The track is awesome.
It’s 11:02pm but I’m going to type this up quick before I forget all the funny details. Huge turnout at the velodrome, a lot more than usual, I heard. The Cat5 men’s group was 20+ riders deep, and there were 4 categories total: Cat5 men, juniors/women, Cat3/4 men, and then the P/1/2/3 men’s group. $15 for 4 events: scratch, tempo, miss and out, and points. I showed up a tad later than most because I was stuck in traffic for quite a long time. Apparently 101 isn’t the best way to get down to San Jose on a Wednesday. Definitely taking 280 next time…carpooling if possible. Anyway, after showing up to the track, throwing on the shoes and helmet, I was off to warming up. Spinning around near the edge of the track seeing a ton of familiar faces: Fergus, Tim, Steve (Chica Sexy), Gabe, Zack (BRITEsport), and more people I’m forgetting.
Scratch: 10 laps, first rider across the line gets points. I was not in the best position for the scratch, which was my own fault. And soon I realized that most of my effort through the short race would be dodging slow wheels and riding up the track to pass people. It was a lot of fun though, first race of the day, definitely a good opener. Lots of weird movement from some people, which made riding and passing a bit hairy at times, but no crashes, so just a solid experience either way.
Tempo: 10 laps, sprint points every lap with the first rider getting 2 points, second rider getting 1…? Again, a race where fighting for position is key. About halfway through the tempo race, I realized that I was (again) getting caught up with slow wheels, and (again) spending a lot of energy to catch faster wheels up farther in the bunch. No crashes, no complaints.
Miss and out: 19 laps (I think) because our field was 22, with the last rider getting pulled every lap. Once there are 3 riders left, it’s 1 lap to go until a sprint finish. In this race, positioning is everything. I know because I was the first rider to get pulled just 1 lap in – pretty damn sad and embarrassing, but yea. I had the general idea of the race in my head but all of that kind of went out the window once I saw 3 riders in front of me like a wall, with no where to squeeze in. I wasn’t nearly as fun watching this from the warmup track, but oh well. Next time.
Points: 12 laps with points awarded to top 4 riders (5, 3, 2, and 1 point, I believe) every 3 laps? Again, with pretty bad positioning, I ended up near the back and had to fight on the outer edge to pass up people. At one point, I was slightly off the front, but got burnt out with 1 to go.
I might’ve gotten tempo and points descriptions’ mixed up. Someone will probably correct me later.