After participating in two track cycling community program classes, one "Fitness", and one "Advanced", I was invited to compete "under the lights" in the "Finals" at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center Velodrome. While competition during the classes involved both genders and ages 18+, the Finals were divided into smaller gender and age categories, leaving us with only a field of six men of age 45 and older. I was concerned when i talked with some of the other competitors that they hadn't even ridden on the track this year, so i intended to stay in the front as much as was practical during the race, but also switched off to share the work. As taught by my coach Sallie Urffer, I passed the second place rider late in turn 3, going into turn 4 to take the lead for the finish!

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