SBR Coaching & Training, Verona WI
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