Sunday, 14 October 2012

14/10/2012

SKCC Crits:
The forecast was for a beautiful day, a day that one should be on the bike, in the sun, with a coffee, talking crap with mates. So that's what I planned to do. I planned to roll down to the SKCC crit (wearing my sash), grab a coffee or 7, and talk crap while others drilled themselves around the closed circuit.

At some point the plan was hijacked, I'm blaming it on Skinny, and instead of watching others tear around the bitumen, I was putting down $20 and picking up a number so that I could. Moments after I had #20 pinned on my back I was asked if I could help marshal D-grade, so I did that too.

The D-Grade duties was a good move, it loosened up my legs and made me feel like I had the ability to push on the pedals. When finally I rolled out with A-Grade I was confident I could not only finish the race, but I could influence it as well.

For me the race was mostly covering moves, I had mates up the road at most points, so all I had to do was sit back and wait to see if it came to a sprint. When it didn't, I wound up the bunch to the last corner and let them go, pretty much a straight copy of last week.

It wasn't all roses, I noted that for much of the race I lost a wheel or two coming through turn. This meant I had to work a little harder at the start of the start/finish straight, and wasted energy. I'll watch out for it in future races and see if I can correct the speed discrepancy, maybe it's an extra pedal stroke before the corner, maybe s a marginally different line is needed.

Oh yeah, 300km of racing in a weekend. Booooyah!

Strava link.

D: 85.3km
A: 168m

PMPW: 92kg

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