Sunday, 5 December 2010


I had one of the more pleasant problems that one can experience today. I met (in fact smashed) the goal I set for myself early in the day, then had the "issue" of wondering what to do with the rest of the day.

For the ease of comparison here are all my flying 200 times for the past few years. There are a couple of aberrations from where i turned up already cooked, but in general you can see I'd reached a plateau of times around 13.2 to 13.3 seconds.

round 2 2010/2011: 14.284
round 1 2010/2011: 13.378
2010 invitational: 12.56 (indoors @ DISC with big wheels)
Round 6 2009/2010: 13.330
Round 4 2009/2010: 13.171
Round 2 2009/2010: 13.246
Round 1 2009/2010: 13.226
Round 3 2008/2009: 13.40
Round 2 2008/2009: 13.72
Round 1 2008/2009: 13.78
Round 6 2007/2008: 14.50
Round 5 2007/2008: 13.48
Round 4 2007/2008: 13.79

Today I did it in 12.632.

Aside from feeling strong I made a couple of changes. Firstly I upped my gear to 102" (from 96") and after chatting with Chris Ray I changed my tactic to leaving my windup to really late, almost 280m to go rather than the usual 500 to go.

After that huge high my first race against Stewart Lucy was a bit of a let down, i left the big gear on, jumped early and was convincingly chased down.

The next two against Chris and Dino were both loses, but I don't regret a millisecond of them. I think all of us were inspired by the UCI world cup and played cat and mouse games until late in the lap before dashing all out to the line. I honestly thought I had both of them beaten, but as I said before, I don't regret a millisecond of either race. They were full commitment, all out racing.

I raced Stuart again in the 3/4 final, this time the roles were reversed, he attacked and (after an initial brain fart) I went hard after him and came around with just enough speed to get my wheel past his on the line.

PMPW: 92kg

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