Private Duels and Dark, Summer Nights
I arrived at the event centre with only half an hour before race start and so a warm-up was essentially, out of the question. Fortunately, the sun was still hot, Sydney's summer still maintaining it's clammy grip on the season. The start was once again conducted at the foot of a reasonably steep fireroad climb, allowing the bulging pack of riders to be quickly divided. The bright, fluorescent shirts of two Jetblack teammates lay ahead and I set about the task of chasing them.
Half of this race would take place in the darkness and although my Exposure Reflex and Diablo are incredible, I had not quite set up the angle of the lights properly, making descending, in particular, considerably more difficult than it should have been. Being just a short four hour race, I quickly decided I would persevere with the current set-up. The track at Yellomundee was proving to be the usual fun and the cooling night simply added to the pleasure of the whole experience.
On finishing, I was keen to find out my overall position. The strong solo field was won by elite rider Andrew Lloyd but only by a mere 19 seconds from Jetblack's Andrew Finlayson, who had put in a stunning charge on his last lap. Andrew Fell finished in 6th, while I was to finish 8th and Crummy 10th.