The 2010 season of track racing at Dick Lane Velodrome has come to an end, and FM:Race did a pretty awesome job this year!
With his first year on the team, Justin Barber charged from an uncertain C racer up to a competitive A racer, holding his own against people whose only job is to win bike races. He ended up in overall 2nd place for the year with 318.6 season points , a mere 0.4 points behind Dan Holt who does things like winning elite national track championships.
The 4 most frequent track racers (Justin, Chris Kelly, Jason Atwood, and Jim Hodgson) all participated in the majority of Madison events this year, and were the only B racers to do so. Yes, we frequently/always came in last, but as the season progressed, we slowly closed the gap to the various national/international champions that were winning the races. Justin even finished one (a few?) Madisons on the lead lap!
Jim and Justin doing a Madison exchange. Photo by Chris Kelly
Jason and Chris spent the season in the Bs, starting to figure out team tactics which worked out fantastically at least a few times. Jim quickly moved up from the Cs this year to the Bs, Greggory Rothmeier lended a hand a few times in B races (snagging a few points for himself in the process), Paul Bennett occasionally showed up in the Cs but consistently won every time he was around, and Charles Earl raced a few C races but suffered a nasty hand injury at the first pro race event.
Team tactics in play at a pro race event! Justin and I off the front got 1st and 2nd in this 10lap B race at a pro event while Jason and Greggory controlled the field. Photo by unknown.
All that effort grabbed FM:Race 1st place team at the Dick Lane Velodrome for 2010, beating out 24 other teams including some stiff competition from teams with super fast riders. Here is a terrible photo of us receiving our trophy.
In the individual standings (out of 200+ people):
2nd: Justin Barber
10th: Chris Kelly
14th: Jim Hodgson
15th: Jason Atwood
45th: Paul Bennett
And to top of the season, out of a field of 20+ track racers, Justin grabbed 2nd place and Chris took 3rd in Goldsprints at the DLV End of Season party. (Goldsprints hurt! Proof: Justin, Chris, Jason)
See you at the track in 2011!