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Getting better at this cornering, most of the time

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

PDCC C grade criterium
Smeaton Way, Rockingham
11 January 2015

It is surprising what a little bit of practice and confidence does with my cornering. Sure I did drop a bike length a couple times in corners, but I spent more time cursing the riders in front who slowed into corners, forcing me to apply the brakes. The only time I applied the brakes to slow into a corner on my own accord was on the flying last lap and I was not taking the usual line, overtaking B grade.

Can corner, can’t hold position in group

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

WCMCC C grade criterium
Smeaton Way, Rockingham
4 January 2015

First criterium of the year and after my last three efforts, I was wondering how I would go. As my fear of cornering had returned. I was also racing in a bunch of 32 riders,

Back to D grade?

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

PDDC C grade criterium
Motorplex long course
30 November 2014

This report is short and sweet, I got spat out the back after 3 laps and worked hard to avoid being lapped, which I did by about 10 metres …

Back racing crits

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

PDDC C grade criterium
Smeaton Way
23 November 2014

Just because I have not been posting race reports, does not mean I have not been racing. I have already raced 3 WCMCC criteriums this season. … This was the 1st PDCC criterium of the season and the 1st of my new tactics. For once instead of being aggressive and attacking from the start.…

A bunch of rookie mistakes

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Over 50s 56km support race
Collie Donnybrook Return Classic
16 August 2014

I entered the over 50s support 56km scratch race at the Collie Donnybrook Return Classic, so I could get a look at the tough half of the course without having to ride the full 106km race at threshold …

Not your normal race day

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

PDCC C grade
Dog Hill
9 August 2014

I approached this race with a heavy heart, one of the riders I raced with for the last two years, took their own life last Sunday.

For the sprinter in me

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

PDCC C grade points race
19 July 2014

After racing for two years, I know I am a very ordinary sprinter and climber. What I do well is chase down or drive breakaways on the flat and the windier the better. I was going to have to use my abilities to my full advantage to perform well in the points race. Where you get points for your position crossing the line each of the six laps around the 8.8km Serpentine course. At least the course was flat, but the wind was not that strong.

No lesson today

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

WCMCC C grade scratch race
Herne Hill
13 July 2014

I went into the race with a simple aim, not to spent all my energy chasing breakaways. I was going to sit back for the first couple of laps, move up the next two laps, be active the last couple of laps and put in a late attack.

Chasing too hard

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

PDCC C grade scratch race
12 July 2014

Good weather saw 20 riders line up for C grade. A good number of the regulars, some new faces and a couple of old faces who had not raced for a while.

I was sitting at the back, when first time up Bodeman Road the attacks started. The bunch reacted and everything went quiet for the next couple of lap. Third time up Bodeman Road, one of the old faces with a reputation for attacking moved up the outside, I followed. He slowed, so I took the opportunity and put in an attack. I was joined by two other riders over the top. We had a break, but the other two were not willing to push it. So by the time we turned onto Lyon Road, the bunch was together, so I launched another attack.

Fun in the rain

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

WCMCC C grade scratch race Wandi 6 July 2014 After the glorious sunshine and warmth of yesterday afternoon. I was woken up by a storm front passing. I knew it was going to be wet and windy today, but I was glad the front passed before racing. Still with strong wind forecasted I decided to […]