Stage 8 Report:
With this week’s stage consisting of rolling hills it was bound to drain the strength from the rider’s legs and only the toughest would prevail!
Now in Stage 8, it is worth noting that after next week’s stage it will only be the competitors top 9 stages that count towards their standing in the general classification and therefore every point gained is vital if they want to remain in contention, however it also means if riders have missed stages they still have the opportunity to be competitive in the classification.
In the Men’s category this week, Mark Sherboneau (Peak Ottawa) firmly displayed his dominance with a winning margin of over 1 minute to Natural High’s Ryan Krauss in second (37.47). After a great ride this week Rob Johnson (Peak Vancouver) achieved his first podium finish of the series in a time of 38.03.
Little changed in the GC classification, as Ryan Krauss still occupies the top spot with 133 points having completed all 8 stages so far. However, Mark Sherboneau’s fine form in only 6 stages has gained him 117 points and second place overall at the moment. Jeff Orr (Endurance Reno) currently holds third position with a commendable 88 points to this name.
In the women’s race, Janet Dukowski appears to be untouchable as she won this week’s stage with yet another sizeable winning margin , in a time of 41.34 to Laurie Gorman’s (Peak Ottawa) 43.17, this was a great stage by Laurie who’s consistently strong riding was awarded with second place this week. Rounding out the top spots in this rolling stage was Britta Samuels (Endurance Reno) with 44.05.
In the General Classification, Endurance Reno’s clean sweep of the podium has finally come to an end. Britta Samuels still occupies first place with 125 points and fellow athlete Andrea Giles is sitting in second with 92. However, Laurie Gorman has now clinched third spot after accumulating 80 points in the series so far, knocking Kylee Cedarwall from the third. It is exciting to watch Janet Dukowski gradually moving up the standings having only completed 4 stages so far, she definitely still has time to accumulate more points and battle for the title when it comes to the GC standings.
It will be interesting to see how next week’s Net Downhill causes changes to the classification.