Stage 9 report: Net Downhill
This series’ ever changing course profiles let’s everyone have their day! The net downhill course allowed for some great top speeds to be posted (many over 33 mph!) so let’s get straight in to the action.
On the men’s A Stage side, this week’s win was taken by Peak Ottawa’s Mark Sherboneau in a commanding time of 38:13, 42 seconds ahead of Peak Vancouver’s 4-time stage winner Jay Menning (38:55)! Mark clearly has some descending prowess! Third place home was Peak Ottawa’s Alex Stewart in 39:04, his first podium finish in the series. Fourth place went to Bob Cimon of Peak Ottawa (39:34), so close yet still searching for his first top 3 position. Ryan Krauss of Natural High rounded up the top 5 in 39:37.
The men’s B Stage results had some huge performances this week! The Cycling Studio’s Scott Moon finished 7th overall to clinch B category victory (40:02), with Peak Ottawa’s Paul Heffler not far behind in 2nd place (40:32) and Natural High’s Dan Giberson riding home in an excellent 3rd place (40:57). Darrin Grace is rounding in to nice form with 4th place (Peak Ottawa, 41:55) and Ryan Gilchrist completed the top 5 (Peak Ottawa, 42:17).
In Chris Carr’s (The Cycle Studio) absence, the men’s A GC competition sees Mark Sherboneau take the lead for the first time in weeks with 132 points following his stage win. Currently second place is the impressive Jay Menning with 127 points and Chris Carr slips to 3rd position (126 points).
The men’s B category is being dominated by three riders and this week is no exception. Paul Heffler leads with 146 points, 7 points ahead of this week’s winner Scott Moon and Dan Giberson rounds up the top 3 a further 4 points adrift (135 points).
In the women’s competition, Calah Wright (Peak Ottawa) dominated and appears to be getting stronger and strong as the series moves on. Her winning time of 40:04 won by 55 seconds from The Cycle Studio’s Laura Aykroyd in 40:59, Calah’s biggest win to date. Third place went to Lisa Saschalber of Peak Ottawa in 44:35, 4th was Suzanne Cordes (In Training) in 44:57 and rounding up the top 5 was Laurie Gorman, just behind with the same time.
The womens GC rankings have seen Calah Wright extend her lead by 5 points from Laura Aykroyd after her stage win! Janet Dukowski (Peak Vancouver) sits in 3rd place with 116 points, Laurie Gorman secures 4th place with 85 points and Suzanne Cordes concludes the top 5 with 85 points.
Good luck all for Stage 10!