Stage 7 – No plateaus in performance for Kress!

After some big performances in the Original Time Trial which saw plenty of riders racking up the bonus points, stage 7 gave the sprinters the opportunity to battle it out with points going to the highest peak watts/kg! Stage 7’s Plateaus and Climbs was another grueling affair with the emphasis definitely on the climbs and plenty of those deceptive green lines! So without further ado let’s kick off this week’s round up of results.

Dwayne Kress (Challenge by Choice) continued his near permanent residency at the top of the podium with the only sub 40 minutes time, powering to victory in 39:54,4. The boy wonder Connor Byway (Peak Centre, Ottawa) continued his good form, leaving more experienced riders in his wake to cross the line just 6 seconds behind in 40:00,7. The final spot on the podium was claimed by University of Bath’s Mark Bleakley who clocked an impressive 40:04,3. Peak Centre dominated the mid-table, filling positions 7-14. Among this group, Rob McLachlan (Peak Centre, Vancouver) left it too late to reel in fellow Vancouver rider Alex Troy, finishing in 43:56,7 and 43:41,8 respectively. Meanwhile Bob McLaren (Peak Centre, Vancouver) pipped local rival Mike Fertuck to the line and with these riders neck and neck in the GC standings, the battle looks set to continue. Just outside this group of riders, Ryan Krauss (Natural High Fitness, Okotoks) finished in 47:08,33 and claimed maximum sprint points along the way after putting out a huge 15.79 Watts/kg. While a broken rear shifter limited Sean Anderson (SBR Coaching, Verona) to completing most of the course in his small ring, he still finished in 48:24,63 and with some of the climbs in this course it might have been for the best1

Meanwhile in the Women’s Cat A Peak Centre Vancouver were head and shoulders above the rest of the field with Grace Menning and Richelle Frank taking first and second in 46:38,6 and 47:29,6 respectively. Third place was claimed by Shannon Winslade (Natural High Fitness, Okotoks) coming home over 2 minutes later in 49:46,2. However, with Sarah Greenwood (Leadout Coaching, Squamish) clocking an impressive 50:31,8 she remains on top of the GC standings, but for how long if Menning maintains this 100% win record? Meanwhile in the Sprint Category, Sheena Harris (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) produced a massive 9.47 watts/kg, well ahead of fellow Squamish riders Jenni Chancey (Challenge by Choice) and Renne Brickner (Leadout Coaching) who produced 8.54 and 8.28 watts/kg respectively.

The Men’s Cat B has gained a reputation over the years for being the most unpredictable and competitive of the Peak Centre Indoor Racing Series categories. However, Challenge by Choice looks set on changing this perception by filling all three spots on the podium. Grant Willburn finished well ahead of the field in 43:49,2, followed by Bobby Howell (44:17,9) and Jeff Desroches (44:51,5). It is the same three that sit on top of the GC standings, however last on the podium was enough for Desroches to hold on to first overall but with Willburn just 4 points behind he will be looking over his shoulder for his teammate in the coming stages. Things got a bit closer further down the field with positions 10-15 finishing within a minute of each other. Meanwhile in the Sprint Category Dan Giberson (Natural High Fitness, Okotoks) consolidated his spot on top of the rankings with a strong 13.85 watss/kg, ahead of Brian Aikens (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) and Brent Robinson (Natural High Fitness, Okotoks).

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So there is your round up of the 7th stage of the Peak Centre Indoor Racing Series. Challenge by Choice continued their dominance in the men’s categories while the women from Peak Centre Vancouver have returned from a few weeks away to shoot straight to the top! Stage 8 is a Rolling stage so hopefully the grades will be kinder. Best of luck and have another great week of riding!

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