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Ride Report " Newport Track, Wales, UK"(14 posts)

Ride Report " Newport Track, Wales, UK"Hereford Flyer
Dec 29, 2003 12:07 PM
Seen as its cold and wet here in the UK - how about some indoor cycling at the new 250m indoor track at Newport, South Wales, UK!
Booked myself in for a track training/intro session organised by British Cycling Coach John Capelin on the new track - cost £20 including bike hire.
I used to ride track back in the 1980's as a schoolboy/junior racer, but that was on a 450m concrete track with pretty gentle banking compared to the 45 degree wall of death at Newport!
Once we had set up the hire bikes, swapped pedals etc. we split into two groups complete novices and those with some track experience. I was in the latter. After a few laps on the inside pale blue lane we moved up to the red line. You soon started to get the idea that a bike will grip quite nicely while traversing a wooden 45 degree slope. After a little more lapping on the red line John got us to move up to the blue line. What a buzz!
After a short recovery break we formed a line out (on the blue line) doing through and off – half lap on the front then swinging right up to top of the banking and swooping back down to the rear of the line (just like a team pursuit). The feeling of using the banking to slow up then swooping down is just fantastic. For the last part of the session John split the group in two and started each smaller group on opposite sides of the track (pursuit style). The idea was to ride steady and stay opposite each other then when the whistle was blown the lead rider had to sprint round and tag on the back off the opposite group and so on. What a killer exercise! and an excellent end to a great session on an awesome track.
How steep?Hereford Flyer
Dec 29, 2003 12:11 PM
The photo does not really give you an idea of how steep the corner banking really is. The track was built and designed by Ron Webb the renowned track builder. He built the Sydney Olympic track and the world renowned Manchester Velodrome. I think he has probably built most off the world class track about
Home straightHereford Flyer
Dec 29, 2003 12:12 PM
Nice transition from the bend into the home straight. I think they used Baltic Pine for surfacing the track?
The wall of deathHereford Flyer
Dec 29, 2003 12:14 PM
Another shot of the wall of death.
The Newport track bikesHereford Flyer
Dec 29, 2003 12:16 PM
The Newport hire bikes. Alloy frame, CF forks, Miche track group.
What's underneath?Hereford Flyer
Dec 29, 2003 12:17 PM
Underneath the home bend – just lots of wood and nails really.
Wow!! Wish we had one in TorontoChainstay
Dec 29, 2003 1:14 PM
Decent hire bikesboneman
Dec 29, 2003 2:05 PM
Nice report. Was this how your Happy Christmas visit?

All the best in the New Year
The Newport track bikesWelshboy
Dec 30, 2003 10:23 AM
I've not been myself yet but I think the hire bikes are steel framed.
The Newport track bikesHereford Flyer
Dec 30, 2003 12:54 PM
You need to get down there ASAP you'll love it.
You got me going now saying the frames are steel. They are definitely TIG welded alloy. The actual model is the Pinarello Surprise with Vela Carbon forks.
Wow, Impressive track and looks like a lot of funbimini
Dec 29, 2003 12:39 PM
I wish I had an indoor track like that to ride here in the middle of the cold midwest. We have nothing close to that in central USA (that I know of).

The closest thing we have around here is a half mile asphalt Stock car track that we race road bikes on in the Summertime (bank is not even close to what you are looking at). I like the oval racing events. Allows you to ride several races in a single outing. Great for working on tactics and sprints.

Looks like a lot of fun. I hope you make good use of it.
Try thissuperdreadnought
Dec 29, 2003 4:54 PM
It is out doors and in MI:
Looks like great fun (nm)witcomb
Dec 29, 2003 12:58 PM
Looks like fun!! you need an Intl dl for that stuff [nmbent_spoke
Dec 29, 2003 7:49 PM