Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Bikes: Rodriguez Shiftless street fixie with S&S couplers, Kuwahara tandem, Trek carbon, Dolan track
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Good commentary, very perceptive. You're right that your opponent would likely have made it much closer had he dropped down in front of you at 1 1/2 laps to go, but he didn't quite have clear "track room," so it would have been a gutsy move. Where you won the race was going into turn 1 at one to go when you did not back off as he started dropping onto the red line. This forced him to back off, and he lost it right there. Anytime you back off in the last 200 meters, you're never going to make it up.
Had I been officiating Kyle's race (the second one), I would have come close to restarting the ride as they approached a stop at 100 meters in. The lead rider must maintain a "walking pace" for the first lap, and it was getting into a crawling pace there...
The Burnaby track, due to its banking, gives a huge advantage to whoever leads into the final lap. The inside is a real shortcut! My last race there was a 6-day in 2008, but I still train there regularly, and I like to help out at the Friday evening races. It's been a fabulous track for developing Canadian riders. Unlike your typical outdoor concrete 333 velodrome, a 200-meter board track actually teaches you how to take advantage of the banking, among other things. You have to be alert, as things tend to happen real fast especially with more than 20 riders on the track. If you can ride Burnaby, you have the confidence to ride anywhere!