New centres join the series, with more to follow in the coming weeks
The winter season of the Peak Centre Indoor Racing Series got underway with 3 new centres joining the racing this week, with more to come in the next few weeks. Nevertheless, it was more of the same at the top of the leaderboard; with defending Champion Dwayne Kress (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) destroying the field to take the victory in a time of 36:38.5, almost 3 minutes ahead of his nearest challenger. Kress has clearly carried his form from the fall season over, and it is going to take something special to stop him this time around. As expected, this course suited the slightly heavier riders with big power, and it may have been a walkover for Kress, but it was a fierce battle for the other two podium spots, with 2nd through to 7th covered by less than 40 seconds. In the end it was Sean Anderson (SBR Coaching, Verona) who made the step up from his consistent top 10 performances in the fall to take second in 39:20.1, just 3 seconds ahead of Volker Schneider (39:23.5) who made it two Challenge by Choice Riders on the podium with 3rd.
Defending women’s Champion Shea Rankin (The Cycle Studio, Carmel) did not ride the opening stage, and so it was a chance for her rivals to get a head start. Serial winner Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Ottawa) won the stage in 42:30.2. Knowles finished 7th in the fall, and will certainly be aiming for the overall victory in the new season. Jessica Yurchich (SBR Coaching, Verona) ended the fall season with some strong performances, and set herself up nicely for a strong overall position with a second place finish in 43:41.1. In the end none of last season’s top 5 could make the podium, with Rue Reed (Challenge by Choice, Squamish; 44:48.1) finishing just ahead of many of last season’s overall contenders in 3rd.
Sixty-nine riders made up the Men’s B classification, and it was Darren Anderson (Ascent Performance Lab, Canmore; 43:08.0) who took the stage win in what was the most competitive classification last season. He finished just 6 seconds ahead of Dave Roberts (Peak Centre, Vancouver; 43:16.6), and with similar Watts/kg scores it seems those two riders could be set up for a season-long battle. Just behind them on the podium was Marco Ferland (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) who finished in 43:28.8.
The Challenge by Choice-SBR Coaching battle continued in the Women’s B classification and it was two debutants who were competing for victory, with Joann Peck (SBR Coaching, Verona) and Renee Bricker (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) separated by just 3.3 seconds. In the end it was Peck who came out on top with a time of 49:12.9, just edging out Bricker who finished in 49:16.2. 3rd place on the podium was taken by Doreen Lipovski (Peak Centre, Ottawa) who secured 22 points with a time of 49:33.0.
It may have been a close fight between Challenge by Choice and SBR Coaching for the GC points, but there was no question which centre was dominant in the sprints competition. Challenge by Choice took first and second in both the Men’s and Women’s competitions, with Dwayne Kress (14.79 Watts/kg) beating Volker Schneider (12.66 Watts/kg) into second place, and Renee Bricker (11.34 Watts/kg) beating Sheena Harris (10.13 Watts/kg). Dustin King (Peak Centre, Ottawa) almost split the two Challenge by Choice riders, but ended up 0.06 Watts/kg short with 12.60 Watts/kg. It was another Peak Centre, Ottawa rider who was third in the women’s competition; Myriam Burton hit 9.73 Watts/kg to take the points.
Next week the riders tackle which will tip the fortunes towards the climbers, and the start of the mountains classification.
Full results to follow shortly.
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
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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