Last Sunday I had the pleasure to race in the oldest cycle track in world, the Preston Park Velodrome was dug out by hand by the British Army in 1877.The length of the velodrome is only 580 metres, the thought of racing around it for 40 plus minutes gave me a feeling of boredom. Therefore I have decided to enter first race of the "Apres The Hot Recovery Drink Wacky Races Series".
One of the false flats.
Surprisingly, my boredom kicked in really quickly,I recall checking my computer at only 13 minutes into the race.Through my mind a lot thoughts were flying, from my father passing away to the way of pulling out to this boredness.
Following my father advise during my life, I did not want to give up so I have turned up the engines and start riveting.
Another great view from above.
The field of 32 was a good quality of riding,there were few slow ones,but that is part of the game.I was quite impressed to see few guys with turbo trainers before the race to warm up then I did not see them at all during the race.Usually those are the ones who push.But obviously not in this case.
Racers getting ready to go on track.
The speed and pace was high for a cat 4 race,but I was comfortable so I stayed always at the front and made it up if I lost a position due to wrong position or coming out from the front pack.Few guys that we lapped, suddenly were with us again racing for a postion.
That was a bit of shock for few of us that overlapped them twice, but interesting on sportsmanship conduct principles.
Well done to the Blazing Saddles Team to work as a real team and to get all the 3 steps in the podium.
It was a good result and also good to gain the first 2 point after 4 races for this season with a finish in 8th position.
Those photos were taken in the warm up lap.
Someone shouted at me to keep hands in the handlebar,I nearly choked.
Until next time enjoy riding.Keep getting SaddleDrunk.