|Double D gets ready to develop his legspeed and power.|
Some bicycle racers identify their goals early, and some resolve to pursue them late. However, whenever the goal becomes clear, it's time to get to work.
|Dan moves high to attack after a very fast "neutral" lap.|
In life, work, and reality, it's overwhelming to try and improve your ability (A LOT) on a bike. Even the bottom tier of amateur track cycling is hugely competitive. One has to be skilled and fit to even participate. It's terrifying to maneuver on a 43 degree bank in a pack of sixteen guys going 30mph, much less beat them to the finish line.
|Digging deep in 5th place to hold on while many get dropped.|
Track Racers not only need to be fast enough to hold on, but if they want to win, they have to be able to peddle off the front away from the rest. And how much oxygen do you want to keep in your head to think with while you are doing all this?
Dan's Scratch Race strategy was to shell five people in the first lap, while establishing himself in the drafts of the most aggressive leaders.
|Double D sat on the wheel of all aggressors.|
Attacking into the whistle in the first lap, Dan pulled up track in corner 3, and fell into about 5th easily. (or, as easily as possible while going fast as you can - see above - click on picture)