I have not had a track race recently so I have had to write about road. I have a track race this Friday and Saturday so I will write another post then. I just went to the state championships and I got second. The race was 28 miles and there were so many hills it seems that every time I climbed a hill there was another in front of me. At the end I was pushing a hard gear up the final hill. When we finished it there was a place for riders with a mist to cool off and water and powerades in little pools of ice.
July 22, 2007
July 5, 2007
My name is Colton and I am a 10yr old bike racer. I started out
racing mountain bikes, then I started racing road bikes. I moved to
Frisco Texas in 2005 and learned to ride on the Superdrome track.
This is my 2nd year racing on the track with my team of 12 other
kids. The Superdrome has a youth development program with about 20
kids. We are coached by Suzie Goodwin. The Superdrome is a 250 meter
track with an about 44 degree angle it is one of the few Olympic
certified tracks in the U.S. It was built for the Olympic trials in
the 80’s it is a wooden track and to stay on you need to go 12 miles
per hour. Every month we have Friday evening races each category gets
2 or 3 races. We recently came back from Colorado Springs for junior
national track championships and I will tell you about that in the
August 10, 2006
What a funny title.
But really, contrary to popular belief and contrary to what all the other girls say(I heard them) and think she really is.
Last year as a first year junior she was made of skin and bones and muscles and despite being already very fast she made tons of mistakes like qualifying first in 200 m. and losing to last qualifyer in the first round.
Or being overly aggressive in the Keirin and getting relegated in the final.
This year for the last month or so she had been perfect; in fact she had been barely human. First she beat the 500 m. junior world record in Lviv Ukraine’s slow track and at the European Championship she won everything: sprint after qualifying first in 11:30′, 550 m under 35 seconds and keirin.
Up to last night in Gent despite finishing second in the 500 m., she had easily won the flying 200 m. and sprint and was navigating upon very calm waters in the keirin qualifications always keeping her opponents on her hip and controlling every race.
That is until the final when something broke and against all odds she was not in front anymore. In fact she was struggling to keep up, getting passed by Blyth, Rozhkova, Delev and McCullough finishing 5th and surprising everybody in the velodrome.
Blyth had won and Shulika was not even on the podium.
The girls had magically slain their dragon; this time at least.
August 9, 2006
Before worlds, I listed some fast times that I had on record as a rough indicator of who to watch out for at worlds. It wasn’t really meant as a prediction, but let’s see how it fared versus actual results. I’ll leave the tables in the same order, and add a column for actual results. I’ll add top-3 riders who weren’t in the original tables in italics.
Men’s 3000 meter pursuit
Women’s 2000 meter pursuit
Women’s 500 meter time trial
|DNC indicates that the rider did not contest this event at worlds.|
Men’s Flying 200 meters
Women’s Flying 200 meters
|For sprints, the result column shows qualifying place/final ranking.|
It seems that the existing times were a pretty good indication of who would be strong, especially in the shorter events. Naturally there were surprises, or we wouldn’t need to have the competition! Notice that of the 5 medalists who did not appear in the original tables, 3 were from New Zealand. I wonder if they are supressing their best times to gain the advantage of surprise at worlds. On the other hand, maybe I just need to look harder for New Zealand rider results next year.
I have been accused of ignoring the United States of America, but it’s simply a lack of information. I haven’t had a single email or informative comment from the Americans in Belgium.
Of course you can’t get the interesting part of the story from raw results. There’s a big difference between finishing 15th of 15 after a failed attack that could have won the race and finishing 15th just hanging on. You also can’t know what the goals and expectations of the riders were.
Highlights include Cody O’Reilly’s pursuit (perhaps the fastest ever for the US), Shane Kline’s 6th place in the scratch race, and Catherine Fiedler’s overall solid performance. No doubt all 10 riders gave their best, and some may have been separated from higher placings by nothing more than a bit of luck. On the bright side, several of our best placings came from the five 17-year-old riders on the team. Next year may be a bit better as these riders progress and a few fast 16-year-olds such as Daniel Walker (Cristin’s brother, I believe) and Colleen Hayduk become eligible.
Madison: 9th, no points, 1 lap down
Madison: 9th, no points, 1 lap down
Sprint: qualified 32nd in 11.427
Kilo: 16th in 1:08.137
Pursuit: 24th in 3:31.483 - the fastest USA time in my database, beating Tyler Farrar’s time from junior nationals 2002
Sprint: qualified 38th in 11.821
Keirin: relegated in Keirin round 1, DNF in reps heat 4 (I hear he was crashed by a rider who was then relegated)
Points: 13th in qualifying with -20 points, 12 went on
Keirin: 3rd in heat 4, 1st in reps heat 4, 6th in heat 2 of round 2, 5th in the 7-12 final, 11th overall
Points: 12th with 1 point
Keirin: 3rd in heat 2, 3rd in reps heat 2
500 m: 17th in 39.328
Sprint: qualified 22nd in 13.059, eliminated in 1/16 final
Pursuit: 20th in 38.514
Sprint: qualified 21st in 13.041, eliminated in 1/16 final