A race report & behind the scenes look from RAD PACK team rider Tami Hingst & Jan Lietzke about the first RAD RACE of the season... RAD RACE Last Man Standing & Last Woman Standing at Six Day Berlin, January 20&21 2017
"My first RAD RACE was unbelievable! In the Velodrom in Berlin, with the Six Day Berlin in front of many spectators and a big programme.
Of course I was nervous, I knew not at all what to expect but when I got to know the other girls, it became a little clearer the sooner the race approached. All girls got along well together and also in the race itself it was a good atmosphere. At night the Last Woman Standing committed with motivating music, the starters were introduced and our 'presenter' brought substantially mood in the hall.
I made it into the finals and finally reached the 6th place.
Strong competitors were on the move, but I never had so much fun in a competition, particularly because it was my first competition with the RAD PACK. We hung out together all the days andpushed ourselves mutually and also had a lot of fun together behind the scenes. RAD RACE brings together people and riders from all possible nations and leaves them together to have fun in their passion. The nicest of all is that everybody is cheering for everybody, no one is jealous or anything and everybody celebrates together themselves and congratulates, no matter how you have finished the Race.
"That's it. Last (Wo)Man Standing is done. Since Christmas I haven't trained properly. My motivation for the upcoming season was nearly gone completely. All those base miles were so boring. I'm riding my bike because I love racing it, not riding it around with a speed below zero. Because of this, a race in the middle of January was quite perfect for showing me for what those base miles were for.
We were staying in a hotel right next to the Velodrome where all other pros were staying too. Watching the pros racing the shit out of their bikes was even more motivating. After the pros finished their races it was time for me to get on the rollers. I felt pretty good and nearly had a good run in the qualifying. Because I missed the last elimination it was quite hard to get back to the field. I thought the first heat was done, but there was one more lap. I think I made it very exciting for everyone. The next night of racing started pretty much the same. I got on my rollers and started the warm up, this time with soigneur number one: team mate Carl. After qualifying for the semi finals, the races became real races, and not just 15 laps of riding fast. I had to fight for good positions and had to pedal faster than I could. I still made it to the finals though. You have to know that I'm racing bikes for only one year, so I haven't any idea of tactics in a race, what is pretty bad when you're in an elimination race, because 90% of winning are tactics and 10% are a pair of really fast legs. As a result of my training deficit I only had 5% in the legs, and as mentioned about 0% tactics which made me finish the final in lap 2. So place number 10 was the end of my trip to Berlin for the Last (Wo) Man Standing, which is still quite good I think.
Even though there weren't much spectators left after the pros, the mood was quite good. I had lots of fun being back racing with my beloved RAD PACK. And even more fun hanging around at the Velodrome with the whole fixed family!
PHOTO GALLERY // THE RACE / BEHIND THE SCENES
Taken by Carlos Fernandez Laser, Nils Laengner, Drew Kaplan, Sebastian Hofer