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Velodome track riding class(9 posts)

Velodome track riding classRandyMH
Aug 28, 2001 10:02 AM
Last week I found out that the new state of the art velodrome here outside of Dallas offers track riding classes. I was so excited!! It's very cheap and they supply the bike. After you complete the level one and level two class you can enter races and win points. Plus my LBS just started a new program that gives you store credit for wearing there team jersey at local rides and races. Well my wife signed me up for the class as one of my birthday presents. I went out to the track yesterday and the banks are outragous. If you stand at the top it looks like your looking off a clif. Most of my friends think i'm crazy, even ones that cycle, but I can't wait. The class starts on the 10th, but I will be out of town on business so I can't start until the 12th. Any track riders out there with any advice or suggestions?
pedal REAL fast!!!! nmRusty McNasty
Aug 28, 2001 10:13 AM
Not a trackie, butmike mcmahon
Aug 28, 2001 10:17 AM
Just listen to the instructors and have fun. I did a track class at the Olympic Velodrome at Cal State Dominguez Hills about four years ago. Fun stuff; enjoy.
Not a trackie, butRandyMH
Aug 28, 2001 10:25 AM
Yeah, I used to go out and watch them ride at Cal State.
Not a trackie, butmike mcmahon
Aug 28, 2001 10:27 AM
About three years ago, I saw Marty Nothstein riding against some of the local boys at CSUDH. The guy was freaking amazing.
Always turn left! nm and have fun you lucky dog!MB1
Aug 28, 2001 10:32 AM
Go fast, turn left...Tig
Aug 28, 2001 10:33 AM
You will have a blast in the class. I took one at the Houston Alkek Velodrome a bunch of years ago and was hooked. Don't worry about falling down the steep banking. As long as you keep a decent speed you will not slide. The instructor will tell you how slow that is. Also, as long as you are moving at a good speed, you won't bang a pedal since you'll be banked over a little and the bottom brackets on multipurpose track bikes are high, and the cranks are shorter. If you want to slow down, turn up to the outside or the track a little. Never drop down below the blue line at the bottom (flat part) while at speed. Try to keep within your lane and not zig-zag all over.

You will improve your skills and have different types of fun races (chariot races, snowball races, etc.). Track racing was my favorite. Better than road and MTB. The whole thing feels different... you are really attached to your bike with fixed gears and no brakes. It is fast, intense, close racing/riding. Feeling a trusted racer's tire rub against your shoe is what I call close!

Enjoy! The skills you build will help you in other riding situations.
Relax, have fun, find your strengths/weaknessesAlexR
Aug 28, 2001 11:23 AM
You know what I mean. In the drills, try a sprint from 200 meters. See when you blow and then shorten your distance accordingly. I found in my first few races on the track that I was attempting the same obvious tactic every time. It never worked like I envisioned, so I started mixing it up, trying to be less predictable. After a couple of races I started figuring things out.

I would humbly suggest that experience beats power on the track. Speeds are so high and tactics so important that someone who knows when to hide and when to burst will do very well. Point being, race often and don't expect much at first, even if you are a powerhouse.

Oh! One more thing - never pull.

Don't forget to pedal (nm)Foster
Aug 28, 2001 12:07 PM