Saturday's events - a 1,000 meter time trial, a team sprint, and a 9-lap points race. The time trial hurt. The team sprint was fun - the impromptu team I was on included my sweetheart and a stranger. We worked well enough together and came in a respectable 2nd place. But I much prefer mass-start events. I don't consider myself to be a particularly strong racer, so I'm relying on reading race dynamics to take advantage of situations. In the points race, someone broke away, but I was able to push the pace of some confused racers, and took 2nd place in two of the three sprints - not bad!
Sunday's races were exciting - once the track dried out. The 6 lap scratch was unimpressive. Everybody riding for five laps and then sprinting for 1 doesn't do much for me. I'm going to have a better strategy for that race - hurt the field a bit and try to take the sprinters out of contention a bit. Then there was a charriot race - one lap, standing start. Kind of a crappy race for the Cat 5s, and the women, while everyone else is doing Keirins. I took first in the qualifying sprint, and third or fourth in the final. More points toward the omnium. But it was the win-and-out that I was really excited for - though I prefer miss-and-outs. But I was excited; one sprinter took off very early and was barely contested for first place. Two guys shot off hard for the second place sprint, and one was totally toasted as I and another strong rider set the pace winding up for the third place sprint. Coming around turn 4, about to embark on the last lap, I was in 2nd position, with Joe in front of me and Andy, winded, behind me. Joe, following what had been our move of swapping pulls to set the pace, moved over for me, but I didn't take the lead. I called to Andy to take it, but he couldn't move forward. I, on the other hand, wouldn't be persuaded to take the lead going into the last lap. Our pace slowed down on the home stretch, but going into turn 1, we were high on the banking - a place I love. I moved, tearing down it with a big head of steam, and opened up enough space. They never caught my wheel and I took the sprint by at least a bike length. 3rd place! And in a win-and-out, you really have to earn it!
So I took 4th place in the Cat 5 omnium. A good start to the season - I'm very excited for the Twilight Series.