Child-birth, life and Bellchambers
Calculating I had 3 laps to do before I could step off the bike for the first time in 24 hours I was suddenly awoken from my slumber. Not believing my 2nd position was a done-deal I had turned a switchback and looked directly at a fast-closing and grimacing rider with number 45, my age category. It seemed inconceivable to lose second place in the last two hours and I started to hammer out a far quicker rhythm. Consequently, my last three laps were 5-7 minutes faster than the previous two dawn laps. Indeed, this final change of pace proved to be necessary as Damian Gillard had hunted me down during the first hours of daylight and, at one point, he had basically reeled me in. I crossed the line, and on having 2nd confirmed, I pumped my fist in jubilation. My final surge had been inspired by rider 45 but he was not, as I had initially feared, the major threat - but, without a doubt, this case of mistaken identity had helped secure my final position...and the silver medal.
bell-chamber. Room containing one or more bells hung from their cage or frame.
brett-bellchambers. Wild, bearded man containing two rocket propelled legs hung from a large frame.
With the World Championship at Mt. Stromlo in October this race has provided a good indicator of some of the major contenders. World Champion, Jason English, didn't believe some of the overseas competitors would venture here knowing they would, once again, be soundly beaten by the stronger Australian riders.
Fortunately, in my age category, Brett Bellchambers will be in a separate single-speed category leaving the 40-44 wide open. The eventual winner and age category World Champion is likely to be based in Australia.