Sunday my mission was to ride to Glenvale Crits, ride the crit then take the scenic trip home. I managed most of it, despite the massive heat, incredibly hot and strong northerly headwind most of the way home, and some heat stress.
The ride down to Glenvale was mundane, with my legs whinging on some of the climbs, to the point where I was doubting my energy levels and strength to race. I met Mr Univac at Glenvale, and finally decided to race, particularly after some challenging words from Mike Eaddy, and the fact that, well, I was there! And I was really keen to get a power file from the race.
Racing was fun, apart from the boring bits (anything over 3 minutes and not on the track gets boring. Cutting laps of a 1km circuit is incredibly boring). I was happy with my cornering which is pretty average at the best of times, and usually results in me getting dropped pretty quickly. Yesterday it took a fair while before getting dropped, and was caused by a simple hesitation on corner two, alongside
I got back into the bunch without any hassles, but shortly after I did there was surge, and I was sucking wheel down the back. One of the marshals had a bit of a chat to me about cornering, giving me an excellent tip which worked a treat. A few more laps with the bunch and I was spent, and retired from the race. I haven’t raced Glenvale since last season, and it was much easier than I remembered, and definitely easier than Sandown. The only bad bit was being put in the gutter by B grade on corner one while rolling a lap. I said a few words which then got the rest of the bunch off me and back onto the road. They do know better than that. Looking at my PT file later, I hit some high wattage, HRs and speeds, so was pretty pleased with that.
After some socialising, and watching the end of the B grade race, Mr Univac and I headed towards home, deciding to ride back along
The wind and heat were just as challenging as the mentality of the Maroondah motorists. On