Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Chatterbox - Category 4 Road, Category G Track
If there was a Category G at the track, that is what I would race. It might also be called the Slow and Lazy category.
Fortunately, I got to make my track racing debut with a bike that somewhat fit, since CyclistRick was sitting out with broken thumb. I did about 40 minutes warmup on my own. Then, we had the official 20 minute warmup, which was the first reasonable warmup I've had out there in a while. It was probably because Uncle Larry admonished us not to go anaerobic before our race.
There were 21 C's signed up and 8 women/juniors. Uncle Larry offered us our own race, but we said we'd go C's if all but 55+ 4/5 men went to race with the B's. So, that was the agreement. We lined up for our 60 lap scratch race with 3 premes and about 16 in the field.
I got a decent roll off the wall. I decided to line up on the higher row, because the draft was better there on the windy stretch, and I could make moves from there as well. That ended up being not such a good idea. As soon as we came around, and the whistle blew, some Godspeed dude who looked about 35 with super-man-meat-quads (like 75cm) attacked hard. This meant the rest of us strung out. This also meant my position sucked, because the first place I could grab a wheel was much further back than I wanted. The Godspeed dude ended up lapping us and then getting back on the front and keeping the pace so high, that no one could control him. I only lasted about 10 laps the first time. 1st reintegration did not go well. The 2nd time I reintegrated, I got a good slot and managed to hang on for about 20 or so laps. So, that was good.
I'm sure I'll be back for more, since I can't think of any more fun way to get my Tuesday intervals. However, I'm hoping to rally support around a Category G race where I can actually work on position, tactics and maybe have a chance to win!