RACE REPORT: John @ THUNDERCRIT, London

John leading the pack. Shot by NLTCBMBC.

John leading the pack. Shot by NLTCBMBC.

Really? I will fly on a friday night to London to ride a 45min race on saturday and fly back on sunday morning, when other people are still sleeping? that's the so called critlife? puuh...
Anyway, Eike & Steffen (Fixedpott) were waiting for me already at the sleeping place to say hello and go straight into the bed to get some sleep.

The race was held at the Olympic Park, which was built for the Olympic Games 2012 and therefore was in best shape. next to the velodrome was the road circuit. 1km smooth asphalt, 1 hair pin, some waves and super fast speed corners. this race is gonna be nice!

The qualification was like Red Hook. 3 heats à 40 riders and the best 20 are in the finals. Eike, Steffen and me did it quite well and I came in third. but that was just a warm up, now it's getting serious! the main race was full of fast legs. many Red Hook competitors as well as large teams like ELF Huez, IRD Carrera, or Disorderly Habits who were working for one rider.

John shot by Miklos Ispan

John shot by Miklos Ispan

It was my first Fixed Gear Crit this season and I didn't know how strong I am, but was confident I made a huge development during the winter. So I went directly after the start to the front and tried to position myself in the top10 which works very well. I felt good and it was nice to see all the strong riders next to me. can't even realize I rode with them in one group. there were some attacks and of course Brian Meggens (fixedgearcrit.com) and Eike Haumann (Fixedpott) got their break away stick and hold it for many rounds until they got catched by the peloton.

After many others tried their luck, Eike managed somehow to get away solo again. I decided to support him, took the lead and controlled pace. The gap growed and was constantly between 8-10 seconds. Call me Aldo for now on! it made so much fun to work hard and confuse the other riders because they didn't know about our german connection and why I'm not interested in catching Eike.
Unfortunately the end of the race was that Eike and me suffered a lot and maybe too much. Eike got catched in the second last lap, I started the last lap on position 3 and came in 19th. that's the game. the result is definitely not representing the race and for sure I am a bit sad but I know, that I am able to ride with the fastest and I am willing to do so in the future!

Congrats to #1 Alec Briggs (Specialized / Rocket Espresso) who was the whole race present at the front and won the final sprint, well deserved!

NLTCBMBC - I’ll be back next year!

THANKS TO THE PHOTOS!!!
Calvin Cheung. Felix Speller. Miklos Ispan. NLTCBMBC. Ryan Carey.