Do you want to try Track cycling?

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Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby r2160 » Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:33 pm

Hi all

As part of Bankstown Council's Sport of the Month, Cycling is the April sport.

We have on April 7 and 21, between 6 and 7.30pm, you can come to the Dunc Gray Velodrome and try track cycling. There will be loan bikes available to have a go. The evenings are completely free.

Just bring your pedals (although there will be pedals available if you dont have any) and yourself and give it a go.

Cheers
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby turbus » Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:57 pm

Sounds awesome
pity i'm 3.5hrs away
would love to have a crack

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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby Wayfarer » Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:19 pm

what price for entry and bike hire? the site doesnt say much..
What are these salesmen peddling?
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby r2160 » Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:03 pm

Hi all,

The evenings are completely free. They are turn up and try evenings that Bankstown Council has covered the cost for.

So just turn up and try!!!

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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby hannos » Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:11 pm

wow sounds like a blast.
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby jt_vic » Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:14 pm

I ride XC & Road and started track racing this year. I'ts a blast, I would recommend it to anyone.
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby brauluver » Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:16 pm

Get on it you lot :!:
As someone who rides a loaner on the Open nights(Fridays) at the velodrome here in Adelaide, I've gotta say this is an offer to good to refuse.
If you are even half curious, then go and give it a try.
Nothing can compare to spinning your legs off on a track with no obstacles,cars,dogs, potholes etc to worry about.Sheer exhiliration and freedom at top speed on a brakeless fixed gear.This will get your heart pumpin. :mrgreen:
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby Pax » Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:30 pm

Jealous Qlder :cry: :mrgreen:
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby BandedRail » Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:01 pm

Pax wrote:Jealous Qlder :cry: :mrgreen:


Yep, (but WA), always wanted to give it a blast.
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby scotto » Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:12 am

well we rocked up last night to the velodrome to give it a try. standing in the centre, it didnt look too steep, but as you got closer to the big banked ends, that 45deg slope seemed almost vertical. after getting sorted out with our bikes, we were off. the first lap was a case of "what the f#&k am I doing here, i'm too young to die". once i got the hang of things, it was full speed ahead, with overtaking whilst on the blue line ( which is reaaly high up) and some fast but exhausting laps.

i found my bike a bit undergeared with its 48/15 gearing, I was having to spin like mad to keep going. I think my road fixie has about a 46/15 from memory, and i certainly would have been more comfortable on the track with say a 51/15..

if you ever get the chance tp try it, its well worth it. the club hire bikes are excellent, and look brand new.
if you thought a tight bunch ride down west head road at >40km/h was fun, imagine doing it on a steep timber floor, with no brakes, and an awful lot of adrenalin.... after 3x10 minute sessions, my legs feel about the same as after a fairly quick 60km road ride...

oh, and did i mention the cheerleaders who were training there as we left...... :wink:

thanks to the bankstown club guys for there help in running this. i was surprised that from baulkham hills it was only a 35min drive in peak hour. makes me think about doing more of this...
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby nickj_d » Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:41 am

yep, definately a good night. Bit of a moment seeing that embankment up close for the first time, but then a rush when you get some speed up and start getting higher and higher on the bank. I can imagine the thrill of doing track cycling in group or team events!!
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby brauluver » Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:03 pm

Now it's in your veins, you will want more :mrgreen:
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby djansch » Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:57 pm

hello all
well, i have tried track cycling and it was very exciting untill i found myself sliding along the floor boards !
yes i crashed at the dunc grey velodrome on the "try it" night of wed 21.04.10. firstly, many thanks to those that patched
me up, but also to all involved from bankstown sports cycling club for giving your time on these nights.
the scabs are coming along fine but the ribs are a little out of wack !.
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby foo on patrol » Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:45 pm

It only hurts after you stop sliding! :mrgreen: Don't let that stop you from continuing the track experience. My most memorable times were on the track. :D
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby mikesbytes » Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:14 pm

Sounds like you guys, except djansch had a good time. Shame about that, hope you will give it another go when the bod's repaired itself. Haven't seen the cheerleaders in a while.

What licensing is required for these free days?
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby djansch » Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:29 pm

there was no license required for this night, simply register. i think the "try it" nights were organised by or through
bankstown council as part of their "sport of the month" program. Yes, i do intend to head back to the track, but i will be
seeking some "guidance".
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby Kev365428 » Mon Apr 26, 2010 5:08 pm

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Moved to the Track section.
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby MiG » Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:29 pm

Kev365428 wrote:Moved to the Track section.

This is obviously very subjective, but I can imagine that people who have never ridden track (the audience of this thread) aren't likely to be checking the track section.
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby dazza1 » Sat May 29, 2010 9:58 am

Im thinking of getting my kids into track, but what options for junior track bikes are there?
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby foo on patrol » Sat May 29, 2010 12:06 pm

dazza1 wrote:Im thinking of getting my kids into track, but what options for junior track bikes are there?


Some bike shops have hire track bikes that you can use for a weekend or longer. :idea: Wolves Bike Den at Caboolture do this in QLD. :)
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby dazza1 » Sun May 30, 2010 12:50 pm

what part of the year is racing usually run on?
I take it not in winter.
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby mikesbytes » Sun May 30, 2010 8:02 pm

dazza1 wrote:Im thinking of getting my kids into track, but what options for junior track bikes are there?


Where do you live?

dazza1 wrote:what part of the year is racing usually run on?
I take it not in winter.


Generally in Summer, but it does depend on where you live
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby r2160 » Sun May 30, 2010 8:16 pm

HI all

there is training on Monday and Wednesday nights.

Also Raw Track will be starting hopefully next month.

cheers
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby petie » Mon May 31, 2010 7:33 pm

Is there a regular, "try before you buy" schedule or was this a one off? Really keen to see what the track is like!
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Re: Do you want to try Track cycling?

Postby r2160 » Mon May 31, 2010 7:45 pm

The reason for the try sessions was for people to try that dont have a licence. Unfortunately to ride in the velodrome, a licence is required for the insurance side.

If you have a cycling licence, just pop an email through Bankstown cyclings website and they can organise it for you.

cheers
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