Has the world imploded?
Not everyone's a fan of the 7m rollout for J17's. I've gone on to discuss this in the past. We now have our first lot of in competition times from Vic titles to look at. So let's have a look. I'm going to just look at sprint, I am not interested in the pursuits!
This year :
Event 3: JW17 Time Trial
2 Laps 500m Final - STANDINGS
|1.||32||Brook RAMSHAW (CAR)||38.735|
|2.||31||Chloe BAGGS (BBN)||39.023||+0.28|
|3.||33||Brit JACKSON (BBN)||39.145||+0.41|
|4.||35||Jordyn HASSETT (BBN)||40.033||+1.29|
|5.||37||Emily DUNK (BWK)||41.310||+2.57|
|6.||36||Jamie GOODING (BBN)||41.909||+3.17|
|7.||41||Freya WICKENDEN (CAR)||42.000||+3.26|
|8.||34||Greta CURRAN (BWK)||42.063||+3.32|
|9.||38||Madison FITZGERALD (BBN)||42.637||+3.90|
No new records. Reasonably close times.
Compare to last year
Courtney FIELD(CAR) 38.195
Emily APOLITO(BBN) 39.256 +1.06
Chloe BAGGS(BBN) 39.656 +1.46
Emma BILSTON(B-S) 40.629 +2.43
Zoe NICHOLSON(ART) 41.872 +3.67
Nicole CLARK(WNG) 44.980 +6.78
Rebecca THOMSON(LAV) 45.568 +7.37
Apart from the outlier (Courtney), they're pretty close. A little faster with the bigger gears, but there's too much variation in te size of the girls fields and the quality of them to make any judgements yet. There's a lot of depth (relatively) in JW17 this year.
And the F200 :
Event 15: JW17 Sprint Qualifying
Flying 200 Top 8 to Quarter Finals
|1.||31||Chloe BAGGS (BBN)||12.737|
|2.||33||Brit JACKSON (BBN)||13.046||+0.30|
|3.||32||Brook RAMSHAW (CAR)||13.128||+0.39|
|4.||35||Jordyn HASSETT (BBN)||13.373||+0.63|
|5.||34||Greta CURRAN (BWK)||13.512||+0.77|
|6.||41||Freya WICKENDEN (CAR)||14.029||+1.29|
|7.||37||Emily DUNK (BWK)||14.193||+1.45|
|8.||36||Jamie GOODING (BBN)||14.195||+1.45|
CF last year :
Courtney FIELD(CAR) 12.466
Emily APOLITO(BBN) 13.308 +0.84
Zoe NICHOLSON (ART) 14.670 +2.20
Rebecca THOMSON(LAV) 15.109 +2.64
Here we see some bigger differences - again, if we ignore Courtney as an outlier, the top three girls rode significantly faster this year. For the girls this isn't a suprise in the F200, they can wind up the gear, rather than have to accelerate it from a standing start (and most of the girls are not very strong, I don't think many of them lift), so I'd expect to see bigger changes here. What we are seeing is greater density at the top end. The girls field in 2011-2012 was tiny though, so the sample size is too small to draw any conclusions from, except that we have more JW17's racing sprint this year and that's a really good thing, there's also no (that I have seen) dead bodies on the floor. The horror of allowing 14 and 15 year olds to rev a little lower has not killed anyone. If anything, it's leveling the playing field a little, the mashers can keep up with the hummingbirds. AMAZING!
Where do we have depth? The boys. This is where we don't tend to see outliers so much because the talent pool is much bigger.
This year :
Event 4: JM17 Time Trial
2 Laps 500m Final - STANDINGS
|1.||4||Gary RAMSHAW (CAR)||34.323|
|2.||1||Ryan SCHILT (BWK)||34.592||+0.26|
|3.||2||David KOROKNAI (CAR)||34.852||+0.52|
|4.||7||Stephen ELLUL (BBN)||35.144||+0.82|
|5.||6||Thomas MCFARLANE (LGA)||35.699||+1.37|
|6.||5||Conor ROWLEY (BBN)||35.929||+1.60|
|7.||3||Kurt SANTAGADA (BBN)||36.556||+2.23|
|8.||13||Kyle MUIR (BBN)||36.626||+2.30|
|9.||11||James TICKNER (CAR)||36.915||+2.59|
|10.||8||Caiden HULL (CAR)||36.985||+2.66|
|11.||9||Nicolas ABELS (BWK)||37.483||+3.16|
|12.||12||Tomarsh LOKI (WNG)||37.853||+3.53|
|13.||14||Ryan KILPATRICK (SHP)||37.935||+3.61|
|14.||23||Jarrod WILSON (BBN)||38.223||+3.90|
|15.||16||Hamish WEBBER (BBN)||38.779||+4.45|
|16.||22||Lachlan VAN DER VELDEN (CAR)||38.970||+4.64|
|17.||21||Sebastian PRESLEY (BBN)||39.614||+5.29|
|18.||20||Adam PAYKEL-SAMUEL (CAR)||39.766||+5.44|
|19.||25||Clancy LLOYD (LAV)||39.847||+5.52|
|20.||15||Jacob MUMFORD (BBN)||39.910||+5.58|
|21.||19||Indiana MICHEL (SHP)||40.463||+6.14|
|22.||24||Ian HERMAN (BWK)||40.601||+6.27|
|23.||17||Samuel BROWN (BWK)||40.874||+6.55|
|24.||18||Stephen DAMM (LAV)||41.435||+7.11|
CF last year:
1 Jay CASTLES(SHP) 34.608
2 Mathew ROSS(CAR) 35.419
3 John COCHRANE(BBN) 35.484
4 James DANN(BBN) 35.600
5 Jack HICKEY(CAR) 35.775
6 Jerome BECHAZ(CAR) 36.075
7 Braeden DEAN(BGO) 36.142
8 Jordan STANNUS(CAR) 36.866
9 Angus LYONS(B-S) 37.349
10 Caiden HULL(CAR) 37.580
11 Thomas VERLEYS-DONK(CAR) 37.878
12 Pierce CONNOR(BBN) 38.381
13 Lucas HAMILTON(ART) 38.383
14 David KOROKNAI(CAR) 38.436
15 Jade MADDERN(CSL) 38.764
16 Angus FLOOD(BBN) 38.820
17 Jack WALK(WGL) 39.241
18 Steven CARROLL(PRS) 39.563
19 Nicolas ABELS(BWK) 39.679
20 Hamish HAYNES(SHP) 39.935
21 Ned EFE(CAR) 40.039
22 Tomarsh LOKI(WNG) 40.555
23 Michael STRINGER(BBN) 41.495
24 Jarrod WILSON(BBN) 42.294
25 Lex MUNOZ(CAR) 42.452
26 Stephen DAMM(LAV) 42.841
27 Jacob MUMFORD(BBN) 44.577
Quicker across the board. Not dramatically, but it's significant. No dead bodies.
In the F200, we're a little quicker, but interestlingly, a lot denser at the top end. I wonder if any of the kids can get into the 10's if we find any real outliers? Wouldn't that be amazing ...
Event 16: JM17 Sprint Qualifying
Flying 200 Top 8 to Quarter Finals
|1.||1||Ryan SCHILT (BWK)||11.543|
|2.||2||David KOROKNAI (CAR)||11.627||+0.08|
|3.||4||Gary RAMSHAW (CAR)||11.651||+0.10|
|4.||7||Stephen ELLUL (BBN)||11.662||+0.11|
|5.||6||Thomas MCFARLANE (LGA)||11.785||+0.24|
|6.||9||Nicolas ABELS (BWK)||11.866||+0.32|
|7.||5||Conor ROWLEY (BBN)||12.019||+0.47|
|8.||13||Kyle MUIR (BBN)||12.152||+0.60|
|9.||11||James TICKNER (CAR)||12.176||+0.63|
|10.||14||Ryan KILPATRICK (SHP)||12.477||+0.93|
|11.||23||Jarrod WILSON (BBN)||12.480||+0.93|
|12.||16||Hamish WEBBER (BBN)||12.669||+1.12|
|13.||25||Clancy LLOYD (LAV)||13.066||+1.52|
|14.||22||Lachlan VAN DER VELDEN (CAR)||13.366||+1.82|
|15.||19||Indiana MICHEL (SHP)||13.410||+1.86|
Last year :
Jay CASTLES(SHP) 11.631
Jack HICKEY(CAR) 11.682
John COCHRANE(BBN) 11.733
James DANN(BBN) 11.780
Braeden DEAN(BGO) 11.809
Jerome BECHAZ(CAR) 12.154
Jordan STANNUS(CAR) 12.383
Thomas VERLEYS-DONK(CAR) 12.623
Lucas HAMILTON(ART) 12.659
Angus FLOOD(BBN) 12.791
Nicolas ABELS(BWK) 12.839
Hamish HAYNES(SHP) 13.038
Jade MADDERN(CSL) 13.546
Stephen ELLUL(BBN) 13.635
Jarrod WILSON(BBN) 14.136
Ian HERMAN(BWK) 15.915
Any conclusions to draw? Not yet, it's too early to tell and I have only done a very quick and cursory look at the times from two Vic titles and I haven't considered atmospheric conditions etc. We'll see what happens at the Aussies and also when this lot of J17's move up to J19's next year. Remember the whole aim is to make the J19 -> senior jump less of a killer, and that will take 3-4 years to show itself. So far, no dead bodies, no velodromes lined with corpses and we saw some really good, close racing on the weekend, in particular in the JW17's sprint and keirens.
My best flying 200 at Blackburn!
SSS round 2, and close to perfect conditions, I rode a 13.079, which is a big PB for me. 53x15 gearing, I rode a low entry line and it worked. It put me into A grade. Second last qualifier, so it was going to be tough ...
I rode a good race against Nic Mark, I had a good gap and had a chance, but flatted (lucky, back wheel!) down the straight with a lap to go, lucky not to bin it, so Nic got that one. Next up I raced Dino, and again I lead it out, Dino got right on my hip passing me coming into turn 3 and I got spooked and backed off (Dino would have won anyway, this wasn't why he won!), and in the last, Kyle Muir went from 600m and I didn't bother to chase him.
So, apart from race 1 I was a gumby, but I did ride a big PB for my F200 so the day was good!
Neil Robinson was one of my very first coaching "clients", waaay back in 2003 I think, I use the term coaching loosely, I was getting hours up for my level 1 coaching qualification and I helped him a bit and probably did more harm than good. To cut a long story short, and to make it clear, I take no credit for this achievement, Neil did this without my help, but certainly with my full support, Neil won C grade in the Warny this weekend past. Read his story.
Chapeau, Neil, Chapeau.
Match sprint ... Bring. It. On!
Qualifying today :
|1||Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)||0:00:10.724|
|2||Anna Meares (Australia)||0:00:10.805|
|3||Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)||0:00:11.020|
|4||Kristina Vogel (Germany)||0:00:11.027|
|5||Olga Panarina (Belarus)||0:00:11.080|
|6||Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)||0:00:11.109|
|7||Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China)||0:00:11.203|
|8||Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)||0:00:11.234|
|9||Natasha Hansen (New Zealand)||0:00:11.241|
|10||Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)||0:00:11.319|
|11||Willy Kanis (Netherlands)||0:00:11.322|
|12||Monique Sullivan (Canada)||0:00:11.347|
|13||Juliana Gaviria Rendon (Colombia)||0:00:11.376|
|14||Hyejin Lee (Republic of Korea)||0:00:11.405|
|15||Virginie Cueff (France)||0:00:11.439|
|16||Daniela Grelui Larreal (Venezuela)||0:00:11.569|
|17||Kayono Maeda (Japan)||0:00:11.600|
|18||Ekaterina Gnidenko (Russian Federation)||0:00:11.649|
Do it properly
At last ...
A long long time ago I posted that I wanted to ride 12.5 for a flying 200, not a terribly ambitious target, but for me, I though a pretty challenging one.
Today, at the Vic Masters, I clocked 12.428s. I certainly didn't expect to go that fast (ok, slow, but for me, that's fast!) - I'd been in Adelaide for a week, doing nothing, had done some longer efforts on Friday night, generally about the worst preparation you could have - but there you go. Goal achieved. That makes 2011-2012 a successful season. I won a couple of rounds of the SSS (r1 and r2, B grade), rode a target flying 200, and there's still a couple of rounds to go. Peak power is still down, but that's on its way up again, slowly.
Got to be happy with that!
The guys did well today, I'll pop up a few photos that are already on facebook of the team, but there's a haul of medals of every colour (including my bronze in MMAS3 for coming 3rd/last).
At the Vic junior track titles last Sunday ...
A picture tells the story better than I can :
1%'ers matter ... practice throws, practice recovery, practice eating right .. Everything matters when it's this close.
I'm off to Dunc Gray for a day ...
Quick recap of round 1 of the SSS. I qualified ok, no PB (13.4) but given the gusty southerly that was ok, and given I was using a new 5 spoke front wheel for the first time at Blackburn, in a gusty wind, and it took me off the line quite a bit around turn 3, I'm not displeased with the time. I'll go back to my normal front wheel for races ...
Racing - first up Ian McGinley beats me, I rode like a chump and didn't dig hard enough to keep the lane when he passed me, probably should have won it, but mistimed a lay off and run due to some confusion with Ian staying up out of the lane.
Second time and I'm up against Nic Marc, I got him, too easily, he gave me way too much gap at turn 3 on lap 1 and I escaped. Learning experience for Nic, who made me look like a goose at DISC a few weeks ago, now we're 1-all!
Third race and I'm up against Tyler Spurrel, who qualified badly but races well and can out-jump me. Sure enough, he does and he wins, I almost chopped him into the infield when he jumped under me out of T4, Mea Culpa.
By virtue of fastest qualifying time in B grade I'm through to the 3v4 final, against Ian again, this time he leads out and I duck around behind him for half a lap seeing if he has his radar on. He doesn't seem happy riding while looking behind so I take a chance and go pretty early, get a small gap and gamble on being able to vary my pace and break his timing when he tries to pass. This works, he tries to pass on T3/T4 but I lift a bit (kept a bit in reserve) and take a win.
So I win my entry fee back!
Standout performances from the J17 lads I've been working with, James Dann (15y/o, on 82") rides a 12.6, Jay Castles is a tiny bit behind him and John Cochrane also right up there despite a bit of a bug. A mixed day for everyone else, first race back after winter is an interesting one, especially since we've been indoors at DISC all winter and outdoors at Blackburn is different. A lot of the Sprint Squad guys are peeved with their times, but it's early days yet ...
Tomorrow I fly up to Sydney with the Blackburn under 17's who are racing the first round of the new National Junior Track Series (NJTS). Three sprinters, Emily, John and James, and three enduros, Chloe, Michael and Pierce. I'll be back first thing on Saturday morning - hopefully while I'm up there I'll get a chance to catch up with Sean Eadie again, I have much to discuss with him!
What I'd like to do next time
As I mentioned in a blog entry last week, I only did the flying 200 (rode a reasonable time, considering, 13.05, not that far off my PB), the team sprints and the keirin (I was rubbish in the keirin! Totally pissweak effort! anyway ....)
At the end of the night I was asked for some feedback. Here it is :
Do flyng 200's every time to start and grade everyone - these are an important sprint discipline and practicing them (and racing them!) is important. Do them over the full 3.5 lap distance, not 2.5 laps. It's what we train for, and how we race. The juniors whop are along to have fun should get exposed to this properly.
Team sprints - we did them in teams of 2 (good) but with the fastest and slowest combined, second fastest with second slowest and so on. This meant that it wasn't really a race and the kids felt bad for holding up the seniors they were teamed with, despite our best efforts to encourage them. They did learn, but I'd suggest we do two team sprints - one like this, and one graded with nominated teams that we can be a bit more serious about.
Keep the keirins, and keep them at the end of the night. To give the sprinters time to recover, run scratch races between the sprints for enduros (or enduros that want to also sprint, go for it guys ... who needs recovery?!).
If numbers are low, match sprints, if numbers are high, more keirins.
My races on Sunday ....
I had a pretty good weekend!
Summer Sprint Series round 5. Beautiful day, near perfect weather. PB's in flying 200's for almost everyone (including me, which was a big surprize, 13.212s) and my first ever podium at the SSS in 4 years of trying. I also rode my fastest ever last 200 metres, 13.049s, during a heat racing with Aaron Christiansen. I think I'm capable of getting into the 12's if everything goes right.
We had a decent turnout of riders, especially considering that three regulars were out, Dino with a busted collarbone, Ian McGinley with a matching busted collarbone and Emily at Vic team training. 17 riders took the track in the end and we had Jamie Stockland from Canada, who gave Chris Ray a real run for his money and Alissa Maglaty from San Fran. I'm not yet sure how they heard about our racing but we were thrilled to have them with us. The organising team was, as always, brilliant and everything went smoothly. Chris Ray was very close to breaking the magic 12 second barrier with his 12.068s flying 200, which is a record for the SSS, but not quite for Blackburn. Neil beat his target time and whooped it up to his and everyone else's delight.
A top day's racing!
Or, some days you're the hammer, other days, the nail.
Saturday, Blackburn club championships sprint day. It's blowing a healthy nor-westerly (fast if you know how to use it). 500m ITT first, I use 90". Held starts (we HAVE GATES FFS! USE THE DAMN THINGS!). I ride a 40.03 (hand timed) which I think is a PB. It's fast enough to win MMAS3 and would have gotten me a bronze in JM17(!). Good-o, one in the bag, big fish in a little pond, the other guys I'm racing against are enduros. The Wizard rides 38.something to win MMAS2. Dino wins the 750 at DISC at the Vic Masters on the same day (clashes with BBN's club champs). This will be the last bit of really good news for Dino, who is clearly the fastest MMAS4 in the state of Victoria (big fish, big pond). Emily has no competition, not a single JW17 has shown up to race with her. She rides a pretty good 500 in the circumstances. I'm pleased both for her (win, you can only beat the people that show up to race) and also proud of her. I believe strongly that elite riders should make the effort to race club races when possible, especially things like club championships. It shows the younger kids where they can go and they're part of something and it keeps the elites grounded. Likewise I'm proud of Emerson Harwood (NTID) who also raced.
Next up, flying 200's. It's still blowing a gale, I keep the 90" on. I ride a 13.20, another PB (by 0.1s). That'll do, I'm 0.4s faster than the second qualifier, Richard Stringer, in MMAS3. Emerson breaks Andrew Steel's long-standing track record, with no aero fruit. He rides 11.8 seconds. At Blackburn, that's very fast. Emily rides a much better time than she rode last week at round 4 of the SSS. James Dann rides another PB and qualifies third in JM17.
Race time, I get to watch as Alan Dorin and Ben Schofiled fight it out for the chance to race me (4v5). Alan wins that, has a rest and then I race him. I've raced Alan many times over the years, almost always in endurance races and he has almost always been able to beat me. Not today. Sprint is my game and he goes later than I expected him to, gets a small gap which I use as a lay off and I zip past him to take an easy win. Easier than I thought it would be, the standard mode of attack is for these guys to go early and keep jumping (how to beat a sprinter in one easy lesson). Maybe he wasn't 100% fit? I don't know. I'm though to the final. Richard Stringer races Rob Monteath for the other chance to race for first, Richard wins it. So I'm up against Richard in a best of three for the gold.
The first one, I have the lead (I think!), Richard takes it at a jump, gets a small gap but I catch and pass him. One down, that wasn't too bad. He can accelerate and handle the bike well, but doesn't have the top speed to pass me. Good to know ...
Round two and he's got the lead, and jams me right up hard into the fence at 2.5 to go. Jammed so hard I had to grab the fence to avoid falling over! As I grab the rail he jumps and is gone. I chase (it's now a 700m ITT!), wind him back a little, while watching him swerving around a few times (huh?! he's 40m in front and almost in the grass?!) but the gap is just too big and I can't reel him in, I concede and it's 1:1. I'm not pleased about it, but this is club racing and I don't think he meant to jam me so hard into the railing. I'm not going to protest, I do mention it to Doug but he didn't see it, no-one did, it was at the far end of the track and obscured by how we were positioned. I don't think even Richard realised what he'd done.
Round three, this time I resolve to take this one from the front. I have speed on Richard, I don't think he'd be able to pass me at full gas. I have the lead, every time he moves I ramp it up a little, pulling him down off the bank and keeping him under control. No low speed, sudden jumps this time and no way I'm letting him in front to push me around this time. With a bit over a lap to go I accelerate, not 100%, but around 80% or so, not looking back any more, but I will kick up the back straight and again around the final bend, that's the plan anyway. I know he's hard on my wheel but I'll break his timing by changing pace. Up the final straight and I kick again with 40m to go and just wobble a fraction out of the sprinters lane for a brief moment, it's entirely accidental, I think (I didn't see it) it made Richard move off his passing line, I cross first and record a win. There's some discussion about it, I did leave the lane, if the judges think it affected the results I will not be upset and I tell Richard if he wants to protest I will not be upset with him about it (I didn't see if it made any difference but I did do it). He decides not to protest and the result stands.
Ok, club champion for MMAS3 in the TT and the sprint. My first ever. I am pleased!
Sunday, different story. Vic Masters. I'm now the little fish. Here be real sprinters. One guy in our division is a masters world champion and has come down from Sydney to teach us all a lesson. In my opinion, DFL trumps DNS every day. I'm going to put that to the test. My flying 200 is a PB again on 96", at DISC, I ride 12.8something. Beats my previous best by a whole 0.1s! Heh! Anyway, I'm pleased with that, but Gavin (the guy from NSW) rides 11.1 Uhuh .. and He's qualified 1st, I've qualified last (8th) - 1v8. Good-o. This will be ... entertaining ... I have the lead, tactically I do it all as well as could be expected, I keep watching him the whole time, using the bank and speed changes to control position, do the hook-and-drop at turn three with one to go, but Gavin just hits the accelerator and goes whoosh past me. He did everything right, was patient. I'm out 'til the keirin in the afternoon. Still, one better than last year when I didn't get a ride except for the flying 200.
Dino's on fire, he's qualifed fastest and is up against a bloke who's flying 200 suggested his experience at this track was marginal. Dino's lined him up to pass on the finishing straight when he (the guy Dino's racing, loses control and turns right, straight up into Dino with 40m to go. WTF?! Dino comes down hard and breaks his collarbone. I'd like to remind everyone reading of a rule, an important rule. These things happen but that should not have. Dino's put his heart and soul into training for this event and this was just horribly cruel. He gets bundled off in an ambulance with lots of strong drugs.
Chris Ray wins his sprints and wins Gold. Dino gets a silver by virtue of a disqualification. Not what he wanted and it's awful. Emily collects his medal for him later.
Keirins, I've drawn number 1, I get the motorbike. I'm on 96". Safely on the bike, I lead it out, with one to go the boys behind me kick and I don't have the legs to go with it, first three (of the four in our heat) go through to the final, and they all cruise over the line. Outgunned? uhuh ... anyway, DFL trumps DNS.
Mick Thomas wins the MMAS4 (or 5? Mick?) scratch race AND the keirin!
After some running around with Emily (Dino's not driving anywhere today!) and a solid state team training session in the evening it's time to go home. Phew. A big big weekend ...
Not displeased with how I went at SSS r4
It could have been better, I might have been able to train consistantly, but that's life and we all have reasons/excuses for why we perform how we do on race day. I'm lighter (~100kg vs 113kg) than I was at this time last year which has helped my jump. My jump still sucks, but it sucks less than it used to. Now I'm only having to bridge up 10m, not 40m and that's a significant improvement. I'm back in the gym as of last week doing consistent lifting after a layoff of some 10 months so I'll get strong again. The week in the pressure-cooker at Dunc Grey didn't help my preparation, excuse, excuse, excuse ... !
ENOUGH! Get on with the damn racing!
I warmed up on 50x17, light easy gear. Did a couple of revouts, one chasing Neil, just to get things moving. On Saturday I'd done some short efforts at Daryl Perkins' session at DISC just before our NTID session and I felt ok. Hitting around 1400 watts peak doing jumps. Ok, that's not too bad for an old guy who's missed a lot of ENOUGH WITH THE EXCUSES! .. it was a good session yesterday!
Flying 200 time. I rode a 13.5, not that far off my PB (around 0.2 I think, slower than it) - I didn't use the disk wheel, I kept the powertap wheel on all day, so here's the evidence for the flying 200. Conditions weren't ideal, a southerly and pretty cold. I'm pleased with that time. I still want to get down into the 12's but I think that will have to wait 'til next season.
Draw done, and I'm to race James Dann, Ian McGinley and Aaron Christiansen in the rounds. I was the fastest qualifier in B grade (again!). 6 of us in the grade. Being fastest qualifier helps later, as you shall see ...
James is a junior invitational rider, I coach him and he's got a kick. But, he's restricted to 82 gear inches. I'm on 90". How do you take the jump out of the picture? Keep the speed up and burn him off. That's the theory, at least. I lead out, jumped coming out of turn 4 (should have gone at the entry to turn 3 ...) just before the bell, James kicks and is in front of me. Right ... chase chase chase, on the wheel, coming past but left it too late. James bags his coach. I'll fix him later! Our last 200 was done in 13.4 seconds and he was in the front all the time, James was really moving. Watch for him next summer.
Second race and I'm up against Ian. He's mainly an enduro but can sprint a bit. A decent all-rounder. He jumps me, I chase, I go to pass on the back straight but he uses a second kick and stays clear. Doh! Ian's a good racer and his flying 200 doesn't reflect his ability.
Third heat and I'm racing Aaron. Aaron's done very few match sprints but he's a very fit rider and has ridden faster flying 200's than I have at DISC. I can't take him for granted, that's for sure. Again I get gapped at the jump but this time I find a bit more speed and manage to catch Aaron just in time to bag a win. That hurt. Lots. I'll pay for it if I make the finals.
At the end of the rounds there's a few of us tied on 9 points. As the fastest qualifier I get the forth spot, racing against Nicholas Cockerell (another newbie). Three laps. I'll have the lead thanks, and I hold him tight up against the fence for a lap and a half, I don't want a long race, but I need the speed high to reduce the impact of his jump. He gets around me, I get up to his wheel but not enough and he wins, I get 4th overall (again!). Interesting fact, I've never been on the podium at an SSS round. As the guy who runs it I think that's probably appropriate, but I'll get on the damn thing one day and shake my own hand!
Video to come ...
Thankyou to :
Lucie Akers (photography)
Jodie Dundas (videography)
Krissy Dundas (general help)
Anne Apolito (race entry and results)
John 'Star Trek' Lewis for race timing
Sue Dundas (commissaire)
Chris Dann (commentary)
Alex Vaughan (sausages!)
Yesterday was the women's team sprint, today it's everything!
I'm up in Sydney at the Dunc Grey velodrome as part of the Victorian state team, a pretty minor part, as best I can tell I'm looking after the physical stuff for the guys we've been coaching for the last year. It's a bit muddy, but I'm dogsbody for Hilts and the guys (this is not a bad thing!). It's a great opportunity to see how it all works and gain a lot of very valuable experience. In particular I'm learning (or trying to!) how to fit in and get things done in this team environment without stepping on too many toes. I have much to learn and a few personalities that I need to understand better to get along with smoothly.
But we're here to race, and our athletes are the reason we're here. So on with the real story :
Yesterday we had Adele and Caitlin racing the team sprint. There was five teams in total and our girls had, on the other side of the track, Anna. Welcome to the big time. Adele is no stranger to the big stage but Caitlin was pretty new to this level of competition. For those of you that remember these two girls starting at Blackburn all those years ago, what a journey they've had so far. They're solid friends and they look after eachother. They rode well, not perfectly, but they gave their all and finished fourth, improving their time in the final they made it into by a fraction of a second. Given that they were the only all J19 team I think that's pretty good. I know personally that I'm happy when a rider commits and does their very best. Both girls did that and I'm proud of them.
Along the way yesterday, Jack Bobridge broke the unbreakable world record. Chris Boardman set the pursuit record way back in 1994 I think, with superman position on a space-age bike. Jack beat that record on a BT you can buy yourself using normal aerobars. Wow.... Shane Perkins also rode a blistering 10.05s flying 200.
Today we up the ante, the J19 men do the kilo. The girls do their flying 200 and the 500m time trial. It's going to be intense. Bring it on.
A huge weekend
Last week I had a bit of a cold, which meant I stayed away from the NTID training session on Wednesday (didn't want to give anyone my bugs) but by Thursday I felt ok. By Friday, my voice was getting pretty croaky, and by Saturday I'd almost totally lost my voice. Now, I'm not a shouter like Hilton, but I do shout at my riders, and every attempt I made to shout encouragement was a feeble squeak! Not ideal for coaching at a championship ... Quite amusing for everyone there though, I'm sure!
The Metros ...
It was a hectic weekend, I had the aboc'ers to look after as well as the VIS and NTID riders. Saturday morning was pursuits and I didn't have too much work to do then, I did walk the line for a couple of riders, including aboc'er Cam Woolcock who got himself a medal, Liz Randall (also a medal, gold!) and Emy Huntsman (NTID endurance) - I made a mistake while giving Emy her pacing, a bad one that may have cost her a gold medal. I need more practice if I'm to do this again at a championship - In my defence, it's not what I'm concentrating on, but I probably shouldn't have done it for Emy. Emy, if you're reading this, again, I'm sorry.
In the afternoon it was time trial time (sprint!) - the aboc Sprint Squad was there in force, Dino, Emily, James, Chris, Cam, Yasmin. All of them rode well, we got a couple of gold medals, a silver or two and a load of PBs on a slow day (thick air and cold). The NTID and VIS girls I was also looking after (although mainly just carrying bikes, Hilton had the floor) rode solid races and as you'd expect, won or placed in everything. That sounds like a big deal, but it is what we expect. The NTID and VIS program cherry picks the best talent, if they don't win everything we're not doing our job.
Sunday ... Sunday's the biggie for me. I love match sprinting. Also coaching the 500 (Emily & Yas, don't worry, the 500 is a very high priority!) but match sprinting stuff is where there's actually something to do on race day, the TT's are all won in the weeks and months leading up to them from the point of view of a coach, match sprinting has a lot more on the spot coach involvement, at junior level in particular. For the TT, all a coach has to do is make sure the rider is at the right brain-space at the start and warmed up well. Match sprinting is another level.
Hilton was going to be busy loading vans to take over to Adelaide, so I was left on the floor to run the show for all the guys. I think I had about 15 or more riders in my care : Dino, Emily, Ruby, Courtney, Madeline, Adele, Caitlin, Yasmin, Stuart (V-Train!), Clint, Emerson, Jacob, Luke, James, Chris. I think that's it? Anyway, Hilts had the NTID and VIS guys do their warmup, I had the aboc'er do theirs (different! but all coaches do things differently).
Then things got messy. It started when the organisers decided (but didn't tell us) that they'd changed the flying 200 from 3 laps to 2. This is a big deal for the 15's and up, they train for 3 laps and last minute changes like this are simply not acceptable, it stuffs up their timing. We made a fuss about it and Hilts managed to get them to change it back for the 19's and above, but it was unfair and caused a lot of angst and slow times by our riders, save for Courtney, who unofficially (the electronic timing didn't work ... I'm not joking, it was a bloody disaster) smashed the JW15 Australian record.
Then some of the races got dropped from the program. I'm not going to mince with words, this is unacceptable. The kids that show up to race care about their racing. They train and they work hard. To have their races chopped from the program to save a few minutes is not on. I'm still very angry about this. One of my guys was heartbroken and there was nothing I could do about it.
After that, the rest of the day went well. My job was to council the guys on tactical decisions and hold them on the line. It looks like I have a conflict of interest when I'm involved in coaching multiple riders who are racing eachother, but I'm careful not to tell one rider anything confidential about the other and I think they all trust me to be ethical in this area - it's important that they do, and that I am 100% on this. If any of you read this, I assure you I will never tell your competion anything about you and I will never tell you anything you don't already know about them either. My main job while in the thick of it is to get the riders feeling confident and motivated (a challenge indeed sometimes!) and to encourage them to be assertive and aggressive on the track, to make their move and commit to it. The older, more experienced sprinters need less tactical guidance and I mostly left them to themselves except to check if they needed anything and give them an ear to talk to if they needed it.
Again, everyone rode well and the NTID/VIS combo swept the field, as they should. My aboc'er did well, with another bootload of medals and a lot of very valuable experience gained for the Vic titles coming up soon.
At the end of the day, Speed is the best tactic. 90% of the races will go to the faster rider, but the thrill is in getting a slower rider over the line first. It happens, and we did it a few times on Sunday.
Leanne Cole got some good photos, go have a look.
Phew .. that's done. I'm off to the Oceanias tomorrow, back on Sunday. More of the same. Bring it on!
PB's all round, medals ...
Saturday at the, and the aboc Sprint Squad is out in force.
It's the day for the time trial (500m ITT, 750m ITT and kilo).
In JW19 Yasmin Gugel rode her first 500m ITT in a long time and set a good starting point for her development, James Dann rode a big PB in the JM17's, Emily Apolito won the JW17's with a new PB at her first major meeting in JW17, Chris Ray took home a medal in the Kilo and Dino Apolito won the MMAS3 750.
More details to come....
What were the Chinese guys doing?!
Congrats to John Beasley and Josiah and "the rocketpocket man" heh!
An acceptable F200, some bad decisions but one win
My day at round 2... I won't bore you with shoulder injury details, but the damn thing has regressed again, so it wasn't going to be pretty... Anyway ...
A big northerly, I decided to use 90" to qualify, figuring I'd get the fist of (deity of your choice, FSM, fairies in the garden etc) up my backside for most of the run and momentum would carry me home. 13.528s 53.223 km/h. I left my run a little late and should have gone faster, but under the circumstances I was happy with it.
After that I was 3rd fastest in B grade (again ....). I'm up first against Chris Dann, who is terrble at qualifying but very fast in racing. I went down to 84" (50x16) to try and improve my jump. It didn't work. Chris SPANKED me! Our last 200m was done in 13.0-something, we were flying, but he was flying far faster than I was! C'est la Vie.
Next, I was up against a newcomer to the series, Peter Ballas. Big guy, heavy, strong. I went back up to 90" and decided to keep the pace high and remove the jump from the equation. I made the first move with about 400m to go, got the lead into the lane at the 200m line with Peter camped on my wheel, I soft pedaled down the straight to lull Peter into a false sense of security, and then I booted it into the corner just as he started to come around. Ended up with a comfortable win. Cost me quite a few bikkies, but I did win it.
Round three against Greg Brunt. Greg's an enduro, while I play at being a sprinter, but he's no slouch. He also got me with the same trick he used against Neil (I shoulda been watching!) - He jumped, I reacted, he slammed on the brakes, and SO DID I (STUPID!). Boiled off all my hard-won momentum when I should have taken advantage and tried to gap him. Then he kicked again and I was blown off the back.
But, because I'd qualified well and there was a lot of us on equal points, I had to race Neil for 3rd, over three laps. Neil's a machine, FAR faster than me, and with a much better jump. He was dog tired from riding a 12 hr MTB race on a single speed on Saturday, and he'd qualified like a gumby (for him, that is), but he'd found some legs through the day and I knew I was in for it, especially as I was already pretty smashed. Sure enough, he went early and ramped it up, I was doing my best just to hold his wheel, then when he jumped, see ya! Save me a snagger ... I'll ge there eventually. 4th place for the day. That, under the circumstances, isn't too bad.
SSS r1, it's run, won and done
The day was perfect. On the Saturday Nic Marc, Merv and I repainted the lines at Blackburn. We went through 6 or so cans of red line paint and around 400 metres of masking tape! The lines look great, for now. The paint fades pretty quickly though. I gave it two coats, maybe that'll buy us some more time before having to do it again.
The team, led by Sue Dundas, did a great job. I'm always very proud of them, Jodie does such a hard job with the videoing, the concentration it takes to do it well is pretty full-on and Krissy looks after all the misc running around jobs that everyone forgets about until they don't get done. Lucie and I made food for the team (salad rolls!) and we had new volunteer hats as well. I'm not sure Anne Apolito used hers much, her job is to sit inside and record everything. A vital job!
John 'star trek' Lewis ran the timing again, Alex Vaughan cooked the snaggers, Fast Eddie Wilson took over commentary, saving everyone from my verbal dribble!
So, the racing ...
I was stuck on 86" and wasn't even sure if that would go ok. I rode an ok flying 200, a 13.6-something which I wasn't displeased with. Dino PB'd (again ... and sooked about it, again ...), Emily PB'd (by 0.6s!), the rest of the aboc SS rode well, Nic Marc did as well as I expected he would (very well indeed!) and despite a winter broken up by various distractions Stewart Lucy made it into A grade and wasn't disgraced. Chris Ray has a new nickname - Chopper Ray! When you see the videos you'll understand why. Don't undertake Chopper Ray!
Not much in the way of photos, Lucie normally does them but she had a very important uni assignment due in on Monday morning and had to get that done, so I don't have any photos to put up from this round that we own.
I rode badly, not really able to jump, and matched up against two kids with whoppers (Ed Osbourne and Sean Bourke), both of whom smacked me good! My last race was against Nic, I probably should have got this one, I had a good sit on his wheel up the back straight but hesitated before overtaking when I made the catch, lost momentum and lost the race. Split second decisions cost races ... C'est la Vie!
More fun and games with my shoulder today at the physio, but I won't bore you with the details. I just wish they'd work out what was wrong with it so we could fix the damn thing.
Round two is coming up soon ...
One of the NTID guys has a medal from the worlds
Two of the guys who train with the NTID sprint squad are over in Italy at the moment racing at the UCI 2010 Junior Track World Championships. They're Maddison Hammond and Adele Sylvester. They're VIS riders, but they train with us and Hilts does their programs.
Last night Maddison was in the Australian team that rode the second fastest qualifying time in the team sprint, qualifying them for the gold medal ride-off against the French team. The French team won the final despite the Aussies going faster than they did in qualifying, so Maddison has a silver medal to bring home. There's lots more racing for those two riders before they come home, we'll be watching them from here and cheering them on.
You can see the results as they come up on cyclingnews.com, but they're (cyclingnews) being pretty slow about it. the official website is in Italian and doesn't seem to have any results on it (the 'English' function doesn't seem to work with Firefox).