I raced today - enjoyed beautiful 60 degree sunny weather in scenic Rougemont, NC, site of the 2nd Saturday speedway race of 2008. The Tar Heels of UNC were well represented with 5 riders in the 3/4 race (field of over 30 riders). I guess I sort of counted as a Tar Heel for the race, since I haven't gotten my Inside Out team kit yet and was wearing Heels garb.
The 3/4 race got off to a decently fast start; some early half-hearted breaks were quickly reeled in, including one that I was in. About 15 minutes into the race two very strong guys, one of whom was my Inside Out teammate, attacked, and were joined by Shawn, an NC State rider. I couldn't get on it initially and ended up spending 4 or 5 agonizing laps soloing up to the break. Once I got there, we worked together well and lapped the field. I spent the rest of the race sitting in, during which time 3 other guys got around (unfortunately). I totally blew the finish, when I was supposed to be sweeping my teammate's wheel I just got boxed in and ended up 6th. Apparently he didn't need any sweeping anyway, since he won the sprint.
The 1/2/3 race started right afterward with a field of 28, a dangerous 3-man group attacked early, and I got into a 6-man chase group. Both groups ended up lapping the field and I just chilled and helped chase things down for a while after that. I was forced to set my ego aside when a group of 8 attacked again later, 7 of whom had already lapped. Since 2 of my cat 2 teammates were in the group, I couldn't chase. But I did hold on for 8th at the final sprint, with a little help from a UNC teammate.
So that's 2 successful breaks and 2 top tens in one day of racing: not a bad result, I must say. A conspicuous absence at the track was Snuffleupagus - hopefully his knee surgery went well!!!