Hello indoor racers and welcome to the final stage of the winter season! After 12 weeks of blood, sweat and gears, it comes down to this, as we finish where it all began….the OTT! Despite some championships being sewn up weeks ago (men’s cat C, I’m looking at you!) there was still lots to race for as bonus points were on offer for PBs and the admiration of fellow racers, which has to be the biggest reward eh? So let’s kick off proceedings with the men’s Cat A!
James White (Peak Centre, Ottawa) made it an unprecedented 4 stage wins in a row and 6 for the season, after a time of 36:06.9. This was comfortably ahead of Fraser Bicycle debutant, Dan Stubleski who unfortunately waited until the final week to show the series what he can do, crossing the line in 36:51.4! The final place on the podium went to Sean Anderson (SBR Coaching, Verona) who was just able to hold off another Fraser Bicycle first time rider, Tom Maliszewski, finishing in 37:05.4 and 37:05.9 respectively! As a result the GC jersey was awarded to James White who accumulated 40 points more than his nearest rival in a hugely consistent season! Congrats!
In the women’s race, Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Ottawa) recorded the only sub 41 minute time, storming to yet another victory in 40:55.7. The rest of the field were fairly spread out as teammate Anais Courteille and Peak Centre Vancouver’s Grace Menning followed in 41:36.7 and 41:55.1, respectively. It is fitting that Knowles dominated the final race in a season that has seen her remain at the top of the overall standings throughout. She earned the yellow jersey ahead of teammate, Carol Deavy, while fall champion, Menning, placed in third!
Now we turn our attention to the Cat B’s! In the men’s race Rich Smith and Jeremy Kehoe put in huge performances to earn The Bike Hub, (Norwich) a well-deserved one-two in times of 38:17.0 and 39:33.9, respectively. Marcel Lavoie (Peak Centre Ottawa) claimed third in 39:51.5 after holding off a late charge from Trey Cassidy (Fraser Bicycle, Fraser). This was Smith’s ninth podium of the season, meaning he took the GC championship in style!
Meanwhile in the women’s race, Megan Davies was head and shoulders above her competitors, taking the victory in 44:50.0. The next three riders were separated by less than 30 seconds as Emily Jensen took second in 45:20.4 while May Jung came home in 45:34.2. As a result, Megan Davies remained at the top of the overall standings after amassing over 30 points more than Calah Wright. If only Wright had entered a few more races, this one could have gone right to the wire!
Finally the Men’s Cat C! I could have written this in January, but Luke Joannis was finally crowned the winter champion after finishing on the podium in every race of the season! He was beaten to the victory in this stage by Keith Lewandoski who blew the field away with a time of 40:09.5! Meanwhile Steve Kohr completed yet another Bike Hub hat-trick with a time of 42:09.4. Following the dominance of Rich Smith in Cat B, this has been a hugely successful season for the Bike Hub and they will look forward to lining up again in the fall, however their progress has not gone unnoticed and they will face stiffer competition!
So there you have it! The 2013-14 series has come to an end! It has been another fantastic year of indoor racing, thank you to all our new and existing affiliates! Now riders will look forward to riding outside and indoor season will return again in the fall of 2014!
Check out the full results here.