Stage 4: Plateaus and Climbs
Stage 4’s plateaus and climbs clearly tested the field with new leaders and lots of jumping around the general classification points competition.
The men’s Cat A saw Chris Carr (The Cycle Studio) regain the victory with a brilliant time of 37:20, pipping last week’s winner Mark Sherboneau (Peak Ottawa) by just 2 seconds!! This is proving to be quite the battle for dominance between these two! Rob Johnston (Peak Vancouver) is also showing he is a force to be reckoned with a fantastic third place, his first podium finish since the Week 1 (38:36). Nine riders under 40 minutes shows how strong of a field this is.
Chris Carr is back in the GC standings lead! With 57 points, he sits 5 points ahead of Peak Vancouver’s Ron Johnston and 7 points ahead of early leader Ryan Krauss (Natural High). Mark Sherboneau appears to be rounding in to form as he climbs up the rankings each week, currently sitting in 4th place. Jay Menning of Peak Vancouver and Bob Cimon of Peak Ottawa round up the top 5 with 40 points each.
In Category B, Paul Heffler (Peak Ottawa; 39:46) smashed the field with a win by over a minute from team mate Glen Budgell (40:49), achieving a top 10 overall finish! Natural High’s Dan Giberson completed the top 3 with a strong time of 41:27.
There were no changes in the Cat B standings this week. Dan Giberson maintained his lead this week with 65 points total, 3 points ahead of this week’s stage winner Paul Heffler. Glen Budgell remains in third place with 57 points and Darran Grace (Peak Ottawa) is still looking for that podium place with 51 points.
In the women’s competition, Laura Aykroyd (Cycling studio; 39:40) produced another fantastic ride which once again would have secured her a top 10 finish in the men’s race! Carah Wright (Peak Ottawa) over took Janet Dukowski (Peak Vancouver) this week for a second place (40:30) finish, ahead of Janet’s 41:34. This trio are becoming their own exciting competition!
Just like the men’s B Cat GC standing there have been no changes in positions this week. Janet Dukowski remains in pole position (69 points), with Calah wright close behind on 64 points and Laura Aykroyd (The Cycle Studio) moving up quickly with 60 points (in just three stages!).
Good luck everyone for the week ahead.