Chisholm found his groove in San Diego, scoring his first top ten of the season.
Photo: Simon Cudby
They were definitely deep, but they didn’t really look deeper than other whoop sections. What was it about them that made them so difficult tonight?
Walking the track, I was thinking, “Okay, we’ve got a good, long set of whoops.” They were really round and fat, and decently spaced apart. They weren’t really that steep, just big and fat. Last week, they were really steep, sharp and pointy. This week they were the opposite; farther apart, big, and not steep. When they started getting cupped out, because they weren’t steep, they were almost like little tabletops. There was nothing on top to hit, so you were just hitting your wheels into the big cupped out, inverted parts. That’s what made it hard, there was nothing to really hit. If they had been a little steeper and then got cupped out, you’d still have the front of the whoop to hit your wheels on. Tonight they were so flat on top and curved out on the bottom, your wheels were only hitting the bottom. That’s what made it difficult.
In practice, you guys were using a lot of different lines in the rhythm lanes, especially in the lane before the whoops, and it seemed like nobody could really agree on what the fast line was. But in the heats and mains, everyone pretty much did the same thing. Why?
When I first looked at the track map, and then the track, I was like, “We’re going to do the same thing through there.” Then, once we started riding, we had three pretty good options through there [Chisholm is referring to the lane before the whoops]. I studied video after practice, timed all three options, and they were like two tenths of a second apart. You could go outside and do a big section, but it wasn’t much of a reward for the risk. That’s where [Justin] Brayton went down really hard in practice. To go outside to make up two tenths of a second wasn’t really worth it with the risk of crashing. And, you had to go outside, so somebody is going to pass you there every time.