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Burnaby Velodrome Club – Thunderdome Wed Night Race Series

January 28, 2006 – It was another evening of fast action on Wednesday night as the racers took to the boards. Riders from south of the boarder dominated the racing this time as a couple of big names made a surprise appearance.

The numbers were down slightly in the B/C group but things should change as Cody Campbell made the jump up to the A group. This should make the B/C’s breath a little easier now that the young kid is making his mark with the big guns. It is now safe for all the regulars that haven’t put in all the miles to reappear as the heat is off at the front for a while.

First up for the B/C was a quick 40-lap scratch. A solid effort from visiting Brett Walker from south of the border gave him the win with Stu Ballintyne, and Claire Cameron rounding out the top three.

The second race of the night a 40 lap points turned the heat up a little but once again Brett put in a very solid effort to win going away. This time followed by Luke Fennel and Moriah MacGregor.

The big surprise of the night was in the a group. A very fit looking guy in Cofidis gear was up on the boards early. Turns out it was Tyler Farrar getting a little speed work in as he waits for his work visa to clear so he can join his team in Europe. He was happy to spend time talking with anyone of us who went by to shake his hand. A real treat to see a pro drop by to ride and race with the club.

The group also ran a scratch followed by a points race. No surprise that Tyler finished at the head of the field in both but it was anything but easy. Second in the scratch was John Perkins followed by Jeff Ain.

Fast would hardly describe the pace for the points race as the guys all hammered away trying to make some distance on our visiting pro. Kudos to Cody Campbell and Jeff Ain for attacking from the front as only young guys can do. At the end Tyler won a close race with Jeff Ain second and John Perkins third.

Talking with Tyler after racing he mentioned if his visa isn’t finalized he may be riding and racing next Wednesday. Drop by and say hello if you get a chance.

A little trivia question for you.

What do Cody Campbell, Austin McDougall and March Cooper all have in common?

Answers can be submitted to me at scmarine@shaw.ca

The real answer may be revealed next week.

See you on the boards

Steve Crowe

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