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A day in the park.

 Hey guys...I've been a bit quiet since the ATOC but have been lurking and enjoying Paris Nice and all of the usual fun comments on PdC...thanks.

My cochlear implant gets switched on this coming Monday...I can't wait, but I've had to.  I wonder if campag and Shimano make different noises?

Apparently some of you guys quite like my little local race reports and last Sunday was a beauty so i will tell you the story.

Sunday was a Graded criterium race around on of Adelaide's city squares...about a 500M loop around a tree covered square and the weather was a perfect windless 80 degrees. The first six in each grade qualified for a Handicapped wheelrace with 1000 bucks first prize.

Four beers on saturday night at a beach party gave me a good sleep but it took me a while to get going in my crit and when i tested out the legs in the Prime sprint they were telling me to get f##@@d.

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via www.sa.cycling.org.au

That's me on the inside with the grey beard...distinguished eh!!

I kind of decided to conserve as much energy and just make sure i qualified for the big race but on the last bend i was in with a shot so I clicked down and gave it hoo haa....fourth in a photo from first.  There were a good couple of hours before the Wheel race so i had a sleep under a tree and dreamed of Paris-Nice.

The wheelrace was three laps and my handicap was 180M..Brett Aitken was off scratch but I knew the guys around me were fast so i was hoping for a good lead out from my fellow C graders.  First lap and three of us were threading nicely through the front markers, 45km/hr and making good progress...don't look back Johnny boy, don't look back. The second lap was a nightmare, i'm too polite and gaps closed as soon as they opened and i lost my wheels to follow but I was still passing at will.  Then on the second corner of the last lap i saw my chance to move down the outside and get clear air...my two buddies were already there but i was strong as. Just as i moved left to pass....whooooosh the scratch riders beat me to it  although  I noticed one of them was doing cartwheels which at 50km/hr plus is not nice.  I managed just to get on their wheel but by the last corner I was spent and finished eighth...six of those in front of me are sponsored riders though so i was pleased with the effort.

One more crit to go this Summer and if i place i'll be in B grade for the road season..not bad for a deaf old bastard with questionable hormones.

Wanna know a secret??  The TdU is venturing O/S next year...to Kangaroo Island.  I think they're really getting desperate now...a bit like the Giro going to Corsica or the Vuelta to Tenerife...pointless!

and finally...does this remind anyone of anybody?? And is that his brother's old bike?

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via www.sa.cycling.org.au


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