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Lets talk racing philosophy as I am to ill to race effectively

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

After suffering from a mild cold and congestion on the lungs for the last couple of weeks. My intention was to hide in the pack for at least the first three of the five lap race before deciding, if I had recovered enough to be my normal aggressive attacking self. That plan went out the […]

Another day, another poor performance

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

After yesterday’s performance, I was back for more, same circuit, two more laps and sprinting every lap. I assumed my poor showing yesterday was due to smoke setting of my asthma, so I was prepared, two inhalers and used one in a preventive manner as there was a fire just off the course. I found […]

Not a great race

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

I was feeling much better than last week, even managed a couple of training rides/commutes during the week. Though try as I might I could not get my heart rate anywhere near what it got to last Saturday. I was confident given my performance last week and my previous race on this course. I set […]

Totally out of character

Monday, June 8th, 2015

PDCC C grade
Serpentine
6 June 2015

Anybody who has read my race reports or has raced with me, knows I only ride in two positions in the bunch on the front or at the back, well today was different. With 24 riders, it was the largest PDDC grade I have raced. I knew about half the riders, the ones to get in a breakaway with, the wheel to follow in a sprint, the riders not to near in the sprint. The other half were unknowns, including a number racing for the first time (the club is doing a great deal on three event licences and entry fees to get them hooked).

I rolled out on the front on the bunch, up Gull Road, everybody wanted to move up, I ended up mid pack as we turned on to Rapids Road, into a headwind. The bunch really stretched out, I had to kick hard to get to the half dozen riders on the front, and that is were I stayed for most of the race …

Back to writing race reports

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Dwellingup handicap
31 May 2015

Just because I have no shared any race reports, does not mean I have not been racing or writing reports. I even won my first race in over a year, taking out a reduced bunch sprint at Casuarina four weeks ago.

I did want to publish all my reports in chronological order. However, there is a lot of work to be done in finishing the reports written and writing missing reports. So I am cutting my losses and starting from last Saturday.

The Dwellingup Handicap is not a favourite of mine, mainly because as you ride back from Pinjarra up a busy Williams Road, there is a six kilometre or so climb, with a two kilometre section averaging 7%.

A special race

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Lara Devenish Memorial Criterium
PDDC D grade
8 February 2015

This race was personal, when I started racing almost 3 years ago, I was racing with Lara …

That close to going with the plan

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

PDCC Criterium C grade
Parklands
1 February 2015

After my last couple of C grade races at Parklands, I went in with the simple intention of doing the minimal amount as work as possible, not to attack and finish with the pack. It almost went to plan.

Danger Will Robinson

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

I actually had a plan for this race, which was get to the front and stay there as a lot of riders will get dropped in first frantic ten minutes. If nobody was willing to set a fast pace, I was going to. The race started badly, I was in the third row, about 10 […]

I need to pay attention

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

PDCC C grade criterium
Motorplex
25 January 2015

I had two criteriums in two days, I went into this race with no real plan. Nearest thing to a plan was the idea of do not do any work early, just wait and see what happens later in the race, there will be no real attacks early in the race

Stick to the plan

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

PDCC C Grade criterium
Parklands
18 January 2015

I learnt my lesson from my last race here. So I went into the race with a simple plan, keep my head down, do the minimal amount of work required, and do not attack until the a lap and a bit to go.