Hello indoor racers and welcome to the third installment if the winter season. After the grueling mountains of stage 2, many racers were pleased to see the original time trial return for this week. This means that riders were racing against themselves as well as fellow competitors and there were the usual rumors of tactical racing as some riders had one eye on the next OTT, where bonus points will be awarded for improved times. So who came out on top and who will be hoping for some extra points next time? Let’s start this week’s round up of the PBs and GCs, starting with the men’s Cat A!
With two-time stage winner and GC leader at the start, Conner Byway, unable to compete this week it was fellow Peak Centre Ottawa rider, James White who capitalised, taking the stage victory in an impressive 36:46.0. This was comfortably ahead of second placed Sean Anderson (SBR Coaching, Verona) who clocked 37:27.5. Anderson was just clear of a fierce battle for the last spot of the podium as three riders finished within half a second of each other. However after going to a photo finish, third place was awarded to Alex Gagnon (Peak Centre, Ottawa) in a time of 37:33.2. Just behind this group came Matt Price (Fraser Bicycle, Fraser) whose time of 38:13.4 was enough to take him up to first in the overall standings!
Meanwhile in the women’s Cat A, there was a Peak Centre hat-trick as three Ottawa riders finished within a second of each other to dominate the podium! Carol Deavy just managed to out-sprint her team mates to claim first in 40:11.8, while Kelly Knowles and Chantel Gosselin finished in 40:12.0 and 40:12.4 respectively. Outside the top spots, Laurie Gorman from, yep you guessed it, Peak Centre Ottawa finished in a great time of 41:19.1 while another Peak Centre rider, but this time from Vancouver, Grace Menning cloaked 42:00.6. This was enough for the Fall champion to remain second overall, however she will be under pressure from Deavy and Gosselin who appear to be in top form after missing the beginning of the season.
On to Cat B! In the men’s race it was another tight affair as the photo finish was called on again as Marcel Lavoie and Paul Comeau, both of Peak Centre Ottawa, were separated by just 0.3 seconds! Lavoie claimed maximum points in 39:42.4 while teammate Comeau had to settle for second with a time of 39:42.7. The final spot on the podium went to Chuck Fortier (Peak Centre, Vancouver) who posted the only other sub 40 minute time, finishing in 39:49.0. The stage win takes Lavoie into the top three overall, as Joe Haimowitz (Peak Centre, Ottawa) opens up a small lead over teammate Darrin Grace.
In the women’s Cat B, Megan Davies (Peak Centre, Vancouver) blew the rest of the field away, storming to victory in 44:40.8. This was well ahead of second place Nia Byway (Peak Centre, Ottawa), who’s strong time of 46:16.0 consolidated her place in second overall. Third on the podium went to Calah Wright (Peak Centre, Ottawa) who came home in 46:29.2. Other notable performances came from Peak Centre Vancouver duo Georgie Wood and Vivian Lee, finishing in 47:33.4 and 49:49.3, respectively. This was enough for Lee to hold on to third in the GC standings, but with stage winner Davies, just behind she will have a battle on her hands next week!
Finally in the men’s Cat C it was the Bike Hub (Norwich) riders on the podium as Luke Joanis took maximum points again in a time of 42:42.8. This was just ahead of teammates Steve Kohr and Keith Lewandoski who finished in 42:51.8 and 42:56.8 respectively. GC contender Bob Rossbach (Fraser Bicycle, Fraser) came home in 43:51.6 while Ben Morgan (The Bike Hub, Norwich) finished in 44:59.6 to remain in contention for overall honours.
So that is your round up for this week’s stage! There were some strong performances all round and riders will certainly have to work hard to earn those bonus points next time! Next week riders will tackle the plateaus and climbs of stage 4, so until then, thank you for racing and good luck next week!