Last night was a really good night for me at the track. I took second in the first race of the night a 10 lap scratch race right behind Smithers. I was happy with this effort as it marked my first time racing at my new-old home track for good. During this race I thought my gear was a little bit too small so I asked around to see if anyone had anything bigger for me, but no one had anything that would work and I would be stuck with the 50×15 for the rest of the night.
After a long wait for the Keirins to start I was placed in the first heat and drew the 4th start position. I easily took 3rd wheel and rode the gravy train to the bell lap and took my heat by about 10m (or 30m in my mind). After watching the other heats I sized up my competition for the remainder of the night.
During this time I was tooling around the infield and Goldmember came up to me and said, “Super Rookie you don’t need a bigger gear.” I was stoked as America’s Fastest Cyclist talked to me. If I could link his website I would, but it is nice to get encouragement from someone that has the experience to back it up.
The final was comprised of 6 riders including; the Dubay brothers, who are going to be a force to be reckoned with, Mark Stewart, one of the most consistent riders at the track, Smithers, who is a machine, Sick Boy, who has been running his mouth all week about how he was going to win and how he beat me in the pursuit the other night.
I drew the 4th position again and took 2nd wheel behind Stewart who had to take the motor from the gun. I kept checking my shoulder to see if Smithers was going to move up on me. I gave a pretty good flick when I saw Sick Boy approach as did Smithers and that kept him in check for the rest of the night. During the pacing behind the motor I thought about the championship race from last year. I was in the same exact position as last year in 2nd wheel behind Stewart. The big difference was that last year Mikey! annihilated everyone right when the motor pulled off.
This year I was keeping my eyes on Smithers. He is a real strong rider and can take me in a sprint any day. When the bell came I tried to jump, but I was spinning out and I saw that he was still on my wheel. I dug as deep as I ever had and beat him across the line by the width of a tire. I was stoked. I have a medal now!
The last race for the cat3s almost immediately followed and I stayed glued to Smithers wheel as I wanted to win the omnium. I somehow managed to come over him once again to take first in that race and score the overall. It is real important for me to score as many points as I can right now because Adam Bergman and the Cat6 Director Sportiff are breathing right down my neck in the 4/5s.
After this race I immediately proceeded to the tunnel to escape the badgering of Goldmember and Mikey! who knew that I was about to toss my cookies. I didn’t let them down as I left a good amount of Chipotle behind a pine tree at the track. I have never responded like this before after a race. I hope to never have that happen again.
I finished the night in the cat1/2 80lap points race. I took a 5pt sprint but ended up going a lap down with about 5 other riders. Oh well. I had a complete night.
It should be remembered that I was able to score this big night because the cat3 field lost two exceptional riders in Skidsy and (dis)pencer. I was lucky to not have them in my field tonight. They both did well in their cat2 debut and I am proud and lucky that they are there.
Today is JEANS DAY AND DONUT DAY! I COULDN’T POSSIBLY BE HAPPIER!
Does anyone know how Sick Boy finished in the omnium? keirin? 10 lap scratch race? 50 lap scratch race?