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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

TrackFest '08 #1!

It's the first TrackFest event of the year. Once more, i'm wearing the hats of both the organizer and a competitor!

OrganicAthlete Victoria sponsored one of the three events, the OrganicAthlete Omnium. We contributed over $700 in prizes (thanks to Vega and Oak Bay Bikes!) and in our raffle we raised over $120 for the Save the Velodrome legal fund. I also ensured the food was vegan, with all vegan pizzas from The Joint!

Unfortunately, being the organizer compromised my performance, and for both the 200m and 500m i ended up in too light of a gear, so didn't ride as fast as i could have. Happier with my Pursuit, and pretty close to most of the other racers. Rode better in the Bunch races, and finished 11th over all (out of 12) but the gaps weren't that significant after Don and Scott, so a solid performance. =)
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Riding the 500m..

The Madisons fared better, i was teamed with Glenn and we were 'Team Organizers', and won the first event (3km Madison Pursuit), and finished 2nd overall. My madison racing has improved, and i took advantage of a few situations playing a pretty smart game. Looking forward to more of these!
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In the Bunch Races i made some bigger moves as well, off the front a few times in the Points race, and a similar effort in the SuperSprint (25 laps, 10 go by, then a sprint every 3 laps to the end), got first place points on the first sprint riding solo off the front for several laps, but that was all i saw...i was a tire or two away from scoring in a few more sprints, but got nipped..it was a good, strong field. Still, that was my best non-Madison finish of the weekend in 7th.
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OA did well, Gill once more put in a solid performance in the Omnium, edging our Laura Brown. Evan and Kevin had solid races, as did Emile -- great racing team!! =)

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2008 Provincial Championships!

Sorry for the lack of communication, i've been uber-busy both organizing and racing at events!!

First up is the BC Track Provincial Championships! It was a small group of riders, my main threats being Julian Base from Whistler, and locals Bob Cameron and teammate Emile DeRosnay, racing over three days with the regular assortment of championship events.

Main highlights were medaling in four events: Madison, Kilo, Keirin and Omnium (which is a combination of five events: the 200m, kilo, pursuit, scratch and points races).

The Madison was especially cool, with Rachel Canning as my partner, we both rode our butts off, and she towed me along to earn a medal!

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There we are in the midst of an exchange. Note that as she drops in, she'd be going about 30kph, and i'd be coming in below at about 50kph, and in the exchange i transfer my speed to her, and then slow up, and wait for her to pass again, and reverse the exchange, and then i'm back in for some action. =)

The Kilo was pretty straight-forward, rode a 1'17"86, which is a PB, behind Julian and Emile by about a second and a half, Emile took the gold, yay for getting OA on two Podium spots!

The Keirin was a hoot, i got into 2nd position, with a lap to go Julian sprinted off, i charged after, and was looking at Silver until Glenn edged up beside me, and snubbed me at the line!! Ahh well, i couldn't be beat by a better guy. =)

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The Points race was a brutal affair, Julian, Emile and Mike Laxdal managed to break off the front and i got caught behind, and spent about 30 laps chasing with Glenn and Bob Cameron..Bob had cracked, and Glenn was doing very strong pulls, i was not too much of a hindrance, but we couldn't seem to close the gap...always about a 1/4 lap behind..they must have been trucking too..so frustrating!!

The Omnium worked out well for me, i got the 2nd fastest 200m time (12.818, another PB, not bad after two days of racing my butt off!), and finished 3rd in all the other events, for my final Bronze.

OA did well, Emile got a couple golds, Gillian put on some strong performances, winning several of the Women's events (tho her only competitor was Rachel, but she still rode well in the bunches in which she was placed). Jan Tize, a new OA Vic member, also put on a lot of strong performances, but crashed out with a broken collarbone. Kevin won the Citizen Omnium racing quite well at his first major track event!

A collection of photos from the event can be found here. Also, a funny random video i made based on an Oak Bay Bikes group ride:

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