This weekend I did DBC 3 Days track race in Copenhagen, including my first ever UCI Omnium.
The first day, Friday, I was terrified! Shaking, and regretting my participation. Afraid of being dropped in front of the audience and on Eurosport livestream. And, I even got the feared number 13.
But, after the first race, a scratch race, I was more confident. I didn’t get dropped and I even had a little breakaway. Second race, the tempo race, was all about survival and my heart rate went as heigh as 194. But again, I wasn’t dropped!
The elimination race is my absolute weakest point, and it was no surprise that I was the first rider to be eliminated. For the 80 lap points race I was low on power after the first races, and because I use most of my energy closing gaps and sitting in the wind. I’m still not comfortable with sitting in the bunch, but I improve little my little.
Day 2 went a little better, and I was not nervous at all – first win of the day!
We did another scratch race where I attacked in the end, got company, but couldn’t stay on her wheel and half a lap from the finish, I was catched by the others – damn it! I still finished 8th which is a whole lot better than my usual spot as last. Elimination was history repeats itself, and the points race was one more race of survival.
Day 3, and last race day, was nothing to talk about really. The elimination race went as usual, and in the points race I wanted to try something, but another rider was always going before me.
After all, I’m happy I took up the challenge. I’m happy to see how much I have improved on the track. But, I still have a lot to learn. Not only sitting in the bunch, saving energy, but also on the tactical level. It’s a shame that track season is over, but I’ll be back 😉