• Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, MI

  • Racing the Provincial's Crit 2014

  • Forest City Velodrome - London, ON

  • Larkenville Challenge, Buffalo, NY

  • Winning the Sprint at the ForestCity Velodrome

  • Track Nationals 2014: Keirin

  • Track Nationals 2014: Points Race

  • OCUP #1: Feb 2015


Day 4 of track nats saw us racing the Keirin and 3K Individual Pursuit. The Keirin originates from Japan. It is an eight lap sprint race, where six riders draft behind a motorbike for 5.5 laps, and then are let loose at 50km/h to race for the final 2.5 laps. The race really is only the last 650-750m and it is probably one of the fastest races on the track with speeds exceeding 65km/h. The individual pursuit is just that. You and the clock with a small twist: another rider racing you in the same race against the clock 1/2 lap apart. If you are caught by the other rider, the race is over.

Keirin Gone Wrong

I've done a Keirin a few times before at Bloomer Park in 2013. Bloomer Park is a 200m track in Rochester Hills, MI. I'm probably the only one in the Master B category that has, nevermind, the only licensed commissaire in the group that has done the track course. I'm working the Youth Cup races at the Milton Velodrome in February. So, I am still kicking myself for what happened in the second race. First, I entered the keirin for fun. Given there were some top sprinters, I never expected to make it through to the final round. Three riders from each heat proceeded to the final round with the remaining riders racing for placings in the 6-12 round. The first round was, well, slow. Still, the top three sprinter blew by the rest of us and I managed to finish behind them.

Day 3 of racing at the Mattamy Velodrome say the Master B racers compete in the mass start races. This was the day I was looking forward to. If there was a chance in getting to the podium, this would be the day.

First up in the morning was the 40 lap scratch race. I figured I had no chance of winning the race considering I was racing against some top sprint talent. My tactic was simple: lap the field or die trying. My Midweek Cycling nickname is Mark "Breakaway" which I got at Crit Provincials September by taking off at the start line and later getting in a 8 lap break away.

Day 1 of the Canadian Track Nationals came and went Saturday. I didn't have any races, but spend the time getting used to the track. The track was open for 2.5hrs, and I managed to get a hour's time in doing two 1K flying efforts and two standing 500m efforts before doing a cool down on the trainer.

Day 2 saw an early start as I got to the track to try on the big gear required for the flying 200m TT and find out the correct line to take to get the best speed. It seem to work because once I got my time on the track, I pulled off a 12.689sec flying 200m, a new PB. The best I had done before was 14 secs in Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills in the summer. Apparently, my time translates into an 8.8 sec flying lap at the Forest City Velodrome where I have never done better than 9.8secs. The time placed me 6 of 12 for the Master B category which was good enough for the concellation sprint (5-8) placing.


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