Welcome to the 10th edition of the Peak Centre Indoor Racing Series where we kicked off the fall season with the Original Time Trial. With a few more centres entering the series from across North America, it was a familiar name who stormed to victory on the first stage. Dwayne Kress (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) crossed the line in 36:44.7, closely followed by Challenge by Choice team mate Martin Caron in 36:58.1. Does this mark another year of domination by the Squamish riders? Third place was taken by Roger Lee (Peak Centre Vancouver) in 37:26.4 and potential challengers to Squamish dominance include John Harris (Peak Centre, Vancouver) and Sean Anderson (SBR Coaching, Verona) who completed the course in 38:22.7 and 38:23.77 respectively. Other notable performances included University of Bath’s Felix Young, who came home in 39:04.9 and will now be looking forward to the mountain stages to come!
The women’s category saw Grace Menning (Peak Centre Vancouver) finish in an impressive 41:23.4, almost two minutes faster than second place Sarah Greenwood (Leadout Coaching, Squamish BC). The final spot on the podium was claimed by Erin Serrault (SBR Coaching, Verona) in 43:37.03. Racing Series debutant Georgie Wood (Peak Centre, Vancouver) powered across the line in 49:20.7, beating Helen Toft (Peak Centre, Ottowa) by 13 seconds. With similar Watts/kg, this could be the start of an interesting rivalry between Toft and Wood and also the beginning of a promising race career for this young rider from Nottingham.
Meanwhile in the men’s B category it was newcomer Rob Phoenix of Leadout Coaching at the top of the podium finishing in a time of 40:23.2. However with the riders on the podium being separated by less than 30 seconds, dominance of this category may not be as straight forward as fellow Squamish riders in category A. Challenge by Choice riders feature further down the standings, filling positions 6 to 9 with Paul Sutton (41:43.7), Grant Willburn (42:02.4) and Roger Shirt (42:05.8) sprinting right to the line! This was a great start to what looks to be a highly competitive category with Dan Giberson (Natural High, Okotoks), Dan MacDonald (Peak Centre, Vancouver) and Tom Ronneng (Peak Centre, Vancouver) finishing within 13 seconds of each other to take positions 10-12 respectively.
Next week sees the riders tackle a Rolling Sprint stage, giving the powerful riders a chance to get further ahead in the GC standings. Enjoy it while it lasts though as we head to the mountains in stage 3!
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