Cool track photo thread

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:29 pm

Is it just me, or are those old tracks narrower in between the two sides? Sure would increase the G-forces a lot more for sub 12sec sprints! 8)

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:59 pm

brentono wrote:... from the "Delhi" track in Ontario, CA during a 9-day event in 1952. 50 degree banks in the corners!
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Sure Foo
Older tracks tended to have longer straights and tighter bends (hence up and over 50degrees)
Made if fun in a bunch race, as you were in and out of bends so quick, that you quickly lose
which part in the track you are. Which means you must pay special attention to the laps.
Gforces are fun, too... you get pushed down, into the bend, and thrown out of it.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby mikesbytes » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:34 pm

Have you ridden a 50deg track?
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:17 pm

Mike,
Have ridden a lot of tracks, training and racing... many in '70's (too many to recall)
In Aus (most states) England, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Italy and France.
On quick recollection (it was memorable) was racing in large groups at Sloten (Amsterdam).
At around 160m (maybe less?) it had 50deg. banks, outdoors & wood. Has now been replaced.
Another I raced was St. Denis (North Paris) and think that was also. Probably also gone?
Didn't have my protractor, but these were AFAIK
Once you haved raced on one, you will not forget it.
You had to position with at least 2/3 to go.
No coming off the back in those races (as you do). :)
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby toppity » Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:05 pm

Sounds awesome Brentono. What a great lifestyle that must have been. Were you a full time pro in those days? How did it work back then?

I always envy those who have the talent and dedication to do this sport full time. No matter how much I dream, I understand I was too limited to be success at that level, even if I did give it everything. Never stopped me dreaming though :mrgreen:
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:30 pm

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Worked for the Aus Govt... got a year off.
Went fulltime, independant was the catagory, as I was unsponsored.
There were 3xcats Pro/Independant/Amateur in EU and all rode for cash.
Prizemoney was just OK, to live.
Aussie Amateurs in Oz, was the only place, with strict rules
that riders were supposed to live on nothing$... no prizemonies :o
Did it all off my own bat. After the Worlds Oz govt said they would give a few $00's for my airfare.
(can't remember if they ever paid? back in those days, probably not.)
There was only a very few aussies in Europe at that time (and you got to meet most) and only a few Pro.
"Lifestyle" not sure about that, a lot of hard work, 3-4hrs road morning, 2-3hrs track afternoons, 7 days.
Unless racing... then no afternoon track.
One stint, spent nearly 2 months with Police Club in Paris
(clubrooms at Ile de la Cite next to NotreDame) ...
French Olympians were with the Club and were Gendames (salary, no uniform, no duties... just riding)
From being with the "Club" got an offer to go Pro with the Italian/Ignis Track Team
by a heavyweight in Cycling based in Varese, and was offered to live there with the team for 3 years.
Choice was go back to Aus Govt. job or quit and stay, made wrong decision. Quit job about a year later.
"Lifestyle" was actually very interesting, met great people, and had a good time,
even though it mostly all revolved around Cycling, and travel for Cycling.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby mikesbytes » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:09 pm

brentono, that's really great.

I missed the boat, as a teenager I ran the 1,500mtrs 4 seconds outside the world record in my age group, a time that would of put me on the final straight when the elite world record was set.

Sadily I discovered females and the only public activity I did in my 20's was walk to the corner to catch the taxi to the night club. As a master rider, I'm pleased to get a result, but I'm not dedicated to any particular strict training plan, just have some fun.

Back on topic, I think there's a short velodrome in NSW at Maitland or something. I need to turn up for its annual NSW race
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:41 am

Mike,
I can understand your position, and it's a pity that while you were young, you were
not picked up to continue on, and encouraged, when getting that close to record status.
No chance at AIS?
Similar for me, was nearing my pinnacle, many obstacles arose, and with constant disappointments,
my enthusiasm waned and back in Australia, pretty well just lost interest. There was no support, nil.
Opportunity was there for a fleeting moment, and to return to Europe, would be like starting over.
Still no regrets, a great memory to look back on.
Now back on Topic, a great shot of Forrest Velo (USA), a recent build which nearly fits the bill.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby mikesbytes » Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:20 pm

Appears to be higher than the seating, is it a temporary or removable track?
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:26 am

Mike
Woops, got it mixed up with the old Forrest in US, and thought it was the replacement. :oops:
It's in London, Canada, and it is permanent. And a great concept to get a track going.

This exciting initiative brought together business, community and government partners to finance,
build and run a 138-metre indoor cycling track.
The Forest City Velodrome is one of only three indoor velodromes in North America.
Designed by Albert Coulier, the track is located in the former Ice House hockey arena
in the south end of London.
The track itself is owned by individuals holding shares in a public corporation.
A not-for-profit organization, the Forest City Velodrome Association, operates the races,
clinics and other activities at the track.
Businesses and members of the public can become involved by owning shares in the track itself;
donating to the not-for-profit corporation; becoming a partner;
or volunteering time to help run learn-to-race and other development programs.
Spectators are treated to a venue with over 3,000 seats, each one providing a close-up view
of a wide variety of races that can easily reach speeds in excess of 60 kilometres per hour.


The interest thing about these smaller tracks (apart from being great for spectators)
is that the experience you gain from using them, better reaction time, better riding control and skills
while racing, and these skills improve the rider, when they go back to standard UCI sized Tracks.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby mikesbytes » Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:12 pm

138mtr...
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:05 pm

Just imagine how easy it would be to take a lap! :lol:

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby mikesbytes » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:27 pm

Suppose I'd set my lap record there 8)
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:45 pm

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Recent Junior Men – Flying Lap – Kristofer Ovsenek (London) 7.884 seconds
Should be able to crack 7. 8)
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:00 am

The small track posts recently reminded me of the Red Bull Mini-Drome which is more of a hipster fun thing than a real race track. Here's a video of one with an excellent little bunny hop at the end.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O46Db4n21zE&feature=fvwrel[/youtube]
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:10 pm

At the other end of the Track spectrum (not small), I have raced at Herne Hill,
where Reg Harris was King.
Here's a great old shot of him, at the Hill, for those interested. :mrgreen:
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:51 pm

He had a good position on the bike Brenton! :wink:

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:54 pm

foo on patrol wrote:He had a good position on the bike Brenton! :wink:

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Sure Gary (some people just look like they fit the bike) :wink:
He was trained old-school, great cadence, very powerful and very smooth.
One of the most athletic sportspersons of his time (late 40's/early 50's)
Pathe archives has some great video of his World's Competitions,
where you can see and study it. 8)
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:47 pm

Mr. Moser's hour record bike:

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Here is him riding it:

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:56 am

First time I've seen that! :shock:

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:07 am

Gary,
An interesting point (that I had already put up on this site)...
The veteran's record set by Moser in 1994 (UCI reg. bike) was faster than his more celebrated
record in 1984, when he used a bullhorn handlebar, steel airfoil tubing, disk wheels and skinsuit...
and in 1994-off the sauce (self admitted) 8)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/40365317@N06/5380132061/

Moser caught my eye (in earlier days), when after watching him second in the World Road Race,
he came out a couple of days later and won the World Pursuit Championship (I was at the track)
Admitted, the Pursuit was not a popular event, but it was a task for him, and it impressed me.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:00 am

Thanks for that link Brenton. Sure as hell looks uncomfortable to ride for an hour. :shock:

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:32 am

foo on patrol wrote:Thanks for that link Brenton. Sure as hell looks uncomfortable to ride for an hour. :shock:

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especially at 42 :o
(hard on the neck and back)
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:32 pm

Lap of Honour :mrgreen:
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