• Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, MI

  • Racing the Provincial's Crit 2014

  • Forest City Velodrome - London, ON

  • Larkenville Challenge, Buffalo, NY

  • Winning the Sprint at the ForestCity Velodrome

  • Track Nationals 2014: Keirin

  • Track Nationals 2014: Points Race

Cycling

Today, I did a volunteer session at the Milton Velodrome. I lead out the Try The Track group, and stuck around to keep the Re-cert group "honest". I heard those immortal words again: "I'm dumping my trainer for track". What a bad idea.

With all the excitement over the opening of the Milton Velodrome, I'm sure that is a thought many riders have. I even know guys that race that have circumed to the excitment are fighting their way into any session they can get their hands on.

With Track Nationals 2014 over and done, and 1.5 weeks of doing effectively nothing, I jumped back on the trainer Tuesday night to re-start training again. However, my motivation was still low. As I did the sprint workout, it hit me: what am I training for? The goal of last summer was to get ready for track racing in the fall and see what I could do at the Provincials Crit. The goal of the fall was to become ready for track nationals. I am not at the point where I am looking to the future and seeing what it holds. 

One of the things I was told when I started a new training plan last September, is that I race too much. There are two types of bike racing I like doing: Track and Criteriums - basically any race that is short. Anything much over an hour, and I get bored. Riding around for 2-4 hrs for a single sprint is not something I enjoy. I used to do it, but results are usually the same: I forget to eat/drink when the pace picks up, and I blow up. One can get away with that one the track and in a hour crit, but after 90 mins of intensity, the body runs out of stored fuel. I'm done.

Day 4 of track nats saw us racing the Keirin and 3K Individual Pursuit. The Keirin originates from Japan. It is an eight lap sprint race, where six riders draft behind a motorbike for 5.5 laps, and then are let loose at 50km/h to race for the final 2.5 laps. The race really is only the last 650-750m and it is probably one of the fastest races on the track with speeds exceeding 65km/h. The individual pursuit is just that. You and the clock with a small twist: another rider racing you in the same race against the clock 1/2 lap apart. If you are caught by the other rider, the race is over.

Keirin Gone Wrong

I've done a Keirin a few times before at Bloomer Park in 2013. Bloomer Park is a 200m track in Rochester Hills, MI. I'm probably the only one in the Master B category that has, nevermind, the only licensed commissaire in the group that has done the track course. I'm working the Youth Cup races at the Milton Velodrome in February. So, I am still kicking myself for what happened in the second race. First, I entered the keirin for fun. Given there were some top sprinters, I never expected to make it through to the final round. Three riders from each heat proceeded to the final round with the remaining riders racing for placings in the 6-12 round. The first round was, well, slow. Still, the top three sprinter blew by the rest of us and I managed to finish behind them.

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