Cycling19:44 8.16 km (2:25 / km) +48m2:21 / km ahr:120 max:140
Cycling (ACT Champs) 24:46 14.75 km (1:41 / km) +140m1:36 / km ahr:144 max:156 weight:74.6kg
Stromlo, Criterium, Masters 7. A very small field like last year. Tony had moved up to Masters 8 but they ran the classes as one race which caused a bit of confusion at times as the Masters 8 guys attacked every so often and if us 7s were dawdling, one of us would get on their wheel. Anyway this was a cat and mouse race from start to finish. I had the advantage of knowing Owain's record (winner of the ACT TT last year where I was more than 20% behind, and bronze medallist from the National Vets TT and Road race) which meant that I was very unlikely to get away as he could TT back to me. So it came down to whether he could sprint or not. Steve, the other M7 in the race obviously had the same idea as he stuck to Owains wheel from the outset and didn't take a turn at the front until the very last lap!
I did get a couple of breaks here and there but soft pedalled once I saw Owain coming back. Owain tried multiple times to break, but either Steve or I reacted quickly enough to get back on within a few metres. Actually the best breakaway attempt was after 200m and it was by the M8s - Owain went after them and it took almost a full lap to get back on.
Owains attempts started to flag after a while and he tried to slow down enough (20kmh!) to get us to take the lead but no dice. That was good for me as my heart rate peaked at halfway and it got easier after that with the micro-rests.
The bell went and halfway around Steve decided to lead out (?!). This after the M8s had gone earlier, not sure whether he was trying to win the race or the class. Owain got on his wheel up the last hill and there was a bit of hesitation into the straight before the sprint. I managed to come around the right hand side and take the win fairly comfortably in the end.