Hello indoor racers and welcome to another stage of the Peak Centre winter series! After the ‘pleasant’ familiarity of the OTT last week, it was back to the unknown for the climbs and plateaus of stage 4 as riders battled it out again for GC points as well as sprint points for peak watts/kg. So let’s begin this week’s round up, starting with the men’s Cat A!
Peak Centre Ottawa’s Connor Byway marked his return to the series after a week’s absence with another stage victory in an impressive 38:05.1. This was just ahead of Matt Price (Fraser Bicycle, Fraser) who came home in 38:07.5. These riders are now tied at the top of the GC standings; however pundits are predicting Byway to pull away again, if he can continue this form. Further down the field there was disappointment for a heat of riders at the Peak Centre, Vancouver after a blown fuse meant the race had to be restarted! As a result Alex Troy was unable to record a time in keeping with his current good form, however 44:44.5 was enough to hold on to third overall after fourth place Sean Anderson (SBR Coaching) did not race. In the sprint standings it was Ryan Krauss who took maximum points after huge maximum of 15.83 watts/kg while Peak Centre’s Jay Menning jumped into second with 11.2 peak watts/kg.
Meanwhile in the women’s Cat A Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Ottawa) raced ahead of her teammates to take the stage in 42:02.6. This was well ahead of second place Anais Courteille (Peak Centre, Ottawa) who finished in an impressive 42:41.1 while Carol Deavy completed the Peak Centre Ottawa podium, coming home in 43:01.5. In the overall standing, Knowles is beginning to open up a large lead with the season still in the early stages and is now 19 points ahead of Deavy. Just one point behind Deavy is Peak Centre Vancouver’s Grace Menning who’s time of 43:33.6 was not quite enough to finish on the podium. In the sprint standings Shannon Winslade (Natural High Fitness, Okotoks) took maximum points again after recording a huge 11.52 watts/kg. This was just ahead of Renee Brickner’s 11.49 watts/kg, taking her up to third as Jennifer Buck remains in second with a peak of 9.64 watts/kg.
On Cat B! GC leader Joe Haimowitz’s time of 40:37.1 was enough to claim the stage win and also build upon his lead over Darrin Grace in the overall standings. Second place went to Rich Smith (The Bike Hub, Norwich) in 40:47.2 while Rick Cordes (In Training, San Ramon) completed the podium, crossing the line in 41:09.9. Darrin (Peak Centre, Ottawa) had to settle for fourth, finishing in 41:38.5 and will hope to stop Haimowitz running off with the championship lead at this point of the season! In the sprint category, it was the favourite Dan Giberson (Natural High Fitness, Okotoks), who took maximum points yet again with 14.61 watts/kg. This was well ahead of second placed Mike Fetuck (Peak Centre, Vancouver) who recorded 9.57 watts/kg and the sprint jersey looks to be heading to Natural High Fitness again!
In the women’s Cat B, Calah Wright (Peak Centre, Ottawa) crossed the line first in a time of 43:41.5. May Jung (Peak Centre, Vancouver) came home in second with 45:49.4, while Tamara Salomon (Natural High Fitness, Okotoks) claimed the last spot on the podium in 46:19.6. Despite the top riders overall having a quiet week, the GC standings remain fairly unchanged with Carolyn Waldo (Peak Centre, Ottawa) comfortably ahead of Peak Centre Vancouver’s Megan Davies. However, Davies also fell foul to the blown fuse! There is another young rider fresh on the racing scene as Page Cassidy (Fraser Bicycles) finished in 1 hour 56! This was a great debut from the 11 year old rider who shows plenty of potential for the future! In the sprint standings Sara King (Leadout Coaching, Squamish) took the full 20 points again after recording a huge 7.32 watts/kg.
Finally to the Men’s Cat C! It was another successful week for The Bike Hub (Norwich) as Luke Joanis came in first in 41:53.8. Steve Kohr and Ben Morgan completed the team hat trick in 43:16.2 and 44:17.4, respectively. After this performance, Joanis has stretched his lead to 18 points over team mate Ben Morgan, with Kohr just a point behind. However, Bob Rossbach (Fraser Bicycles, Fraser) took maximum sprint points again, with 10.06 peak watts/kg.
So that is your summary for stage 4 of the Peak Centre Indoor Racing Series! After all that climbing, riders will be pleased to know that next week is a net downhill stage. However, while you may finish below the start, there will be lots of surprises in between! Thanks for riding and good luck in the next stage!