Stage 6: Hilly
The series’ second opportunity to grab valuable KOM points came this week and it certainly turned the heat up! Read below for the roundup of all 9 classifications this week.
In the men’s A stage results, Jay Menning (Peak Vancouver) took his first win since Stage 1 with a huge performance! His time of 36:12 beat series leader Chris Carr (The Cycle Studio, 36:45) by over half a minute and third place rider Ryan Krauss, 37:21) by a minute! Mark Sherboneau (Peak Ottawa, 37:40) finished in 4th place and 5th place went to the ever consistent team mate Bob Cimon in 37:43.
In the men’s B category, stage honours went to Peak Ottawa’s dominant Paul Heffler in a time of 38:27, over two minutes ahead of 2nd placed Scott Moon (The Cycle Studio, 40:49)!! Paul will certainly be moved up to the A category in future seasons with performances like these. Series new comer Blake Fahl of The Cycle Studio made an excellent debut ride in 3rd place (41:02), Glen Budgell finished 4th in a time of 41:03 and Dan Giberson was pipped for 5th place in the same time of 41:03.
In the men’s A KOM points competition, it was another win and maximum points for Jay Menning with an average power to weight ratio of 4.1 W/kg. Just behind with 4.09 W/kg was Chris Carr and Ryan Krauss took third place with 3.83 W/kg.
The men’s B KOM competition also saw maximum points for the stage winner with Paul Heffler averaging 3.53 W/kg. Second place went to Dan Giberson with 3.31 W/kg and third place was taken by Blake Fahl with 3.30 W/kg.
Chris Carr has further extended his lead in the men’s A GC standings. His points total of 91 puts him 11 points ahead of second placed rider Ryan Krauss (80 points). Third place and just behind with 77 points is currently held by Mark Sherboneau.
The men’s B GC standings has seen a similar change to the A category with an emerging leader. Paul Heffler has nearly broken the 100 point barrier with 99 points and sits 12 points ahead of second place athlete Dan Giberson (87 points). Third place is Glen Budgell with a close 84 points.
Laura Aykroyd has once again taken stage honours but not by such a close margin as last week! Her win in a time of 38:49 beat second placed rider Janet Dukowski by 22 seconds (Peak Vancouver, 39:11). This was Janet’s best position since Stage 3 so she is rounding back in to nice form. Calah Wright (Peak Ottawa) made it a top 3 for the usual stage leaders in 40:21. Shea Rankin had another great ride in 4th place (The Cycle Studio, 40:40).
In the women’s KOM competition, it was a victory for Janet Dukowski posting the only average W/kg over 4.0 (4.16 W/kg). Second was Laura Aykroyd with 3.94 W/kg and 3rd was new comer Daisy Brey with 3.86 W/kg.
The GC standings has seen our first rider hit the coveted 100 points! Laura has finally gained the lead with 100 points after missing the first stage and catching up since. Janet Dukowski sits just behind with 98 points and Calah Wright another 2 points behind in 96 points. Carol Deavy (Peak Ottawa) holds 4th place in a solid 65 points and Suzanne Cordes (In Training) rounds up the current top 5 with 51 points.
Well done to everyone on what was a very difficult course! Next week is the rolling course with sprint points available. Good luck to all!