Gamma Cycling was at it again this past week, with the Thursday Night Race Series kicking off at Bill Armstrong Stadium. This event consists of three separate types of races in which riders use different strategies. Junior rider Andy Krahulik has been very successful in the series thus far, posting impressive times and leaving the track with a victory in one of the events. The first race was a scratch race in which there were a set number of laps, and the first to cross the finish line was the winner. Andy did not compete in this event as he missed the beginning of his race while aiding a female rider who had fallen in the previous race.
In the second event of the night, Andy participated in the “Miss ‘n Out” portion of the series. In a race that consisted of nearly 25 riders, the last to reach the finish line in each lap was eliminated until there were three riders left. Krahulik comfortably cracked the top three in his heat, meaning he was part of the final lap that decided the top three positions. Riding with Andy on the final lap were two members of the Cutters, a well known independent team. Although he did not come away with gold, Andy posted the fasted lap of the event in a lap that saw him chase down one of the Cutters in the final two hundred meters.
In the third and final event of the evening, points were awarded to riders every five laps depending on their position within the pack. Andy took full points in the opening fifth of the twenty-five lap race, earning five points towards his eventual total. Going into the final portion of the event, he had accumulated eight points to set him up for a great final lap that saw him sprint around the rider who had defeated him in the previous race. With this, Andy again took full points, giving him a grand total of thirteen, which was good enough to bring home the victory.
“Overall, the races went very well. I felt extremely comfortable on the track and enjoyed racing with everyone”, the junior said. The Thursday Night Race Series does not count for anything towards the spring season, Andy was quick to note that, “they are helpful for identifying racers and improving riders’ comfort on the track.” Gamma Cycling will continue training and competing in the months leading up to the race as the team hopes to improve from their finish in the spring.