Race Report PDCC D grade criterium Smeaton Way 20 January 2013

Biggest field of the sea­son and it was not your nor­mal PDCC D grade race, no mat­ter who attacked or how hard you attacked, you got reeled back in, pronto. I know I tried a few times, a one stage a group of 5 strong riders got about 7m off the front, I went to join them, dragged another rider with me, then there was 20.

Second last lap, I attacked with gusto, might of got 5m, got caught at a corner, tried out of the corner, bunch still on my wheel. Nobody came round, so I settled in for tempo for all of 45 seconds, next attack, 18 riders both sides of me, as I knew noth­ing would come of it, I kept a steady pace, but I was on the back of the pack and it was strung out. That was my mis­take, I needed to be the first 6 or 8 riders at the bell. Because the pace picked up as they went from home, best I could do was pick up a couple of places before the fin­ish­ing straight, and a couple on the straight.

Over­all happy with my per­form­ance, 15th out of 20 not the best, but I did ride an aggress­ive race on a course I had never seen and only had a one lap warm up recon. Man­aged PB on power from 5 to 38 minutes. So look­ing for­ward to my next race here and prob­ably change my tactics.

Bunch sprints where the norm for every other grade except A, where the Aus­tralian Cri­terium Cham­pion man­aged to get a break and then a mech­an­ical, so his brother attacked and took another rider with him. The other rider hung on until the fin­ish and then sprin­ted to victory.

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