Velodrome 22nd January 2021

Friday night saw racing get under-way once again but as usual with school holidays still on the numbers were down. However we had a good group for racing and those who have done some road riding over the break had more stamina than those who had seen little of the bike. The opening 8 lap scratch race saw Fletcher Hill put the pressure on with 4 laps to go and it was only Ryder Evans and Ethan Davis who went with the increased tempo. The final sprint saw a clear win to Fletcher with Ryder 2nd and Ethan 3rd.

In the 1 lap dash, Ethan Davis, Zac Evans and Ryder Evans all posted new PB’s. Quickest for the night was Oscar Davis at 35.35sec with Ethan next in at 36.4 sec. Fletcher was a close 3rd at 36.50 sec whilst Ryder was at 38.41 and Zac at 44.13sec.

The riders were given a new event – a 15 lap point score event with a sprint at 10 laps, 5 laps and the finish with points awarded for each sprint. Fletcher and Ryder put the pressure on with 12 laps remaining and rode away from the others and dominated the points. The final outcome was Fletcher on 13 points winning from Ryder on 11 points whilst Ethan was next best on 6 points.

After a short break for recovery the riders had a sprint round. In the first it was Fletcher winning from Oscar. In the second heat, Ryder kept his good efforts going for the night by taking a narrow win from Ethan and Zac.

The final race for the night was a handicapped scratch race over 5 laps. Zac Evans was first away and given a 200m start over Oscar and Ethan whilst Ryder and Fletcher were a further 100m adrift. At the halfway mark the 4 chasers were in 1 bunch with a gap of 150m still to Zac. Fletcher was putting in a big effort but at the finish line it was Zac winning by 5 metres from Fletcher and Ryder.

Next week will see school back and hopefully a return of the other riders. They will have only a few weeks before club track titles will be held.

Lindsay

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