Sunday, July 5, 2009


my bay area trip was nice except for the racing part. hellyer avc. first race was the keirin heats, pretty stacked. i made a good move, but executed it poorly. instead of suprising everyone over the top, i floated to the front and then gave everyone a nice lead out. i didnt even make it to a rep ride but theres a cool picture!
photo:ken conley

next miss n out. a little squirrelly. i think i finished 11th out of 35. one behind hayden godfrey so i guess not too bad, but i could have been smarter. dave mc coo, my madison partner got 3rd. but i think he might have spent a match or two that we could have used in our madison that was the next race i did.

we were looking good after scoring in the first 2 sprints then everything went to hell. dave missed my hand or something and he got gapped off pretty hard. i did my best to work on closing it down as best i could and when we made some progress, we missed another crucial exchange. that was pretty much it. we got lapped by the main group but were left to think how different it would have been if we hadnt missd those exchanges.

the next day things really went to shit. the feilds for some races filled up really fast, and when i registered a month early, the scrath race was full and i was 2nd on the waiting list. i went to check in and i was told that i hadnt made it on the start list yet even tho i knew of a few people that were registered that werent racing. but whatever, my teammate, tank, saidi could have his spot and that was good enough for the registration coodinater that i was talking to. so as im about to get my last warm up in someone suggested that i double check that i was actually on the start list so i did. and a different guy told me that i was not on the start list and if i didnt like it i could "go home." a little uncalled for i told him that i was taking my teamates spot and he flipped shit saying that he was incharge and that if my teammate scartched that someone that wasnt me would get the spot. aparntly i had made my way to the bottom of the start list because i wasnt local or sucking his dick. there were cat 3 that got placed ahead of me. totally bs. brian went over to talk to the guy and he yelled at brian over the mic that he didnt realize was on. i cant even begin to explain who fucked this who scene was but trust me it was bad. and that guy, rick adams, is an official at the alpenrose avc. gee, awesome.

so after that debacle, i was told by dave mccook that he had misunderstood when the alpenrose sixday was and couldnt make it up. sweet 1 day notice to find a partner!! at this point i was so stressed out taht i decided not to do the points race and drink beer instead and try to find someone to race te sixday with me. after talking with a million people i convinced this kid maurice monge from san jose to come up even tho he had never been to alpenrose.

so monday, day 1 we get to the track and some of my crucial track stuff was still in brians car so i had to wait til he got there to get on the track with maurice. we ended up getting about 10 minutes on the track before racing started with the madison pursuits. just like a regular pursuit but youre doing madison exchanges during it. we got a lap and a half in and a roadie that i had never seen at the track before slid down the banking right in front of a blazing fast maurice and maurice broke his arm. i rode the madison pursuit solo later on and qualified us for the a group, but opted not to find a partner. maurice got surgery the next day.

so yeah its been a slight rough patch for me. there were points races for non sixday racers on thursday and saturday and i won those. not really making up for not riding at winning the six though.

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