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  • Trying out Tuesday

    Posted on April 5th, 2017 Scott 1 comment

    In the 11 seasons I have participated in some way, at the Dick Lane Velodrome, I have never raced or participated on a Tuesday – that changed yesterday! It's Masters night – and being more masterly than I used to be, decided to give it a go.

    Five Lap Scratch

    On the line it became 7. I had about 5 laps of speed, but managed to hang in there and not finish last. The field was a spaced out just enough so I would have to squeeze through gaps to move up, and possibly make others feel funky… good race.

    Point-a-Lap

    I hate a point-a-lap. They are just not an event I have ever done well in. They are fast from the gun and only get faster. Undergeared and under-powered, I did enjoy about 7 laps second wheel behind Barman. I then faded, but was pleasantly surprised at my speed. With no track training, I guess losing over 60 pounds helps?

    Points Race

    Prior to our race, the beginners decided to crash rather dramatically. Lots of noise, sparks and people bouncing. I wasn't "phased" by this, but it led to a long delay. My legs felt like crap. I decided to stretch them out early, just a lap on the gas. It was fun to roll off the field and others commented later "It was good to see Scott roll off like Scott rolls off!" Anyway … 2-3 laps later, there was a HORRIFIC noise in the field. Sounded just like the previously described crash. I don't have time to bounce…. so I backed off…. went high, looking for bodies on the ground but they never showed up. Turns out Barman's chain came off. Riding a carbon bike, they amplify all sounds and make it sound like somebody abusing an aircraft carrier or something. As that sorted out they were ringing the bell…. I was OTB… race was over, but training continued for 21 more laps.

    I've got some work to do, but man, I had fun!

    #blogit #FiftyNotFat #44 

    Trying out Tuesday…

    In the 11 seasons I have participated in some way, at the Dick Lane Velodrome, I have never raced or participated on a Tuesday – that changed yesterday! It’s Masters night – and being more masterly than I used to be, decided to give it a go.

    Five Lap Scratch

    On the line it became 7. I had about 5 laps of speed, but managed to hang in there and not finish last. The field was a spaced out just enough so I would have to

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  • Why 44?

    Posted on April 15th, 2013 Scott No comments

    People often ask "what is your favorite number?" and I say 44… it is and it has been since 1983.  This photo shows you why!

    Back in 1982 and 1983, the Chesapeake Wheelmen held a time trial in Crofton, Maryland ever Tuesday night.  Had to be Tuesday – so as not to compete with Greenbelt!  Well, for those of us who were members and did it all the time – we got these cool – cloth numbers.  I still have it (obviously). 

    As I progressed in my cycling career and raced at Greenbelt – I begged for the number 44 – so I could use this number.  When I moved to Colorado Springs and raced track for years – I begged to be number 44.  I was granted my wish.  The same has held true in Atlanta at the velodrome.  Based on statistics I have made up in my head, I am fairly certain that I hold the world record for the number of races raced with the #44 pinned on.  Go ahead, prove me wrong!  I'll make up some more statistics! 

    There are a lot of memories tied to that number… not just the number 44, but the cloth number shown below.  It's lived 30 years in my possession!  That is really pretty crazy!

    BTW – I used to race a 10 mile time trial weekly, all summer long.  I think I've ridden 5 since 1983.  Timed events are the devil!

    #blogit

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