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Questions about track racing.(3 posts)

Questions about track racing.aet
Feb 28, 2003 10:21 PM
Do any of you know of any resources about how to train to race on the track and what the different types of races are? i may be moving to a place with a velodrome so i figure i might want to give it a try. also, does traing for the track and trining for the road cause conflict, making you bad at both?
re: Questions about track racing.roadcyclist
Mar 1, 2003 8:46 PM
Riding the track will make you a MUCH BETTER bike handler. My favorite race is the Miss-and-Out (last rider across the line on each lap is out of the race). I also like the Madison (2-man "tag team" racing, you race 1 or 2 laps then fling your teammate into the race, then repeat). Points races tend to be longer (points are given to the first 3 places on designated laps only, say every 3-5 laps). Your top-end speed will definitely improve by racing track, climbing ability may suffer. Otherwise, the 2 disciplines are definitely compatable. Most trackies also train extensively on the road for the endurance benifit. Most tracks have "public" time where you can give it a try, probably on a bike that you can rent from them.
You will get a lot more powerful track racingSprint-Nick
Mar 2, 2003 12:25 AM
Glad to hear you might get into track racing!!!

With only one gear you can't downshift to accelerate. Then you have to spin at high rpms to maintain your speed which smooths out your stroke. Then it is fun!

As for info on track here are some FAQS:
http://www.umcycling.com/faq1.htm
http://www.fixedgearfever.com/faq.htm
Just follow the links in the second one and you will find lots of info. On fixed gear fever there is also some great coaching info.

Feel free to contact me at Nick --- @ ---- Podiumbound.ca if you have any questions. Take out the spaces and ---'s of course :)

Cheers,
Nick
PodiumBound.ca