Well as posted elsewhere JAC and Ms Soup have decided to dip a toe in the water and have a little play at track racing. Team Splat went down with a couple of track bikes and had a pootle or two and some mild pretend races at Blackburn out of hours in order to build up confidence. Not least by the director Sportif who has not been on a track bike on a track in many moons.
Sally entered for the Summer Sprint Series. She had a couple of conditions prior to actually turning up.. she did not want to look silly, essentially. Finishing last was OK.. finishing stupidly last was not. It had to look like a decent effort. So we went out there with stopwatch in hand and did some times. She got a 17.3 for the flying 200 in pretty short order.. most of that being in the first 100.. she was pretty much blown by the finish. But next week she looked even stronger. I always suspected that a sprinter hides within Ms Soup. Seems likely to turn out to be the case. So she decided to go ahead with it. Mission statement. Beat PennyR. Not look hopelessly outclassed. Retire from track at 18:00 hours
Anyway it was all looking good until JAC and I decided to try out JACs new bike with her on it on saturday evening prior to the event. JAC was looking very strong and having the time of her life for a good hour. Then she went out for one go at a flying 200 and stuffed it into the fence as detailed here
We sorted her out and did not tell Sally.
When I turned up to find a Soup anxiously waiting for her bike to turn up.. it took about 10 secs for someone to tell me I had a silly low gear on the bike. It which point I realised that I had been so shaken by JACs accident I had not bought any other gears. In the end It turned out I had the gear on I thought I had. 84 ish. But on Sallys first run it was obvious that she could in fact push a bigger gear. Sigh. My defense is that the last time she had ridden it.. on the thursday it looked to be the biggest gear she could push. Going up a tooth on raceday is a pretty fair bet in track and I had forgotten this.
Sally set a flying 200 of 17.2 something.. second last to ride. Looked good but I think she had already done better in private practice. Was clearly spinning out. Second slowest time of the day.. but not silly slow. About a second from being a good D grade time. And about a second faster than I seem to be doing atm
Then for the racing. Sally was first up. Girl had never seen a sprint race before. Will write on that later