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Mike Northey - Tour of Delta
17 Jul, 2009
Hi all, its about time for another update! Since Nature Valley I have taken a much needed rest! I hadn't had a week of not racing since I arrived in the States! Spent basically 3 weeks here to which was cool. Got to go out and look around Portland and go swimming in the river! We have had some awesome days here well up into the 30's! I also competed in a local track event here, it was a 6 day with a Madison in it each day. Evan and I did it together, we both survived, just! Managed to walk away with 3rd overall too which was a bonus!
We are now into our final phase of racing then home time! We just completed Tour de Delta which was up in Canada, then we have Boise Twilight crit this weekend followed by Cascade tour from 21st-25th of July. After that we have Elk Grove, Portland twilight crit and then our final race Tour of Utah which is a 6 day tour. Then if all goes to plan i should be home for Auckland 1000!
Anyway i will give a quick run down on Delta!
Stage one was a 3 km prologue around a block, i didn't get a chance to have a ride on the circuit so just rolled around it on the footpath. Its not quite the same as riding it, you don't get the feel for the corners etc. It didn't go to bad I'd say i could have gone a bit harder through the corners but i guess its better to stay in one piece!
Next day we had a 90 min crit, the road was pretty wide open and fast apart from the last corner which was quite tight.. I was feeling really good through out the race, managed to pick up a preme and avoid all the crashes! Coming into the final few laps i was following Evan, he kept me in good position and then gave me the best lead out! I was setting up for the last corner 1st when 3 guys came under pushing me wide and loosing momentum.. I still managed 4th and was coming up really fast on them, its nice to know i have the speed there so hopefully everything will fall into place next time!
The final day was 140km, we had to complete 4.5 circuits then head out to another circuit that we had to complete 10 times. There was a lot of wind so with the small roads and also the strict no crossing of the centre line rule it made it really hard in the cross winds. Unfortunately i was too far back going into the cross wind section and had to play catch up.. I managed to get onto the back of the lead group of roughly 15 but then someone dropped the wheel further up so was game over for me! Luckily we had Aaron Evan and Jim up there, so i settled back into the 2nd group. I wasn't feeling the greatest on the finishing circuits so did 5 of them then pulled the pin. I stopped at the start finish line to watch the women come in, I'm glad i did because i got to see Marina come in solo for the win! Was pretty cool!
Anyway, back in Portland now, getting ready for Boise Crit this weekend, hopefully we can make some good coin!
Hope everyone is well, and thanks for reading!
Mike

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