Jo Rhett (jorhett) wrote,
Jo Rhett
jorhett

6th in Any-Bike sprint race

So the wind ignored the weather forecast and was back again today. Nothing for it but to put my head and ride through it. Some line alterations and frankly learning to just ignore it paid off, and I was quickly down to 2:10s.

I got some excellent advice on turn 2 and 9 and entry, and spent a while running around chasing some of the instructors. It was good fun. Just before lunch we had a mock 3-lap sprint race. This was totally unfair because my 70hp bike was gridded right next to 180hp 1000cc bikes, but I had advantage of more racing experience.

I got an *EXCELLENT* start, holding a 2-inch high wheelie for almost 200 hundred yards down to turn 1. (A small wheelie is as fast as you can possibly accelerate without pulling a stand-up wheelie and having to roll off the throttle) I was second into turn 1, and 3rd into turn two. 3 more riders got by me on the straights, but I totally held on to the front pack in the corners and finished 6th place right behind the top 5. I could have fought for 4th, but the two guys battling for 4th were getting a little sideways and running off the track and all that, so I decided to just roll in behind them and keep the bike upright. No plastic trophies for this mock race ;-)

I actually went out to the B-riders race as well, but started from dead last so I wouldn't interfere with their race. I passed 10 or so riders on the start, then 10 riders a lap until I was up to 8th place before I rolled off the throttle and let everyone pass me back so that I wouldn't end up taking a place away from anyone.
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