The Victor- Alex

Thanks to all the people who turned up to ride the Asylum Criterium on Saturday. And thanks to all that helped out – especially Sophie our official timekeeper, lap counter, and finish line watcher.

It was a good race for our first try at it. Alex de Freitas didn’t just win , he destroyed the course, he did the 10km 3 lap race in under 23 minutes with a huge distance on the lead. Ezra the courier was 2nd, Steady Rollin was proud to have it’s top racer Mike Lawrence come in 3rd with a close break between him and Danger Dave in 4th. The top 7 were pretty close in a pack so it was heavy going in the group. Callum Johhny and I were wayyyy back by a couple of minutes Callum got 8th and I got 9th by him and Johnny got last place because he tore the leg off his cords when they fell down his leg and got caught in his chain. He cut them into shorts after the race and all was well. Justin pulled out after lap 1 as his (leisurely laced) Vans skate hi’s kept popping out of his cages and almost slipping off his feet, Justin took a  stack of photos instead. Logan the USA exchange student came 5th with a pretty flat front tyre. Jeff came 6th and Teva came 7th. Now Teva was the trooper of the day. He turned up with a rear tubular tyre running on fluffy frayed thread. I fixed it with a tube patch and some cut up stickers wrapped around his rim and tyre. You knew when Teva was coming up close to you on the course ’cause you could hear the clicking noise of the sticker hitting the road. On lap 2 Teva and Jeff took a very fast and wide line coming out of the hairpin at the bottom of skid alley. Jeff rode up the curb and managed to hold it and fend off the creeping vines on the fence alongside. Teva didn’t make the turn and smashed his back wheel into the curb and slammed into the fence and came off pretty hard. He was looking like a podium finish but still managed to get the 7th spot. Check the photo’s; he got scratched up pretty badly.

Teva – if you read this – get in touch, I have a spare brand new deep V built up on a Sansin hub you can use until your new set of deep V’s get into Bike Central. Paul told me yesterday it will still be a couple weeks until yours get in, so I’ll drop the wheel in to the store for you to pick up.

Alex definitely deserved the victory- he got a Steady Rollin Tee with safety reflective ink, a tray of Red Bull, and a set of MASH bar ends thanks to Mike and Triple 6 distribution. Check the clip of the warm up lap of the group going down skid alley, you can see the pace Alex was setting at the front and the rowdy speed check before the hairpin.

Thanks again – it was a fun day. Jeff suggested running the course in reverse next time. I did a lap backwards yesterday and it’s fast, and good. So I think we will pull the hairpin out aswell, and add a one way downhill. If people are into it I figure a monthly race wouldn’t be too hard. I’m thinking about a quick turnaround for the next. Maybe Saturday 31 May, or Saturday 7 June.




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