Back on the (old concrete) track
Sunday last (3rd Oct) was the practice day for the Summer Sprint Series. I'd spent a bit of time at the old Blackburn roundy-roundy-drome doing some weeding, burning weeds, chopping weeds, sweeping etc over the last fortnight but hadn't done a lap as any sort of speed since the last round last summer.
With a pesky shoulder injury keeping me seated and spinning, I did a couple of demo rides of the two most common flying 200's with a funky little "GoPro Hero HD" video camera attached to my trusty track bike. These little cameras are brilliant. Cheap enough to not worry too much about if they get damaged, waterproof, high-def (can do 1080p at 30 frames/second!) and with a stack of clever mounts. I slapped the camera under my stem, popped on an 86" gear and did some demo laps for the camera.
Here's the video from those two lines
After that, and a warmup sucking the wheel of the ubersprinter for a few laps, it was time to do some practice. I figured I wasn't good for much, so dropped my gear down to 82" and cranked up the cadence. I rode a 14.4s flying 200, which was about a second off my best at Blackburn, but it wasn't a full gas effort and was way off the sort of gear I'd normally ride (when I can get out of the saddle to get over a bigger gear anyway, bugger it!). I'd probably ride 92" or so if everything was working well, and bigger if I felt good and there wasn't much wind. As it is, I'll be happy if I can hold 86" next week without pain interfering with my ride. We all did a few flying 200's, most of us were way off the times we'd been riding last year. With no aero fruit, fancy wheels or helmets etc and a strong nor-easter blowing it wasn't all bad.
I did two practice races against Emily, and one against David Thomas, we were all getting the feel for the slacker banking at Blackburn after a winter's training indoors and on the 42 degree timber banks of DISC. It went well, everyone did improve through the session and I'm looking forward to next Sunday.