Firstly, I have no idea why isitup.org is telling me my blog is up when I can’t even log into the back end. I’m typing this via e-mail, and will hopefully be uploading it in the near future. Damn technology.
Anyway, the crowd was a bit smaller this time around at the track. I drove 280 down to get to the velodrome, which was seemingly faster, until I was caught up in traffic down in San Jose. Still took me an hour and 45 minutes to get down there, same as 101. Upon arriving, I registered and pinned my number to my side. It’s pretty convenient just having one number for the entire season, I have to say. Lots of familiar faces out today including Fergus, Marc, Tim, Uri (Chica Sexy), Jake, Al, Zach, and Gabe (BRITEsport).
Scratch: The wind was pretty heavy on the beginning races today, but died down a bit as the night went on. I was playing catch-up for most of the race, and landed somewhere near the back at the end of the 10 laps. Not ideal, but at least I was hanging on…Could’ve definitely done better, oh well.
Tempo (Snowball): This time around, it was 10 laps, but each lap, the amount of points for the first rider across the line went up as the laps kept going. 1 point for the first lap, all the way up to 10 points for the final lap. The pace for the first couple laps wasn’t too bad, then started picking up in the middle, dropping riders off the back. Again, I was stuck in no man’s land, fighting the wind to get back to the main group. Failed to gain any real momentum or make any moves near the front. As I rode around the warmup track before the miss and out, I saw Zach make a sick move on the 8th lap of tempo, scoring 9 points on the 9th lap, and almost holding the lead into the 10th lap. Unfortunately, he was nipped at the line. Sick power move though, I need to do more like that from the outside of the track.
Miss and Out: Last week I was the first rider to get pulled. This week, I made it 3 laps in before getting pulled. Progress, but barely. Personal fail.
Points: 12 laps, points every 3rd lap. The pace for the final race was much more intense than previous ones, and I found myself off the back a couple times. Should’ve definitely been passing slower wheels on the outside, but somehow, got caught behind one every single lap. Somewhere in the middle of the race, a guy just sat up for an unknown reason, which just caused a bunch of riders to swerve around him. Then on the 2nd to last lap, someone’s front tire rubbed another rim, with both riders almost going down, but somehow keeping it together. Definitely could’ve been a bad accident…
There was two accidents that occured when I was there. One cat5 rider touched his front wheel to someone’s rear and went down in turn 1 – accident didn’t seem too serious. Then on the p/1/2/3 miss and out, a rider went down on turn 3 – the ambulance came to see that the rider’s injuries were tended to, but I don’t know the final outcome of his injuries. I just hope they weren’t too serious.