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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:

    [Excerpt:]

    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

    [/Excerpt]

    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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    Originally posted by RollingGeek
    Go 18-wide at 30 mph !


    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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    Originally posted by RollingGeek
    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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    Originally posted by RollingGeek
    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)
    http://www.cyclistsroadmap.com/eng/ - Cyclists' road map. Checkout which roads are good for cycling and rate roads in your area.

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    Originally posted by Grendel
    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.
    i ride bikes.

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    Originally posted by fore


    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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    Originally posted by Ritalin


    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...
    Last edited by VegasCyclist; 11-05-02 at 06:05 PM.
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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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