Stage 12 – The Finale
This week saw the conclusion stage of the series, and what a stage it was! It’s been a very exciting series throughout, from runaway leaders at the start to new comers causing a stir. There have also been some fantastic performances throughout the pack, with personal record all over the place.
In the Men’s category, Mark Sherboneau (Peak Ottawa) achieved an excellent time of 38:01 to gain the top spot in the TT this week, breaking his personal record by 7 seconds to gain those valuable PR points. Ryan Krauss (Natural High) finished off with a fantastic performance of 38:33 (PR as well) and cement his place as a consistent top 3 performer from the very start. Rounding out the top 3 in this week’s stage was Rob Johnston (Peak Vancouver) with 39:33, but couldn’t gain PR points as it was his first TT stage of the season.
The final GC standings show 3 riders break the elusive 100 point barrier! The series winner is Mark Sherboneau with a staggering 183 points (winning all 9 of his counting stages)! Ryan Krauss’s second place rounded off an excellent GC total of 153 points, solidly ahead of third place rider Marcel Lavoie with an impressive 102 points.
In the Women’s race Janet Dukowski once again smashed the course in an emphatic win by over 2 minutes (42:43, no PR points due to only TT) over Peak Ottawa’s Laurie Gorman (44:45 and a PR). Fellow Ottawa athlete Lisa Sachsalaber was very close behind in 3rd place with 44:59 (1 second PR!).
The women’s GC standings has been extra exciting this season due to how close the top positions have been. The top 3 were separated by just 21 points in the end! Janet Dukowski dominated from her first stage and amounted a phenomenal 155 points with her 9 stage total. Second place goes to Britta Samuels who has shown dominance in a number of stages (140 points). Rounding up the podium positions is Laurie Gorman, just 6 points behind second (134 points)!
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in this fall’s series – all the coaches, prompt sending of results, informing us of any errors and most importantly all the hard work by the riders! Smashing of TT personal records by much of the field and close rivalries – it’s been a pleasure. We hope to have everyone back for our Winter Series, starting 13th January 2016.
Have a great Christmas everyone, you’ve deserved the rest!