• 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

When I started racing, I found one of the issues I had was finding out about the races. The Ontario Cycling Association does publish races held in Ontario, but folks, the world is bigger than that. Certainly, anyone willing to do some driving can be racing all over every weekend and sometimes during the week. There are also a lot of good racing opportunities in the US in MI and NY and in Canada in Quebec. A lot of racers in Ontario seem to think the only things that matters is OCUP races. If you didn't know it, you can apply the results from races outside Ontario for upgrade points towards your license. Racing something other than the "usual" races also opens up training opportunities one would otherwise not have and sometimes can be fun racing against guys that have no idea who you are.

Today is Thursday, June 6. Last weekend the K/W Classic was held in Kitchener. The weekend before that was a road race in Frankenmooth, MI.

 

This weeks Midweek Crit in Mississuaga, ON is cancelled, folks. No racing in the rain practice tonight. I'm kind of miffed at having the night off because I was looking forward to practicing racing in the rain. I wanted to kill it this evening. I'm not blaming the Midweek CC staff; however, with last weeks poor turn out, I don't blame them.

Just as an FYI, last Thursday in Buffalo, the Buffalo CC had 30 racers out in the B race and 40 racers out in the A race racing in the POURING rain for the Larkinville Challenge. Yes, downpour. Everyone kept the rubber on the road. Breakaways happened in both races. These guys took advantage of the conditions and forced the pace to extreme proporitions on the first lap in the B race. Three guys got a 30 sec lead on the pack 10 laps into the race. 

At Midweek on Tuesday night, everyone ran for cover at the hint of rain and there ended up being only nine guys in the B race and 20 in the A race. While I was somewhat pleased to be in the top ten for a change, I was disappointed in the bad turn out. I saw too many guys return to their cars. WTF?

In my mind, you can't learn to race in the rain riding the trainer and watching it on TV. You have to do it. You have to experience the spray in your face, deal with getting soaked through, the brakes fading on the carbon rims, wonder if you'll slip out on a corner, feel the tires lose grip as you sprint out of corner a little too hard, etc.. I raced twice in the rain last week and once in April in Roswell, GA. Each time I got a bit more confident.

I guess, I am a bit peeved out American friends seem to fill the racing roster and we Canucks can not.

Comments?

Bike races go off rain or shine. But how often do we practice racing in the rain? Tuesday night is the Midweek Crit here in Toronto. It's a 1km loop in a industrial park on the edge of Toronto. I was watching the weather all day today. I was planning to race it regardless of the weather. In my mind, I knew we would be racing in the rain and I looked forward to the training opportunity. Part of my motivation/enthusiasm today was my lack of preparation and readiness when I raced in Roswell, GA some 2-3 weeks ago. It poured from the moment I arrived until the Pro race at the end of the day. As a result of my lack of training in the rain and general unpreparedness, I ended up not finishing. Today, I was set completing the race regardless of what the weather brought - redemption of sorts for the pathetic result on Roswell.

 

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