Greetings Indoor Racers and welcome to the penultimate stage of the fall season! Despite stage 10 being a grueling plateaus and climbs course, stage 11 provided no respite as the plateaus were removed in favour of more climbs! With the season coming to an end soon, racers were out to gain some valuable points on the final ‘new’ course of the winter and with it being the final mountain stage polka dot jerseys were awarded! So let’s start this week’s round up, starting with the men’s Cat A!
James White (Peak Centre, Ottawa) has been enjoying a rich vein of form in recent weeks and carried this into stage 11, taking his third victory in a row in a time of 41:34.8! This was ahead of climbing specialist, Jake Hollins (UoB), who was unable to contend with the furious pace set by White but still put in a strong performance to finish in 43:09.2. However, Hollins did hold off a late challenge by Martin Caron (Leadout Coaching, Squamish) who made it five podium finishes on the bounce with a time of 43:33.0. In the GC standings, White remains comfortable at the top with Caron sitting in second. Alex Troy (Peak Centre, Vancouver) was able to hold on to third despite prioritizing Kona over this week’s race….I think we can let him off! In the race to be crowned KoM, Hollins had to settle for second again as Ted Russo’s 3.55 watts/kg was enough to hold on to the polka dot jersey!
In the women’s race Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Ottawa) returned to the indoor racing scene in style by taking this weeks stage victory in 47:29.0. She appeared to show no rustiness after two weeks away and finished 90 seconds ahead of second place Carol Deavy (Peak Centre, Ottawa) who came home in 49:01.0. The final place on the podium went to Jessica Yurchich (SBR Coaching, Verona) in 49:16.9. Yurchich is another rider who seems to be peaking at the right time, claiming her third podium in as many weeks, taking her to within a point of the top three overall! In the GC, Knowles remains on top with Deavy in second and Menning in third, despite not racing this week. Despite being second overall, Deavy was crowned as KoM after her 3.65 watts/kg was enough to finish above of Knowles and earn her the polka dot jersey!
On to the Cat B! In the Men’s race GC leader Rich Smith (The Bike Hub, Norwich) took another step towards his seemingly inevitable championship winning the stage at ease in 44:57.4. Rick Cordes (In Training, San Ramon) but up a good fight but was unable to stay with Smith, crossing the line in 45:23.0 to take second. The final place on the podium went to Trey Cassidy (Fraser Bicycle, Fraser) in time 47:39.2! Rich Smith was awarded one jersey after averaging 3.89 watts/kg and he will be hoping to add a yellow one to that next week!
In the women’s race Calah Wright (Peak Centre, Ottawa) made it five victories out of six races, finishing in a time of 49:11.0. This was the only sub 50 minutes time of the category with May Jung (Peak Centre, Vancouver) taking second in 51:59.6 and Tamara Salomon (Natural High Fitness Okotoks) placing third in 53:09.2. Despite finishing outside of the podium, Megan Davies (Peak Centre, Vancouver) remains top overall with Wright in second. Meanwhile in the mountain category Peak Centre Vancouver’s Vivian Lee averaged 2.95 watts/kg to finish a point ahead of Salomon and claim the green jersey!
Finally the Men’s Cat C! The newly named Bike Hub Podium was inhabited again by its usual residents as Luke Joanis added another 20 points to his haul after a time of 47:48.0. However, he was pushed right to the line by Keith Lewandoski who finished an agonizing two hundredths of a second behind! These two were head and shoulders above the rest of the field as Ben Morgan placed third with an impressive time of 49:41.8. This changes little in the overall standings with Joanis already being fitted for the yellow jersey. However he will have to settle for second in the mountain category as Ben Morgan was crowned KoM with an average output of 3.46 watts/kg!
There you have it, another great week of racing! Next week the OTT returns again and the yellow jerseys are awarded! Good luck to all the riders in contention and thanks for racing!