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Sunday, May 28, 2006

0.96666666666 -- Log

What's the title of this posting mean?

It relates to my first road race (well, 'big' event) - the Bastion Square crit, which i did today...

I finished 29/30. Woot! Operative word being i finished..!!

Holy crap - this was absolutely brutal. I'm not sure what the story is, but i don't think that my track fitness did a whole hell of a lot for me for this....

I started the race well, was about 15 riders back from the front.. ~40 riders total. Somehow tho, as the race progressed, i kept finding myself moving backwards. It's not like people were getting in ahead of me, it was that i kept sliding backwards. (I could maneuver myself forward on the course, but i would suffer for it..) I just couldn't maintain this type of intensity..

One of my big worries was my technical skills - i'm not used to riding on the road, or in corners...but this was completely unfounded! I flew around the corners, and made tighter turns than most people..had i juice in my poor little legs, i'd be able to get myself near the front in a few laps...unfortunately, that wasn't an option...

I'm actually quite baffled by this, and if anyone can give an explanation, please do! On the track, i usually race over 40kph...i can do this quite handily, and average over 40kph in my TT efforts in Sydney as well.. On the track, if in the pack, i can sustain over 45kph, and sprint upwards of 55kph regularly, and not suffer too much.

Today, however, my average speed was in the 38kph range (and there wasn't a moment i *wasn't* sucking a wheel) and topped out at about 49kph...yet i felt like i was being slaughtered!!! If this were on the track, it prolly would have been a very different game... Gears weren't an issue, i shifted a few times the first few laps, and then pretty much stayed in one gear until the end.

My HR was another story as well - i averaged 187bpm, and maxed at 194bpm - that's an insanely tight range, imo...i don't think i could have put out much more than that.. (Maybe this was my problem...redlining and staying there...) At the recent track events my HR was a few beats lower..

So confusing...i can only guess it was the short incline that really buggered things up for me..tho i didn't feel like i was suffering any more there, than on the rest of the course... The stretch along Wharf St. was pretty harsh with wind, but i'm also quite used to riding in the wind on the track...and i was on a wheel, so it was relatively minimal. I guess this is where a wattage meter would be *really* handy.....hmmm..maybe i'll have to start saving up...need more feedback!!

I *did* wear shoe covers, which i've never done...i wonder if that was a factor. ;)

A funny note: one of the most sore parts on me during the race was my fingers - i'm not used to braking so much!! Or at all. ;)
Anyway - props to all the other Cat4 riders, great race and i'm glad to have the experience!! Also nice to bump into a bunch of familiar faces, and peeps i haven't seen for a while (Clarkie!!) My buddy Mike did a great job winning the Cat5 race - woot!

Watching the other racers was quite fantastic as well -- holy crap some of these guys can put out. The Cat1,2 race was insane...very fast...looked like about half the field was blown off in the first 10 laps...ouch!

Below are some pics, big up to Kevin for taking these, and also for all the advice and encouragement (as well as several other friends, there wasn't a lap where someone didn't yell GO DAVE!!) It actually *does* help!!

First tho, quick desc. of Thursday's races, which were pretty fun tho only a few other A's:

* Short Scratch - nothing too crazy, basically a warm-up race, came in 2nd after Mr Durrant

* Keirin - i ended up on the durny, and decided early-on i should try something different...so as soon as the durny pulled off, i HAMMERED!! And gave everyone a nice lead-out for the end..hahaha Finished dead-last in 4th. Scratch that strategy from the books...hehe..

* Australian Pursuit/Sprint - just about the most nasty race on the track, all the racers start out spaced 10-20m away from each other around the track, 'slowest' rider at the front, 'fastest' at the back...11 riders, all Cats (A,B,C) - somehow i got deemed the 'fastest' and so was at the tail of it.. In the race, the idea is to pass as many people in front of you as possible, and if you're passed, you're eliminated..so don't get passed! The race was basically me chasing Wayne down for three laps, catching him, and winning - yip! The final spot is actually not a bad place to be in...just keep it steady and let everyone ahead of you duke it out, then you've only got one person to worry about. ;)

So - Bastion Square pics, thanks again Kevin!!

Uh..i just saw the camera and was starting to smile..haha...nice face.
Mike is in the foreground on the right, he won the Cat5 race - woot!

From behind..i was hoping more riders would see this perspective..

This is corner #1..top of the 'climb'.

Nice shot by Kevin, you can get an idea of what the 'climb' was like.

Coming out of corner #1.

Approaching Pink Corner, #3.
You can just make out the orange of my helmet..haha

Pink corner, because apparently pink fiberglass insulation
is the official crash material of choice by Cycling BC.
I guess we weren't going that fast, but this corner was a cinch, and i
never got anywhere near these barriers, tho the Cat1 guys did.

The stretch along Wharf,
Chandler from the track on the right...and me getting
close to the end...end vs. end..i was hurtin'.

This is corner #4, finish line just up this stretch.

A fitting end. ;)

Monday, May 22, 2006

TrackFest #1 -- Log

TrackFest #1!

Hello sports fans - i raced TrackFest yesterday, but before that, let me recap Thursday nite's excitement:

Awesomist race! Nice long 60 lap Points race, 10 spints, and some tough competition with Vinko, Sarah, Chris A, and Dr. Walker, plus Derek McMaster - a top racer in BC for the ItalPasta team (sounds yummy! No team website to be found tho..?) My buddy Kevin is also racing...

I sit out the first sprint (as i normally do...let the others burn off some testosterone), nab a couple points in the following two sprints - Vinko and Derek are going at it, attacking each other....i'm resisting, sitting in the pack and keeping a steady pace... Several more sprints go by, i pick up a 3rd place sprint, and then sit out another sprint, which was particularly aggressive.......which is where Kevin attacks - woot!!

Knowing and appreciating his race style, i jump on his wheel and the two of us easily break from the pack, and gain nearly half a lap before we know it.

We maintain our fast, steady pace, and clear through the following sprint, with me getting 1st place points - yip!

Another sprint approaches, and i believe we were still ahead, and i picked up more 1st place points. Derek has then bridges himself and Chris A, and continues to fly by...i'm a bit beat at this point, so remain in our little pack, only one sprint left. Derek continues through and catches the rest of the 'pack', giving him an extra 20pts and securing his win. Meanwhile, we've got a lap and a half left, and are rolling along at the top of the track, watching each other... It's do-or-die, so i attack hard and gun it for the last lap! Managed to get over 50kph, which is pretty good for me at this point in a race.

The line is fast approaching, i keep the speed up...and win my third sprint in a row, woohoo!! Record for me! I look back, and Chris is riding just ahead of Kevin, who is not contesting him for the points.

Although 3rd place is not a huge-sounding thing, it was for me, since it's pretty new being that high up in the A races... Big thanks to Kevin for initiating that attack, the man knows the sport.

And now for:


Lucked out with a gorgeous day despite some sprinkles in the morning. Cruised out to the track, and spotted some familiar faces from Vancouver - several of the 'big guns' from the track there - yikes!!

Unfortunately i didn't take any pics, hopefully i'll track some down..

Spent a few hours chatting with folks and warming up, and before i knew it, it was time to line up for a race... First thing was the Scratch race. It was around 40 Laps, which is a good distance. (I get killed in the shorter ones..oddly i fair better hammering for a longer period of time. ;)

We roll out, and i say to Derek (mentioned above in the Thursday race) "Oh man, i am seriously outclassed." He just laughs..haha.. Besides the usual local suspects (Vinko, Chris A, Chuck, Mike) we've got Keith, Glenn and Andy, as well as the super-human sprinter-come-endurance rider Matt "Lego" Chater (who predictably dominated in the Omnium.)

Mike gets us up to speed, as usual...and then the attacks being. This became an absolutely brutal race, with attack after relentless attack...i learned quickly that responding to the attacks with a lot of energy was *not* wise, and so rode very conservatively. My goal was to hang in and actually finish the race (rather than getting dropped and eliminated, as occured in the Scratch at the provincials last year.)

Luckily, i maintained the pace quite well, and was jetisoned from the front with less than three laps left, and so finished just behind the pack in 6th - phew! Congrats to Vinko for winning this one!!

Next up were the Keirin heats...my usual Keirin mojo kicked in, and Matt had a techincal, allowing me to get through by simply finishing (four of five went through, luckily he could jump into the second heat...and for those new to my blog, i somehow seem to regularly make it to the Keirin finals, despite not being anything close to being a sprinter..haha)

Next was my favorite race - a 54 lap (18km) Points race. Although humbled from the scratch race, i still felt like i had something to offer, after my race on Thurs nite.

We roll out, and the attacks begin again, tho luckily with a little less fury. Now familiar with the attack and then rest pattern, i no longer chase down their attacks at all, and there are a few of us who work together to catch up at a reasonable pace..

Other than this, much of the race is pretty uneventful..i manage to sneak in on a few sprints for points...riding rather conservatively. My #1 goal is to finish with the pack, and then scoring points where smart.

At one point over half-way through the race, i'm finding i'm feeling pretty good, and the leaders have once again pulled-up for a rest...so i roll on by, and slowly pick-up speed. (This is my 'move'. I'm rather unassuming and unthreatening to begin with, so watching me roll ahead of the pack is unlikely to strike fear in anyone's heart) - but as i get further away, i continue to build up speed....tres sneaky, n'est pas?

I'm coming out of corner #4, picking up speed, and then the bell is rung - holy crap! I didn't actually plan this, but i suddenly found myself nearly a half lap ahead of the pack on a bell lap - total roxxors!!!

I keep up my speed, watching the pack, and crossed the line unmolested!! Woohoo - i won a sprint, and also won a preem!! (Won a tub of Vega powder and a box of bars - glad i got these donated!! ;)

I continue to carry my speed through, but see the pack closing fast, so pull up to recover, and make sure i don't get dropped if they speed by..

At this point in the race, there are only four other riders left in the pack to make me hurt - Matt, Derek, Andy, and Glenn. I'd noticed that Glenn was not competing for the sprints, which was a lucky break for me (he was the acting bitch for Matt, to provide the most accurate description of the nite..haha) I don't recall how the final few sprints worked out, but i hung in and continued to collect points through to the final sprint, where i got thorougly dropped, but hey - i had half a lap left in the race -- woohoo!!

Later in the evening, i was amazed to discover that i had finished 4th in the Points Race - holy crap!!!! An even awesomister race than the last points race, yay me!!

The rest of the night was practically a write-off - there was the chariot, which i always get a good start in, leading out the pack about 1/2 way through, then everyone passes me by the line. (Chariot is a one lap mass-start sprint.)

There were also the Keirin finals, which i think was immediately after the Points race, and i had forgotten that i'd qualified for. When they called me over, i thought it was to hold one of the riders..hahaha.. I was a pretty green caboose for the event, getting thoroughly clobbered in the final lap, and didn't even bother trying to sprint...my 47x14 was definately inadequate for this calibre of racers (and i had no time to change between races.)

That was it! I won $15 back of my $20 entry from the Omnium, plus the Vega powder and bars (which retail for about $110), so not a bad catch at all!

It was a total blast riding with these strong and talented guys, and left me feeling awesome, knowing that i can hang in with 'em, as well as being comforted with the knowledge that i'm developing some race smarts, as well as being able to guage my own abilities with some accuracy. Sadly, the Burnaby event at the beginning of June has been cancelled, so the next big track event is the second Trackfest at the end of July.

Next up is the Bastion Square crit next Sunday....eeeep!

Extra note of interest: the Nature's Path 'Double Fudge' brownie mix is a 9/10. I'm uber-picky about brownies...most that i've had are much too much like 'cake'. To me, a brownie should be thick. Dense. And chocolatey. The top should be crispy/crunchy, and the inside should be moist. And thick with dense chocolateyness.

The hallmark of an excellent brownie is this: while you're eating it, you do not even notice that it does not need icing....and the batch i produced the other night accomplished this. I used coconut butter as the oil, and i sprinkled some chocolate chips on the top before putting it in the oven...otherwise i just followed the recipe. Next alteration will be to replace the water with orange juice, and add some orange rindes, for some delicious chocolate-orange brownies. Yum!

Alright, it's late...Noisy out!! =)

PS - for those of you that might be looking for a progressive blog/community, check out Zaadz! Lotsa neat people on there, and many are progressive thinking... My page is here, and you can follow my rather random thoughts if you're intrigued: http://davenoisy.zaadz.com/

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Race 2 Replace - funny

So there's this new 'race 2 replace' show which is apparently the 'search for Lance's replacement'... Not sure what it's really all about, but there are a bunch of videos, some of them pretty funny, on the site (or here via iTunes.) Especially neat is the 8min video. Hope to see this pan out, would be awesome to have more biking on TV!

In other news, the NY Times featured a story on the myth about lactic acid..says pretty much the same thing i did in my article (see top/intro blurb.)

I also came across this page on the history of rollers, pretty cool what they've used in the past.

Final note, this site has some neat cycling cartoons.

I'm pretty excited, got TrackFest coming up pretty quickly this weekend - weeee!

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Keep On Bloggin' In the Free World -- Log

Wowwee - busy week for me, bike-wise! 4km Pursuit on Monday, 19km TT on Tues, and had a couple track races tonite, feeling good and tired!!

Let's break it down:

4km Pursuit

I'm starting to get the hang of these i think..today, i went out a bit too hard.. Kevin was out, and being the superstar he is, recorded my lap times: 31.37, 27.67, 29.22, 29.94, 29.90, 29.96, 30.29, 30.56, 30.24, 30.07 and 29.67, for a total of 5'58"71 - primary mission of getting under 6mins accomplished!

Seems pretty consistant, tho i went out too hard. I should be aiming for a 33 sec 1st lap, blew it, and then kept it up on the second... Silly me, i 'felt good', so i layed into it. Assuming the "each second 'saved' in the first laps results in 4 lost in the final laps" rule stands true, those three seconds prolly cost me 12 seconds...which would have landed me below 5'45...which is where i need to get. (Goal is to get it down to 5'30...)

Otherwise you can see i held it well, and picked it up in the final laps.. The Xero aero bars are starting to feel pretty good. Really enjoying this event!!

New Clothes!

We interrupt this report to let you know that The Shish has his cool new OA gear, and here's a quick shot. =)

Sydney TT

It was a cool, but nice evening. Not much of a breeze, which is rare... My aero bars haven't arrived yet, so did it in the drops (it's my understanding aerobars save about 30 seconds on this course.)

Got an early spot, so started 6th, to try and ride in some of the remaining warmth! About 25 people showed up, nice to see so many out! TT's are great, everyone should do them!

So i started out, nice and easy.. Legs felt totally clogged...achey and slow...not good!! My plan was to get my HR up to ~175bpm, and hold that for the first lap.

Luckily, after a couple minutes, my legs 'cleared out' and were firing well. I also kept my cadence really high, up around 120RPM - it felt really good riding there. Legs and lungs were both pushed, but neither were hit harder than the other...a good balance!

First lap (there're two laps of the course) i clocked around 13'27 - not a record time at all, but on target to keeping my time below 27mins.

Just before crossing the line i started picking it up, got my HR up over 180 and held it there. Still felt pretty good, and maintained this pace. There were also several riders visible ahead, and kept working to catch 'em - yip!

Come the final corner, i started to hammer, and was given'er 100% for the last 400m to the line - this *hurt*...ouch!! Finish time was ~26'45, which i'm happy with. It's good to know that i went faster in the second lap, looks like i'll need to pick up the pace a couple more BPM in the first lap for next time....with any luck, should be able to hit or get below 26mins.

Nice to accomplish two mini-goals this week!

Tragedy Strikes!!

So, i'm riding home along Lockside, and i hear the familiar 'crunk' noise my handlebars have been making for the last six month, and then there's a new 'snap!' and i see a bolt fall off my stem, and suddenly my handlebars are JELLY! AHHHH!! I grab my stem, and manage to nab a brake lever and slow down...

So one (of the two) bolts holding my stem to my handlebars broke!! ARRGH! And i'm in the middle of nowhere...luckily my buddy Andy was home, and came and picked me up at a nearby Coop gas station..not fun. (Thanks again dude!)

Spent the day today (Thu) dealing with this.. I tried to get my stem off, but wasn't budging a *bit*. Walked over to Oak Bay Bikes, where Hugh (exceptional guy) helped me with trying to get it under control.....after trying half-a-dozen different things, and essentially destroying my forks, the best we could do was rotate it a bit..it wasn't coming out at all.

So, it was time for Mr. Hacksaw. A few minutes later, and it was free!!! hahahah..

I went with this option because Hugh offered his old pair of used carbon forks, just my size, for an amazing $40!! (So wasn't too concerned about my old ones - i've been wanting to replace 'em for about a year now, and this worked out perfectly.)

Got everything back together, but they didn't have an appropriate stem, so pedaled up to my bike shope, Performance, and set about finding a quill adapter to threadless, and an appropriate stem. Now that i've got a new stem, i can also use my new Specialized bars (got 'em off eBay for a stupidly cheap $10, *new*!!)

Spent the afternoon throwing it all together, as you can see on the right. It all feels *really* nice. The fork absorbs the shock in a very different way, and i gotta say, i like it a lot. The bars are awesome too - man that bend in the middle of the drops is *comfortable* to be in, i gotta get some bars like this for the track too.. Only thing i gotta do is trim down the steerer tub, it's too high..

Also gotta see how it handles...feels a little less twitchy than the previous DeRosa forks...but might also be that the bars are about a half-inch higher than i'm used to.

After getting it all together, i raced out to the track (in record time, 36mins despite headwinds) to race!

Track Night!

Oh goodness, where *have* all the A riders gone? Only Sarah showed up, so we rode with the B's in their races tonight.

I had a lot of fun, i got to the front about four laps into the 24 Lap Scratch Race, and powered up to 50kph - looked back and no one was with me - ooopie!

A lap and a half later, the pack caught me, and i dropped back in. Next time i got to the front, accelerated again, and this time a rider stuck with me, but no luck staying away again... Did this a couple more times, keeping the pace nice and high.

Second race was a 12 Lap Snowball, and i just sat near the front of the pack, attacked a few times with no real 'stickers', but after several laps David M attacked hard, and so i jumped on his wheel, and worked with him to stay ahead. Jim caught up with us, and the three of us maintained our 'escape' for the last bit of the race.

Yay! Lovin' the racing. =)

One more pic - here's my old fork and stem - you can see where it's been Mr. Hacksaw'd, and the arrow is pointing at where the bolt busted off. TTT - you're on notice!! This is the third failure i've had from your stem! I had to replace the bolt-on section a year ago as it was cracked where the bolt is..and now the bolt just busted off! (And it had cracked in the same spot again, i noticed on inspection.) Not cool.

Here's the regular Logbook details:
* Sat (May 6th) - 2hr EM ride w/Kevin, also first ride in my new OrganicAthlete gear - yay! The shorts are too heavily padded, but i've actually been liking them a *lot*. Especially since they say 'GO VEGAN!' on the back. =)

Kevin keeps insisting that the way they stretch they say GO EAT A VEGAN, but i haven't been able to detect this at home.. ;)

* Sun - 2hr EM w/8x10s HSS - went out to the track, and basically did 8 200m sprints with 6-7min recovery in-between. Holy crap that killed me. Doing one 200m is a breeze...it gets pretty harsh after a while! Did it in a lighter gear (47x15) as well, to work on spin.

* Mon - Pursuit, as above!

* Tue - Sydney TT, as above!

* Wed - very much-needed rest!!

* Thu - Track racing, as above!
Tomorrow (Fri) is gonna be another rest day...unless i get out for an hour and take Sat or Sun off. I'm feeling pretty beat right now, lots of intensity...

Three big races are coming up *really* quickly - Trackfest on the 20th (our own event), Bastion Square crit on the 28th (assuming i can still corner with the new forks!) and the third installment of the Burnaby Velodrome Challenge the following weekend, June 2nd-4th.

Very excited about all this. =)

Happy riding!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Big Gear Fever -- Log

Oh boy, lot's of stuff to post about! First, gear!

Spent a few hours today replacing my drivetrain (39T chainring, cassette (12-23) and chain), the old one was really beat - the front chainring's teeth were so worn they were *sharp*!!

Last week i got my right shifter repaired/rebuilt (Campy Veloce, 9sp) - it had been slowly dying...it was at the point where the shifter didn't 'spring back' after changing gears, and often it wouldn't catch, and so wouldn't shift gears....was getting very difficult..now it's AWESOME, and it clicks again! Yay Campy!!

Also, swapped my tires around front to back - i got the Conti UltraSports (steel bead, kevlar enhanced) back in Jan, and they've held up amazingly! The tread is barely worn, and i've had like three flats all this time.

My buddy Chris has sent me a pair of RudyProject Ekynox, and they're great! The optics are fantastic, no distortion and the 'racing red' lenses work amazing well in all light conditions, hopefully he can find the blue's as well. ;)

Also, last week, the Ultegra SPD-SL pedals arrived, holy crap these things are *awesome*. I've been riding the old SPD system for years, and they get rather jiggly rather quickly...so it's so nice to be *tightly* locked in...plus the wider platform really does make a difference, the pedal stroke feels so much more solid..wowwee..

My OrganicAthlete order arrived today too, and i now have the best shorts in the world, which say GO VEGAN on the back - wicked!! I also ordered a vest, and it is totally skookum - nice design and materials...and the new jersey looks sharp, expect pics soon!

Final note of interest gear-wise is that i'm sponsored by Performance Bicycles (website coming soon!) - thanks Pam and Wayne! Looking forward to the Profile T2+ aero bars - woot! Oh, found my MuVo too, yay! It was, of course, "where i left it", but it was an unusual pocket for me to use.....oy vey... Glad to have my other riding buddy back at least!

Been riding and racing a fair bit too, here's what's been happening:
* Sat (Apr 15) - you've been wondering, and now you know: took the day off!

* Sun - holy crap i suffered! Went out with the BSide group, and we did Sooke...which was nice, but there was this dude in it who seemed hellbent on riding the hills like they were flat....and i got totally smashed..! I guess i'm a 'real' trackie, now that i can't climb worth shit..haha

Went so hard, i hit a new high on my HRM: 202bpm, a full three poundings higher than i've ever hit..yikes. Worst moment was flailing up a steep, short climb in waaay too big of a gear and trying to maintain it.....redlined completely, then esploded. My HR was waaay up, yet i was putting out almost no power...very sad.. Recovered after a while, and rode back into town solo. Won't be likely be doing another BSide ride this summer....that was not good for my training.

* Mon - sprints @ the track, was *dead*, got a pitiful 14"19 in the 200m, and got dropped by Jim in the sprints after leading out too long....gotta remember to race smarter.

* Tue - rest day!

* Wed - rode out to the Newton Heights course, but wasn't feeling a little off, so just watched.

* Thu - first Points race of the year, although the score keeper was fracked and put me in 7th out of 7 riders -- i was in on five of the eight sprints, including crossing the finish line in 3rd. I won't complain about the scoring any further..gaah.. It was nice to feel strong in the race, and even compete with everyone. I think this time last year i got lapped and was dying...haha

* Fri - rest day!

* Sat (Apr 22) - solo 3hr EM ride, averaged just under 31kph, not too shabby.

* Sun - 1hr EM

* Mon - Pursuits @ Track, was planning on doing a 4km, but the counter got screwed up and only did 3km, but got a 4:24, a couple seconds faster than my previous 3km PB (although i was really winding up for the 4km.) Did a second attempt at the 4km, but only got a 6:01 - i think i took it too easy...most of the ride was around 40kph, then 41 for the 3rd and 2nd last laps, then got it up to 43kph for the final lap...that's not right!!

Also, worth noting is i'm using the "Xero" aero bars (fully integrated beasty thing, anyone ever heard of these?? Can't find anything on them on the web..) that have been kicking around the Club House for the last few years...sent a note to our membership to see if they belong to anyone, but no response, so i'll try 'em out for the summer!

* Tue - rest was the plan, and what i did!

* Wed - 45m RR, noodled up to Performance Bikes to pick up some of the stuff i ordered, fun fun!

* Thu - Keirin night at the track, got 4th in both efforts, not too bad against the local sprinters!

* Fri - i'm doing quite well with these rest days!! Yay me!

* Sat (Apr 29) - 2hr EM w/Kevin, nice rainy morning..bleh..

* Sun - 3hr EM w/4xOU intervals, went out to the track and did the four 10min intervals on the track bike in the aero bars, i think i've found a good position, maintaining a good, strong speed...!

* Mon - return of the Sprints @ the track, reeled in a 13"88 in the 200m (glad to keep it under 14!) and beat Peter in the matched sprint.. He stayed low while i stayed high, and that gave me a couple bike lengths advantage when the sprint began....too much for him to overcome.

* Tue - rest, beautiful rest

* Wed - 1.5hr EM, nice day!

* Thu - race @ track, even nicer day, no knee warmers!!! Two races, 36 Lap Scratch, and 10 Lap Snowball. Started the scratch mixed with the B's, who ended after 12 (short night for them), then the five A's continued...

In the final laps Vinko attacked a couple times, the first time i held on, the second he started pulling away, and Captain Chris was with me, but didn't seem too hot to pursue...when i pulled up after half a lap, he barely sustained the pace, so i started doing full lap pulls, and got us considerably closer...while he just sat in..and with a lap to go he was close enough to bridge, but i didn't have any juice to jump again, so came in third.

Snowball was fun, in the final few laps it was just Vinko and me, but he beat me to the line each time...it was the same thing each lap: after the sprint he'd fall on my wheel, and i'd pull him most of the lap then he'd sprint ahead at the line, and get on my wheel again...i just kept it going for the workout. If there had been more laps i might have been able to take him for a sprint, i could tell he was getting tired...if only... ;)

Finished third in that race as well, since Wayne snagged some points at the beginning. It was just Vinko and me at the end tho...good times!
That's all for now, hopefully my aero bars arrive in time for the Sydney TT on Tuesday, woot! Looking forward to that event!! Any bets on my time for my first effort? ;)

Cheers, big gears! =)

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