The big contenders for the General Classification in the Peak Centre Indoor Race Series laid their cards on the table as the fall season hit the hills, with defending champion Alex Gagnon (Peak Centre, Ottawa) winning the stage in 37:32.6; 51 seconds ahead of multiple winner Roger Lee (Peak Centre, Vancouver; 38:23.3). Stage 1 winner Telkit Tesfay (Team Eritrea; 38:32.5) took third and retook his overall lead on GC by edging out last week’s winner Dwayne Kress (Challenge by Choice, Squamish; 38:34.8) by only 2 seconds.
On a course that featured 3 tough climbs, including yet another false flat leading up to the line (Don’t worry: next week is downhill to the line (yay!)), riders who started too hard on the first (and largest) of the climbs ended up losing time in the second half of the stage. This was particularly true on the last tough section of 5.5% with 2km to go to the finish, with riders who were unable to maintain their average power seeing their average speeds crumble with not enough distance left to recover their losses.
There were no problems for Shea Rankin (The Cycle Studio, Carmel) in the women’s classification on the other hand as she stormed to her third consecutive stage victory (42:43.6) to take a commanding lead in the general classification. Grace Menning (Peak Centre, Vancouver) was again Shea’s closest rival with a time of 45:02.0, just ahead of Monika McDougal (The Cycle Studio, Carmel; 45:44.1) who rounded out the podium. Meanwhile, Lauren Reid (Down Under Cycling, Waterdown) continues to climb the GC with a 4th place finish (46:29.6), her best of the season so far.
The competition remains fierce in the Men’s; with the the pre-stage leaders dropping points Mark Scott’s (Peak Centre, Ottawa) stage victory in 42:44.6 gave him the lead in the GC by 8 points. Bob McLaren (Peak Centre, Vancouver; 44:19.2) drops to second but extends his lead over 3rd placed rider Smiddy Harrison (SBR Coaching, Verona; 45:56.9).
On the stage, Mark Scott was followed by Patrick Melfi (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville; 42:45.9) who’s second place highlight’s him as a contender as the stages point upawrds. Colin Kelly (Peak Centre, Ottawa) also continues to improve with a 3rd place finish in 43:25.6. As a result, the Men’s B classification remains closely contested going into stage 4, where the terrain changes once again.
In the Women’s B classification, Stage 1 winner Christiane Gagne (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) came back with a bang to take her second stage win, and the lead on GC, with a time of 51:24.8. The podium for the stage was completed by riders making their first start of the season, with Megan Davies (Peak Centre, Vancouver) finishing second in 52:09.9 and Keri Potaka (Natural High Fitness, Okotoks; 53:25.2) in third.
The difficulty of the stage meant that the KOM classification results reflected the overall stage results very closely. Alex Gagnon averaged 4.72 Watts/kg to take the win, comfortably ahead of Teklit Tesfay in second with 4.28 Watts/kg. Teklit just edged out the second placed finished Roger Lee who averaged 4.25 Watts/kg.
Shea Rankin now leads all 3 classifications, taking the points with an average of 3.76 Watts/kg. Grace Menning was second with 3.54 Watts/kg, and Lauren Reid egded out Monika McDougal by 0.01 Watts/kg to take 3rd with 3.33 Watts/kg.
Next week will favour the powerful riders, with 5 long descents and a downhill run in; however, there are of course 4 climbs to go with the downhills :-). Expect some high average speeds on what should be a quick stage.
Full results can be found HERE
GC standings can be found HERE
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