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What benefits do you get from track racing?(7 posts)

What benefits do you get from track racing?JohnIV
Aug 27, 2002 12:54 PM
What kind of improvements did you see the following year? Was track racing fun, or scary? Thanks.
The best tactical education you'll ever getbrider
Aug 27, 2002 2:16 PM
Track racing is a mini-clinic in racing tactics every time out. With most races, you get one chance to try out your sprinting tactics, and then it's all over. With track racing, you get MANY chances every time out to try things. You'll find out very quickly what works and what doesn't. Your riding will become much smoother. You'll get real good at accelerating fast without the benefit of having a taller gear to turn over (the reason a lot of cat 4s don't attack well, is they over gear the jump).

Was it fun? Absolutely! Was it scary? Not for me, but I'd done a bit of fixie riding on the road (far more scary to me than track racing). Also, I'd been road racing for a while, so packs didn't make me nervous. Marymoor velodrome offers track classes every year. Goes a long ways to getting one comfortable on a track bike. he only REALLY scary situation is when some one gets on the track on a road bike and mixes in.
They let roadies onto marymoore?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Aug 28, 2002 10:06 AM
What the heck are they thinking? Sheesh...

I've never seen a road bike allowed for actual training let alone racing on a track before.

Cheers,
Nick
PodiumBound.ca
Not that they're allowed, just sometimes they jump in.brider
Aug 28, 2002 10:21 AM
Not for racing or anything. Sometimes even when it's just a couple poeple training on the 'drome, occasionally some one thinks it's okay to just jump in. Sometimes we'll let them if we know how they ride and know they're conscious of the l imitations of the track bikes. We tell them "no brakes and no coasting." Even then it can get hairy.

The only real scary thing I had to overcome was the first time bumping the derny. Even with the roller it was a little squirrely.
Humility.Humma Hah
Aug 27, 2002 2:38 PM
I thought I'd be a pretty good sprinter. I discovered that I stopped making power above about 120 rpm or so. Got my arse whupped a lot by a couple of racers who were taking the class.

Since then I've worked on top end power and improved some. I've also learned the value of intervals. If I still had access to a track, I'd like to test how much difference these factors make.
Fun, exciting, educationalTig
Aug 27, 2002 3:01 PM
I could type all night on how wonderful track racing is! Brider summed it up really well, so I won't have to. The intensity is addictive.

Track experience can help you learn so much about your body, riding technique, and tactics. Take an introduction class and you will learn quite a bit. Race a few seasons and you'll learn much more. You will learn to push your pain limits several notches higher. You can carry quite a bit of that over to road riding and racing. After riding super close on the track (with people you trust), riding close on the road is a breeze (depending on who you are with). The skills I've learned on the track have helped save me from some crashes, including just last week.
I love it...PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Aug 28, 2002 10:21 AM
I love track racing. Its great... and for me it was where I found what I was good at in cycling. Every race truely is a learning experience and for most people since you can't stop pedalling it helps their spin. Also your power will most likely see an improvement as well your sprint.

As for it being fun or scary its fun! Depending on where you learn you may be on a steeper, shorter track which tend to be scary for the first couple laps until you get the feel of the banking and then you'll be having fun!

Cheers,
Nick
PodiumBound.ca