Daryl Rogers & Renee Brickner win the Points classifications
Confirmed Classification WINNERS: Men’s A GC – Dwayne Kress; Men’s Points – Daryl Rogers; Women’s Points – Renee Brickner
It has seemed inevitable for a while now but Dwayne Kress (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) has an unassailable lead at the top of the standings after stage 10 and has won the Men’s A classification of the Peak Centre Indoor Racing Series. Kress and his Challenge by Choice teammates have been dominant throughout the season and it will be up to the rest of the centres to stop them in the last two weeks of the season. Kress finished the 22.51 km stage in 36:31.2, over a minute ahead of his nearest challenger Sean Anderson (SBR Coaching, Verona) who stopped the clock at 37:50.5. Anderson is also the closest man to Kress on the overall standings, and his second place finish has built him an eight point cushion heading into the final mountain stage ahead of third placed rider Volker Schneider (Challenge by Choice, Squamish). On a stage where only the strongest excelled, it was Schneider himself who completed the stage podium in 3rd, 28 seconds behind Anderson with a time of 38:18.6.
Kress has been denied in the Points competition however, with Ride Brooklyn’s Daryl Rogers putting in a huge 16.75 Watts/kg to take the 30 points and the final title. There was a surprise in 2nd place in the stage with Ryan Krauss (Natural High Fitness, Okotoks) scoring his first sprint points of the season but he could not deny Kress and Schneider’s final podium spots in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
It is another Challenge by Choice Rider who has the Women’s A classification under control. Rua Read has a 20 point lead over Best Climber leader Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Ottawa) heading into the final mountain stage following her stage win this week in 41:07.8, well clear of second & third placed riders Carlee Grant & Sarah Greenwood (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) who made it a Squamish 1-2-3 on the stage with times of 43:40.9 and 44:05.2 respectively. Grant and Greenwood have closed in on the overall podium spots, taking advantage of the absence of 3 of the top 5 riders including 3rd places overall Summer Ohlendorf (SBR Coaching, Verona). Whilst Read is still battling for the overall title, she has been beaten to victory in the Points competition by her teammate Renee Brickner who took maximum points throughout the series to win the classification by almost 30 points ahead of Read. Grant was 3rd, but Challenge by Choice did not stop there, cleaning up with the top six positions in the Women’s Points competition.
In the Men’s B classification Peter Kocher (Ride Brooklyn, Brooklyn) is virtually assured of the overall win following his 5th place finish on the stage with his closest challenger David Mott only managing 13th. However, with the many twists and turns this season in the classification, maybe it is too soon to start uncorking the champagne just yet; Mott won the previous mountain stage on stage 6 whilst Kocher only managed 6th which could keep the final result in the balance going into the final Time Trial on stage 12. Mott will also need to be looking over his shoulder, as there is a line of challengers who are aiming for a podium spot with only 5 points covering 2nd to 5th place overall; not least Ascent Performance Lab’s Brent Rosvald who is finishing the season strongly taking the 30 points for the stage win (40:18.9) and climbing level on points with Mott into 3rd overall. Rosvald was only 4 seconds ahead of another rider who went into the stage looking to improve his high GC position with Pat Donnelly (Natural High Fitness, Okotoks) finishing second in 40:22.0 and climbs to 7th overall ahead of Bill Martin (SBR Coaching, Verona) who was 3rd on the stage in 40:58.1 and is now 8th overall.
Whilst the other classifications start to take their definitive shape, the Women’s B classification continues to swing back and forth between the overall contenders. One thing that can be said for certain is that it will be a Challenge by Choice rider who will take the title, with the riders from Squamish occupying the top 4 spots on GC. Jane Pannell has retaken the overall lead by a single point, despite being beaten by her closest rival Louise Chamberlain on the stage. Only the rider’s best 9 stage finishes count and so whilst Chamberlain lost 15 points for her stage 3 finish Pannell only loses the 7 she scored on stage 1. However, neither rider could finish on the podium for the stage with the stage honours going to Annerieke Vanhoek (Challenge by Choice, Squamish; 47:43.0) who climbs to third overall. She was just seconds ahead of her teammates Tanya Hawkings (47:50.4) and Mary Betts (48:12.2) in seconds and third respectively.
No rider has managed to string back-to-back stage wins together this season in the Men’s C classification but it has been Richard Savage (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) who has scored points most consistently to build a big lead going into the final stages. He took his third win in the past 5 stages in a time of 42:09.7 to extend his overall lead over Jeremy Kehoe (The Bike Hub, Norwich) who was third on the stage in 42:57.4 to 29 points. These two riders extend their lead over third placed overall Mark Boothroyd (Peak Centre, Vancouver) who was 7th on the stage. Steve Hughes (SBR Coaching, Verona) secured his best finish of the season with second place on the stage splitting the top two with a time of 42:49.4.
Next week’s stage will be the true test of the GC contenders. The “Stairway to Heaven” features five steep ramps in the second half of the stage. Even so, it is the changes in gradient that will challenge those looking for a strong time, with flatter sections where time will be lost if the riders do not stay on the power.
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