Stage 6 – Kress back on form as the Original Time Trial returns

So the Peak Centre’s Indoor Racing series returned with a repeat of the Original Time Trial! This gave riders an opportunity to assess their performance at the half way point of the season. Also with bonus points on offer for beating stage 1’s time there was an added incentive to race hard! So let’s start this week’s round up of results starting with the Men’s A category!

After an uncharacteristic dip in form last week which saw Dwayne Kress (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) finish off the podium, the reigning champion reasserted his dominance of the Men’s Cat A with an impressive 35:44,8. Not only was this a minute faster than his previous time but nearly two minutes ahead of the nearest competitor. This was Peak Centre Ottawa’s Connor Byway who claimed second in 37:32,1, just two seconds ahead of Sean Anderson (SBR Coaching, Verona). This was another great performance from Byway, just 16 who is an exciting prospect for the future and tipped to become a future Indoor Racing Series champion. While it was business as usual at the top of the podium, further down the field things were far less predictable as positions 3-9 were separated by little over a minute. In this group were University of Bath riders Jake Hollins and Felix Young who finished in 37:47,5 and 37:56,6 respectively to show  that the UK riders aren’t just strong in the mountains. This was a massive improvement for Young who shaved over a minute off his previous time; clearly he has got his priorities right now he’s back at University! This leaves the top of the GC standings unchanged with Kress streaking ahead of fellow Squamish rider Martin Caron (Challenge by Choice) and Young in third on 62 points.

The Women’s Cat A was dominated by Grace Menning (Peak Centre, Vancouver) who returned after a few weeks out to take top spot in an incredible 41:00,7. This was 90 seconds ahead of Sarah Greenwood (Leadout Coaching, Squamish) who has risen to the top of the GC standings in Menning’s absence. However with Menning returning off the back of an impressive 3rd place at the Xterra World Championships and having a 100% win record in the races she has entered, how long will Greenwood be able to hold on to that top spot? With Jenni Chancey (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) unable to follow up her convincing victory in stage 5,  Summer Ohlendorf (SBR Coaching, Verona) claimed the last spot on the podium in 43:10,03. However there were no bonus points for Ohlendorf who was making her debut for this season, but with 6 races remaining there is still plenty of time for this rider to climb the GC standings. The Byway family were represented well again in the Women’s Cat A with 13 year old Nia killing the course in a strong 47:53,2.  There were bonus points awarded to Peak Centre (Vancouver) riders Georgie Wood and Vivian Lee who both smashed their previous bests, finishing in 48:47,0 and 49:04,4. This keeps Wood in 9th in the GC but with Sara King (Leadout Coaching, Squamish) Helen Toft (Peak Centre, Ottowa) finishing just head, the gap is closing!

Meanwhile in the Men’s Cat B it was a Squamish hat-trick as Bobby Howell (Challenge by Choice) took top spot in 39:11,0, ahead of Rob Phoenix (Leadout Coaching) and Jeff Desrohes (Challenge by Choice) who finished in 39:43,5 and 39:57,8 respectively.  Another podium finish for Desroches along with bonus points consolidated his position at the top of the GC standings, extending his lead over second place Grant Wilburn (Challenge by Choice) to 9 points. The competiveness of this category was highlighted with 19 riders improving on their previous time and positions 3-7th being separated by just 60 seconds. However with Desoroches building a considerable lead at the top of the GC standings, will anyone be able to reel him in in the second half of the season.

So that is your round up of Stage 6 of the Peak Centre’s Indoor Racing Series. As ever there were incredible feats of power and endurance with the usual suspects reaping the spoils. Not only this, the effectiveness of the Race Series as a work out was further highlighted with many riders improving on their Stage 1 times! Well done for another great week of riding and good luck in the Plateaus and Climbs of Stage 7!

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