CURTIS BICE BRINGS THE FIGHT AND BEATS KRESS TO THE TOP

multi logo 2Gagnon and Knowles take Best Climber competitions back to Ottawa

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Confirmed Classification WINNERS: Women’s A GC – Kelly Knowles; Men’s Best Climber – Alex Gagnon; Women’s Best Climber – Kelly Knowles; Men’s C GC – Richard Savage

It may have been too late to deny Dwayne Kress the overall win, but at last the rest of the field came up with an answer to his dominant displays. SBR Coaching’s Curtis Bice made the most of the uphill terrain to leave his rivals in the dust, pipping Kress at the line by 6 seconds to take the stage win in 35:31.1; the first rider apart from Kress to win a stage outright this season. Bice had finished on the podium twice already this season and he dealt with the steep grades in the second half of the stage the best to finally make that step up to the top of the podium. Bice and Kress were over a minute ahead of their nearest challenger, best climber winner Alex Gagnon (Peak Centre, Ottawa) who came in with a time of 36:41.9 to take 3rd on the stage. Gagnon finished ahead of Kress in second overall in the Best Climber competition with Peak Centre Vancouver’s Felix Young in 3rd. It was a quiet day on the GC front in the Men’s A classification, with large gaps between all three podium-sitters Kress, Sean Anderson (SBR Coaching, Verona) and Volker Schneider (Challenge by Choice, Squamish). The closest battle at the top of the standings is between 4th and 5th placed riders Kit Wellburn & Felix Young (both Peak Centre, Vancouver) who are now separated by only 2 points heading into the final time trial.

A returning Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Ottawa) hit back at overall contender Rua Read (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) to secure the Women’s title for the season. Knowles won the stage by 29 seconds from Grace Menning (Peak Centre, Vancouver) in a time of 42:00.1 to also take home the best climber’s jersey ahead of her teammate Carol Deavy who was also 3rd on the stage in 43:09.0. Menning was herself 3rd overall in the best climber classification. Knowles and Read have dominated the women’s classification this season, taking all but one of the 11 stage wins this season with 6 and 4 wins respectively. The only other rider to take a stage win on stage 5 was SBR Coaching’s Summer Ohlendorf, but she has now had her 3rd place overall taken from her by Menning heading into the final stage of the season.

The Men’s B classification is all but over; Peter Kocher (Ride Brooklyn, Brooklyn) needs a 7th place finish or second place overall Grant Willburn (Challenge by Choice, Squamish)  not to win to take the final honours. In order to take the victory away from Kocher Wilburn will have to overhaul this week’s stage winner Bob Cimon (Peak Centre, Ottawa)who denied him the stage win this time around by 38 seconds with a winning time of41:38.0. Wilburn’s closest challenger for his second placed finish on the stage was from Cimon’s teammate Stephen Davies who finished a few seconds behind in 42:29.5 to take 3rd place. Ascent Performance Lab’s Brent Rosvald continues to pick up points towards 3rd place overall with a 6th place finish on the stage.

The closest overall fight is in the women’s B classification with 5 points separating the top two. Jane Pannell leads her teammate Lousie Chamberlain (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) with only one stage left in their season-long head-to-head fight. Both riders were on the podium again this week with a 3rd and 2nd place finish respectively behind Tanya Hawkings who makes it 5 Challenge by Choice riders out of 5 at the top of the standings with her stage win this week in 49:13.7. Not only will the fight for 1st place go to the final race of the season, but the inter-team rivalry continues to the fight for third between Mary Betts and Annerieke Van Hoek who are split by just 4 points heading into the final stage.

A superb run of form in the second half of the season has secured Richard Savage Challenge by Choice’s 3rd overall title in the Men’s C classification. He took the overall in perfect style, also winning the stage by a clear margin in 41:42.3 on a stage which really played to his strengths as a climber. His closest challenger was 5th place overall Jeff Norman (Watts Up Cycling, Toronto) who after several strong finishes gets his first podium finish of the season in 45:11.6. Third place on the stage went to Infinity Multisport, Chicago’s Mo Wills who denied some of the overall contenders with a strong ride to finish in 45:27.5. There was little change in the overall standings with Jeremy Kehoe (The Bike Hub, Norwich) and Mark Boothroyd (Peak Centre, Vancouver) holding onto second and third respectively.

The final stage sees a return to the Original Time Trial, and with bonus points on the line for PB times there is still time to claim a few spots in the overall standings all through the order.

Full results HERE

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