The final race of the ACT crit series was run and won, and unfortunately I missed the win by 2cm. Brad did his usual scalded cat start and put a bit of a gap on the field. I started reasonably quick and just bided my time for a few laps. An over excited junior who didn't believe in deodorant went past me. There was only so many seconds I could sustain breathing in BO so I went past him and got into the clear clean air. Brad slowed a bit on the 5th lap of 7 which allowed me to get on his wheel. At stromlo, overtaking is extremely hard if the two riders are evenly matched. Brad and I have raced each other over 40 times so we know each other's strengths and weaknesses pretty well, and as for tactics - blocking is what works well at Stromlo!
Every time I would go for a passing move, Brad would shut it down with just enough gas to keep me out. The Titus being a bit heavier wasn't helping either - it definitely lacks the kick of the hardtail. After trying at every spot (about 7 of them) on the short 90 second loop, the only place left was the finish line. Which ended up being about 2 metres too short. It was a great race though, as has been the whole series.
I ended up with 2nd overall in A grade to Brad. He won 8 races to my 4 and was defintely the deserving winner. Kylie also got 2nd overall in women. She raced 11 of the 20 in the series including 9 first place finishes and 2 3rd place finishes. Sensational work.
On the weekend I spent a fair bit of time climbing. Over 2500m over the 2 days. This included 6 runs up Stromlo alternating 'Ullrichs' and 'Armstrongs' - secret training method!
After this session I pretty much limped home absolutely hammered. When I got home, it was straight to the couch for a lie down - with all my gear and helmet still on. I was blown! This will pay off in about a week or so when the recovery has occurred.