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Old 09-26-05, 07:05 PM   #1
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Do they make them small?

Do they make velodromes small? Years ago (like 13 or so) I was watching a UConn VB game and changed the channel and found this amazingly hypnotic, fun looking sport, but I had no idea what it was. There were two guys riding in what looked like a large spa mated with an indoor soccer complex (the ones with the wood floors covered in wax) and their back wheels were black (one may have been yellow) and they were hitting these ungodly high speeds and riding at what seems impossibly odd angles...basically, these two guys were riding dern near parellel to the ground and not in the normal sort of way.

While snooping online all the ones I could find were huge...this only fit the two guys, and it was close...what was that? Was that just a small indoor velo?
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you mean something like this one?
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smallest I've seen is a portable track in Belgium. 168m, I think....

So steep, to get to the centre, you went through a door in the track that was taped shut for racing.
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Calshot, England 140m

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Calshot, England 140m
Our track - Forest City Velodrome, London Ontario Canada - 138 metres.

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140m is the clubhouse leader.....
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you mean something like this one?
slightly bigger and not so homemade, but yeah...that's what i've always thought of as track cycling...i didn't realize there could be that many people at one time on one track!
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Our track - Forest City Velodrome, London Ontario Canada - 138 metres.

http://www.forestcityvelodrome.ca/index.html


138..... awesome!!! Talk about getting dizzy!!
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138..... awesome!!! Talk about getting dizzy!!
I've spoken to two people who have had queasy stomachs from riding this track.
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I've spoken to two people who have had queasy stomachs from riding this track.


Great....I normally feel like a spew racing at 10/10ths on a 333m track so that thing would be a disaster!!!


short cranks and tiny gears the order of the day??
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Calshot is a great little track. Takes a bit of time to learn the "tecnique" of riding it but you can have some great racing on it. Must get down there again. I'd really like to ride the Forest Town track. Looks like a really facility.
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Woot! That's 10 minutes from my house. Thanks for the link, I might just pop down and give one of those taster sessions a try.
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.............a 333m track.....

Uhhh that's a criterium circuit isn't it?
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I've got to find a cheaper way to get to Forest. I'm never going to get out there if I have to drop $120 on a rental car everytime I want to head down. Mike, Do you know if people regularly car / van / whatever pool down there from Toronto?

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The old Fonthill Velodrome in Fonthill Ontario (defunct) was 113M and designed to fit in a hockey rink and had 55 degree turns.
http://donwalkercycles.com/Webpages/...ianKukhta.html
Our Forest City Vel is on an old ice surface but it cuts up into the seats for a couple of rows. Fonthill's owner/builder Peter Junek now races here.
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Uhhh that's a criterium circuit isn't it?

It's a kermis in this thread!!
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Aint that Kermesse? I'm just sayin......
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Aint that Kermesse? I'm just sayin......

Kermis-Flemish

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See? I try to be clever, and this happens.
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I've got to find a cheaper way to get to Forest. I'm never going to get out there if I have to drop $120 on a rental car everytime I want to head down. Mike, Do you know if people regularly car / van / whatever pool down there from Toronto?
I don't know anyone who comes that distance regular for riding/training nights but there are some Toronto area racers who come down on Saturday race nights. Contact Trackmeister Rob Good and maybe he will have some info for you.
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