24 May 2011

ride | Pacific Raceways CR

The forecast for today was SUN and then the rest of the week was CRAP so I decided to make the most of it and get in a little jaunt before work.

I met up with the Tuesday/Thursday morning crew on the Mercer lid and we took off for the usual casual ride (read: race) around the island.

Things were going swimmingly until Gentry M rotated to the front and decided that 24 mph was just way too slow. So now we're doing 27. For a guy that 'doesn't race' he sure goes fast.

That was the impetus this bunch needed and from there it was quick, quick, quick all the way around the island. At the end Dan N (who I had not seen in ages) were going to sprint it out when some car pulled out into the road and proceeded to drive at 20 mph. Too bad for us. From here we turned around and had a social ride back home.

At Pacific Raceways it was points race time! This is a great format for a race if you're going to have it on the flats as every lap is a sprint with two points for first and one point for second place. Good times.

I tried to get away a couple of times and went really hard each time but the pack was not having any of that. Once I got away with Brian G (Garage) who is always willing to work but we still only lasted about 3/4 of a lap.

So it was time for plan B. Work for Dave H. He was already doing okay on his own but it's amazing how much some dedicated teamwork will help. When I Heard the bell for the second prime I found Dave and we didn't even have to say anything, he knew why I was there. Nice. I ended up on the front a little early but felt good and was able to give him a great leadout and he won the prime! That's what I'm talking about.

Then I had to rest for a couple of laps and was figuring we would wait for the finish but with three laps to go Dave contested another sprint! I was worried he was doing too much but in his defense he had great position so sometimes you need take advantage of the opportunity given you.

Entering the last lap I got in front of Dave again and this time I also found Steve O and got behind him. I figured this was perfect; Dave took the lead about 200 m before the end of the drag strip but then as we started to round the last left hand corner he slowed down. :( I yelled at him to speed up but it didn't help. Finally I Had to go myself – again from a pretty long way out.

I managed to provide Dave with a good leadout but this time Sean P (Starbucks) had a leadout of his own and I think Dave got 2nd. Still, he had enough points to win the night so mission accomplished.

This was as a fun and fast race! Teams are starting to work together more and all we need now is a few more people that are willing to work in a break and for teams to know why they are chasing down the pack. It seems too often some teams chase, catch the break and then sit up...

Sleep 6
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Workout Food ride – large bottle w/2 scoops HEED and one tablet of nuun
race – water
Time of Day ride – 6:15 AM
race – 7:00 PM
Workout Type intervals
Weather ride – upper 40s, mostly cloudy, dry
race – mid 60s, mostly sunny, dry
Course race – points race on the flats
Equipment Road Bike
Clothing ride – knee warmers, bib shorts, Craft short sleeve undershirt, short sleeve jersey, arm warmers, mid weight vest, cap, Polypropylene gloves
race – bib shorts, Craft short sleeve undershirt, short sleeve jersey, cap

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