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Old 11-03-02, 06:50 AM   #1
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Bicycles at Lowes Motor Speedway ???

Anyone done this - I would LOVE to hear how it was.

From the latest Bicycling Mag in a section on top rides in 100 cities:

Charlotte, NC:

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Sure, there's the famous assault Assault on Mt. Mitchell. But be there or be square when Lowe's Motor Speedway opens to bikes several nights each summer. Go 18-wide at 30 mph ! INFO: www.tarheel-cylist.org

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I took a beating over my support of NASCAR here, but even the purists' heart must beat a *little* faster at the thought of taking a bicycle around the 24 degree banked turns at a 1.5 mile track ?

I would love to see cycles race it - it would be an all out hammer fest
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Old 11-03-02, 10:05 AM   #2
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FYI - I can't get your link to work??
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I can't even get the one right that they had listed in the article (without my mispellings)

www.tarheel-cyclists.org

Oh well......
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I took a beating over my support of NASCAR here, but even the purists' heart must beat a *little* faster at the thought of taking a bicycle around the 24 degree banked turns at a 1.5 mile track ?
Never done anything like it, but it seems like the banked turns would be working against you and not for you at bicycle speeds. For a given turn radius and degree of banking it will take a certain speed to keep a vehicle 'planted' on the banked turn -- any slower and the vehicle will want to go downhill towards the track apron, any faster and the vehicle will be pushed towards the outside wall. I think on a bicycle you would have a better ride on a relatively flat track like Indy. Sure would love to try it, though -- a few laps on the bike and a few laps in a WC car just to compare!
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they probably ride around on the apron? since it's much flatter?

oh and the link actually is... http://www.tarheelcyclists.org/
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I took a beating over my support of NASCAR here, but even the purists' heart must beat a *little* faster at the thought of taking a bicycle around the 24 degree banked turns at a 1.5 mile track ?

My affinity for NASCAR has drawn some comment here too. So I changed my avatar.

I'd love to do anything in Charlotte NC. I have a son and daughter there who I do not see often enough.
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Here in Montreal, we have the GP (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve) circuit to go round (open all year I think) it is still open to cars, and you still get stupid drivers (though much less so). Still lots of good fun. (not 18 wide though)
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but it seems like the banked turns would be working against you and not for you at bicycle speeds.
the banking in a velodrome is sometimes almost twice as steep as that of a motor speedway.
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the banking in a velodrome is sometimes almost twice as steep as that of a motor speedway.
I'm pretty sure that the turns have shorter radii though on a velodrome...
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I'm pretty sure that the turns have shorter radii though on a velodrome...
Probably. Huh?
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the velodromes are only a few hundred meters long? and the lowes motorspeedway is 1.5 miles in length...
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One of my buddies rode a time trial there in September. He had a blast. He was amazed at the assortment of cyclists and cycles that were there. We live in the Chicago area but my buddy is a regional sales manager and will be planning his trips to the Carolinas so they coincide with the TT! Scott (my buddy) also did Mt Mitchell this year.
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