Sunday, 18 April 2010

Accidental Racing Snake.

"Okay, the format is 20 minutes plus one lap".......... Shouldn't be tooooo bad.....(eek!)

The race is a bit undersubscribed, the lack of publicity being reflected in the tiny field but I'm here for a range of reasons, not just racing. This is the first race of the year for me, a chance to check on how the training is going. It also doubles as a nice intensity session. :-)

The horn goes and I'm off. The bloke to the left of me edges forward a little bit, having reacted quicker to the horn but I put the power down and edge ahead and enter the first corner first. A quick sprint then we're into the first section of singletrack.

I've been riding here regularly since last summer, at least once a week in the last couple of months so I know this place pretty well. Where to pick up speed, where to back off, the looser corners and the tight gaps between trees..... that said I slam into a set of roots every single lap and feel the impact right through my right arm and shoulder. Not good, but I deal with it. The singletrack sections are tight enough to restrict your speed, so I have to get my jey on and hammer it between sections.

Anyway, I get through the section and hit the tight bend into the next. The next section has a wee north shore platform but its taped off, so I go round the wider corner, through more twists then out.

Accidental Racing Snake

Now, I'm taken from the singletrack and round a short grass loop. Its a chance to pick up some speed and open up a gap, so I hammer round then re-enter the singletrack.

I sprint in and take the corners. The next piece of shore is taped off so I have to stay to the side and hop the roots. Before I know it, I'm out of the singletrack again and its a grass sprint to the start/finish line.

The lap is just over three minutes so it looks like I'll have to do six before the bell lap. I man up and pin it.

Accidental Racing Snake

Lap 2(?) brings two bursts of evasive action to avoid hitting people on the course. I'm told afterwards that one group were in pursuit of a bike thief! The other was just stupid. Spookily, a marshal appears at the site of the second near-collision from that lap onwards.

I lap the last placed rider on lap 4. Lap 5 brings a little bit of fatigue and leg cramp, so I try and wolf down a gel on the straight before the first singletrack. The sachet tears badly and I cover my cheek and glove in gel. I try and get some into my mouth and eventually succeed, then stick the sachet in my pocket. There's still some in the sachet though so I now have a gel-covered pocket too.

Lap six finished at 19 mins 40 and David (SC rep type) advised that there was just one lap to go, so one last burst of speed was needed.

I put everything I have left into it and try to get as fast a final lap as I can in and, before I know it, its over.

So, about 23-ish minutes of flat out effort, a fair bit of fun and one unexpected outcome....

Trophy.

25 comments:

Simon said...

Winner!

Rich said...

Ace, well done.

al said...

Top job!

Velocake are winners, It's official.

There will be no towel flicking toward team Velocake in the changing rooms this season.

Much to the dismay of Mickey. Dirty boy!! :-0

al.

VeloCake said...

well done you, what a moment for us all, i'm so proud.

Grant you do realise if you keep up this winning business, you'll have to join VC moulin or someone else more serious than us.

grant said...

Nah, this was a fluke. It's back to mid table mediocrity for me now. :-)

I'm not really gay said...

Wooohhoooo

the first win for PVC :-)

Had to explain to Kirsty Forrester today what PVC is all about

I made stuff up ok ?

now had I known this I would have said its a club for winners, much easier to explain

VeloCake said...

"a club for winners"??!!

we're gonna get all sorts trying to get in now.

Steve, how hard is it to explain what we're about, did she not get it.
rubbish bike riders/cafes/sunshine and lolipops.

al said...

AAAAAAGGGHH!!

The bright light,why for it so hurty?

Mediocre Pete said...

I nearly won a bmx race in another era, when I occupied the body of a mere lad, but my chain snapped off the last berm (corner) and I ran over the line for third.

Back then supporters of rival racers would stand and shout encouragingly with state of the art technical advice, "Pedal" they would yell. The luxury of pro-coaching.

Can I bask in your glory whilst harbouring bitter recriminations of what might have been?

Well done.

VeloCake said...

no more darkness Alan, it's the summer coat.

jm said...

Shall he be known from now on as "three button al".

al said...

"she flies like a bird in the sk-y-y-y, She flies like a bird and I wish that she were mine".....

What a lovely monday morning thought. thanks J.M

Steve said...

Well done Grant! But I'm afraid we now need strong proof that you really belong with the rest of us :)

grant said...

Oh, don't fret folks. Future results will be more akin to what is normal for me.

:-)

VeloCake said...

thats more like it Grant, you're a loser!

just like the rest of us.

grant said...

Wait a sec Mike...... You told me I was a WINNER!!!

Is that the sort on 3am pep talk I can expect at Newcastleton?

trio said...

Nice one! You can tow me round newcastleton since you are so fast!

grant said...

I'm not the one that's been getting the proper miles in though, that's you....

trio said...

I'm sure I've read about some long rides from you as well! I think I need to get off-road more!

VeloCake said...

Grant, it's text book Makin school of 24 hour motivational speaking. You will either kick against it or collapse in a pool of apathy.

Whats this 3am business anyhoo, at that time i'll be drunk and in my sleeping bag, you're on your own between 11pm and 9am. I'll make you a pack lunch for the wee hours.

grant said...

Can you put beer in the packed lunch?

I'm not really gay said...

don't make me bugger you again Mikey





oh hang on you ain't racing this year are you ?

chrisD said...

Velo Club Moulin aren't looking for any Clydesdale riders right now.

Peace be with you brothers an sisters.

VeloCake said...

Clydesdale! well....
hands off, he's ours!

we might not be used to having a winner amongst us, unlike you mouliners but Grants a Caker

grant said...

I don't look as hot as usual in white anyway.

:-)