Try the track Friday

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Try the track Friday

Postby RideLikeTheWind » Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:41 pm

Pretty excited - going out to a Try the Track session on Friday, 2:30 - 5:00. I am used to riding on the road and trails - never been on the velodrome before. I think I have the legs for it!
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Re: Try the track Friday

Postby dalai47 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:12 am

Nice. You will love it! Just remember a couple of golden rules...

1. Don't stop pedaling!
2. Be predictable.
3. Don't stop pedaling!
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Re: Try the track Friday

Postby QuangVuong » Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:26 am

Is this at DGV? I wonder when Bankstown council will hold a free track day for everyone to test track out.

I've been on the Merrylands track, but on a road bike so that doesn't really count, and the banking is nothing compared to DGV.
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Re: Try the track Friday

Postby RideLikeTheWind » Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:36 am

Good advice dalai47! I have heard it can be a bit disconcerting at first, but I have ridden fixed before so it should be ok.

Yes, at DCG - it's far from free but I think it's worth it. If I really enjoy it I might look to join a club or ride more regularly, just have to scrounge some $ together for a bike :)
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Re: Try the track Friday

Postby michael_w » Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:06 pm

Sunday 16th March is the quarterly try the track day at DISC in Darebin (Melbourne). I'm just after a bit more info as I've wanted to try it for ages and hope I can fit it in thht weekend.

Have a great time and tell us about your exploits RideLikeTheWind
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Re: Try the track Friday

Postby g-boaf » Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:40 pm

You will enjoy it.

Just remember to be predictable, keep turning the pedals. Start out on the inner section, move around to the back straight and then onto the duck boards and then up onto the black line. The black line is where the bike will feel more natural. Look ahead maybe 10 metres from where you are - that will help with keeping steady lines.

If you go up on the banking, keep the speed up above 30km/h - they say you can go slower than that, but I wouldn't chance it. It's a long way down. I've also heard people say to avoid looking down when you are up high on the banking. I think that's probably right, but you get used to it and it eventually won't put your senses out.

RideLikeTheWind wrote:I think I have the legs for it!


When it comes to picking up the speed big time, that's when you'll find out if you've got the legs for it. It's an awesome track to ride on. It's an even bigger buzz when you get on there in a race with 20 other fast riders in a suspiciously fast C grade.

michael_w wrote:Sunday 16th March is the quarterly try the track day at DISC in Darebin (Melbourne). I'm just after a bit more info as I've wanted to try it for ages and hope I can fit it in thht weekend.

Have a great time and tell us about your exploits RideLikeTheWind


If it is anything like DGV, similar stuff will apply.
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Re: Try the track Friday

Postby dalai47 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:26 pm

g-boaf wrote:If it is anything like DGV, similar stuff will apply.


It is, except we don't have the big painted logos which are even more slippery...

@Michael_w - if you want to see a bit of action before rolling around on the Sunday, next Wednesday through to Saturday are the National Masters Track Championships at DISC. 8)
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Re: Try the track Friday

Postby KGB » Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:36 pm

Awesome, get into it!
30km/h is plenty fast enough to stop you slipping down, I'd happily go slower. Then again, being indoors makes it a lot easier to cruise along at 30 compared to outdoors so you shouldn't have to try too hard to keep the pace up.
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Re: Try the track Friday

Postby RideLikeTheWind » Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:32 pm

Thanks g-boaf - I appreciate it.

I'll put a report up after the session tomorrow. :)
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Re: Try the track Friday

Postby RideLikeTheWind » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:32 pm

So today was the day!

First off, it was everything I expected and more. Without a doubt, one of the more exciting things I have done.

After arriving, Barrie took me to get a bike sorted out - a very orange Hillbrick Pista. A short walk to the track and fitment of pedals and off we went. Basic first laps on the concrete at the bottom, just to get used to the fixed gear. Onto the duck boards and a bit faster, which is actually a little more tricky than it looks - it's basically flat so you have to turn, but it does bank at the edge so for the first lap, it can be a little disconcerting.

After a few laps, I came to a stop for a little breather and then back out onto the track. Up to the black line and a bit faster. All good, so out to the red line. The track, when you're going at about 30-35, is not as steep as you might think. It feels way safer than it looks.

After a while, out to the blue line, then some rolling starts. Some movement up and down the track to get a feel for the slope. After a while, out to the fence and run the fence the whole way around. At this point, I absolutely salute all track riders. TO hold that line, up the bank, is seriously hard core. Muscle burn to the max.

After a few laps, I started to practice going up the bend to change from the from the front of the line to the back, although there was no-one else on the track :)

About 1hrs 45 mins in total and a great day. I will add a video below of me on the blue line. Great day out - definitely going to do it again some time.

Oh, and there were a few para-lympians out too - good fun to watch them ride around!

Cheers!

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Re: Try the track Friday

Postby KGB » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:41 pm

Bravo!
Look for a track bike before RAW winter series starts, Crafty runs a "novice" grade which is packed with rookies so you don't have to be worried about embarassing yourself. He usually chants repeatedly "dont stop pedalling, don't stop pedalling" as the race finishes too - its easy to forget as you slump across the finish line as a beginner!
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Re: Try the track Friday

Postby foo on patrol » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:47 pm

Chase a motor bike around one at 70kmh and you will really know what a buzz is!!!!!!!!!!!! :mrgreen: :lol:

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Re: Try the track Friday

Postby RideLikeTheWind » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:55 pm

KGB wrote:Bravo!
Look for a track bike before RAW winter series starts, Crafty runs a "novice" grade which is packed with rookies so you don't have to be worried about embarassing yourself. He usually chants repeatedly "dont stop pedalling, don't stop pedalling" as the race finishes too - its easy to forget as you slump across the finish line as a beginner!


Sounds like a plan! I am currently pushing N+1 but... maybe I can sell some stuff.. lol
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Re: Try the track Friday

Postby g-boaf » Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:50 pm

Track bikes are a lot cheaper than road bikes, so that's one thing in your favour.

Good that you enjoyed it.
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Re: Try the track Friday

Postby KGB » Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:52 pm

And they should be especially cheap now off anybody is offloading one since its the end of the track season.
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