Season’s greetings indoor racers! So after 12 tough weeks with lots of ups, the occasional down and some amazing performances, we are finally here….the final stage of the fall indoor racing season. After another punishing mountain stage last week, the final course was the original time trial which meant prizes of frankincense, myrrh and three extra points were on offer for riders beating their previous time. So let’s start this week’s summary of events, starting with the Men’s Cat A.
Christmas seemed to have come early for Dwayne Kress as the Challenge by Choice rider had collected enough points to claim the title by October. This is an unprecedented fourth Indoor Racing Series title for the Squamish veteran, but with it being his first ride back from sickness he was unable to make it onto the podium and actually finished down in 7th place. However, it was a different story for team mate Martin Caron who showed no sign of slowing down with a storming OTT performance, to take the stage win in style in a time of 37:26.1. This was just over 30 seconds ahead of Peak Centre Vancouver’s Jon Harris who also picked up 3 extra points, while Alex Troy (Peak Centre, Vancouver) claimed the final spot on the podium in a time of 38:07.5.
While it was the usual suspects at the top of the GC standings this fall, the surprise package of the season was Peak Centre Ottawa’s Connor Byway, who in his debut season posed a serious threat to Kress’ dominance. The youngster finished 3rd overall despite missing the beginning and end of the season and experts are tipping him to challenge for the winter title, if he can maintain this form and complete every stage. Other notable riders including University of Bath’s Felix Young and Jake Hollins had impressive seasons and will be looking to build on this after the Christmas break.
At the mid-way point of the season the women’s Cat A title, much like the Men’s, was already on its way to Squamish as Leadout Coaching’s Sarah Greenwood looked to be running away with it. However since her return from the Xterra Worlds, Peak Centre Vancouver’s Grace Menning has been gradually closing the gap and has finally overtaken Greenwood to claim the Yellow Jersey! Although in this weeks stage, Menning was beaten to the top spot by rival Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Ottawa), who finished the OTT in a time of 40:41.7. Knowles hasn’t competed in the Fall Series at all this year but she has won the previous Winter Seasons’ and judging from her time this week she’s set to take the Winter 2014 Series by storm! The final spot on the podium this week was claimed by our GC winner Sarah Greenwood (Leadout Coaching, Squamish), in a time of 43:27.1. Other notable performances came from Barbara Brigidear (Challenge by Choice) and Vivian Lee (Peak Centre, Vancouver) who both knocked a substantial amount of time off their previous OTT to claim 5th and 13th, respectively.
In the Men’s Cat B it was not surprising to see Challenge by Choice rider Grant Wilburn power across the line in a time of 38:08.3 to take first place! This was over a minute faster than Haimowitz of Peak Centre, Ottawa, who came in 2nd in a time of 39:35.1. Third place was claimed by Natural High Fitness rider Dan Giberson who completed the course in 40:53.4., shaving 23 seconds off his previous OTT time. Places 4 to 6 were taken by Challenge by Choice riders Bobby Howell, Jeff Desroches and Roger Shirt who all finished within a minute of each other. The results from this week’s stage have not affected the GC standings meaning that for the Fall 2013 series it is a Challenge by Choice hattrick as Grant Wilburn claims the top spot, Jeff Desroches comes in second and Bobby Howell takes third place.
So that’s it for the Fall 2013 series! Thank you very much for competing and we look forward to seeing you all in 2014 for our Winter Series – Happy Holidays!
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