Ottawa pair Knowles and Gagnon take the mountains points as Peak Ottawa take the fight to Challenge by Choice.
Stage Two of the Peak Centre Indoor Race Series headed for the hills with a route including two long climbs: “The Pepper Grinder”. Unlike Stage 1, these climbs required the riders to settle into a rhythm with a constant power output. However, just like last week, it was Dwayne Kress (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) who stormed to victory in 36:59.8 to claim maximum points and extend his lead on GC. Second place went to former Champion Alex Gagnon (Peak Centre, Ottawa) who was just over 23 seconds back in 37:22.9. This season looks set to be a duel between Kress and Gagnon, with the Ottawa rider’s lower weight giving him the advantage on the steep gradients, but Kress’s raw power taking him ahead on the flatter courses. 3rd place on the stage went to debutant Patryk Biegalski (Watts Up Cycling, Toronto) in 37:59.2, suggesting he will be a rider to watch out for over the course of the season. Behind Kress on GC is his teammate Volker Schneider (Challenge by Choice, Squamish; 4th on the stage in 38:16.6) with an 11 point lead over Felix Young (Peak Centre, Vancouver) in 3rd.
Despite the different style of stage, it was again a repeat victory in the women’s classification with Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Ottawa) making it two out of two with a victory in 41:40.0, 44 seconds ahead of Rua Read (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) 42:24.1 in second. Both Challenge by Choice and Peak Ottawa have made string starts to the season, and the third centre that has started very strongly is SBR Coaching with Summer Ohlendorf followed up her 4th place finish on stage 1 to take a podium spot with 3rd place in 42:59.7. The top three on the stage matches the General Classification at this early point, but the early leaders have not yet broken away from the chasing pack, and with no major climbing stages until stage 6 things are yet to fully shake out in the overall standings.
After last season was settled by a single point, the Men’s B classification looks set to be the tightest at the top once again, with the top two tied on 50 points, and the top 10 covered by less than a stage victory. Peter Kocher (Ride Brooklyn, Brooklyn) has improved on his 4th place finish last week to take the stage win in 42:52.7 and that moves him to joint first with Dave Roberts (Peak Centre, Vancouver) who was second on the stage, less than a second behind with a time of 42:53.5. It is clearly going to be a close fight between these two riders all season and will the 5 extra points gained by Kocher this week prove vital? It was not only the top two who were close on the stage, with 3rd place Bill Martin (SBR Coaching, Verona) coming in 3rd in 42:55.6. In the end the top 10 were covered by less than 30 seconds, and so it will be fine margins that decide the destiny of the overall honours this season. Richard Pickering (Watts Up Cycling, Toronto) is now third on GC, only 8 points behind Kocher and Roberts.
Karine Meilleur (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) was clear winner in the women’s B classification with a time of 48:10.8, and a strong performance on the Original Time Trial next week will surely see her move up to the A classification. Jane Pannell (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) put in a strong ride for second in the stage (50:38.7) and it was debutant Brook Larsone (Watts Up Cycling, Toronto) who started her season strongly with a podium finish in 51:06.8. The victory taker Meilleur to the top of the overall standings with 52 points, and it is a Challenge by Choice trio who are close behind waiting to pounce with Louise Chamberlain in 2nd, Tanya Hawkings in 3rd and Pannell in 4th.
Stage 2 saw the start of the Best Climber classification, with points on offer for the highest average Watts/kg on the stage. Alex Gagnon (Peak Centre, Ottawa) may have been beaten to the stage victoey by Kress, but he was well clear in the mountains competition, finishing with 4.56 Watts/kg to take 30 points and the lead in the classification. Peak Centre, Ottawa also take the lead in the women’s competition with stage winner Kelly Knowles recording 3.91 Watts/kg. Challenge by Choice were, as ever, not far from the top of the standings however, taking both second places with Kess and Rua Read. Connor Byway (Peak Centre, Ottawa) was 3rd in the men’s competiton and Jessica Yurchich was 3rd in the women’s competition.
Next week is the first visit to the Original Time Trial, and with PBs on the line expect some great performances on one of the “flattest” courses of the season. Surely Kress will be unstoppable!?!
Riders who have changed classification this week:
Darren Anderson (Ascent Performance, Canmore)
Kory Seder (SBR Coaching, Verona)
Renee Bricker (Challenge by Choice, Squamish)
Richard Pickering (Watts Up Cycling, Toronto)
If any rider (including those above) wishes to move classification then they must let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE stage 4. After that point the classifications will not be changed.
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