March 30, 2006 – Stage 15 presented riders with the most challenging course to date in the RWR/Peak Winter Series. Not only was the course riddled with climbs, it also was the longest stage of the 16 race series. Pacing became a priority as riders who challenged for the lead early ran the risk of fading towards the later part of the course if they didn’t gauge there effort accordingly. Derrick St. John (1:04:53.4) and Natasha Elliott (1:09:45.7) one again stomped on the pedals to convincingly win their respective categories. Both riders distanced themselves early from the chasers and never looked back. In the men’s field, Sean Wakefield and Marc Boudreau battled it out for second with Sean’s 1:07:23.8 narrowly edging out Marc’s 1:07:31.2. The woman’s podium was completed by Cynthia Clark (1:18:36.7) and Vicki Thomas (1:19:44.2)
With one race to go the battle for the top spot on GC is getting tight and will be decided between Mark Boudreau’s consistency (179pts) and Warren MacDonald’s (173pts) , Aaron Fillion (162) and Sean Wakefield’s (161pts) stage wins. All riders sit within striking distance of the overall title if they put in a strong ride this upcoming weekend.
The men’s B category winner has been pretty much decided as Vancouver’s Mike Mcivor has a runaway lead (256pts) over those locked in a tight battle for second. Serge Tongoc (164pts), David Wright(159) and Brian Griffin (156pts) are in a heated battle for second with one race to go.
Ride with Rendall Team rider Cynthia Clark looks to have a lock on the GC title in the woman’s field with her 200pts. With only the best 13 of 16 races being counted to determine the final winner, the battle for the other top spots will once again come down to consistency vs stage wins. Diane Dupuis (148pts) ,Vicki Thomas(130) and Natasha Elliot(120pts) are all within grasp of 2nd spot once the final points and adjustments have been made.
The series final stage will take place this upcoming weekend at the Peak Centre for Human Performance. The course will once again be longer than normal as the stage race hits the last of 3 long courses in the 16 race series. Expected finish times for the winners to be just under 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. For all those who have yet to ride a Mutirider race but have been following the series all winter, the challenge is out to see if you can beat the series leaders. Since first time riders race for free you have nothing to loose except your bragging rights if you don’t come out. Do you think your up to the challenge?
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*Riders are reminded that Sunday start times in Ottawa have been changed slightly to accommodate the longer course. Heats will start at 7am and every 2hrs thereafter.