Greetings racers of the indoors and welcome to another stage of the winter season! With the weather disrupting many riders’ training this week, there was all the more reason to focus on the rolling stage 7. So let’s start your weekly round-up of the movers and shakers in the stage and overall standings, starting with the Men’s Cat A!
James White (Peak Centre, Ottawa) put in a commanding performance, finishing well ahead of the field in 38:18.1. There was a close battle for second as Alex Troy (Peak Centre, Vancouver) held off the challenge of Martin Carron (Leadout Coaching, Squamish), finishing in 39:34.6 and 39:44 respectively. Despite only claiming 8 points, Matt Price (Fraser Bicycle, Fraser) remains at the top with a 15 point cushion over James White. Meanwhile, Alex Troy is up to third and the pre-season favourite, Connor Byway (Peak Centre, Ottawa) slips to 6th after missing another opportunity to regain some ground on his competitors. However, with the winter title being decided on the best 9 races, the young rider will still up there with a shot!
In the women’s heat we saw the same three riders on the podium, but it was Kelly Knowels (Peak Centre, Ottawa) at the top after comfortably taking the stage victory in 43:13.5. Grace Menning’s (Peak Centre, Vancouver) impressive time of 44:29.6 was enough for second, while Carol Deavy (Peak Centre, Ottawa) crossed the line in 44:40.4. The same three dominate the overall standings, with Knowles increasing her lead over Menning to 18 points!
In the Men’s Cat B, Rich Smith (The Bike Hub, Norwich) dominated the stage, finishing well ahead of his competitors to take the victory in a convincing 40:56.7. He was also able to capitalize on an uncharacteristic dip in form from Joe Haimowitz (Peak Centre, Ottawa) to move into first overall! There was a close fought out battle between Rick Cordes (In-Training, San Ramon) and Chuck Fortier (Peak Centre, Vancouver) for second place, with Cordes holding on to finish in 42:05.6, 7 seconds ahead of Fortier.
Meanwhile, in the Women’s Cat B Tamara Salomon (Natural High, Okotoks) picked up where she left off last week, posting the only sub 50 minute time to claim maximum points in 49:55.8. Second and third went to Peak Centre (Vancouver) riders, Megan Davies and Stephanie McCann, finishing in 50:06.1 and 50:54.7 respectively. However, it is Carolyn Waldo (Peak Centre, Ottawa) who remains at the top overall after her time of 52:27.0 was enough for 12 points. Similarly, Vivian Lee did enough to remain third overall and will hope to continue this good form as we get towards the business end of proceedings.
Finally, the Men’s Cat C! Readers will not be surprised to learn that there were three teammates on the podium again as The Bike Hub (Norwich) continued their stellar form, dominating yet another stage. Luke Joanis stormed to victory in 43:36.7, however they were not all as consistent as usual with Keith Lewandoski and Steve Kohr finishing in 45:14.1 and 47:45.9 respectively. After placing on the podium in every stage so far, Joanis looks odds on to claim the title. Kohr remains comfortably in second with another Bike Hub rider, Ben Morgan, in third. However, there are still a lot of miles to cover and after drawing level with Morgan, Bob Rossbach (Fraser Bicycle) will be hoping to join the Bike Hub party at the top of the GC standings and cause an upset!
So there you have it! While the name suggested a pleasant ride through the rolling countryside, stage 7 couldn’t have been more difficult! Next week gives rider’s the chance to earn some precious bonus points as the OTT returns! Thanks for another great race and good luck!
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