January 28, 2006 – If you like bicycle racing, you missed one of the best nights of aggressive racing we have had in Ontario in a long time. Night #2 on Saturday at 7pm should be just as exciting.
It was sprinter night or so it seemed in the first 2 Madisons. The Delhi Team with super fast Keith Thoranson & Mike Renneboog had the field covered by winning the first 5 points sprints of the evening. By the end of the second Madison they had built up a lead on points that could only be defeated by another team taking a lap on the entire field. I will get back to that later.
We break each night into 3 segments of 30 minutes, During the 30 minute segments the organizers usually have the teams compete for sprint points, however to spice the racing up the teams were asked to do a flying 2 laps just like the Velo-Kids, but with a twist, each team during the 2 lap dash had to do a handsling to through their partner into the final lap. This is were the Delhi team first showed that the sprints are going to be hard to win. Their time of 18.37 was a tenth faster than the Burlington team of Garnet Abbey & Vince DeJong. All of the other teams were very close behind. the sprints continued and Team Delhi won the final sprint of the first segment to take a large lead into the second 30 minute session.
The second segment saw the teams still feeling each other out with a couple of attacks but nothing was able to get away. At the mid point of this session the organizers put in a Miss & Out which is always a crowd pleasure. The final sprint came down to the Brantford Team (Eric Robertson – Piers Davidge) and Team Waterloo (Neil Dignam – rg) With 2 laps to go Roberston blew the race open with a solid attack which Dignam could not respond to and the win went to the Brantford bunch. How ever the top points went to Team Delhi due to their riders stayed in the race the longest and combined points of both riders meant that they won again.
In the third Madison of the night, the teams knew that if they were to win they had to put Team Delhi down a lap. The first Jam was started by an aggressive move by Team London (Dave St James, Dave went through 3 different partners on the night because of the illness of his partner Dave Byer, We are hoping he will return to action on Saturday night). The first attack was short lived, however 3 minutes into the session the Burlington Team of Abbey & DeJong went over the top in what turned out to be close to 15 minutes of eye popping speed. They gained 1/2 a lap very quickly then seemed to falter, then they attacked again, all the while the other 4 teams were trying to claw them back (didn’t work). After 10 minutes Abbey finally made his way to the back of the bunch, that’s when a counter attack went off the front of the bunch and the Jam continued for another couple of minutes. It all came back together and the Burlington Team had their hard earned lap on the field, almost guaranteeing a win on the night. With all the legs of the riders shattered, the racing continued with the final sprints of the night, won by Davidge from Team Brantford & the Delhi team.
In the end, Team Burlington with the lap gained in the final Madison, sealed the victory on night # 1 of the Forest City 6-Day Bicycle Race.
Racing resumes on Saturday Night at 7pm. If you are in London you will not want to miss any of the action.
FOREST CITY VELODROME SIX-DAY RACE RESULTS Page 1 of 2
RESULTS OF 1ST DAY RACING – JAN 27, 2006
FIRST SESSION TEAM SPRINT FINAL TOTAL LAPS
TEAM DELHI 18.37 7 7 14 0
TEAM BURLINGTON 18.44 5 2 7 0
TEAM BRANTFORD 18.81 4 3 7 0
TEAM WATERLOO 19.20 3 4 7 0
TEAM LONDON 20.56 2 5 7 0
SECOND SESSION MISS & FINAL ACCUM LAPS
OUT SPRINT POINTS BEHIND
TEAM BURLINGTON 2 2 11 0
TEAM DELHI 7 7 28 1
TEAM WATERLOO 7 4 18 1
TEAM BRANTFORD 4 5 16 1
TEAM LONDON 3 4 14 1
THIRD SESSION 1ST 2ND FINAL ACCUM LAPS
SPRINT SPRINT SPRINT POINTS BEHIND
TEAM BURLINGTON 5 3 10 29 0
TEAM DELHI 3 7 14 52 1
TEAM WATERLOO 2 5 6 31 1
TEAM BRANTFORD 7 4 8 35 1
TEAM LONDON 4 2 4 24 1
POINT STANDINGS AFTER FIRST NIGHT Page 2 of 2
FOR OVERALL SIX-DAY WINNING TEAM
TEAM BURLINGTON 10
TEAM DELHI 9
TEAM WATERLOO 8
TEAM BRANTFORD 7
TEAM LONDON 6
LONDON TRACK LEAGUE RACES
SCRATCH RACE – 10 LAPS SCRATCH RACE – 10 LAPS
1 Brandon Throop 1 Pat Shea
2 John Craig Jr 2 Greg Palmer
3 Chris Vlemmix 3 Ryan Crawford
4 Matt Rose 4 Brian Kelly
5 David Bee
BAVARIAN RACE – 40 LAPS
1 Chris Vlemmix
2 Pat Shea
3 Matt Rose
4 Brandon Throop
5 Ryan Crawford
6 Brian Kelly
7 David Bee