To simply state that the Cutters won their fourth consecutive L5 would be to undervalue what was a magnificent spectacle. Many ‘proper’ bike racers undermine L5 as a parochial intramural event that has little sporting value but in yesterdays event the competitors gave a spectacle in which they will be proud to have participated in for years to come. No official results yet due to some slight scoring confusion but it doesn’t mean the BVN awards can’t be given out-
Most Aggressive Team- PDT. Blew the race apart with early attacks, making the Cutters work harder than they would have liked and all but eliminating 5 teams with maybe 80 laps in the books.
Best timing- The Weather. Everyone knew rain as coming but the big stuff held off until 90 laps were in the books essentially causing a race to 100 laps as the teams knew the race would be postponed/ ended.
Best Premature Celebration- The Cutters. Eric Young had both hands in the air under yellow after 104laps and was busy commiserating with the other teams before Student Coach Sam pulled him away saying that the race may not yet be over.
Best line of riders- All 33 teams. Seeing them lined up in order on the restart was a fun to see.
Best lapping of the field- FIJI. On the restart FIJI were erroneously placed 2 laps down where they knew they were only 1 lap back. As the leaders slowed at 150 laps they took their chance and unlapped themselves to get back on the lead lap. Therefore The Cutters, ATO and FIJI are now the only teams to have lapped the field at the new stadium. It was a great ride.
Best use of low-technology- The Cutters. There is often mild mockery of the number of people who keep track of other teams progress from behind the fence but the Cutters were the only other team that knew that FIJI were back on the lead lap and therefore knew that FIJI were sprinting for the win at the white flag. Without this knowledge Fiji could have conceivably ridden away solo for the win under everyone else’s noses.
Least deserved result- BKB. Ren-jay Shei attacked early and then often as they tried desperately to unlap themselves after the restart. Somehow they never managed to get more than 1/2lap ahead whilst FIJI slipped away to gain their lap (probably because all teams but one thought FIJI were two laps down). In the finale they were all burnt out and finished 10th.
Best use of resources- The Cutters. Put under pressure early they put aside any thought of lapping the field, made sure there were ahead (1/4lap) at the red flag, were aggressive between 100-150 and then sat in and ate laps between 150-180 when a group sprint seemed inevitable. In the final twenty laps Schroeder and Lusk put the hurt on the other teams allowing Young to get on the bike pressure-free with five laps to go.
Young wins, Sharp in second (pic- Mark Zalewski-http://mzphoto.printroom.com)
Most surprising results- DTD in 4th and Beta in 5th. DTD actually had a good gap on occasions but chose not to push their advantage. Beta (and GGC) were 1/3lap down late in the race but clawed their way back into it but just didn’t have the legs in the final sprint.
Best way to deal with the rain- IUSF. Dealt with a unique occurrence with a series of sensible decisions that was fair to everyone. The rule from the IUSF rule book- ‘If a race is temporarily stopped, and IF the Chief Steward rules that the full 200 /100 laps cannot be completed then 101/51 laps shall constitute a complete race’. The IF is important, as fortunately we were able to complete the race. The easy thing might have been to not restart but they showed the willingness to get the full 200 laps in the books.
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