Where to start....!? Racing with the Vets has been flat out over the past week. Von was on corner duty with her club up in Ballarat so I pinned on a number and had a roll. With no warm up I was looking forward to a gentle race.... no chance! Locals Tony Mirabella and Phil Cartledge put the hurt on way too early. As we hit the wind after finally getting my legs turning properly it was only Mirabella and I at the front of the race.
A small discussion was had. Mirabella needed some points for the aggregate, I needed some solid TT training. For the next few laps I took the turn into the wind and Mirabella kept the pace high through the top of the course to stay away. 5km to go we had it wrapped up so I took off solo for the line with Mirabella hovering not too far off my wheel. A great hit out before the upcoming Vets Nationals and again a stand-out spread of food put on back at the club house. The Eureka Vets CC club put on a great show. Well worth the trip up to Ballarat for the weekend if you want to stretch your legs on different courses.
|I was responsible for the missing cupcakes.....|
Vets Nationals - Belmont Criterium Track. M35-39 40mins+2.
Only five starters, so no big bunch to contend with around the short twisty grippy circuit. This track is easily the most technical I've ever raced on. The cornering is so fast and tight it feels like you're flying down the side of Mt Hotham.
|Laying it over... thanks for the shots Vincent!|
|Upton and I in battle. (thanks to Ben's mum for the pic!)|
Full Results (MyLaps)
Vets Nationals - Time Trial. M35-39 25km. Forest Rd, Paraparap.
Just under 33minutes and just under the 46km/h mark. A few things to work on in the next two weeks. Speedy enough to take the M35-39 title, fastest time of the day, and to our surprise at the AVCC dinner that night, I won the age adjusted handicap, the Mockridge Cup. Thankfully I packed a nice shirt (but forgot nice shoes) as I was up on stage to accept two trophies and the two championship jerseys.
Time trials are typically the red-headed step child of championships and don't even have prize money. For this TT I scored two pay cheques, two jerseys, two cups, and a gold medal!
Vets Nationals - Road Race. M35-39 88km.
Small field again for the road race. We were presented with an out-and-back-and-around-and-
course that looked like needing a degree in trigonometry to work out.
With team mate Tully Lyster in the group I didn't have to worry about
covering every single move.
It turns out the course map wasn't too hard to figure out..... for all but one rider who missed the first left turn. I wasn't too happy almost riding into him at the turn. In the confusion and 'correct route discussion' I attacked up the road. After the inevitable chase they were almost back on my when before I went again. This time they left me out for 10km before letting team mate Lyster bridge across, solo. Right. 75km to go. A good TTer to pull turns with all day. Time to drive it! Upton and Little attempted two-up chase but Little soon faded leaving Upton in no-mans land.
With two wins already chalked up I was in a good position to switch to domestique mode and see how close I could get Lyster to the line. If I faded, he'd have enough juice to go solo. If we were caught, he'd go in a counter move. We had cards to play.
|Yes, they made us wear those helmet covers! (Photo by Diane Howden)|