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Old 07-05-05, 05:55 PM   #1
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Minneapolis/Blaine Velodrome?

I'm a newbie to track racing and I'll be moving to the Twin Cities for grad school and I was interested in the Blaine Velodrome.
Anyone here train/race there? What is it like? Are there many beginners?

When does the season begin/end? Since it looks like it is outdoors, I'm assuming that this Velo will be closed during winter.
Are there any indoor velodomes?

Thanks for any help.
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The website for the Blaine velodrome is here: http://www.nscsports.com/velo/

I took the intro class and started racing there this year. It is outside, so the season goes into September and starts up again in May. There aren't a ton of people, so they are always looking for more. It seems like a lot of the people up there also do road racing, but they are getting more fixed-gear riders who are trying it out.
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Thanks gilby.

I think I read that you are going to check out Marymoor?

I really missed Marymoor. What a supportive community. I'm the quiet sort, but the few people I met on open nights were friendly and patient with a newbie.

During the summer race season, you get quite an electric vibe at times.
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I think you'll like the vibe at the NSC velodrome. It seems like they are so happy any time there is a new person who shows up--they made me feel very welcome.
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I could say the same thing about the Marymoor folks.

You'll like it in Seattle. Tons of bikes around, tons of shops, big community.
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