Smaller fields at the track tonight. The 4/5 field was only 11 deep, I think. I left work 15 minutes earlier since all my projects were in a good spot and was on the road by 4pm. Took me an hour 45 to drive all the way down to track in 89*F weather in a black on black car with no a/c. Needless to say, it felt awesome to step out of the car by the end of the drive. There were 3 events tonight. Our favorite keirin nemesis was also out and about. The overarching goal between a couple of us was to ensure his failure. Let’s race.
Scratch: 10 laps (or 12, I forgot). Josh spent a lot of time on the front putting down the pace for the rest of us. I was a couple wheels back watching and waiting for keirin king to come over the top and put the pain down on us. He seemed dissatisfied with the pace a couple laps in, and went off the front with 8 left to go. Do it, man. After 2 laps, he rolled up the side of the velodrome, basically giving up his effort. So after a couple more laps, we started ramping up for the sprint. I was a couple wheels back, and I think the wheels in front of me started peeling off. On the bell, the young kid came over the top – Al was close behind but was unable to make up the gap before the line popped.
Snowball: 10 laps. I kind of forgot what happen in the beginning of this race. I vaguely remember that Josh was on the front pacing us. A small break of 3 guys went off the front after a couple laps. I was at the front of the second group and began reeling them in from 2 turns down. Eventually we caught back up to them and I maintained pace for a lap more. I pulled off and saw Al putting down the hammer with Mr. Keirin in tow. Al took all the remaining points in the race. On the second to last lap, I think nemesis had given up fully – he was slowly floating back to us.
Points: 25 laps (!), points ever 5. Damn. I don’t think I’ve ever put that much time in a single race. That was a lot of laps. My recollection of the race is a bit hazy, but I remember the beginning of the race starting off kind of chill. With the first sprint coming, a small group started attacking off the front, I was watching it all from the second group. A small gap formed, and I started getting a bit worried that we’d never bridge back up to them. A couple laps later with some shared pulls from the boys, we caught back up to the front. I think it was 13 laps left to go when I put an effort in. Nemesis was in the group behind, and I was hoping everyone would just let him sit out in the wind while I stayed off the front. I kept looking back thinking he was going to be coming over the top to steal my measly 5 points, but he never did. I pulled off after lap 10 to see a small group of guys coming through. I loosely raced around for the remaining laps, and didn’t see a whole lot of the finish. I don’t think nemesis was up there with them. Haha, excellent.
We did good, boys. We did good.