Cool track photo thread

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby Derny Driver » Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:14 pm

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SUPERB photo!!!
Hugo Koblet the Swiss superstar died young in a car accident. The "pedaleur de charme" (the charming cyclist) was best known as a GC contender in the Grand Tours (won the TDF in 1951 and the Giro in 1950) but was a great track rider. Was twice European madison champion with Armin Von Buren and a brilliant pursuiter, I would have to look it up to see if he won a world pursuit title but I know he was almost always in the final 4. My uncle told me he 'sold' Koblet an easy ride in a world championships once when they were matched up against each other. Koblet did all the 6 day races and was a great 6 day man too. His Swiss buddy Von Buren was a beast sprinter, one of the fastest of all time, so they were a formidable team.

Koblet always carried a comb and a bottle of eau de cologne when he raced, and after a long solo break in the TDF in 1951, "followers were astonished to see him sit up, blow kisses to girls and take out of his pocket a sponge soaked in water. He was barely across the line when he rinsed his face in Perrier, combed his hair, then started his stopwatch ....

He was a superstar glamour boy, a handsome playboy who loved beautiful women and fast cars, and his love of fast cars killed him in the end.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:24 pm

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Re: Cool track photo thread

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby mikesbytes » Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:13 pm

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby rebilda » Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:11 pm

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:13 pm

This Warwick Velodrome, sorry not a good one as I didn't have time to stop the truck.:|

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby ldrcycles » Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:19 pm

Is that open? I'm down in Warwick in a couple of months, it'd be interesting to swing by and check it out.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Sat Sep 14, 2013 6:05 am

Yeah Idry, you can just rock on in anytime. There was a bloke training on it when I was going past. It is on the New England Hwy only about 1klm after you turn onto it. :)

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby singlespeedscott » Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:19 am

Gee it looks more tired every time I see it.

Love the old western town velodromes. They have heaps of charm. The one at Tamworth is pretty flash though.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:49 pm

Tamworth flash, It must have changed since I raced there but that was back in ummm 78/79 I think. :oops:

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby singlespeedscott » Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:40 pm

They built a new track off the bypass just after you pass Red Rooster heading south.

Funnily enough there is some whinging posted up about it today.

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby AndrewBurns » Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:36 am

Damn 'licra' brigade! Decided it was boring to ride in circles all the time and are still on MY road getting in the way!
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:48 am

Like Leunig, thx :mrgreen:
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:41 am

Back on Track... Alfred Letourneur ( “le diable rouge” ) :mrgreen:

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:16 am

It almost looks like a unicycle with training wheels. I'd love to show up on one of these, just for the WT? factor.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:03 pm

Dunno about cool but this is me after a high speed stack on Bundy Track. :lol:
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby singlespeedscott » Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:46 pm

foo on patrol wrote:Dunno about cool but this is me after a high speed stack on Bundy Track. :lol:
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby ldrcycles » Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:38 pm

I bet that stung!
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:43 pm

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Yes, it's getting closer and closer to being finished. All it needs is some hot mix and fencing. For those in the dark, it's Wyatt Park, Lidcombe - my velodrome.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:02 pm

ldrcycles wrote:I bet that stung!


Yep and I spent the next two weeks doing Physio to repair torn ligaments and fibres around the tendons in my ankle and knee. :( I had had a fall in the sprint the week before in a qualifying race for the Aus road titles and this one compounded the problems. :evil:

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby gravelrash » Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:23 pm

With all that work, did they put in a back straight at the "Wyatt"? Just to stop the confusion of that little sharp last turn to the finish. :shock:
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:41 pm

gravelrash wrote:With all that work, did they put in a back straight at the "Wyatt"? Just to stop the confusion of that little sharp last turn to the finish. :shock:


Hawthorne Park and Nerang Velodromes were the same here in QLD. Just makes things a little more interesting when you're doing sub 13sec for the 200mtrs. :lol:

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:12 pm

gravelrash wrote:With all that work, did they put in a back straight at the "Wyatt"? Just to stop the confusion of that little sharp last turn to the finish. :shock:


It's much more oval now. The turn into the front straight used to be a 5m turn, it's now a 30m turn. There is a front and back straight, though. Always has been a back straight, as far as I know.
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