Race Report PDCC D Grade Criterium Smeaton Way 3 February 2012

Took a couple days off to recover from my recent heavy racing sched­ule (4 races in 5 days) and what felt like a cold. So I had no idea how I was going to go today. My inten­tion was to stay close to the front, ready to be involved in any break­away and if it was quiet, con­serve enough energy to launch an attack just as we approached the bell and attempt to stay away for the whole lap, aka Clint in the the WCMCC D grade points race on this course.

A lap and half in and I was doing my best to rip the legs off the bunch. Unfor­tu­nately with only two prot­ag­on­ists today (me & Travis) every attack we tried was covered. No mat­ter if was full out sprint up the main straight, try­ing to ease slowly off the front or an almost well time counter attack after Travis got pulled back.

I did spend a lot of time on the front of the bunch, mainly because when my attemp­ted attacks failed, nobody rolled through. So I just sat on the front tap­ping out 180 watts, a pace I could keep up all day. On occa­sions to take on flu­ids, I would swing back through the pack, to see what dam­age I was doing. Sur­pris­ingly it was not the recent pro­mo­tions from E Grade but a couple of the reg­u­lar D graders, red faced and breath­ing heav­ily, that seemed to be strug­gling. That gave me some satisfaction.

After 30 minutes, I was sit­ting at the back tak­ing a drink, get­ting ready to move towards the front, expect­ing the bell in another two laps, our races after 35 minutes plus one lap. When the bell rang after only 30 minutes, the small group of riders at the front took off and every­body gave chase. I did get baulked a couple times get­ting past slower riders, but ser­i­ously my final lap was nowhere as fast as the riders at the front. So I fin­ished 12th of 19 and in need of new tac­tics for my next race at Smeaton Way, as my fast final lap is not fast enough.

Got com­pli­men­ted by one the reg­u­lar D graders, com­plain­ing that there were 5 riders strong enough to ride in C grade in our race, nam­ing the top 3 fin­ish­ers, myself and Travis. While the top 3 fin­ish­ers are con­sist­ent per­formers who are likely to get pro­moted to C grade with another good per­form­ance. D grade is stuck with me and Travis for a bit longer, as we might have the strength for C grade, we don’t have the res­ults on the board and I don’t have the racecraft.

My race on Strava

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