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Sunday, May 22, 2011

5/21/2011 Kissena Royale

Position: Queens, NY
Altitude: 50 feet above Sea Level
Equipment: Tiemeyer Track bike
Front Wheel: Mavic Ellipse Clincher
Front Tire:Vittoria Open Corsa CX 23mm
Rear Wheel: Karbona disk wheel
Rear Tire: Tufo S3 lite 21mm tubular
Bars: Deda drop bars 
Pedals: Shimano DurAce PD-7900 SPD-SL
Seat Post: Thompson Alum zero offset
Saddle: Fizik Gobi xm wing flex
Warm up gear: 48 x 16 = 81"
Racing Gear: 47 x 14 = 90.6"
Riders at track: 20  

Today was another Saturday event in the Kissena Royale series - the turn out was not as large as the last, but it was still a good day of racing/training. I won the combined Masters / Cat 4 Keirin event using a 47 x 14" gear, which provided great acceleration. I've never used a combination like this before in racing, reason being the chain length becomes too long. This doesn't allow much room to tighten the rear wheel on the drop outs. I also don't like switching chains, obviously you would need two chains of varying lengths to cater for large chain rings, small chain rings and various cog combinations.

Rear wheel hanging on for dear life due to funky gear ratio leading to excessive chain

Scott won the leaders jersey

T. Sakamoto professional photographer

Sakamoto - Professional Photographer

I won this scary looking jersey for the Keirin - hmmm an appropriate jersey to signify the end of the world today at 9 pm Eastern Standard Time..

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