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Old 02-21-06, 08:39 PM   #1
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Racing in Indy or Detroit

Anyone have any insights for a virgin velodrome racer? I'm planning on starting at Major Taylor in Indy when it opens this season. Then I have to move up towards Detroit later in the year and I've heard there is a velodrome in a suburb up there as well. Any tips specifically for beginning to race at either of those 'dromes? I've got all the bike equipment, anything else I should have such as a long sleeved jersey?
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Old 02-22-06, 12:28 AM   #2
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Go fast, turn left.

Seriously, the best thing you can do is take whatever intro class each track offers-- they'll introduce you to track etiquette, which is important when you have a lot of people riding fast in a small space, and they'll give you some idea about what equipment works well at their tracks. Trackies talk a lot, and if you just go out and do open riding regularly you'll start to pick stuff up. If they have practice races, do those too-- it will get you into the feel of track racing in a slightly less competitive environment than the regular USCF races.

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Old 02-22-06, 01:28 PM   #3
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i train and race at the velodrome at bloomer park(metro det.) 2-3 times a week in season and can help set you straight on which nights are best for learn to ride/training/racing etc. were a pretty friendly bunch and have a real fun track program. see you soon,
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Old 02-22-06, 03:31 PM   #4
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any ideas when bloomer will open?
(I just bought a track bike and anticipating warmer weather)
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Old 02-22-06, 09:57 PM   #5
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The Wolverines will help you out!

Mike Walden (RIP) was a good coach and exellent man.

Dale Hughes , the man who kept 6 day alive in the US also Rick Denman. Dale designs and builds velodromes.

The Young family, Claire , Roger (now runs ADT), Shelia , Roger's wife Connie.Alot of good experience up there. All are champions national and world

Train hard, Race smart.
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Old 02-23-06, 10:58 AM   #6
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we winterize in late fall to help preserve the surface so only small, if any, adjustments need to be made to restore what i think has to be the smoothest track surface around. look for about a 1st of april +- a week or so, opening weekend, and then weeknight training shortly after, call the track phone# and talk to dale for a bit more definate
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Old 02-24-06, 12:51 AM   #7
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Without calling the Major Taylor 'drome, do any of you know when it opens for the year?
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