Hello indoor racers and welcome to another week of the Peak Centre Indoor Racing series! Stage 8 marks the eagerly anticipated return of the original time trial and gave riders a chance to earn some valuable bonus points for beating their previous time! This is also an opportunity to assess who are the form riders in the field and who will peak just at the right time as we enter the final quarter of the series. So let’s kick things off with the Men’s Cat A!
GC leader, Matt Price was unable to compete in this week’s race which gave some of his fellow competitors the chance to claim some glory! It was SBR’s Sean Anderson who capitalized after a close fought out battle with Martin Caron (Leadout Coaching, Squamish) saw the riders finish in 37:42.2 and 37:46.0, respectively. The final spot on the podium and also the last rider to post a sub 38 minute time was Alex Troy (Peak Centre, Vancouver) who put in an impressive performance to finish in 37:52.0. However, none of the top three riders were able to improve upon their previous time as the strain of the season appears to be taking its toll! Price remains on top overall; however is yet to claim a stage win which leaves the door open for the likes of James White (Peak Centre, Ottawa) who has amassed four podium finishes, including three victories!
Meanwhile in the women’s race, last week’s winner Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Ottawa) continued her fine vein of form to finish over a minute ahead of the rest of the field in 41:43.3 and also extend her lead in the GC standings. Her nearest competitors were team mate Carol Deavy and Sarah Greenwood (Leadout Coaching, Squamish) who crossed the line in 42:46.3 and 42:55.0, respectively. This result see’s Deavy gain some ground on Grace Menning (Peak Centre, Vancouver) in the GC standings after the Fall champion’s time of 43:08.9 was only enough for 10 points.
Now on the Cat B’s! In the men’s race Rich Smith (The Bike Hub, Norwich) produced an impressive performance, recording 38:36.9 to claim the maximum 20 points as well as an extra 3! The nearest rider was Peak Centre’s (Vancouver) Chuck Fortier, who came in in 39:14.2, while Chris Molloy (University of Bath) claimed the final place on the podium in 39:31.1, both claiming bonus points as well. This result keeps Smith on top overall and allowed him to increase his lead over Joe Haimowitz (Peak Centre, Ottawa) whose competitive time of 39:58.5 earned him 13 points, including the PB bonus!
There was a surprise in the women’s Cat B as casual racer, Calah Wright (Peak Centre, Ottawa) proved too strong for her fellow riders, claiming the stage victory in 41:20.0 in only her third race of the season. Considering that she has accumulated 58 points in that time shows what a competitive racer she is and we hope to see more of her before the season concludes! Second place went to GC leader Megan Davies (Peak Centre, Vancouver) who finished 4 minutes back in 45:20.7, however this was more than enough to retain the top spot. There was a first time podium for another Peak Centre rider, Georgie Wood, who‘s time of 46:26.9 allowed her to consolidate her 7th place overall, with the help of 3 bonus points!
Finally in the Men’s Cat C, the Bike Hub (Norwich) continued their mini league at the top of the classification with Steve Kohr reaping the spoils in 40:18.5. Luke Joanis was next to cross the line in 40:59.8 followed by Keith Lewandoski (41:27.4). Joanis maintains his considerable lead over Kohr overall as well as his impressive record of never finishing outside of the top 3 and will be pleased that the title is another week closer to his grasp. Meanwhile the rest of the category will be looking forward to the reclassification of the Bike Hub riders in the next season after their unprecedented dominance this winter!
So there it is, another great week of racing! The OTT served up the usual challenges this week and I’m sure the riders will be looking forward to battling against themselves again the next time it returns. However, next week’s net downhill is another new course, so until then thanks for racing and good luck!
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