Anth73 wrote: Anth73 wrote:
I've finally enetered my first race...holy crap!
Put my name down for the South Gisborne race on March 27, racing for Banyule CC. Not sure about grades and masters category so went with D-grade and Masters 1.
Should be fun....
Bugger! March 27 is out due to a clash with my son's dance group performing at the Banyule Festival. Going to give the Pig and Whistle a crack the following Sunday.
Tips and hints greatly appreciated.
The nice thing about the Pig & Whistle is that it is an aggregate event, you just have to last the distance and finish in the top 3 to 4 places to collected the points. I won last year Aggregate and I only particpated in 4 events, I think I finished with 17 points. So tips, how well you ride will depend on your handicap and those who you will be riding with during the four laps of the course, rolling turns will be the order of the day, so depending on how well your group works together will depend on whether you win or get past by scratch. Key area which can make or break you is the short climb on Pearsons Rd, but if your strong on the climb and feel the group is slowing you down just do your own thing. Also there is a nice down hill run from the crest of the hill down to the Pub and all the way to Newtons Ln via James Ln. If you not afraid of decending you can pick up some time on the bunch in front of you. I've clock about 50Km/h plus approaching Newtons Ln.
The final lap will be the time to attack, if you can see the safety car you got a good chance to win. Most of the riders will start incresing the pace on Trentham Rd, more or less to close the distance on the lead groups and to keep scratch at bay. The final stretch up Pearsons Rd would be a good place to attack if you are a strong rider you can drop quiet a few riders on the hill and then ride solo to the finishing line.
Let us know how you go