Stage 10 Report:
With this week’s stage being a particularly challenging with a mixture of plateaus and climbs it was definitely going to be a deciding race in the standings. Additionally sprint points were available for the peak Watts/Kg. This week’s stage also marked the point in the series when only the rider’s top 9 performances count towards their overall General Classification (GC) standing.
On the Men’s side, it was Mark Sherboneau (Peak Ottawa) in a time of 40:44.1 who performed superbly to achieve a winning margin of 2:00 minutes over fellow Peak Ottawa athlete Alex Stewart (42:30.9). Continuing his consistent racing and taking third by a slim margin this week was Ryan Krauss (Natural High) in a time of 42:39.6.
In the sprint competition Ryan Krauss is still holding onto the top stop with 60 points, compared to Mark Sherboneau (Peak Ottawa) and Dan Giberson (Natural High) who are tied at 41 points each. With this being the last sprint Ryan Krauss has taken the sprint title – congratulations Ryan!
In the GC, Mark Sherboneau 157 points (Peak Ottawa) has narrowly taken the top spot from Ryan Krauss 153 points (Natural High) this week. Jeff Orr (Double Diamond) holds onto third with 95 points. This competition looks like it’s going to go right to the end of the series with every athlete performing so well week in week out!
In the Women’s race this week, Janet Dukowski (Peak Vancouver) was in a league of her own winning the race in a time of 43:31 which was 6 minutes faster than Laurie Gorman in second place (Peak Ottawa; 49.54). Rounding out the podium positions this week was Diane Ste-Marie (Peak Ottawa) it was nice to see a new name achieving the top positions this week.
The final standings in the Sprint competition were almost too close to call. Congratulations Josee Bouchard (Peak Ottawa) has taken the title with 37 points, fellow Peak Ottawa athlete Lisa Sachsalber is in second with 36 points and rounding off the podium is Janet Dukowski (Peak Vancouver) with 35 points. Great job Ladies.
The GC standings after stage 10 still have a strong Double Diamond presence, with Britta Samuels occupying the top spot with 140 points. Janet Dukowski (Peak Vancouver) is creeping up in second with 115 points and in third is Andrea Giles (Double Diamond) with 104. The final stages will definitely be vital for these athletes to maintain or improve their GC ranking.
Great racing once again, only two stages to go now!
Keep up the great performances!