February 13, 2009 – The extended course is the one course in the 18 race series that gets repeated once a month to help riders track their fitness and to fuel personal battles. As a result, 45:22.9 was the magic number at the start of Stage 10 of the Ride with Rendall/ Peak Winter Series. The time, set by Mike Nash last year, has remained the bull’s eye for all of the top contenders and would be pretenders and for awhile it looked like there was a new kid on the block as Ryan Atkins launched out of the blocks and burned up the course. However, Mike laid that idea to rest as he took another stage win with a time just shy of the 2008 record and a full 50seconds ahead of the new challenger Atkins (45:49.8 and 46:39.9 respectively). Mike’s teammate Jim Tsilemos posted a personal best of 48:48.4 to take third on the stage thanks to a steady ride.
Tenille Hoogland, the women’s GC leader, put in another solid ride to record a time of 51:12.9. However, Sue Schlatter was out to play the spoiler once again and turned out an average of 262 watts to a winning time of 50:50.9. Third place went to Sophie Matte, making it a Cyclery sponsored podium sweep.
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Stage 11 will take place this weekend and will confront riders with a course best described as having flats and plateaus. All eyes will be on the two leaders to see how they react to the new would be spoilers once again.
To book your start time, call
– Vancouver, Peak Centre for Human Performance, (604) 299-7959
– Montreal, Peak Centre Mansfield, (514) 390-1230
– Ottawa, Peak Centre, (613) 737-PEAK, or book online from the results page on www.ridewithrendall.com or at www.peakcentre.ca.
See you at the races!