Kress doesn’t have it all his way as Daryl Rogers wins the Sprint Competiton
Women’s A classification Leaders: Overall – Kelly Knowles, Mountains – Kelly Knowles, Points – Renee Brickner
Stage 7 threw an interesting challenge at the riders of the Peak Centre Indoor Racing Series with a rolling course that featured short steep climbs (the rough) in the first half and a long steady climb at low grades to the finish (the smooth). As expected, the rider with the best all round power to take the stage by storm was overall leader Dwayne Kress (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) who continues his perfect season with a superb ride to finish well clear of the field in 36:41.4. The riders who have run Kress closest this season are 2nd and 3rd placed overall; teammate Volker Schneider (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) and SBR Coaching’s Sean Anderson. However, in a tight finish further behind Kress neither rider could finish on the podium for the stage, with Schneider finishing in 9th and Anderson being squeezed off the podium in 4th. Whilst it is the Challenge by Choice pairing of Kress and Schneider who have locked out the top two spots overall, it is Anderson’s SBR teammate Curtis Bice who has started to break things up at the top with a great 2nd place finish on his season debut in 37:48.8. Will the SBR duo be able to bring the fight to the leading riders from Challenge by Choice as the season reaches it finale? Felix Young (Peak Centre, Vancouver) was 3rd on the stage in 38:12.4.
There was also a clear winner in the women’s A classification, but it was not overall leader Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Ottawa) who took the win. Instead it was Rua Read (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) who finally won her 1st stage of the season after 3 2nd places. Read finished in 41:17.9, with an ever-improving Grace Menning (Peak Centre, Vancouver) coming home in second place (42:42.8). Menning finished just ahead of Knowles (3rd in 42:47.9), who for the second time this season fell victim to confusion over the race route, losing places in the confusion. She still holds on to her overall lead from Read by 5 points. Summer Ohlendorf (SBR Coaching, Verona) is 3rd on GC.
Peter Kocher has a clear lead overall in the Men’s B classification, but unlike Kress in the As he could not extend his advantage this week finishing in 6th place. However, the 16 points for 6th came in handy as none of his closest challengers such as 2nd and 3rd placed David Mott (SBR Coaching, Verona; 4th on the stage) and Jean Francois Filion (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainsville; DNS) could podium either with other riders in the top 10 making the step up. Brent Rosvald (Ascent Performance Lab, Canmore) beat his previous best finish of 11th to win the stage in 40:33.3, well clear of second place finisher Grant Harding (Ride Brooklyn, Brooklyn) who himself improved on his previous best of 9th to take 2nd in 40:56.3. Harding finished 4 seconds ahead of his namesake Grant Wilburn (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) who also scored his first podium of the season finishing 3rd in 41:00.1.
Things are set up perfectly for a grandstand finish in the women’s B classification with only 1 point now separating overall leader Karine Meilleur (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) and second placed rider Louise Chamberlain (Cahllenge by Choice, Squamish). Chamberlain would have taken the overall lead had she not been pipped to 4th place by her teammate Jane Pannell (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) by 12 seconds. However, neither rider will be stepping aside as Pannell herself is within reach of the overall lead in 3rd, 4 points behind Chamberlain. Will team tactics take hold, or will the teammates open up a full on rivalry? As with many of the other classifications, it was not the overall leaders but the riders in the top 10 places who took the stage honours. Deanna Reilly (SBR Coaching, Verona) is sitting in 8th overall, but got the better of her rivals in the latest instalment in the Challenge by Choice-SBR coaching rivalry to win the stage in 48:23.6. Riders from these two centres have been flooding the top of the standings, and of course the rider on Reilly’s tale was Challenge by Choice’s Mary Betts who finished in 48:47.0 to follow up her stage win last week and begin to build a challenge for a podium spot. Peak Centre, Ottawa’s deubtant Sharon Kozicki scored some big points with a 3rd place finish in 49:05.6.
And the General Classification battles were not done there. There is no letting up in the Men’s C classification with the top three overall locking out the podium on the stage. With the top 3 all covered by only 4 points, things can swing either way over the coming weeks. Overall leader Mark Boothroyd (Peak Centre, Vancouver; 2nd in 43:37.3) extends his lead by 3 points to four over Richard Savage (Challenge by Choice, Squamish; 3rd in 44:22.2) who is now tied on 130 points with Jeremy Kehoe (The Bike Hub, Norwich) whose stage win in 43:22.2 makes it 3 podiums in a row and 2 wins out of 3 for the form rider at the moment.
There was even more intrigue in the Sprint competition, where Daryl Rogers became only the second rider to beat Dwayne Kress at anything this season (The other being Alex Gagnon (Peak Centre, Ottawa) in the Mountains competition) winning the points with a massive sprint of 15.76 Watts/kg. Amazingly, Rogers was not the only one to finish ahead of Kress, with Schneider also edging out the green jersey holder into 3rd (14.01) with his sprint of 14.54 Watts/kg for second. In the end, Kress holds onto his jersey by two points, and with a single sprint stage remaining and only two points separating them, any of these three will be guaranteed the overall win in the Points classification with a sprint victory on stage 10. Will Rogers hold the advantage with Kress and Schneider’s split focus on the General Classification?
Dominance does not do the displace of strength by Challenge by Choice in the women’s sprint competition justice. The riders from Squamish locked out the top 5 places on the stage and all 3 podium spots on the overall. Renee Brickner now reinforces her overall lead with the biggest sprint on the day of 12.37 Watts/kg and Rua Read climbs to 3rd overall with a second place finish on the stage with 11.92 Watts/kg. Jenni Chancey enters the fray with a 3rd place finish, and 3rd place overall Sheena Harris was 7th. The other Challenge by Choice riders in the top 5 were Jane Pannell and Carlee Grant. The biggest challenger from outside of Squamish was SBR Coaching’s Summer Ohlendorf who is now 4th overall after her 6th place finish on the stage.
Next week is a return to the Original Time Trial, so there is no excuse for riders getting lost next week, and of course there are bonus points on the line for any riders who beat their time from stage 3.
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