Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Beaufort crierium

This was the second race of the speedweek series, with 140 odd starters, on a very tight rough circuit. Of all the starters only 40 odd finished. I finished 35th it was a very hard ride. i felt my performance was ok but im still working towards better results.

next race tomorrow night

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Athens twilight

This was the biggest event of the speedweek series. The crowed reaches between 30 and 40 thousand all lining the streets of down town Athens. The race doesn't start till about 9 at night and finished close to 11. It is a 4 corner 1km circuit with a few rollers in it. we do 80 laps.

Because of my computrainer result i got to start front row behined the call up. It was chaos over 100 riders on the tight circuit. Most of the race i spent trying not to burn to many matches and slowly moving up, I never got to see the front of the race. All through the race riders were shelling off only about 50 riders finished, there were quite a few crashes which made things interesting but i managed to avoid them and not get caught waiting.

Coming into the last 12 laps i tried to start moving towards the front of the race, with about 5 laps to go and a few close calls i had moved up a big bunch of spaces but i started cramping up and the chaos in front of me wasn't giving any more opportunity's to get any closer to the front. I rolled in over the line in 29th position.

I was reasonably happy with my ride, i survived well. I know i have a lot better results in me so I'm looking forward to the rest of the week, my speed should start picking up a lot since this was my first full blowen crit since last season.

My next race starts on Tuesday night, cant wait...

Saturday, April 26, 2008

computrainer test for athens twilight start grid

After our 10 hour drive down to Athens Georgia, we had to do a computrainer hilly 4mile tt, they had 8 trainers set up on a stage and ran heats all day, the top 8 times went through to the final that night. The time trial was to qualify your grid position for the start of the twilight race the following night. i ended up coming 15th and team mate Bennett qualified 3rd. In the final he managed to get 6th. It was a good start to the weekend and i am happy with how I'm feeling and looking forward to the start of the the twilight race.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Second win in as many days

This race was just west of Columbus, the weather was supposed to be cloudy with no rain, how wrong could it be. It poured down the whole race, i haven't been that cold since last season i was here.

The race was very flat, I had team mates Marco and Joe racing with me. The coarse was an exposed 100km 5 lap race. We started attacking the field early on, it took a while before the break went with Joe over a minute up the road by himself and then a chasing group of 5 with me in it. Joe had an awesome ride, holding the field off till 400m to go, which in all was 50km of the race he went solo. The chasing group was very inconsistent making it perfect for Joe to stay away. At one stage i was sure he would hold us off and take the win, but coming down to the last 10km the group took off. It came down to a bunch sprint that i took out with Joe rolling in 4Th.

Hopefully we don't have to do much more racing in the rain, nothing beats a day out in the sun on the bike.

First victory

Well this was my first race being properly settled into the states, it was a circuit race in Cleveland called round the lake, there was a strong field there with riders from Texas road house, RGF and team type one. I managed to get into the decisive break away with two Texas roadhouse riders and two RGF riders, I thought I basically had no chance without a team mate, but i worked hard and answered every attack until the finishing up hill sprint. I was very happy to have won this race it is a great way to start the season.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Back in the USA on the Infernoracing team

Well i made it in one peice after 30 hours of transit. I have my new bike kit which looks awesome. Will post photos soon. See for a calender of the events the team is doing this season.