Thursday, May 19, 2016

First CU Short Track of 2016

   Last night was the first CU short track race at Valmont, and it was a great one! The weather cooperated, there was a great turnout, and it was a fun course. Being the first race of the season, all classes were extra packed, with a strong showing by local juniors.

Starting line of the C's

   I raced B's and it was a full house with 26 finishers. It was an unconventional course as it was very short laps and we didn't cross onto the North side of the park at all. Lap times were about 2 1/2 minutes, and we completed 14 laps! We ended up racing for 34 minutes for some reason, but that was fins as I was feeling strong at the end of the race and eager to keep going.

Course map

   I ended up with a 5th, and am very happy with it. The race started fast, and there was a lot of shuffling around in the early laps. It was unusual for me to make late passes, but I caught a couple guys and it felt great to be the one doing the passing. 


   Bill and Aaron were in the A's with some stiff competition. Three guys went out early and stayed in front the whole race. The rest of the pack somewhat stayed together until the end when a couple crashes and some late efforts broke things apart.

Aaron at the start

Bill leading up a hill in the Glades

   Overall it was a great race, I can't wait for next week!

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