Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
From the front door to the start line at Majura took about 13 minutes at a truly leisurely pace, about 10 laps were done for practice / keeping warm
To say that I was awaiting the arrival of the dirt crist was an understatement. I really enjoy the flat biscuit style of racing. The fact that it is a short event and racing is in close confines with other riders ensures that tactics are called in as well. Truly the best test for the higher abilities in the cardiovascular game. I also was buoyed by the fact that I was wearing my new Lonsdale St Cyclery team kit. This gear is really fast!
Kylie raced in B grade with a bunch of the regulars, but there seemed to be some new faces also. The secret training I have her doing seems to working well, as she managed to take the win in the Women's class with a comfortable lead over second place. She also finished just outside the top 10 of B grade racing against the blokes so she was happy with the overall outcome there.
In the A grade ranks it was good to see that a lot of the B graders had moved up and there were some new faces also. A few fast dudes were missing also, either racign the road super crits or doing secret training for the National Rounds. Gareth Paton got the holeshot into the first corner and I ensured that I was on his wheel. Ben Cory, Michael Baker and Nick Menager were all going flat out behind me as well. After the first lap, I made a break up the fireroad to get past Gareth and took over the lead. I manged to hold the lead until the 6th lap at which stage I let Michael Baker take the front after the fireroad. I sat on his wheel through the singletrack and at the next roo-line fireroad Nick made a good inside move up the inside to take 2nd, which left me in 3rd place.
The start of the last lap was at the bottom of the fireroad, where I put the power down and passed Nick. I ran out of room before the corner so was not able to lead into the singletrack. I followed Michael as I knew there was one last passing spot on the roo-line fireroad. Luckily for me, I took the inside line here and braked later than Michael and was able to get into the singletrack first. I was then able to hold this lead for the last 400m and take the win. I was fortunate that this move stuck as the finish line was a bit too close to the exit of the singletrack and there would not have been enough room for the sprint.
The race course was about 1km long and 7 laps were raced, which took about 13 minutes. This should be a good little step up for the longer national round short track events which will be 15 minutes plus 3 laps - which ends up being 20 minutes minimum.
Max heart rate in the race was 191bpm, average for the race was 175bpm. Sunlight had gone, luckily I had the persimmon lenses on. And it was freezing, with a cold front having come over in the last couple of days. Kylie and I wanted to ride a bit further after the race but ran out of sunlight on the way home, so just took an 'exit' trail and bailed home.
Thanks to Lonsdale St Cyclery for the new kit made by Sugoi and for sorting me with a short track weapon in the form of a Scott Scale. The fact that you don't notice anything while racing is a major plus and a testament to the comfort of the knicks and jersey. Bring on the weekend.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Understatement of the week.
Recent rumours in Italy have indicated that Quick-Step boss Patrick Lefevere tried to lure Alessandro Ballan to his squad but the world champion declined the offer.
Lose one, try to gain another. After Schumacher tested positive and can no longer play, Quick Step try to get hold of the current World Champion. Maybe they have a thing for rainbow stripes.
After the retirement of Bettini following this year's world championships, Cunego told La Gazzetta dello Sport that, "I am not going to be called the new Bettini"
Good idea. Being known as the "new somebody" is a sure jynx to ruin a career. The new Miguel Indurain, the new Armstrong, the new Merckx - just doesn't happen.
In more important news, the Melbourne to Warrnambool is on this weekend. This the world's longest one day bike race, at a shade under 300km. Joel Stewart, who was on the victorious Lonsdale St Cyclery 6 man team at the 24 hour race at Stromlo, is heading off this weekend to rack up some serious racing miles. Pin it you muppet!
Got my new team kit on the weekend. All I can say, it is fast. I have already clocked faster times up the "Dog Hill" repeats than this time last year whilst wearing this clothing. The "Dog Hill" is a painful 3 minute session that starts easy then gets harder as you go. It must be done in the 'big dog' (large chainring). The slope approaches about 16% in places. It is a full on 95+% MHR climb that produces sensational results. But it hurts like hell. Swearing and cursing is compulsory on this hill.
The new gear will get its first race showing on Thursday at the CORC dirt crits at Majura. Just look out for the blur of orange, black and white.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Stats for the weekend:
Hours ridden off road: 7 hours 15 minutes
Vertical metres climbed: 2400m
Number of times the black mountain magpie snapped me: 8
Heart rate while being snapped: 168bpm
Heart rate after being snapped: 178bpm
Snakes seen: 1 - size of a pencil - but the parents were probably not too far away.
Calories burnt: 9135
White gloves worn: yep
White knicks worn: no way
Slices of Janie's cake eaten: 2 (big slices)
Bee stings: 1
Energy gels eaten: 12
Bottles of Cytomax and Nuun drunk: 10
Chains worn out: 1
The temperatures were nice at about 20 - 25 degrees. However out at Stromlo, you tend to bake a bit due to there being no trees and the white reflectivity of the trail. Good to work on the underside of the arms and legs with regard to tanning.
On Saturday night Janie and Trev put on a bbq. Joel, Rachael, Will, Kylie and I ate a feast of fine food. After the food we checked out some pictures from the Scott 24 hour race, and then the night degenerated into watching dodgy clips on you tube!!. As we all know, there are some shockers out there. The guy who bought the farm while racing the moto TT on the Isle of Man surely takes the cake. He clipped the inside of the tunnel with his shoulder then exploded into about 100 pieces after hitting the barricades on the exit. Just a bruised lung at 200+ km\hr.
2 weeks now until the Adelaide National round. Sweet, can not wait. Great town, great trails, great shopping, great sushi.
On a local note, the Thursday afternoon dirt crits start this Thursday. The first race kicking off in my back yard at Majura. I have been racing and riding these trails since I moved to Canberra in 1991. Back then they hadn't invented singletrack, but it was still good. Some of the singletrack is a bit tired now, but when you are racing you don't see the flaws in the trail, only the sensations of pain through the body.
Monday, October 13, 2008
much haul everyone back, then I got a flat tyre. A quick stop and I had it back running - a bit light though - to get us in 5th place for the first lap. My Heart rate had gone mental and maxed out at 195bpm - and I thought my max was 187!!
Anyway after that we all pretty much dialled what we needed to do and punched out consistent laps.