Stage 5 – Who descended to the top of the podium after this week’s net downhill!

Here we are racers….another stage of has come and gone! We are rapidly approaching the half-way point of the season and while there is still a lot of riding to come, we can now start to see who the major contenders for the jerseys are. This week’s net downhill course was another exciting race so here is your round up of events, starting with the Men’s Cat A!

In the absence of GC favourite, Connor Byway, Peak Centre (Ottawa) teammate James White stormed to victory in an impressive 35:42.2. White just had that little bit extra to claim the stage win ahead of Matt Price (Fraser Bicycle, Fraser) who had to settle for second with a time of 35:56.2. However, after being tied at the top of the overall standings, Price has now opened a 17 point lead over Byway. The third place on the podium went to Jake Hollins (University of Bath, UK) in a time of 36:52.1. Just outside the top three a group of 6 riders finished within 50 seconds of each other. This group included Peak Centre Vancouver’s Alex Troy, who slipped out of the top three overall after a time of 37:54.3.

Meanwhile, in the women’s Cat A, Summer Ohlendorf (SBR Coaching, Verona) claimed her first win of the season after a commanding performance saw her cross the line in 40:55.0. Behind was Grace Menning (Peak Centre, Vancouver) whose time of 41:07.5 was enough to see her comfortably into second. Kelly Knowles kept up her dominance in the GC standings, taking 15 points after a time of 41:31.6. As a result, little has changes in the overall standings as Knowles remains on top with a 18 point lead over Menning. Despite finishing outside of the podium places, Carol Deavy (Peak Centre Ottawa) remains comfortably in third, while Ohlendorf rises to fourth!

Similarly, in the Men’s Cat B there was an unfamiliar face at the top of the podium as Peak Centre Ottawa rider Paul Heffler held off team mate Marcel Lavoie, finishing in 38:37.7 and 38:44.3, respectively. This was Heffler’s first stage victory of the season and while he currently sits down in 8th overall, his haul of 30 points is all the more impressive when you consider he has only ridden two stages! If he focused on his racing, we could have a title contender on our hands! There was a close contest for third as Chris Molloy (University of Bath, UK) just out-sprinted Rich Smith (The Bike Hub, Norwich) to the line, finishing in 38:47.9 and 38:48.0, respectively! However, it is still Joe Haimowitz (Peak Centre, Ottawa) at the top overall, with Smith in second and Lavoie third.

In the women’s Cat B there were three Peak Centre riders at the top of the podium, however from Vancouver, rather than Ottawa! Megan Davies was head and shoulders above the rest of the field, comfortably taking the victory in 44:47.4. Chris Cox came in second, with a time of 46:36.3, while May Jung took third with 47:01.9. However, Carolyn Waldo remains at the top overall but with Davies  only 5 points behind, the Peak Centre Ottawa rider will hope to return to top form next week after her time of 47:29.4 saw her finish in 7th.

Finally on to the men’s Cat C where it was business as usual for The Bike Hub (Norwich) as they continued their dominance of the category with another clean sweep! Steve Kohr took the victory in 39:32.7 ahead of team mates Luke Joanis and Keith Lewandoski who finished in 39:46.6 and 40:23.5 respectively. In the overall standings Joanis remains on top with a comfortable cushion ahead Kohr, while Ben Morgan, also from the Bike Hub, is in third.

So there is your round up of this week’s stage! It was another tough week; however there were some top performances as usual! The riders now look forward to another mountain stage as the series heads back uphill! Thanks for riding and good luck next week!

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