I wanted to do a lot of track racing this year. I wanted to really get to know the sport. I figured the best way to do that was to just dive in and race, then race some more. The stars aligned. Schedules were checked and arrangements made. I was determined to do 50 individual races this season.

Beginning May 14th I began racing between three different velodromes each week, rotating between them (Ed Rudolph Northbrook Velodrome, Major Taylor Velodrome Indianapolis and Washington Park Velodrome Kenosha) until I found a rhythm. I ended up driving to Kenosha on Tuesdays and then to the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis on Thursdays. I figured I would be able to race 50 individual races by the end of the season.

On August 18th I did my 50th race of the season with a 5th place at Kenosha during a CAT4 unknown distance race. This has been a great season for me. I have met some incredible athletes of all ages. I have witnessed some really scary events. I have gone from a CAT4 to a CAT3 at the Major Taylor Velodrome. I participated at the American Velodrome Challenge in Indianapolis holding my own against riders in Category 1-3. I figure, by the actual end of the season somewhere around August 28th, I will be over 60 races. I have no idea what I will be doing after, probably sleeping.

-John Cline