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  1. #451
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    Did my first track racing tonight and my only highlight for the night was 2nd place in the chariot heat. I advanced to the final chariot round but lost badly lol. Need to work on a lot of things especially standing starts.
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    Well, I finally beat one of my big rivals in a head-to-head enduro race. It was a 15km scratch and a small field, fewer than 10 1/2s, including a newly-upgraded dude with a hell of a sprint and since I don't want to lose to a freshly upgraded guy with an ego and a sprint I was pretty willing to burn some matches to slim the field down.

    So, about 15 laps in, I started attacking. First a dummy attack when the sprinter was on the front. Then again, taking one person with me, then again taking two people with me, and another time solo. I was feeling good enough to just go over and over again and make everybody chase, even if I wasn't feeling quite good enough to fully commit.

    At some point about halfway through the race I was countered by my big rival and a guy who's very, very fast on the road, but I was able to jump on pretty quickly. We stuck together pretty fast, blew open a big hole, and the race was ours. My rival can be weakened when he has to work in a small group - so that's about as good a selection as I could hope for. We took 1 lap pulls and the small field had no chance.

    I planned to attack with 2 to go and hope that the other two would hesitate just enough, looking at each other, that the race would be mine (I also expected that my rival would expect me to expect him to jump first and for me to draft and try to challenge him in a sprint). I reshuffled the rotation but my rival saw and blocked my route of attack. So, we came around, and right before we got the bell he jumped. I was higher up and I jumped harder, came down on him and got the sprinter's lane. Saw daylight and just gave one of those go-for-broke sprints with shaking arms and a terrible final few meters; I saw his front wheel creeping toward my bottom bracket but threw my bike at the line and kept it in front of me.

    When I too my victory lap I had one of those genuinely emotional arms-raised victory salutes.

    My rival's always been a step above me - a few steps above on the road, and always a benchmark to measure myself against on the track. it felt really good to finally go mano a mano with him and come out on top.
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    cool, QP

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    Quote Originally Posted by queerpunk View Post
    Well,
    cool story bro.



    I keed, that's real rad.
    I know you've been chasing the white whale for a long time- congrats. I saw the results on the interwebs yesterday and was looking forward to your report
    Keep up the solid work, your progress has been fun to watch.
    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    If it comes down to a field sprint, you probably won't win, so don't let it.

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