Squadra di Vecchi Tori

Back on Track (?) by kiwicyclist
May 12, 2010, 12:30 am
Filed under: General


Its a word that neatly sums up a lot of things that we love about cycling – whether you watch it in the faces of the pros climbing up a grand tour col, dish it out to your competitors in a race or experience it on a hard training ride.


 – that’s what I’m going through on my first few races back on the track at Tuesday night Brunswick Club track racing at DISC.

My second night back in C grade last night was as ignominious as my first race back a fortnight ago. The night developed like this:

Race 1 – 10 lap scratch race – a new rider on a look carbon superbike with rear disc and front carbon 5 spoke (which in C grade is the equivalent of using the Concorde to fly to Tasmania for a day trip) broke early with about 4 laps left to go – as is my natural inclination, with brain in neutral and adrenalin kicking into overdrive, I jumped from 3rd wheel and tried unsuccessfully for 3 laps out in the wind to close a 5 bike length gap, only to get overtaken on the final lap by most of the remaining group. My lungs literally felt like they were burning a hole in my chest and nearly everything else hurt – quads, glutes, arms – lactic overload.  Fellow C Grader Roman summed it up succinctly in his french accent after the race – “You spent too moche time in ze wind”
Race 2 – 30 lap points race – sprint one at lap 20 I had ‘nuthin’ and was happy to watch the antics around me – sprint two I had a crack, made the small break of sprinters to narrowly miss out on the points by coming 4th, final sprint – finished with the bunch.
Race 3 – 30 lap motorpace – managed to survive the 27 lap wind-up behind the bike riding a bigger 96 inch gear to the 55km/hr final speed and then blew on the last lap as everyone wound up for the final sprint.

It can only get better from here.

Welcome back to C grade.



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