While we’re winding down our track season in the northern hemisphere, the southern part of the world is in full on race-mode. Our “Rhink Down Under” Gil has been racing at DISC and getting great results. Here’s how he did Tuesday night…
I pulled off the front with 4 laps to go. Buddy Kirk attacked and broke the group in two which allowed me to slot right in 3 back from leader. I thought I would be able to come around my friend Niall the same way I did in the 40-lap motorpace event 5 weeks ago, but he held on and beat me by a couple inches at the line. He was pushing a 50x14 gear while I pushed a 48x14. Legs pain-free and I felt like I had plenty left in the tank afterward. 2nd place.
I stayed in the front one to three spots the whole time. Came down to me and Bryan who lead me out, but I couldn’t come around him in time and got pipped at the line by a couple inches again. Afterward one of the veteran coaches, Phil, gave me a tip - next time try the “running pass”. This is where you allow the lead racer a few bike lengths by coming up the wall while maintaining your speed then come bombing down the wall and passing the racer in front versus sucking his/her wheel and trying to come around. All new to me! 2nd place.
30-Lap Points Race
Pace was pretty high and then picked up even higher to shed the group in two. Came down to 5 of us in the lead group. Won the first bell lap and a couple of 3rds thereafter. 3rd place in points race.
More to come soon as I’m hoping to race two weeks in a row for the first time in ages.