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Old 05-23-11, 12:01 PM   #1
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Video of My First Race!

This was shot off of a cell phone so pardon the quality.

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Quality actually looks pretty good if you don't expect anything amazin'. Nice music, was this shot with a newer android or iphone4?
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Way to go! You should post this in the Track Cycling forum.
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Quality actually looks pretty good if you don't expect anything amazin'. Nice music, was this shot with a newer android or iphone4?
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Thats cool. Gj. Where is that?
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What kind of race is it, just a scratch?

It looks like the track in the seatle area, maymoor.

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6 Lap "Point a Lap"

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A Point a Lap is a mass start race run over a set distance with all riders starting from the rail. After a neutral lap, the first rider across the line for each lap earns one point. Second place earns zero points. Final Sprint awards 3, 2 and 1 points to the first 3 riders. Rider with the most points at the end of the race wins.
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That's awesome. Thanks for posting. Hopefully people will see that the racing isn't as intimidating as one might believe by watching elite and world class racing...but it's just as fun when you are doing it.
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Wait...no crashes? No exploding carbon wheels?
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Wait...no crashes? No exploding carbon wheels?
Track Racing...by Michael Bay.

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It looks like the track in the seatle area, maymoor.
well the tag says Marymoor, so you are probably right and wrong at the same time.
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Yes, Marymoor is in Redmond (near Seattle).
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Nice! This thursday is my last beginners class then i can race I cant wait.
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Are you in Seattle?
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shoot. i meant to take these classes this year.
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Well you're in luck. Tons of classes left still! Even one this Saturday:

Saturday, May 28 (10-2pm)
Sunday June 5 (12-4pm)
Saturday, June 18 (10-2pm)
Sunday, June 26 (1-5pm)
Saturday, July 2 (10-2pm)
Saturday, July 30 (10-2pm)

Classes this year are only 1 class vs 2 classes like previous years.
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Off topic question, how steep is that track on the turns?
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Off topic question, how steep is that track on the turns?
25 degrees >>> http://www.fixedgearfever.com/module...howtrack&id=13
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Yup, 25 degrees. Unfortunately, it is also the longest velodrome built in the US (400m). And for some reason being that it is rainy season here 10 months out of the year it was also built as an outdoor velodrome...
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Yup, 25 degrees. Unfortunately, it is also the longest velodrome built in the US (400m). And for some reason being that it is rainy season here 10 months out of the year it was also built as an outdoor velodrome...
Actually, it's tied with Kissena, which is also 400m. But true bragging rights go to the Asheville Mellowdrome, which is 498m around, although with only 8 degrees maximum in the turns it's more a speedway than a velodrome. The shortest track is in Boulder, CO, which is only 142m around (126m on pursuit line) with maximum 45 degree banking.
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Yea, that's why I put in the distinction of "longest velodrome built" since Mellowdrome was built as a car racing track and is now simply used by bicycles.

The shortest track in the world is Forest City Velodrome at 138 metres with 50-degree bankings and 17-degree straights.

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Back in the 1970s, I raced on a 125m temporary indoor track that was set up in hockey arenas. It also had 55 degree banking in the turns, and at max speed a rider could pull 3g downforce in the turn in the sprinter's lane. The first time I rode that thing, my arms got really sore as my body got crushed in the turns, and I struggled to hold myself up. Doing hand sling madison exchanges was really wild, as controlling the bike in the turns with just one hand on the bars was nearly impossible. Because of this, the rules required that wheels had to have at least 32 spokes and maximum allowed gearing was 50 x 16.
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Outstanding. Can't wait to be healed enough to get back on the track.
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To me the wooden velodromes look alot funner I ride on a 250m 43 degree turn track and its great.
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