PDCC Club Championship D Grade Wandi

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I went into the race with a simple plan, sit in the pack, do the min­imum amount of work and wait for the last 400m or so.

It went to plan, well for the 1st two laps. On the 1st climb of the 3rd lap. “Ting, Ting, Ting” it soun­ded like I had broken a spoke. I stopped to see the dam­age. It was not a broken spoke, but my rear wheel speed sensor for my Garmin was loose and fallen into the wheel. Took me a couple minutes to find and fix the prob­lem, but my race was run. I could not chase back two (actu­ally it was closer to 3) minutes. So I settled in for a lonely ride. As I approach the fin­ish line the next time for the bell lap, I could see a couple of strag­glers, who I later found out was Dave & Amy, a couple of hun­dred metres ahead, so I had a tar­get for my last lap.

I got lapped by A Grade on the first climb of my final lap, it was tempt­ing to tuck in behind and get some assist­ance, but I did not. Luck­ily for me, as they where fol­low by the Com­mis­saire. It did not really mat­ter, I was rap­idly catch­ing the two riders ahead, I was prob­ably only 60m behind, when I cres­ted the 2nd climbed and was passed by another rider. At first I thought it was a B grade rider off the front of their group. It quickly became appar­ent this was not a B grader off the front, but a C grader who had mech­an­ical and was rid­ing almost at the same pace as me. As we were from dif­fer­ent grades we could not ride together and swap turns. So I sat about 10m off and used him as a visual pacemaker.

Which worked well, until the C grader passed the two strag­glers, they pick up their pace and tucked in behind. It did not really mat­ter as I was less than 15m behind and tagged onto the end of the group. If it was only Dave & Amy, I prob­ably would attacked on the final climb and try to solo the last 2km to the fin­ish, as Dave is stronger sprinter than me. Instead I stayed tucked in behind the pace­maker, waited to about 400m and launched an attack, only to have Dave go past me with about 50m to go.

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