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Boom, Crash. Two-wheeled Opera

WHETHER DUE TO RIDERS VYING FOR GLORY, SETTLING AN OLD SCORE OR JUST YOUTHFUL EXUBERANCE, THE TEMPESTUOUS SURGES OF ADRENALINE AND TESTOSTERONE IN THE FINAL THROES OF A CLUB RACE CAN SOMETIMES OVERPOWER ONES CAPACITY FOR RATIONAL THOUGHT AND SKILLFUL MANOUVERING. AND THERE MAY BE COLLATERAL DAMAGE.
© KATHY WATT

Coaches Corner

DING, DING, DING! DING, ding, ding! To the early morning dog walkers, for whom we’ve been little more than a colourful, sweat-soaked curiosity, we may have been rocketing around this suburban circuit for an hour already. But for us, the riders, the sound of the bell echoing out indicates our race has finally begun.

Much earlier it became clear this outing would end in a bunch sprint. A few halfhearted breakways, one slightly more serious but still doomed to fail, shed about half the field. But none threatened to blow the race apart. Experience tells us it rarely happens at this place; the circuit is just too tough for humble club racers like us, possessing far more enthusiasm than horsepower, to stay away for the duration.

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