Five stages down, seven to go! The KOM competition was back this week with stage 5’s uphill mountain course, and what a week it’s been!
In the Men’s race, new comer Jake Wright (Peak Ottawa) stormed to victory with one of the biggest winning margins (3:37 mins) this series has ever seen in a time of 33:49.5 mins. He will certainly be one to watch! Second place went to the ever consistent Mark Sherboneau (Peak Ottawa) in a time of 37:26.6 mins. The final podium place went to Natural High’s Ryan Krauss in 37:53.5 mins, having not missed a top three finish yet.
Natural High are certainly dominating the top of the General Classification standings. Ryan Krauss (89 points) maintained his impressive lead by a margin of 28 points over team mate Brent Robinson (61 points) and 32 points over Endurance Reno’s Jeff Orr and Peak Ottawa’s Mark Sherboneau (joint on 57 points).
The King of the Mountains competition saw Adam Wolfe (Toguri Training, 3.76 ave Watts/kg) win for a second stage in a row and extend his lead to 40 points. Ryan Krauss sits comfortably in second position with 29 points after a 4th place KOM stage 5 finish ( 3.58 ave Watts/kg) ahead of third placed rider Colin Kelly (Peak Ottawa, 22 points) with a 5th place KOM stage 5 finish (3.57 ave Watts/kg). Mark Sherboneau was 2nd in this KOM stage finish (3.71 ave Watts/kg) but having missed stage 3 means he lies in 5th overall.
In the Women’s race, Peak Centre Vancouver’s stand out performer Janet Dukowski stamped her authority with a time of 38:49.7 mins, winning by nearly three minutes! After her puncture last week, Janet bounced back with determination and is fast becoming the new name to watch in this series. Second place went to Peak Ottawa’s Candace Anderson in a time of 41:43.8, just 0.8 seconds ahead of Toguri Training’s new comer Susan Jones. Exciting stuff! Debra Brown (winner of the last two stages) finished another solid race in fourth position.
Well how has all these changes affected the women’s General Classification standings? Endurance Reno athletes Britta Samuels and Andrea Giles are still number 1 and 2, with Britta now 4 points in the lead. Debra Brown has moved to third overall despite missing the first two stages! Peak Centre Vancouver’s Janet Dukowski sits in 7th after her emphatic win, with just two stages to her name! Things will really start to get interesting after stage 9, where those who started later will begin to catch up on those having already accumulated their 9 stage total (best 9 stages continuously summed).
Top King of the Mountains points were given to Janet Dukowski after recording an average of 4.0 watts/kg! Second place with 3.33 ave watts/kg was Laurie Gorman (Peak Ottawa), and third was Michelle Paiement (Toguri Training) just behind with 3.29 ave Watts/kg. Debra Brown still leads with 29 points overall, ahead of Sandra Medoff and Janet Dukowski (both on 20 points).
Wow! Some big changes this week and good luck with next week’s first repeat of the original time trial, an excellent opportunity to see how far you have progressed.