Dwayne Kress (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) capped a fantastic season in the fall Peak Centre Indoor Racing Series with a stage win and personal best of 36:21.7 on the final time trial. He was 3 seconds quicker than his time from stage 6, and these performances are testament to a dominant display throughout the series, with Kress capturing no less than eight stage victories and the General Classification by 40 points. His closest challenger through the series was Roger Lee (Peak Centre, Vancouver), but Lee had a bad week this week and could only post the 12th fastest time (38:48.8). Indeed, this week Kress’ main challenger came from further down the overall standings, with his teammate Volker Schneider (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) scoring his best finish of the season on the final stage, finishing second in 37:04.7, a whole two minutes faster than his previous best. It was a close finish for 3rd on the stage, with Jay Menning (Peak Centre, Vancouver) edging out Marcel Lavoie (Peak Centre, Ottawa; 38:02.7) by just 0.5 seconds to finish in 38:02.2, also for his best finish of the season. Lavoie’s 4th place finish was not quite enough to overhaul Teklit Tesfay (Peak Centre, Vancouver) for the final podium spot, leaving him just 5 points adrift.
A 3rd place finish on the stage in 42:25.2 was enough for Shea Rankin (The Cycle Studio, Carmel) to take the overall victory in the Women’s competition. Rankin dominated the early stages of the season, and never looked like surrendering her lead, despite some pressure from Summer Ohlendorf (SBR Coaching, Verona) and Sarah Greenwood (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) in the last few stages. Ohlendorf was second on the stage in 42:12.7, and edged past Greenwood, who could only manage 5th in 43:18.4, for the second spot on the podium by just 3 points. The stage winner this week however was defending champion Kelly Knowles, who showed she is ready for the Winter season by taking the win in the final stage in 41:27.6.
The Men’s B classification went right down to the wire, with four potential victors going into the stage. Pre-stage leader Patrick Melfi (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) had won on this course on stage 6, and despite setting a personal best time of 40:17.3, he could do nothing to stop Mike Kleso (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) storming to the stage win in 38:36.0, and the overall victory by a single point from Mark Scott (Peak Centre, Ottawa) who was 3rd in 39:59.0. Melfi was 3rd on the podium; all three of these riders will almost certainly be testing themselves against the big boys in the A classification in the winter, with all 3 riders setting new PBs on the final stage. In amongst the carnage at the top of the overall classification, Bill Martin (SBR Coaching, Verona) put in a fantastic ride to take second in 39:12.3, by far his best finish of the season. The winter season could see him challenge for honours if he can repeat this performance on a regular basis.
The Women’s B classification has been sewn up by Megan Davies (Peak Centre, Vancouver) who took her 7th stage victory in a personal best of 45:05.9. She managed to overhaul the Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville duo of Christiane Gagne (6th in 46:48.6) and Karine Meilleur (8th in 48:52.8) who finished 2nd and 3rd on GC respectively on the stage, both setting personal bests on the stage. The battle for second on the stage saw Mary Betts (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) edge out Jen Ajersch (Peak Centre, Ottawa) by a single second to finish in 46:15.2. Both riders set personal bests and finish just off the podium in 5th and 4th respectively.
The final results of the KOM competition have also been confirmed, with the Men’s podium mirroring the General Classificaton positions. Kress completed his Cannibalistic collection of all three competitions, finishing ahead of Lee and Tesfay. This competition was much tighter, however; Kress took the win by a mere two points, and 5 points was all that covered the podium spots.
Shea Rankin (The Cycle Studio, Carmel) may have been denied in the sprint competition, but Marianne Vos herself would have been pleased with two out of three. Rankin finished 10 points ahead of Jenni Chancey (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) and her teammate Monika McDougal (The Cycle Studio, Carmel).
Thanks to everyone who has made the season so much fun, and with new centres signed up for the winter season, the competition is going to be even fiercer. Will a challenger to Kress or Rankin emerge? With a new points system under discussion for the new season, enjoy the holidays (but not too much :-p)!!
Full results HERE
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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