• 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

  • OCUP #1: Feb 2015

Cycling

A group of 40 or so hardy soles showed up for the Canada Donut Ride even though it was threating thunderstorms. While it did rain part way into the ride, we missed it for the most part and only had wet roads for part of the ride. The smaller group today led to a faster pace ride - faster than normal. At one point Lori and Fudge Koffman got annoyed and attacked to get the pace up.

Here is a shot from my Fly6Cam showing the water on the roads at the Keele St. sprint:

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I got home to find this rhymne in my inbox which seemed appropriate. Thanks to Steve Svensson from the D'Ornellas Club for sending this off.

It would seem lately, mostly over the last two weeks, the words "I think I can, I think I can" seem to be translating more into "Dammit, I can't". The letters DNF seems to be following me around as I blown up in a rash of races lately.

I have to keep reminding myself that the the point of racing up, doing racing harder than perhaps I should, was to work on putting myself in positions that would force to me to push myself beyond what I would have done in the past. It's be a hard go lately as the races get tougher because the guys have gotten fitter, and where I was holding it in the middle of the pack, I'm not struggling to hold onto the back of the pack. 

The Buffalo Crit was case in point. For the first time in the two years going there, I blew up. I struggle as to why. The best I can say, is a rest week is required. But, the same problem happened in Ottawa last weekend: I'm not used to racing where there is sprint after sprint after sprint - basically, the way a crit is supposed to be raced. The guys last night were on the attack more so that normal. Pace was either 30km/h or 50km/h. I lasted 30mins. Two weeks ago, I raced there and finished a 75min race midpack without much issue. The guys last time were really more animated than usual looking to chase down any break that got away. Normally, they sit up and ride around. I take some solice in the fact that Dan, the guy I went with from Midweek, was struggling to hang on, and two weeks ago he finished 11th with out much issue. So, the race was much harder, faster last night.

 

Last season, for whatever reason, I decided not to race in Ottawa at the Dandelion Grand Prix. A open crit race around a fast 5 corner circuit. However, I put myself in the team car for the Real Deal Racing team with the thought of taking photos and video of the race for the team. For them, it was a 90 min crit which they had a plan to win.

After the race, I was invited to sit in on the team meeting. The race didn't go down as planned, and team lead, Ed Veal, was looking for reasons why things happened the way they did. Everyone wants to win and there are usually only three places on the podium. It didn't happen for them that day, and Ed and the team went through the post-mortum of the race.

For me, while they didn't get the result they wanted it, became a great learning opportunity. I followed the Real Deal guys around a fair amount last year learned alot from them. It seems some guys have the natural horse power to get on the podium, and others have to learn how to use what they have to get there. I'm the second category. 

What I learned from these guys on that day was the following:

 

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