Monday, April 25, 2011

Waiting for satellite... Story of my life...

TDR crew out for a lazy 170 km. Good fun despite a killer double-headwind soul killer.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Track Tuesdays...

D'alfonso (B): 4th Scratch/3rd 80 lap combined A/B Motorpace (68 laps completed!)
Duggan (C): 1st Scratch/1st Points/2nd Motorpace

Another fairly quiet night at DISC. This didn't mean the racing wasn't fast across all grades! D'alfonso had two great rides in a strong B-grade field. Duggan had a successful outing on the new whip, narrowly avoiding coming off in a big way after having his wheel severely chopped in the points race.

New TDR signing Watson also had three strong rides in only his 3rd week in C-grade and is coming along nicely! MatH also made an albeit brief appearance to get a feel for track racing and we'll be seeing him at a Sunday Development Session soon...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sunday Smash-fest...

Bunch ride with some FOA crew. Good guys. Good route. PB's up the Kinglake climb. Great day out.

Monday, April 11, 2011

An Alloy of Very Hard Nails...

This hurt. Bad.
More photos and description to come.



Great day.

Friday, April 8, 2011

When the going gets tough...

This is awesome beyond words...

Might try a bit of this on Sunday when spirits are down...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Yeti made it...

TDR out and about last night on the CX bikes for some Gravel Grinding preparation. Few quick laps around Kew Boulevarde and some dirt down by the Yarra before the light failed. The night was topped off by a brief sighting of the Yarra Trail Yeti track standing near a lightpole. The truth is out there...

If you see the Yarra Trail Yeti, give him a spray and tell him to get some lights on his bike.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Sandown crits

Duggan (C) - 5-6
D'Alfonso (C) - 5-6

Well thats all folks, the end of the Crit season saw TDR venture down to the verdant rolling hills of Springvale* to take part in the Caufield-Carniegie Crits at Sandown raceway. The weather was spectacular and there were big numbers across all grades ensuring that the final race of the season went out with a bang. As this was TDR's first outing at Sandown, both Palfensa and Stevezero (remember that name), entered in C grade.

With the big numbers the pace was fast, breakaways few and far between and the riding chaotic. Wheel touches, crazy boxing maneuvers, and a howling tailwind to the finish line ensured that this was a race not for the faint of heart. As the race progressed TDR moved to the front to avoid the mayhem, on the penultimate lap Palfensa moved the the head of the peloton and set up a false tempo, dangling the ambitious solo breakaway 50 meters off the front in no-mans land. 

As the breakaway blew up, and the peloton started to surge forward, Palfensa and Stevezero found themselves mid pack, coming around the final corner Palfensa launched his sprint, but was never in contention, finishing 5-6 wheels back. Stevezero was in a worse position coming out of the final corner on the inside, so not watching his line, or adhering to the inside suicide rule Stevezero crossed the line with Palfensa 5-6 wheels back. All in all not an enjoyable race for TDR but just warming us up for the coming road season.

Speaking of which, this was the view from the base of Kinglake today there was a little bit of drizzle, it was cloudy, cold and windy. Oh yeah so excited about the road season!

*For those of you not in the know Springvale is neither verdant nor does it contain rolling hills but it does have a motor car raceway