nice results everyone, I really wish I had the travel budget/time to go out and race more velodromes, it was so fun to travel in the 90s and experience the variety.
Back in action at Alpenrose today with legs that felt perfect for a weekend omnium. 14 rider masters race, good size field for our velodrome, over 10 is always preferred.
First race up was my favorite start, a tempo because of the carrot to keep the pace high and reduce the jumps. No one ever got far off the front and I was able to nab 2s and 1s on many of the sprints to take first place and start things off well. I even had a string of three or four in the middle where I pipped the same first place rider again and again without seeing the wind. Legs felt good, dipped into the negative karma a bit with the point stealing, but thats racing.
Next up was a Belgium win-n-out (5th first and 1st is the 5th sprint). Crazy logic trying to formulate when to go for it. A group of 2 or 3 became 4 off the front, but they never got far. The pace kept slow as no one really wanted to get 5th until late and riders kept attacking off the front one at a time. It was really crazy in the field trying to figure out which of the sprinter or omnium placing riders were still in the field vs attacking and as they rang the bell for the 4th time I finally attacked out of the field. At least I was pretty sure that was the 4th bell.
I was coming fast on the rider off the front and the lap board confirmed this was for 2nd, but I had a sprinter on my wheel and could not risk hitting the brakes and losing both 2nd and 1st, so I kept on the gas and came around for 2nd giving the win to the rider on my wheel. Safe turned out smart as that gave me a cushion in the omnium and anything else would have left me in 3rd for the night going into the final event. But I also so wanted to stiff the rider on my wheel with no points ... but maybe next time, I had already dipped into the negative karma too much in the first race.
We ended the day with a 30 lap points race which went my way. I have given up on my old logic of wait for it, and made sure I scored points early. Too often in the past I waited until the mid point before really putting out the efforts and by then it was often too late to catch up or break would be away. Our team goal was to try and get a teammate up in the break so they could score in the omnium and steal the top placings with another rider lower in the omnium, but that was not to be. The second place rider in the omnium went, so I had to follow, but was able to score a couple of firsts.
As we came back another group formed, but my teammates missed the move so I made an effort to catch them just before a bell and got another point win. Unlucky for me I pulled the 2nd place omnium rider with me and had to keep on my toes going into the final sprints.
As we were about to catch the field on the final sprint I let up just slightly to avoid the catch, but was pipped on the line for the final double points, a little karma reversal from the same rider I pipped multiple times earlier. Lucky for me I had just enough points in reserve thanks to my strategy of going for points early, so I was able to lock up the omnium with a win in the final event.
Overall a nearly perfect night and hopefully a good start to our 6 day madison event which starts tomorrow. There is no better training than racing 30 second repeats for up to an hour each night, plus omnium racing. I am looking forward to a great week of fitness gains as the season heats up with my serious race goals still ahead.