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    Major Taylor Velodrome Saturday Night

    Well I must say this was the first time I had ever seen a track race, and what a blast!!

    There was one guy in the Cat 1/2 Race that could sprint like no one I have ever seen before. He just rocketed off.

    Also never understood why people always talk about track standing till I seen the "Slow Race" The same guy who was sprinting like mad also made track standing look easy. I don't think he moved for the entire 3 minutres.

    I got a chance to ride my road bike around the track a for about an hour, and now I'm thinking of getting a track bike.

    Now for the Cat 4/5 races how fast is the pace on the track? How fast do I need to be able to sprint too not to look foolish? I was able to avg almost 30mph for a few laps, but it was fairly busy so didn't get a chance to really hammer it. Do they offer some beginner training type races?

    Also there was one very nasty wreck, where I wouldn't be surprised if the rider didn't snap his collar bone like a twig.

    Also one guy had the coolest bike it was red/white/blue with stars on it, even on the tri spoke rims. Looked very neat spinning around the track.
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    Oh here is that guy who was sprinting like a madman! - http://joshuaweir.com/ Got a chance to talk to him later in the night and what a super nice guy as well!

    Here is that kick ass track bike as well

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    I rode the Alkek Velodrome in Katy Tx on a rented bike. I am currently working in Indy but have yet to have time to check out the track, so I don't know if they rent bikes. I did pull the following from their site:

    * Monday (7/2) - Ride Hard, Turn Left (Open track for fitness riding - No track bikes!), 5:00-8:00; open track from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    * Tuesday (7/3) - NO ELITE TRAINING!
    * Wednesday (7/4) - Happy 4th of July!
    * Thursday (7/5) - NO INTRO RACING!
    * Friday (7/6) - MTV TT Night, 5:00-11:00; open track from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    * Saturday (7/7) - Track intro clinic, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    * Sunday (7/8) - Open track, 10:00 am -5:00 pm

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    That sounds like a blast. I sure wish there was a track in Kansas City.
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    Ryan, I was just talking to the Race Director about the training class for Velodrome and asked about the rider.....

    He's got to be the luckiest guy in the world! Just a body bruise and road rash and a broken handlebar from that horrendous face plant. Both riders are OK, actually!
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    WOW!!!

    I can't believe the way he hit he was OK! Good to hear though.
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    Have ridden the Major Taylor 'drome on our tandem about a dozen years ago . . . fast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormchaser
    I rode the Alkek Velodrome in Katy Tx on a rented bike. I am currently working in Indy but have yet to have time to check out the track, so I don't know if they rent bikes. I did pull the following from their site:

    * Monday (7/2) - Ride Hard, Turn Left (Open track for fitness riding - No track bikes!), 5:00-8:00; open track from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    * Tuesday (7/3) - NO ELITE TRAINING!
    * Wednesday (7/4) - Happy 4th of July!
    * Thursday (7/5) - NO INTRO RACING!
    * Friday (7/6) - MTV TT Night, 5:00-11:00; open track from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    * Saturday (7/7) - Track intro clinic, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    * Sunday (7/8) - Open track, 10:00 am -5:00 pm

    Call them: 317) 327-VELO

    Yes, they rent bikes. The resident race director/coach (Ken Nowakowski, I believe) is a nice fellow and very helpful. When my son and I are in Indy to visit family we generally bring our pedals, shoes, and helmets and rent bikes at MTV for a few hours. Highly recommended!

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    Ryan,

    Your right. That was a blast watching these guys ride and I was totally blown away at how good they are.

    Here are a few pictures










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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanhulce
    Well I must say this was the first time I had ever seen a track race, and what a blast!!

    There was one guy in the Cat 1/2 Race that could sprint like no one I have ever seen before. He just rocketed off.

    Also never understood why people always talk about track standing till I seen the "Slow Race" The same guy who was sprinting like mad also made track standing look easy. I don't think he moved for the entire 3 minutres.

    I got a chance to ride my road bike around the track a for about an hour, and now I'm thinking of getting a track bike.

    Now for the Cat 4/5 races how fast is the pace on the track? How fast do I need to be able to sprint too not to look foolish? I was able to avg almost 30mph for a few laps, but it was fairly busy so didn't get a chance to really hammer it. Do they offer some beginner training type races?

    Also there was one very nasty wreck, where I wouldn't be surprised if the rider didn't snap his collar bone like a twig.

    Also one guy had the coolest bike it was red/white/blue with stars on it, even on the tri spoke rims. Looked very neat spinning around the track.
    Yea, that wreck was brutal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariner Fan
    Yea, that wreck was brutal.
    Great pics!

    By the way, you guys going to come watch the first time I ride the track on a track bike in a race next season?

    I'm going to strip and convert my Raleigh to a fixie track bike. I've been thinking about it and decided to make it happen. I'll be taking the velo clinic soon for my Cat 4 license.
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    Can anyon fill me in on what average and fast 200 times are at Major Taylor Velodrome?

    With a bike like that Im gonna guess he's not from Quebec? hHAHAHA

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