There's more in common than it may seem at first
http://maaml.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/ideas-for-visualisations.html - have a read. For us, as sprinters, we're not THAT dissimilar to martial artists. We have skills that we need to master, moves and countermoves that use those skills, and then "tactics" which is essentially the application of the right moves at the right times. Very similar to martial arts. I think we can learn a lot from them.
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.
Unlike a prominent cycling magazine interview from a few years ago ...
This is full of interesting stuff about Keirin in Japan!
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Saturday November 24 at DISC.
Juniors at 5.30pm, Seniors at 7.30pm.
Entry fee: Juniors $10, Seniors $20 (pay on the night).
Entries close November 18 at email@example.com
Early entries close November 11: Free entry for 4 lucky entrants.
$1810 for Junior program, $3750 for Seniors + $3000 in prizes.
Details on CV’s track fixture or Laurie Norris (0417 550805).
The program is chock-full of keirins! Go enter it!
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!
How Anna won in London .... Vicky's the best chaser in the world. Anna didn't want to lead her out. Watch ... I can't embed it here, but you can go to youtube and see exactly what happens
Not everyone's happy
Earlier this week CA announced that J17 gear restrictions would be lifted to a 7.0 meter rollout, which is around 90 gear inches, it was to be lifted to 86" (6.75m), up from the previous limit of 82" (6.5m).
Many of you reading here know I am very much in favour of this, but not everyone is pleased. I hope to calm the storm a little, or at least provide some argument in favour. Note please that this is my opinion, and I am not representing any organisation except for aboc Cycle Coaching (me!) when I write this. Furthermore, I don't have any influence on the people that made the decision that I am aware of. I don't even know who they are.
Enough with the preamble ...
Firstly, the rule change does not mandate that every J17 rider ride 90". It means they are allowed to, which is not at all the same thing. J19's are allowed to ride up to 104" or something, they don't, because they usually can't. I work with J19's who can squat small cars and deadlift your fridge, full ... they're not anywhere near being able to rev out the J19 gear restriction yet,. and managing them through J17's is a challenge (be patient, your time will come, being restricted to 82" sucks, but next year ... repeat and hope the kid buys in to the argument).
If a J17 is a great revver, they will choose smaller gears, if they're a big, strong kid, they will push bigger gears. Up 'til now the rules have biased against strong kids and towards super-revvers, at least in sprint, which is where my attention is focused. I expect it's the same in enduro circles. Big, strong kids can't rev as fast as the hummingbirds (heavy legs, can't move 'em quite as quick, but they can accelerate!). We build kids up to be strong so that they can be competitive as J19's and seniors, and not spend another 6 years trying to get them strong enough, this is an even bigger task with girls than it is with boys - they put muscle on a lot more slowly than boys. One of the causes for the loss of elite sprinters after J19 is the almost insurmountable gulf between a J19 and a senior (hey, kid, race Perko, who is pushing 108" or more and Anna who is superstrong! good luck ...). I've interviewed a number of guys who've given it up after J19's and this is a common theme. They don't want to spend 5 or more years getting smacked before they're even at a level where they can keep up and not be embarrassed.
By better preparing J17's to use bigger gears, we hope to lift the standard in J19, and thus, make the transition to senior riders be less daunting. If J17's filters out a lot of the strong kids in favour of super spinners (which, at present, it does), that means J19's are in general, weaker than they could otherwise be as a population, and then less likely to manage the jump into senior ranks. There's loads of examples of this in sprint in recent memory, in particular in the girls, but also many of the boys have failed to make the jump past J19. This is for many reasons, but one is that the jump is too big for most of them to manage in a realistic timeframe.
Some of my colleagues have mentioned that by allowing J17's to push 90", that this will kill the sport and other hyperbole (and a half!), or that we shouldn't change a working formula (hey, it's NOT working! We bleed riders after J19, you haven't noticed?! Where are they all?). Nonsense. The current situation is that strong kids are held back (and they're often some of the best talents, so they go off and play some sport where their talent isn't nobbled), hummingbirds prosper and the less talented kids are off the back on 82". The only difference by allowing bigger gears is that the strong kids will be able to keep up with the hummingbirds. The less talented, or younger, or less developed kids will be off the back no matter what anyway. It happens now, it will continue to happen. I don't think much else will change. If it does, the rules can be changed again.
And this is the rub. Many are suggesting that club racer kids will give it up because 90" is too big and they can't keep up, there'll be no tactical development etc etc. Here's the thing. At club level, clubs are free to introduce their own gear restrictions anyway. You want a race where no-one can push bigger than 82" - NO PROBLEM! Just put it in the race rules. Brunswick did this on Saturday, everyone was on 90" (magic number?!) and it was great. Close races, lots of skill and tactical development. GOOD! We had first year J19's (the ones I trained overgeared last year and got strong and who hated being forced to ride 82" in competition) keeping up with senior sprinters, which made for good training races. But, for opens, state and national championships, the talented kids should be allowed to display their physical talent. It may well keep them in the sport longer and help us find the next group of champions. State and National titles are not "every kid's a winner" races, they're championships and the best kids should be able to win them.
I'm sure there will be people who will cite examples of successful riders who came through our current system, they do exist, and this is good (look closely at their development path before you cite them though, some will surprise you at how they got into the system, Cadel rode MTB, Matthew Glaetzer was a pole vaulter and did not come through gear restricted juniors etc), but we can do better (we have to, everyone else is!) and we can't say everything is great because some physiological freaks have survived it, if they even came through it. Our rules and development programs should not be judged by the success of the very rare genetically gifted athletes that pop up, but rather by the health of the whole ecosystem.
Finally, the knee injury furphy. Where's the corpses? We train our guys overgeared ALL the time, putting out much greater torque and power numbers than anyone else in the state (wanna bet?! I have data ... ), I have not seen a single knee injury. Not one. If a kid isn't strong enough to push a gear (86, 90, whatever) they simply won't be able to push it. They can grind at 60rpm up a hill (that's ok ...) in a road race out at Eildon or the 1:20 etc already if they want or have to. Knee overuse injuries come from throwing kids at huge miles and on badly fitted bikes, not from pushing a gear that's too big for them.
So there you go. I don't think it will kill anything, I think it's for the long term good of developing better senior riders
Thank you Brunswick!
Last Saturday afternoon (juniors) and evening (J19's and seniors) Brunswick ran the first of their "DISC-O" night Saturday racing. I'd had a little input into their race format. As anyone reading this knows, my big beef (apart from actual beef!) is that there's never enough racing for sprinters and we wanted to redress that a little.
The format had some of the usual enduro stuff, but it had abbreviated flying 200's (two lap windup) and lots of baby keirins. This is a format that I nagged Max Stevens about until he capitulated for the NJTS for this summer, and I can say, it works! It works really well. The baby keirins were 3 laps (kids) and 4 laps for the seniors (and we'll make them 4 laps for everyone from now on I think), with the bike swinging off with 1.5 laps to go. This is a pure sprinters keirin on little gears. Seniors were restricted to 90". Just about everyone was buzzing about how much fun it was, and how close most of the racing was (and no crashes in any of the sprint events). It was great to see how many of the guys learned and practiced keirin tactics in a low pressure, but very close and intense, format. Everyone got three keirins in the racing.
I got to have a bit of a look at some of the juniors and see if any showed any spark too, so that was handy.
Tick that one off as a win, a big thanks to the guys at BWK for having the courage to run it, in particular Cam McFarlane and David Morgan who made it entertaining and kept everything moving along well.
Check this out, it's good.
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|
Anna & Kaarlie, all class
They were expected to get gold or silver, they came home with bronze - they're probably seething inside, but check this out. Big smiles, that's class, ladies & gentlemen ...
Relaxed on the start line is good
See how relaxed Michelle is on the start line? Stay loose and have fun!
Or, THROW THE BIKE!
I'm going to show you two photos :
Jae Castles and John Cochrane at the Junior Vics in 2011-2012.
Now look at this one :
Sagen and Greipel at the Tour de France, 2012.
Could Sagan have won? If his throw was an instinct, if he practiced it every time he crossed a finish line ...
What I've been up to lately
I've been pretty busy of late... Last weekend (no, sorry, the weekend before, June 23 and 24) I was looking after a bunch of VIS/Sprint Academy sprinters* at the Perth Speed-Dome on a flying visit to race a Grand Prix and the Westral, we flew in to Perth on Saturday morning, drove to the velodrome, trained, back to a motel, dinner, sleep, back to velodrome for a full day's racing, packed and drove back to the airport and flew home. Phew! I was so tired when I got back to Tullamarine I couldn't see straight, thank you Jayne for rescuing me! If I'd have tried to drive home it would have been a dangerous trip indeed.
We've also, in conjunction with Blackburn, started running Friday night training sessions at DISC. So far they've had low attendances, but hopefully word will spread and we'll get more numbers - we run a sprint and enduro session, with each group getting roughly 20 minute time slices. It's a format that works well and I've been using it for years with our Sunday sessions, but the Friday nights we have the luxury of three hours, not two on Sundays. More time! Sundays are chugging along well, it's been pretty cold in at DISC but we're doing good quality work and the guys are going faster (when they attend regularly!). Our program is always published in advance on this website, and I am more than willing to entertain requests and suggestions for additions and alterations to the program.
Also the Tuesday evening Spin sessions at Blackburn are trundling along - we've had some huge nights and some quiet ones - if you're not coming, I'd really like to know why, it will help me to improve the sessions if I know why you're choosing to do something else.
So that's Friday and Sunday and Tuesday evenings locked away. What else? Wednesdays I'm at DISC doing the Victorian Sprint Group coaching, assisting Hilton Clarke, and he's away in the US for a holiday until the 16th of July, so that's Wednesdays from ~11am 'til 7:30pm or so. This also happens on Saturdays, from ~11:30 'til 5ish. Lock away Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun. Anything else? Oh, yeah, coaching and lifting in the Powerhaus gym on Mondays and Thursdays from ~3pm 'til 8 or so.
That's, ahh ... pretty busy!
So if I've been a bit slow in getting back to anyone with emails etc, now you know why! I have to set dates for next summer's Summer Sprint Series, urgh ... Calendars ... Clash. clash clash ... Keep an eye here for dates.
* - No, I am not employed by the VIS, I was sitting in as a Sprint Academy coach for Sean Eadie while he's in Italy with the seniors in the leadup to the Olympics
Do it properly
Check your reactions at the door
Now, are you racing chairs around your office, padding?! Be honest ...
Quick notes from Adelaide's professional development week :
Team sprints - it may be faster to be spread out more, but really good at holding the line behind the lead rider - it may be that the slipstream is longer than a "perfect" team sprint needs, but is very narrow. We'll do some fun experiments to work this out, look for a motorbike chasing a rider, with a few bits of welding wire and streamers attached!
Peak torque really does matter.
We can learn a lot from how much speed is maintained (or how quickly it decays) after it hits peak. Ie: the power required to slowly decelerate is much less than that which is required to hold constant speed, timing where we hit peak speed in a flying 200 is even more important than we've been thinking it was. (later is better!) - averages are misleading at best when it comes to analyzing sprint performance with power meter software. Have a look at Anna's data from her old world record. Look at the power put out while speed (slowly) decays. Remember KE = 1/2 m.v^2. Which is to say, momentum matters.
Female sprinters are a long term project - making them strong is a priority for their success in the long term. I am not alone in thinking this. Those of you who are female reading this - if you're not already - GET STRONG and be prepared for it to take a long time to happen. Anna spent 10 years getting strong. It's paying off now in spades. She spent her junior days being kicked in the arse by her sister, but she kept on getting strong and look at her now. Junior stars don't always become senior stars, the quick route to success isn't necessarily the best for long term development, ESPECIALLY for girls, ESPECIALLY where the rules are such that strong kids get handicapped by small gears. (we all know my rant on that!)
Get strong, go fast. Simple!
I've ranted about good race programs for ages to anyone that will listen, here's a great example.
Picture this, a velodrome, a sellout crowd, 3,000 people. Food vans, excitement ... Almost everyone staying 'til closing (10:30pm). Thrilling racing.
Where was it? Perth at the Speed Dome. Was it good? You bet!
What was the race program? Over one day, starting at 4pm was sprint qualifying (yes, flying 200's really aren't that exciting, even I have to admit, for spectators!). Then, round 1 of the sprints and some enduro stuff and an attempt by the local JM17 team sprint squad (who had just won the Australian title a week before) to break the Australian record (they didn't, but they gave it a great go, got loads of loud, enthusiastic support from the crowd!) . All over by about 5 or so.
The evening session started at 7pm, with sprints and points races. Then more sprints, a few scratch races which were entertaining - the women's racing was great, full of attacks, due to a strong field of German girls who were determined to light it up. There was an elimination in there somewhere too. Then, short (6 lap) keirins to finish. The field was a second string field on the whole, a couple of world class riders but mostly second tier guys, but that didn't matter, there was great, close racing and the crowd loved it.
So did the 4 sprinters I was looking after. We flew to Perth to race this stuff and all the guys got a full program of racing, no-one left feeling like they'd gone all that way for one ride. I will be begging my masters to let me go to this again and take more sprinters.
All this without a single handicap/wheelrace in sight. Awesome.
If only our Victorian race directors could see beyond the wheelrace occasionally, spice up the program with more sprints interlaced between the endurance races ... This format works and it showcases sprints. If we want kids to race sprint, they need to see it as a priority race at the major events. Austral, MCOW, Sid Pat, PAY ATTENTION. National Junior Track Series (Max ...) guys, look at what the WA guys are doing, it works.
A huge thanks to Darryl Benson and his crew at WAIS for their passion and drive to make it happen. This was a great race program. The rest of us should pay Darryl the most sincere compliment, and copy what he's doing.
I'm in WA!
4 days after the Junior Aussies and here I am in Perth with some Victorian sprinters for the Perth GP. Some big names here in the lead up to the worlds in Melbourne in a couple of weeks. We'll be racing sprints and keirins (note to race directors in Melbourne, see, two sprint events!).
The track here is narrow and long with very sharp bends and a hard transition into the bends - I had a ride around it on the WAIS motorbike (thanks Clay and Darryl), interesting. We spent some time working out the fastest line for a flying 200 yesterday and today the guys will practice it on race gearing. Fun times!