Harry Lee Memorial Race Recap:
Today, we honored the memory of Harry Lee. Dozens of track racers, ranging in skill from complete novices to world champions, gathered at the Hellyer Velodrome in San Jose, CA to celebrate the life of this young man in the truest way we knew how: by going fast and turning left while wearing outrageous socks.
Races were predictably challenging but everyone was smiling. Our club made a strong showing and displayed marked improvement. Kelly missed the podium by just a couple points. She finshed fifth in the scratch race and third in the keirin final. I was the other top performer among our ranks. Among the C class men, the scratch race ended with me in fifth and I took first in the men's keirin final. For as long as I've been racing track bikes, I'd never won anything before today. There have been some fourths, some thirds, and even a second place here and there. Today was my first win in any event. I'm still buzzing from it. With a top finish in that race, i earned the third spot on the podium in the C class points race. I know it was an unsanctioned just for fun event, but I'm feeling chuffed to bits. I'm optimistic about our prospects for the coming season.
In addition to the photos above, you'll find a great set taken by Neil Laxamana here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/neillaxamana/sets/72157661837947593/with/2...
Crowd sourced photos are found on insta with #harryleeus (https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/harryleeus/), including my photo finish in the keirin final:
another view here: