STAGE 1 – Welcome back riders

Welcome back racers! With the festive period behind us, it is time to look forward to a new season of the Peak Centre Indoor Racing Series. We are set for another exciting season in which old rivalries will be resumed and new riders will challenge for the title as 4 new centres join the peloton. The winter season kicks off with a Rolling stage and with sprint points on offer for peak watts/kg, let’s see who maintained their fall season momentum and who was suffering after the holiday excesses, starting with the Men’s Cat A!

After a strong finish to the fall season, which earned him third overall, Peak Centre Ottawa’s Connor Byway picked up where he left off to take the stage win in 36:15.7. Experts are already tipping the youngster for the title, especially after Dwayne Kress’ shock announcement that he will not be defending his crown. Second place was taken by debutant Matt Price (Fraser Bicycle, Fraser) in an impressive time of 37:45.3, which was just enough to see of Peak Centre Vancouver’s Alex Troy, who came home in in 37:50.4. There was an exciting finish as a group of 9 riders finished within a minute of each other. This included UoB riders Jake Hollins and Felix Young who finished in 39:13.4 and 39:25.3 respectively. Maximum sprint points went to Ryan Krauss (Natural High Fitness, Okotoks) who recorded a huge 16.09 watts/kg!

The men’s Cat B is traditionally an unpredictable category; however Peak Centre Ottawa look intent on changing this by filling the top 4 places in the first stage. Joe Haimowitz crossed the line first in 40:00.1, followed by Darrin Grace and William Poelstra who finished in 40:31.4 and 41:10.6 respectively. In the sprint standings, Dan Giberson (Natural High Fitness, Okotoks) took maximum points after putting out 14.15 watts/kg!

Meanwhile in the women’s Cat A, Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre Ottawa) stormed to victory to take the win in an amazing 42:31.8. This was well ahead of fall season champion, Grace Menning (Peak Centre Vancouver) who finished in 43:03.2. Third place was claimed by SBR Coaching’s Summer Ohlendorf in 43:49.1. With Sarah Greenwood (Leadout Coaching) also clocking a strong time of 45:01.5, the women’s field is highly competitive and we look set for another eventful season! Shannon Winslade (Natural High Fitness, Okotoks) upheld the centres reputation in the sprint standings, recording 10.3 watts/kg to take the full 20 points!

With additional riders this winter, there is now a Women’s Cat B, which saw Carolyn Waldo (Peak Centre, Ottawa) finish on top in a time 50:01.9. This was ahead of Peak Centre Vancouver’s Sarah Carter who came home in 50:44.4, while Sarah King (Leadout Coaching) took third In 51:12.3. However, with no Natural High riders in the women’s Cat B, Sarah King claimed the 20 sprint points after putting out an impressive 4.66 watts/kg!

The Men’s Cat C is also looking highly competitive with the first 3 riders finishing within a minute of each other. First place was taken by Fraser Bicycle debutant Bob Rossbach who finished in a time of 45:53.1. Taking the remaining places on the podium were Bike Hub riders Ben Morgan and Luke Joanis who finished in 46:20.5 and 46:51.3, respectively. Bob Rossbach also managed to claim maximum points in the Sprint Classification this week, managing to put out a massive 10.21 Watts/Kg. Team mates, Scott and Herb claimed 2nd and 3rd place.

So there is your roundup of the first stage of the winter season! Next week will give the climbers a chance to get ahead of the rest of the field as the series heads to the mountains! Congrats on a great start to the season and thanks for racing!

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