Stage 9 Report:
Stage 9 (net downhill) means that from now on, those who raced from stage 1 will not have any more stages accumulating to their total. Only the top 9 stage results will be tallied each week until the end.
In the Men’s category this week, Mark Sherboneau (Peak Ottawa) once again showed his dominance with a win in a time of 36:33.2. Natural High’s Ryan Krauss secured his 8th podium finish in second place (37:35.8) displaying excellent consistency. Rob Johnson (Peak Vancouver) achieved his second top 3 finish in a row of a time of 38:54.4 – and will begin to climb up the ranks of the GC now that 9 stages have accumulated for others.
Little changed in the GC classification, as Ryan Krauss still occupies the top spot with 150 points (9 stages). However, Mark Sherboneau’s current 137 points leaves him close behind with just 7 stages to his name. Let’s see if he can end Ryan’s long reign at the top next week! Jeff Orr (Endurance Reno) now has 95 points with just a finish needed in next week’s stage to bring over the coveted 100 point mark.
In the women’s race, Janet Dukowski stormed to a commanding victory of nearly 3 minutes (41:44.8) ahead of second place rider Lisa Sachsalber of Peak Ottawa (44:25.0 and her strongest ride in 3 weeks). Britta Samuels (Endurance Reno) made it another 3rd place in a row with a time of 44:49.0.
Britta Samuels occupies top spot for another week with a huge 140 points (9 stages), while fellow athlete Andrea has passed 100 points to remain in second place (104 points; 9 stages). Janet Dukowski has been getting better and better this series, and is now sitting in an incredible 3rd place overall after only racing 5 stages!
Next week’s plateaus and climbs (sprint stage) will give riders valuable opportunities for points in the sprint points competition, while the GC is sure to see some more exciting changes!
Good Luck everyone!