Suffice it to say things have gotten off to a somewhat ignominious beginning for my 2017 VCHSS season.
I was taken out twice on the first lap of the first race by two different riders, the second mishap led to some trail-side fisticuffs (a moment I not proud of). Battled my way back from last place to 2nd, 56 seconds behind the eventual winner Pete Jenkins.
The second race I had a stupid first lap crash moments into the woods that left me unable to re-start the bike for over a minute. Once again dead last out of 22 riders. Worked my way to 7th, then to 5th for the second lap. Having caught up with 3rd and 4th place on the last lap I waited for someone to make a mistake, which the 4th place rider did, and I passed. Pete Jenkins is in third, now directly in front of me. I am running out of time to get by, so I knew I would have to force the issue in the woods. We come to sort of a straightaway, with about 16 inches on Pete's right side to make a pass, I went for it, and made it stick. Putting my head down for the next three miles to make sure he couldn't re-pass led to a mistake that would later cost me. As I came out of the woods I was momentarily blinded by the sun and came into timing and scoring a little hot. In order to avoid taking out the rider in front who had slowed dramatically, I ran a wheel up on his inside and hard on the brakes. The flagman accused me of making a pass in a "no passing" zone, which is a little bit ridiculous considering I never got by the rider (who I knew was in a different class), and promptly disqualified me. The flagman would hear none of my explanation and I was soon surrounded by other spectators shaking their heads at me. I was told to take it up with the referee, which I did.
When the referee arrived I shook his hand, told him my name and class and what had transpired, all in a very calm tone of voice. I learned a long time ago yelling at officials is never the way to go. He promised to look into it. An hour later the decision was reached, since I had not actually passed anyone they would not DQ me, but they still felt it was necessary to dock me two finishing positions, which brought me from 2rd to 4th. I was then given the choice to take the 4th or the DQ. I took the 4th place, knowing those points might came in handy later in the season.
There it is, in a nutshell, my season so far. Not exactly the way I hoped, but that's the way with racing.....
|The only picture from the last two races, you can barely see me behind #31|