Just arrived T-town a few days ago, just in time for one of the hottest & humid days ever! The guys (Travis, Adam & Josiah) and myself were supposed to stay 20min. away from the track with one AC unit! Yeah, right! I cracked after one night of three hours of sleep and opted to stay at Fred & Hilda’s (Phoenix Timing) pad next to the velodrome. Fresh sheets, an automatic Saeco esspresso machine and a well stocked industrial style kitchen 😉 And well equipped with central air! I think this place will suit me just fine for the next few weeks..
We had the first night of racing last night- the Festival of Speed. There are quite a few internationals here and it almost makes it feel like a World Cup. The Aussies, Dutch, Kiwis, and South Americans. I raced the Keirin yesterday with two women to watch out for-the aussie duo of Anna Meares & Kerrie Meares. I drew 5th position from the line and got that same position after a bit of bumping with Kerrie. I tried to split the sisters, but it didn’t happen. I knew that if Anna lead it out and Kerrie swept, more than likely I wouldn’t be able to get around them both. As the motor pulled off, I went underneath Kerrie in an attempt to get on Anna’s wheel, but as I went under Kerrie, Anna moved up just enough that I couldn’t get between them and so instead, I went under both of them! Nobody was committing at the front, so I started to wind it up and pass over 1 & 2, while trying to hold off Anna & Kerrie. Anna took a good run and came over with her sis in tow! Kerrie & I fought for 2nd with Kerrie beating me to the line and Anna taking the win. My form isn’t too great yet, but this is quality racing & training for the World Cups.
In a few days, I’ll be racing the International Sprint GP where I’ll race Match Sprints. It will be good to see how my accelleration & power is coming along……….