Well I arrived in Australia to
start the final preparations for the Championships and Melbourne greeted me
with a freezing 44 degree day and rocked me to the core and never really
warmed up at all. Lucky the track was indoors.
The next 4 weeks of training went excellent
with great training sessions at the local Northcote indoor track. When time
came to pack for the drive to Sydney for the races I was more than prepared
and feeling confident of a good showing and off we set. 10 hours later we
pulled in to the apartment drive way and headed up stairs for a well earned
We rolled over to the track the
next morning to check in for the pre race sign in packages and a look
around. All was good and we headed back for breakfast before returning for a
warm up on the track in the afternoon.
Day 1 was the 750 TT for me which
was going to be a guide to compare speed with the other riders. I was not
expecting to win. I was faster than last year and quicker than all the other
riders I had tagged as dangerous for the distance raced. So my confidence
grew greatly for the up coming 10 KM race.
O and I still finished in 9
10 KM Scratch Race heats
The morning started with the
heats of the scratch race and was a good chance to get a hit out as this was
actually my first race in 6 weeks as we had just been running behind
the motor bike in Melbourne.
The heat was a lot faster than I
expected but a perfect warm up and practice for the final lay out for the
sprint. I crossed the line first and moved into the final. Afterwards while
checking the qualifiers for the final I realized we had ridden 6.01 for the
heat compared to a 6.30 in heat one which was a great confidence boost as
most of my main rivals were in heat one. We headed back to the room for
lunch and a massage.
10 KM Scratch Race Final
Well it was time to head back to
the track for the final. I had a great warm up and the track was allot
faster than in the morning. I decided to put my gear up to a 99 in stead of
the 97 I was going to use.
As the race headed up the ramp
onto the track proper for the rolling lap I was feeling good. The gun fired
and we got into it straight away as it seemed every body wanted to push the
pace which I was expecting. Mid race a group of 3 and then 2 more flew of
the front and joined together quickly. We had been riding such a fast tempo
and had not slowed down I decided to hesitate as they had to have been in
the red to accelerate that quick and were going to have to slow to recover.
A few laps went by and they began to shuffle each other and as they slowed
to get organized, I took the opportunity to jumped across to them.
As I got their a little too
quickly they had not got going again. I swung to the fence to drop my speed
off and parked on the rear. Had a great boost of confidence as I had not
even wound the gear up to get there. As the tempo picked back up we got back
As we came into the last 10 laps
I did not want to be to close to the front and moved back a little to about
10 wheel so I
could take a run with 2 to go and hit the front at the bell. The pace was
perfect tempo, just a little too fast to take a flyer, I started to move out side the
wheels as the pace slowed marginally at 3 to go.
Chris Best USA took advantage of the
lull and began to take a flyer with Bret Kay also from the USA on his wheel around the
out side of me, I started to followed down the back straight but decided to
hang back as the pace was to fast this far out to survive. At 2 to go I was
now in my strike zone. With total confident I pulled out and started to
get the gear rolling, Chris still had it moving with Bret
on his wheel at
the front in single file. I had free rain rolling down the outside of the
line and hit
full throttle coming into the front straight to get the bell. I hit the
front at the bell and header for home down the back straight. I took a quick
peek entering the home straight and realized it was all over and saluted the
This one was a little special as
my number one fan my mum was in the grandstand watching and it was her
birthday. Happy Birthday!
20km Points Score Heats.
Just did enough to make the final
by picking up points in a couple of sprints and kept out of trouble. The
race was way faster than I expected though.
20km Points Score Final
The plan was to stay relaxed and
push for a lap after the second or third sprint. As the race fired up the
pace was on from the gun and never eased. After 3 attempts to split the
field I realized it was not going to happen and sat back a little. Mistake
one, a gap opened and I had to bridge back up as we got the bell for a
sprint lap and had to chase hard to get back to the leaders. As the laps
wound down their was only 9 of us left on the leading lap and I still had
not scored any points so I took the easy way out and went to the infield and
called it a day. I was pretty disappointed at my effort as I had done a lot
of extra work to give this race a good shake and I did not even finish.
Overall though we had another
great trip with a perfect run in the Scratch race to win earlier in the week
so all is good in the end.
Thanks to every one who helped
out to make it another World Championship year.
Masters World Track
Sydney Australia October
Well starting the season with the
World Championships is always a bit daunting but just the way the world of
cycling around the globe works.
The Melbourne weather has
been great for the 4 last for weeks of training for the races in Sydney. Got
real lucky and was able to jump in with Hilton Clarks squad over at the
Northcote track and had the perfect build up.
We headed off to Sydney and got
settled in at our apartment a couple of days before racing began.
First up was the 750 TT which
really was to get the first race over and settled in as I had not trained
for it and its a long way to fly to watch. My time was ok and finished 8 th
The race started of from the gun
with 2 guys getting a half a lap straight away. Their was a negative
reaction from the bunch and it was not till they were in the same straight
that Craig Taylor attacked off the front, every body was still waiting so I
decided to go after him. I picked him up quickly and we began to swap turns.
Looking across the track we now had half a lap our
selves and pushed on. The two other riders Claus Christiansen and Peter Toth
had reached the field and were pushing the pace hard trying to stop our
progress. We played a tug of war for 10 laps till they eventually tired and
we were able to pick up the field and now all four of us were on the leading
We were now down
to 10 to go and two more guy attacked of the front, one of their team mates
Rob Upton went to the front and was slowing the pace down. I patiently
waited as Claus attempted to push the pace back up in short bursts. With 5
to go I moved up to second wheel and kept pushing up to slowly increase the
speed of the blocker Rob Upton. At 2 to go I had pushed his speed enough to
stop the others from being a factor.
I checked and saw Claus moving down the out side in
the front straight. At the bell he pulled up along side me and I saw he was
struggling. So I held him on my hip and waited till coming into the back straight to move out
and jump by Rob. I had not seen were the other 2 guy were so I had to ride
it to the line to make sure.
Well that was a bloody hard ride, we ended up
clocking a time of 12.04 for the 10 K which was the fastest of all the age
Got to the track for the warm up and boy, my leg's
were tired. Did my warm up jump and I was way down in top end speed. I did a
reasonable flying 200 of 11.52 but was way below my training runs in
Melbourne of 11.1 but with one win in the bag who cared.
I qualified 5 in the end so it was ok. I breezed
through the next rounds and now came up against Peter Barnard which was
going to be a good race the next day.
I was feeling good the next morning when warming
up. Peter took the first heat comfortably and I had to go back and
think about it. The second heat went better and I led him out locking him on
my hip down the front straight, I moved him up high to jump down the track
at the bell and headed for home winning comfortably so I thought.
I was disqualified for moving up the track after
the sprint had began. I protested and went up to see the film. I was nicely
told by an old friend that was the chief referee that I need to go home and
read the rule book as it had changed a lot since I had stopped competing at
this level 15 years earlier. Well that was a lesson in keeping up to date.
20km Points Score
Well the plan was simple, blast away till I blew
and so the race began. I started of good
taking the first few sprints and feeling ok with a placing in the third then
I was in trouble. Craig Taylor hit the
bunch hard and rode of the front gaining half a lap fast and did not look
like stopping. He quickly lapped the field and went straight by keeping his
This time 2
on, Peter Toth and Mark Harris and the race blew apart real quick. I found
myself starting to loose a lap and in major trouble as that was the race
riding away from me. As the race settled in to the chase I was in no mans
land, not in the main pack and struggling. The 3 leaders picked me up and I
got lucky and they dragged me back in to the main field.
With every body looking to survive the last 10 laps
as the first 3 placing were already gone I was hoping to roll to the line
and finish 4 th but with 8 laps to go when Steve Clayton and Claus
Christiansen put the pressure on and I was in trouble again. I realized they
were right behind me on points and I would have to sprint to keep my 4 place
I picked up Craig Taylors wheel hoping he would not let anything go off the
front. With 4 to go he put the gas on and picked the others up and launched
me perfectly for the final sprint which I won comfortably and held on to 4
Well this was a
great trip 1 win and a 4 was well worth the effort.
Thanks to every body that helped make this trip a