Day 7 Part B
Sorry for the long delay. It’s been a very busy couple days with a lot of hard racing during long days. So, where were we? Oh yeah, after the afternoon break on Monday we were back at the Track at 4pm to warmup for the evening session. After warmups it was time to Sprint. Pat Larabee was first up and had a 3up heat. Most Sprint tournaments are two riders racing each other and this is called a two up Sprint. This year the format was quite different. They had a lot of 3ups and even some 4ups. This makes for a completely different type of sprinting and allows for things to happen that don’t normally happen in sprinting. It makes it more of a gamble and riders that might not normally win, have a much better chance of winning. Also, riders that are faster and would have an easier chance to win, now have a higher chance of losing. Either way, it is what it is, so we would have to race. Pat had a 3up and just as one would fear, he got boxed in and by the time he got out it was too late. Pat now had to go into the Rep round. Rep is short for repachage. It’s French (or so I’m told) and is when the round the losers of the previous round race each other, and the winners go back into the tournament. Pat won this race and was back into the sprints. In round two he came up just a bit short and again went into the Reps where he didn’t make it out this time. Mike Paulin won his first round race and got to rest while the reps went on. He lost his second round sprint and went into the reps where he came up short. Mike finished in 7th place, so he did very well in this World Championship. I won my first 3up race and sat through the reps until my second round. That also was a 3up and I won that one too. I was now done for the day as the semi-finals and finals were tomorrow. It was a very long night of racing and we didn’t get back to our rooms until after midnight. So a short night of sleeping was the best we could do.