Sunday, 6 April 2014

6/04/2014

SKCC Crits:
I played somewhat with  my caffeine levels today, avoiding it totally until just before A grade. I might have pushed the envelope a bit much, as from when the race started until around 8pm, my face felt funny.... but my legs felt alright, and that's the important thing.

Talking of alright, I was involved in a couple of things that make me proud today. Firstly a guy from work who's rolled a couple of E grades, allowed me to cajole him into racing D grade straight after he was done with E. He got around just fine, finishing firmly in the bunch. Nice work Darragh.

The second was dropping Richie off for the sprint at the front. With no DK racing, he was Rush's best chance for a top result, and as always I was keen for the lead out role. Before the race, we discussed that we needed to be in the top dozen or so riders with 3 to go, to avoid wasting energy moving up. To that end I owe Toz, Lui and Jake a thanks as they helped get us forward as the race drew to a close. Then, on the final lap, along the back of the course, Richie told me it was time to go, so I stepped out, ripped on the pedals, and pulled him past the lead few riders, and along to the final corner, where at 62km/h he let me know he was going to go inside.

Right, so, good things described, now on to the bad thing. So I had Richie going inside me through the corner, which meant I had to be outside, but it turns out Wilko with Stu in tow, were going outside of me. The issue is, I wasn't smooth through that last corner, my line changed a little as my brain tried to process leaving room for Richie. This ended up pushing Wilko and Stu out to the gutter and into emergency gutter-hopping / driveway-splitting procedures. Next week, I aim to be the first bloke to that corner again, and as such I have a responsibility to everyone behind me to be predictable. It's the exact thing I try to work on with E grade each week. So next week, I aim to be the first bloke to that corner, and even if my actual lead out is done the instant before I tip it in, I believe that I need to ensure I straighten up and give a last pedal stroke or two to clear myself from the bend.

Strava link.

D: 124.3km
A: 92m

PMPW: 94kg

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