City Hub Cyclery rider Heather Goss zips around the Grattan Race Track, gliding through corners and shooting up climbs with determination, grit, and grace. There’s no prize money or roaring crowds, but the personal payout is more worthwhile to her than any of that.
Heather speaks on the benefits of putting her power to the pedals on this 2 mile track in Belding, Mi throughout her summer racing season.
Heather’s spent quite a few Wednesday nights throwing down in the ‘B’ race getting some full-throttle training and race-skill practice.
“Grattan is longer and faster than most of my sanctioned crits,” she says. “And I’m pretty much spent by the end when they tend to pick it up a notch.”
It’s a great setting for riders of to experiment and learn more about bike racing. Heather takes the opportunity to focus on conservation (an essential skill for fast-paced, long races) so she’s relatively fresh for the final surge to the finish.
The intensity and speed is what draws Heather to these races, but it also adds a little more risk to racers.
“Grattan is the best training you’ll get for the real race day but just like in a real race there’s a higher risk of getting caught in a crash,” she notes.
Her advice to someone looking to dip their cleats into some training crits?
“Make sure you are comfortable riding in a larger group and get ready to go fast!”
Look for Heather’s blond ponytail out on the track this week- as a season pass holder, she’ll be there shredding every Wednesday until end of August, weather permitting!