March 24, 2006 – 61 riders came out for Stage 14’s time trial all hoping to set personnel best times or to challenge for the course records on the Ride with Rendall/ Peak Winter Series time trial course. The time trial course is the bench mark of fitness in the series as it is the only course that gets repeated. This year, riders have faced the course 4 times throughout the 16 race series. While record numbers attempted the stage this past week, Natasha Elliot’s 2005 time of 38:02.6 still remains the time to beat in the woman’s category as does the men’s record of 34:36.7 held by Aaron Fillion.
While the records went unbroken, many riders posted personnel bests on the stage. Osmond Bakker ( Cyclelogik Racing Team), riding his first stage of the series, is left wondering “what if” as he came closest to the record when he posted a time of 34.59.9. Derrick St. John and Sean Wakefield were second and third with times of 36.00.5 and 36.53.2.
Natasha Elliot once again distanced herself from the filed with a time of 39.24.4. Vicki Thomas and Cynthia Clark recorded times of 43.32.1 and 44.03.9 respectively to take the remaining steps on the podium.
With 2 stages remaining, Stage 15 will take place this upcoming weekend at the Peak Centre for Human Performance. The course will be longer than normal as the stage race hits the 2nd of 3 long courses in the 16 race series. Expected finish times for the winners will be just over the hour mark. To book your heat and start time call the Peak Centre in Ottawa at 613-737-PEAK ,604-299-7959 in Vancouver and 514-341-PEAK in Montreal. Once again new riders are reminded that they ride free for their first ride.
For more results and rider stats from the stage, visit www.ridewithrendall.com