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Tsukino’s Race Report: JCRC Stage 3-Gunma CSC.

Posted in Uncategorized by lagazzettadellabici on June 14, 2010

News from Japan from my friend James and his daughter Tsukino…

A very nervous race day for Tsukino who had to wait until 2:30pm when the “Primary School category” started. The course was 3 laps of a 1km course on the actual same route that I had raced earlier that day. The loop consisted of two climbs the final being to the finishing line.

The organisers allowed the coaches, parents and team mates to hold the bike in place before the start; this was great as it guaranteed that Tsukino wouldn’t have to worry about clipping on when the starts gun went off. 

With the pistol shot Tsukino climbed up the first rise in the middle of the pack and stayed there as the course descended. Her training really came into its own on the climb back up where she moved into third place. Losing a wheel on the next descent she slipped in to forth but held it for the remainder of the lap.

The final lap saw her hot on the back wheel of her main contender as they reached the crux of the climb looping through the finishing zone and then back down the other side. She had dropped back about 3 bikes length on the downhill and we had to wait for her to reappear on the final straight before knowing if she had caught 3rd.

We were amazed to see her hot on the wheel of 2nd place as they entered the final straight but unfortunately she lost several meters on the descent and watching her chase him up the final climb was agonising as she was almost able to catch him, 10 more meters and she would have had him.

An outstanding performance by Tsukino coming 3rd overall and 1st in the Girls Primary School Category. Her next race in on the June 19th and 20th in the Tour Du Japon on Miyagake Jima.


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