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First points in 2 years

MikeWWMikeWW Posts: 723
edited June 2012 in Amateur race
Having not got any placings last year after a fall cut the season short started to have another crack at it this year. First few races had gone OK but just couldn't get into contention on the last lap.
So turned up at the 4th cat race at Mallory last night and instead of trying to go off the front and chase everything down played things a bit more tactically and sucked wheels.
Felt really strong with 5 to go but stayed patient and drifted back to about 15th with a lap to go and then started to jump on the faster wheels as they went through. The sprint unfolded and I kept moving forward and all of a sudden I could see the line and there was hardly anyone in front!!!Got past 3rd and a wheel off the win by the time I crossed the line so 2nd!!!! Real result for me at 49 and quite new to cycling. Ignore the elevation(which is wrong) and 2nd to last lap is the final race lap. My fastest ever lap of Mallory :D So only one more result and 3rd cat here I come :D


  • Tom ButcherTom Butcher Posts: 7,137
    Well done always nice to move up to third cat - how far off the win were you ?

    it's a hard life if you don't weaken.
  • SpaniardSpaniard Posts: 69
    Excellent result. Well done - it gives me hope at 44 and just starting to race.
  • MikeWWMikeWW Posts: 723
    Well done always nice to move up to third cat - how far off the win were you ?

    About a wheel - was a team mate so 1,2 for Lichfield :D

    Spaniard- you will have no problem at that young age
  • racingcondorracingcondor Posts: 1,434
    Great job :D , get that upgrade then go back to chasing everything down until you pop. Nothing like it for building fitness!
  • MikeWWMikeWW Posts: 723
    Well had another go last night but didn't quite go to plan. A couple of strong riders(one had ridden in the milk race years ago) were attacking off the front and no option but to try and bridge across. Missed the one that stayed away which meant we were fighting for 4th. Race had been pretty clean but a touch of wheels in front of me on the last lap brought 2 riders down and no where to go!!!!. So 32 mph and straight into a bike and over the bars. Can only think that I managed to roll because apart from some very minor grazing was unscathed!!!!!....but no points :(
    Snapped a shifter in half, bent rear mech and think front wheel might need trueing. Probably going to take a few days to get the bits so looks like next Wednesdays road race and Thursday crit race are going to be on the winter bike Just need those 2 points ......hope its not going to be too long
  • triboy222triboy222 Posts: 217
    Hope you get the bike sorted soon and it hasn't knocked your confidence too much. Good rolling I say to escape any road rash.
  • MikeWWMikeWW Posts: 723
    Interestingly when you don't get hurt it probably adds to your confidence. Bike worst than I thought with a cracked top tube so looks like a new frame as well :cry:
  • triboy222triboy222 Posts: 217
    Real shame about the frame. Carbon frame? Remember you can get carbon tubes repaired these days and they do a really good job. Normally about £100 (?) for a simple tube break. Might be worth looking into.
  • MikeWWMikeWW Posts: 723
    triboy222 wrote:
    Real shame about the frame. Carbon frame? Remember you can get carbon tubes repaired these days and they do a really good job. Normally about £100 (?) for a simple tube break. Might be worth looking into.

    Yes-there is a place quite locally that specialises in this so will see what they have to say
  • alex1robalex1rob Posts: 95
    Great result on the first race, nice work.

    Shame about the damage on the bike though, still new shiny bits are always nice!
  • MikeWWMikeWW Posts: 723
    Frame in for repair and should be up and running in under 4 weeks
    In the meantime racing on the winter bike
    Picked up 3rd last night so 15 points off 2 races and 3rd cat here I come :D
  • solosuperiasolosuperia Posts: 389
    An insight into the French attitude.....
    A friend of mine hasn't raced for a good few years, only took out a licence again earlier this year to aid someone he was mentoring.
    Hasten to add he was no slouch in his time, In fact he ended up only doing one race, finished second !
    The French officials were going to upgrade him to 2nd Cat. there and then........
    He was saying "whoa whoa" or whatever that is in French..... that is it, I'm not racing again this was a one off...
    No you are a 2nd cat now.
    He was not seduced back into racing....Shame really!
  • alex1robalex1rob Posts: 95
    Mike are you racing tonight? I'm tempted to give it a go at mallory, any tips?

    Weather forecast doesn't look great and I have a head cold, excuses? or is it worth waiting for some nice weather for my first race.

  • alex1robalex1rob Posts: 95
    I raced and crashed . go me.
  • MikeWWMikeWW Posts: 723
    Only just seen this. I can't race Thursdays any more ( upgraded to 3rd cat now )
    Hope the crash wasn't too serious-what happened?
  • alex1robalex1rob Posts: 95
    In the last 100 meters I was behind the guy in 3rd he was out of the saddle giving it everything. I hadn't kicked yet and as I was just about to he must have pulled on the drop too much and twisted his wheel, he wen't straight down and I had no where to go, my garmin thinks I was doing 27mph at the time.

    Over the handlebars onto my wrist which is really badly strained I can't move it very well, the usual grazes and bruises down the right side. Bike seems ok apart from cosmetic wounds on the shifters, and a bent hanger. Will inspect more later.

    Other guy seemed a bit shocked, they thought he might have broken his collar bone.

    On the plus side the race was going well up until that point. !
  • MikeWWMikeWW Posts: 723
    Sounds really bad luck
    You were obviously on for a fair few points as well
    Hope you are quickly back on the mend
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