Archive for March, 2014

Last race in club D grade?

Monday, March 31st, 2014

PDCC Criterium Championship D grade
Smeaton Way, Rockingham
30 March 2014

My strategy for the race was decided by the field which included Tyler a young track sprinter. I have raced and ridden enough with Tyler to know that I can not match him in a sprint. To win I need to break away either solo or in a small bunch that did not include Tyler. So I was going to attack early and often to try and establish a break.

For a few corners more

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

If you have every read my race reports you know I usual go into a race with a plan. Today my plan if you could call it that was cornering practice. As the new course at the Motorplex is best described as a hot dog on a stick, it was the regular short criterium course with two added 90 degree corners and a 180 turn roundabout in addition to a narrow 90 degree corner I have had trouble with in the past, a fast sweeper and that downhill 180 degree hotdog that has caused me so many problems in the past. The 30 kph gusting to 50 kph easterly was going to make it even more challenging

Biting off more than I could chew

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

After last week’s effort, I decide it was time to step up a grade. I did not matter that I had not fully recovered from that virus, I was going to race C grade.

Why I will be racing C grade next week

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

I have been suffering from one of those pesky viral infections for more than 10 days now. The symptoms pretty nondescript: constantly tired, stiffness in muscles, sore throat and stomach cramps. I have backed off my training, last week consisted of 4 days of 3.5km. Riding to and from the train station, even then my legs hurt with the short climb at either end.

Racing to a plan

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

If you are a regular reader of my race reports, you will know I like to have a plan for a race. This week’s plan was to put in an attack (not a go to the front and ride hard, but hard sprint and get a gap attack) two thirds into the race, up the main straight and time trial to the finish solo. I even rode the Wednesday night time trial to try and gain a psychological advantage over my opponents. I was the fastest D grade rider on the night, but not by a convincing margin or anywhere near my best performance.

Back to the Motorplex and that corner

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Turned up early to get a few practise laps in and ended up helping out on the registration desk. Managed two laps behind the juniors and found the corner had been changed from the week before. A couple of barriers had been added to direct traffic through the first gate, moving the apex, totally changing the line through the corner and giving a bigger margin for error on the exit.