Race: Masters & Rookies Track Races, Track
Date: August 19, 2017
Location: Trexlertown, PA
Rider: Jo Johnson
Although windy today, it did not bother me too much on the 9 lap points race for the first of three races today. The pace was really fast and although I went out with the group I began chasing just off the main pack after a few laps. I kept working it and caught one of the Army gals, caught 2 more and finished 8th out of the 13 gals. I wanted to save energy but that was not the way to do it. I thought it was a fast race, it was as I saw 30 mph!
Second race was a 10 lap scratch with the points going to the first 4 across the line. I went out on the front for the first lap and swung up to get back into the group. As I did not want to expend all my energy in the first laps. I was able to hang in with the pack on the second lap and tucked myself in along the pole lane. Found that spot worked for another lap though I had to be careful as the pace was not especially steady. I was behind one of the sprinters and figured she would be looking for a good spot to move and I wanted to be right behind her. I was third in line. I hung in my spot for maybe 2 more laps and then the opening occurred when we got an open lane towards the front with the other riders in the main group just up track. Yea, hung on to her wheel for another lap or so, then the line above me moved forward and we were back in a group again. I don't remember the rest but I came in 7th. Again we were racing a high speed, this time it was at 31 mph!
Last race a 9 lap snowball. The leader points become greater as the laps continue. One gal took off and won the first 3 laps before the pack caught her, I was in the back of the pack but stayed well placed on the black line and passed several riders. Eventually the riders formed a spread out single line rather than a pack. On the last 3 laps I came up to 3 more riders who were dropping off and passed them. I had been really pushing to catch riders. I finished 7th and speeds we were racing at reached 29-30 mph. Whew! What a work out.
Quite a quick day of racing. Funny how you don't feel the wind or heat when you are racing. So much fun.
9 lap points race: 8th
10 lap scratch race: 7th
9 lap snowball: 7th