KRESS AND KNOWLES PILE ON THE POINTS

 

New Men’s C Classification introduced whilst the established favourites hit the front

 

 

 

 

Women’s A classification Leaders: Overall – Kelly Knowles, Mountains – Kelly Knowles, Points – Renee Bricker

The Original Time Trial returned for Stage 3 of the Peak Centre Indoor Racing Series, and it was a return to the usual pattern at the top of both the Men’s and Women’s classification with overall Leaders Dwayne Kress (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) and Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Ottawa) picking up maximum points on the stage. Despite blistering times of 36:08.1 and 41.01.1 respectively, neither rider could come close to the course records of 33:34.9 for the men and 37:14.6 for the women, both set in 2010.

Nevertheless, Dwayne Kress was streets ahead of the opposition, winning by a clear 1:21 from a resurgent Alex Gagnon (Peak Centre, Ottawa) who finished in 37:29.5 and is looking dangerous for the hillier stages to come. Will he be the rider to bring a challenge to Kress’ dominance? Behind the top two, the competition is fierce, with just over a minute covering the next nine riders. SBR coaching’s Sean Anderson (Verona) was best of the rest with a time of 37:52.5, just squeezing onto the podium by 3 seconds. Anderson’s 3rd place on the stage moves him up to 3rd overall, some way behind Kress, but only 5 points behind Kress’ teammate Volker Schneider (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) who lost out in the tight battle for 3rd and could only manage 7th on the stage in 38:12.1.

Whilst Kress dominates the Men’s competition, Knowles has also made it 3 wins from three in the Women’s A Classification. However, she only just held on for victory this week, with Alison Wood (Peak Centre, Vancouver) coming close to her first stage win of the season, finishing 4 seconds behind Knowles in 41:05.2. Summer Ohlendorf (SBR Coaching, Verona) made it two podiums in a row and keeps herself in overall contention with a strong ride, finishing only 20 seconds down on Wood in 41:25.7. As with the Men’s classification, it is quickly becoming a fight for second in the Women’s competition, and Ohlendorf closes the gap on Rua Read (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) in second overall to 3 points.

Going into the stage, Peter Kocher (Ride Brooklyn, Brooklyn) and Dave Roberts (Peak Centre, Vancouver) were tied for the lead of the Men’s B classification. However, with Roberts suffering with illness, Kocher has taken his chance to take the lead outright jumping to a clear 24 point advantage over Roberts with a second place finish on the stage in 41:18.6. However, Kocher does not have it all his own way, with Jean Francois Filion (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) continuing to pick up points to take him to second, just 2 points behind Kocher. The stage victory went to Series debutant Jamie Gilgen (Watts Up Cycling, Toronto) who picked up 30 points with a storming ride of 41:12.8, edging overall leader Kocher into second. Gilgen will be a rider to watch out for as the season progresses. Third place on the stage went to Drew Rapoch (Ascent Performance Lab, Canmore) who finished a further 8 seconds back in 41:26.1 for his best finish of the season.

Karine Meilleur (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) is aiming to better her 3rd place finish overall in the women’s B classification from the fall, and she is making the perfect start with her second stage victory in 47:12.4 to extend her lead at the top to 27 points. She is almost a whole stage victory ahead of her pursuers from Challenge by Choice, Squamish with Tanya Hawkings leading the charge with a 3rd place finish, only 4 seconds back in 47:16.9. Unbelievably, even with such a close finish, those two riders were split by Myriam Burton (Peak Centre, Ottawa) who misses out on the stage win by only 0.2 seconds. Louise Chamberlain (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) is 3rd overall, 4 points behind teammate Hawkings.

Things already look set up for a great fight in the Men’s C classification, with a tie for the lead and the top 5 riders covered by only 5 points. Patrick Poirier (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) and Richard Savage (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) are level on 65 points with a 4th and 2nd place finish on the stage respectively. Milann Boudreau (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) won the stage in 42:58.7 and sits in 5th place on GC behind Mark Boothroyd (Peak Centre, Vancouver) in 3rd and Steve Turgeon (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) in 4th.

Next week sees the climbs get steeper with a tough middle section featuring a maximum gradient of 6.5%. Watch out for the deceptively tough 3rd and final climb that is almost 1.5 km long and does not let up from start to finish. Will the climbers begin to shine on “Truth & Reconciliation”, or will the long flat run-in allow the heavier riders to reel them in?

Riders who have changed Classification this week:

If any rider wishes to move classification then they must let us know at info@peakcentrevancouver.ca BEFORE the end of January. After that point the classifications will not be changed.

Full results HERE

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Canadian Centres:

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
Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville QC
MacLean Sport Physiotherapy, Burlington ON
WattsUp Cycling, Toronto ON

US Based Centres:

The Cycle Studio, Carmel IN
Tri Fitness Training, White Bear Lake MN
CycleOne LLC, Portland OR
SBR Coaching & Training, Verona WI
Ride Brooklyn, Brooklyn NY
Marian University, IN
The Bike Hub, VT

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