Tagesarchiv: 8. November 2009

西湖は最高と最後 – Ending the season (and my racing career) with a triple championship

Today was the best day in my short racing career – in fact too good not to make it my last…
First place in the Tour du Japan/JCRC race around Saiko (D1 class)
First place in the Tour du Japan 2009 series (D class)
First place in the JCRC 2009 series (D class)
Actually, JCRC was already won with the previous race as nobody had sufficient points to catch me today. The Tour du Japan was a harder win – I was only second before today’s race with a big gap to the first, and because of the different point system stood the danger of being easily overtaken by others if I did not do very well. Alas I was lucky to be able to apply my sprint strategy into undisturbed practice. I still cannot believe it all worked out so beautifully.
This is a very proud day for me first of all because I have never won any prize for any kind of sports before starting road race cycling a year ago; in fact, my worst grades at school were always in sports/physical education. And I did it without any elaborate training gear, joining a disciplined cycling club/team; in fact, I went to all races on my own by public transport and on my bicycle… Which all goes to show that if I could do it, really anyone could.
Well, maybe not quite. My greatest thanks go to MOB for all the advice and coaching that prepared me so well for each race (and in fact, for starting road race cycling at all!), and to my assistant for helping to clear my calendar when a mid-week training was in order.
A more detailed report on the racing season to follow later.
Congratulations also to James for coming in third in E class today and therefore starting next season in pole position for the third Positivo Espresso D-class championship in a row. Now the pressure is on you!

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