Mattamy National Cycling Centre, Milton ON.
Today's race report is from LDCC Track Racer, Rob MacEwen, who had very successful day on the track. In his words...
Jeff Lucyk and I were the two Lapdogs representing the team at Track O-Cup #2. This is an all day event at the velodrome with multiple races per category, including the Keiren and Endurance events.
While it's a long day there's plenty of camaraderie amongst the teams and plenty of exciting racing to watch.
Jeff and I participated in the endurance events in the Cat 3 group. The endurance races are ability based for both men and women with three events, the scratch race, elimination race, and points race.
The M3 scratch race was a hard steady effort with just a few riders trying to go clear. It's just a 10 minute race at 45km/hour so you try to spend as much time as possible drafting. The racing is quite tight at times, but since the course is perfectly predictable, so is the racing. Most of the time anyway. The race finished in a mad dash for the line. A top speed of 59 km/hour got me 7th and Jeff finished a very solid 13th in his first track race ever!.
The Elimination is a strategic race with the last rider across the line every two laps being pulled. I was very lucky to follow the right wheels and keep my wits about me and managed to survive and survive again by nipping people at the line. In the end, I tried to get the jump on my opponent but he came around me to take the win. Jeff finished 11th.
The Points race results aren't available right now (at time of this publication).
The whole day of racing is available online, so if you'd like to spend 8 hours watching track, here you go. This link starts at the beginning of the M3 Elimination race.
Hopefully we'll see more Lapdogs out to enjoy the very friendly atmosphere and fun racing. Bring the family to cheer you on and work on that top end speed. Races are short and sweet and you don't need to be a skinny climber to do well.
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