This past week saw some more solid racing the Team KR. We started out racing Seward Park World Championships, where 1st place is pretty much a lockdown, but where 2nd and 3rd are up in the air. Jamie has second place by a good bit, but Kyle (Garage) is not far back. G was back from his European Vacation and chomping at the bit. We had a full squad out and kept the heat on. About 7 laps in a good break of 7 formed and it Spencer and Galen up in the mix. Spencer took the first preme and soon the 7 became 10. Another KR team member now up in the front. A little while later a few more of us bridged up to what really became a field split. Galen took a preme and Spencer another. With about 5 to go, G took off with Doug Davis and they got a handy gap as the rest of us put the brakes on. G took the preme and the WIN. Ian took 3rd, winning the field sprint. G jumped up in the points and is now threatening Kyle for 3rd. The overall is looking quite good for a sweep of the podium.
On Friday night, G, Ian, and Jamie took to the velodrome. Three races: 30 lap scratch, miss-and-out, and an 84 lap marathon madison race. In the scratch, all three of us took the opportunity to attack off the front and then counter attack. G was the last to solo off the front and just barely got caught. Ian took 2nd to Grant (Gregg’s Greenlake) in the final sprint, while G held on for fourth. In the miss-and-out, Jamie made the final cut and was 4th to a tough sprinter group. The madison caused some realignment of forces, as G joined Rad (Lenovo) and Jamie and Ian rode together. The race started out as essentially a race between KR, G and Rad’s team and Dan Harm/Grant’s team. Harm and Grant won the first sprint, but Ian beat Dan for the second. Before the third sprint, G crashed into the back of Ian and made out with the pavement. Rad soldiered on solo, making it a race between Jamie/Ian and Dan/Grant. Grant won the third sprint and gapped Jamie and Ian. But Ian and Jamie clawed back and then jumped Dan and Grant hard to open a gap with about 35 laps to go. They managed to stick it, win the next three sprints and lap Dan and Grant. It was a sweet win, won the hard way. Also qualified them for Elite Nationals in October.
On Sunday, G, Jamie, Dux, and Colin raced in Sylvana. A classic kermesse style race with wind, tiny uphills and winding roads. Out of the first corner, Jamie got in a break with Steve Fischer (HB), Stanko (Lenovo) and Flashdancer (HSP). Half way through the race there is a sprint for points in the overall series. Jamie won it handily. The field gave chase here and there, but the lead of 4 just drove it. In the finale, Jamie took 2nd to a speeding Fischer. The two are now tied in points.
So not a bad 3 days of racing: 2 wins, 2 second places, and 1 third place.