Video footage off the start line at the Eastern Ontario Cyclocross series.
Clarence-Rockland was some rock'em sock 'em bike racing. Gravel roads, rough tarmac, windy, and fast. Check out the wicked pics below thanks to Zara: https://www.flickr.com/photos/retrospark
We had a good Nine2FivePro turnout for a beauty day in the saddle. Jake, Hans, Warren, Doug, Greyburns, Gerald, Michael, Jeff...oh man I'm sure I'm going to forget somebody. But kudos to all who came out to rock Rockland.
Here's links to some of the Nine2FivePro highlights:
Another yearly pilgrimage to Battenkill. It was a sunny day, which was nice since the organizers had a new course for us to take on. Still taking on much of the same roads, but with a few changes. Unsurprisingly, the pictures don't seem to have much to do with bikes. Oh well....BBQ...yum.
The racing was hard like usual. Early break went in the Senior 2 race, and not quite confident to ride all day in a break Charlie and Andrew chilled out in the pack. Gerald rode the Master 40 race with a couple heroes breaking away, flatting, and then breaking away. Gmon rode in a group and made it to the finish still smiling.
Then it was time for gnom gnoms and to replenish our morale.
Darrell had a rough go at Calabogie this year, getting involved in a crash early on and attempting a brief chase. But his trip to the Calabogie Speedway wasn't all for naught. He took a bunch of pics while he was there.
It was a good day out for the team. Greg rocked a top-10 in the Elite race with a good sprint and grabbed 7th place. Graham Page rode around comfy in the Elite 3 race. Caroline had her best pack race thanks to all the hard work she put in throughout the winter. He ride there was a sign of even better things to come.
Charlie wimped out with his sore legs from racing Tour of the Battenkill the day before.
Day 3 of Track Nationals included a 1km time trial for me, while Hans raced in the Master B Scratch Race and Points Race. My time trial brought to light my lack of starting power; not a huge surprise, but definitely a huge room for improvement. It is a tall ask to get all your effort out over such a short race. There is a big mental game to it.
I had a good warm-up, and was psyched to race it and in the end I posted a time of 1:08. Pretty bad time compared to the rest of the field, but a benchmark nonetheless to work from. A key takeaway is the need to work on standing acceleration all around the banking. With more time on the track my comfort level with this will improve. The kilo wrapped up my racing for the weekend, but I still got on the track for the open training sessions to get more track time in.
Hans had a program of the Master B Scratch Race and Points Race. He took a different tactical approach to both races, going on the attack in the Scratch Race from a long way out. It was a valiant effort, but there wasn't quite enough hesitation behind for him to go the distance. In the points race he was more conservative, looking comfortable in the bunch despite the accelerations, and he finished off the race in the bunch, pretty pumped with his race and looking forward to more.
Friend and ace photographer Brian McFadzen caught a few picks from my pursuit effort on Day 2. This was the first time I rode with a double-disc setup. Yes, it is awesome. The photos turned out really nice, and on top of that they provide a good bit of info to analyze in order to adjust my position for improved aerodynamics. This race was also the first time I used the starting gate. It's no biggie.