Well, “It” isn’t pointless – I was last night!
Last week, I raced okay, had fun and placed really well in 3 out of 4 races. Last night, I’d love to tell you I slayed it, but that was not the truth.
Normally an event I am good at, I got a good start but didn’t have anything once I got to the back straight. I really can’t explain it other than I probably would have won in Frisco… I just didn’t have the POW to roll 323ish meters super hard. In a race that lasts under 30 seconds, there’s no time to regroup and get back into things. Once I realized I was out of the points…. I just finished. Maybe 5th?
Win and In
I don’t generally like this event much. Of the 9 events at the track on a weekly basis, it is my last favorite (maybe because I’ve had ZERO success in this event. Well, the streak of suckdom continued last night. I made a couple moves that could have worked out. I was a little opportunistic early – tried to create opportunity late, but in a 15 lap race with sprints every 3 laps – it’s a fast race no doubt.
I am proud of this one. In previous 8-mile attempts – I have fallen apart with about 6 laps to go. I’m happy to say when the bell rang with one lap to go I was in a great position to attack for the win. I did just that…. unfortunately, 5 other guys were still there and they had more gas than I did. At least I didn’t go down without a fight! I got hooked pretty hard in the sprint, took a guided tour of the apron but didn’t stack or lose any spokes in my Naten sponsored wheels. The more impressive thing is I made it through the incident without a single word of profanity. It could have been the nearly instantaneous apology from the guy who did it? I don’t know – it worked out alright.
So… a tie for third in the omnium last week… no points this week. I’m more impressed and happier about my performance this week. Bike racing is a funny sport like that. Welp, time to get back on my bike and get to work… as everybody now calls me Commuter Dude – I must commute and I have not done that this week. Looking forward to the ride!