Archive for July, 2013

Behaving myself

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

WCMCC D Grade Wandi 21 July 2013

My cold was beginning to bite, but not one to miss an opportunity to race. I rode out to Wandi and asked nicely if I could ride in D grade. I explained the cold, did not want to race a couple of laps of C grade and end up off the back, I allowed to race on the one proviso, I did not win, which was my intention. The aim was a good six laps, doing more than my share of work, with a 1.5km to go, hit the front lead everybody out, drop off with 500m to go and finish 10th.

Not the way I want to drop riders

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

PDCC D grade Serpentine 20 July 2013

Felt like a cold was coming on, so I decided I would race within myself, ride conservatively, with an aim to finish in the front half of the field and hopefully in the top four.

TT with corners

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

ATTA Champion Lakes 20km TT 14 July 2013

I had not ridden the course before, I did check out the course on Strava and the times of people I know. I was looking at completing each 5km lap in under 8 minutes at an average of 240 watts.

I rolled up to the start, and got asked if I have ridden the course before and was I aware of the corners …

That burning feeling

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

PDCC D Grade Wandi 13 July 2013

Riding out to the race, I got to the top corner of the course and had trouble breathing and cursed myself for leaving my asthma medication at home. I only need it once or twice a year, and today was one of those days. A couple of kms later my lungs where working fine, and I had almost forgotten about it when the race started. I did not realise it at the time the property on the corner was burning off (using fire to control vegetation) and the smoke was going to make the racing very challenging for me.

Time to go climbing

Monday, July 8th, 2013

PDCC North Dandalup Handicap
6 July 2013 North Dandalup

This race I described as a 5km climb, 20 kms of undulations to Dwellingup, turn round, 20 km of undulations back, followed by 5km of fast descending. I am not a climber, not that I can not climb, I just do not climb all that often. To be precise I have only done a two climbs of over 200m elevation. The first one being this race last year. So while I was not looking forward to 5km of climbing from the start, I was not worried by the prospect.

Back the next day for 9 laps and up a grade

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Luke Durbridge Celebration Kermesse
WCMCC combined C & D grade Wandi 30 June 2013

Back to Wandi and those short rises, except this time 9 instead of 5 laps and with C grade instead of D grade. I did not know how I was going to go. My only race with WMCC C grade, I stayed with the bunch until a crash before the final corner. That was before I did not train for 6 weeks due a cold and work commitments. Also that was not after a race the day before. My chances was not aided by running late and having to ride hard to get to the race on time.

A good race

Monday, July 1st, 2013

PDCC D Grade Wandi 28 June 2013

Contrary to popular belief, I rarely attack on the first lap. I will follow attacks, I will counter or drive another attack, but almost never initiate an attack. Well I did not need to today …