Both FGF and this forum seem to be pretty dead right now. This forum especially so. Maybe this will spark some discussion.
This is only my 3rd year racing on the track, so take all of this with a grain of salt. My training week is split between 3 days on the track (or rollers if the track is wet), 2 days on the road. I'm mainly a scratch/points racer. My primary focus this year is the AVC and the FSA Gran Prix.
- General base work
- Hills (everywhere is a hill where I live)
- Group rides
- Spring racing
On the track, I ride anywhere from a 77 to 88 gearing, depending on what I'm doing. Lower gearing if I want to focus on form, etc. These workouts are anywhere from 30 to 60mins long. If I'm going out on the road, I'll be out there for 2 to 3 hours. When road season starts up, I hit all the spring crits and do the weekly series at PIR to get my pack riding and sprint workouts all in one shot. After that, I try to make it to one track race a week.
A lot of the track riders in the Portland area race both road and track during the season, so we don't have many pure sprinters or pure pursuiters. That makes doing the weekly omnium races hard, because everyone is strong across the board. It gives you a lot of great experience, though.
You have any suggestions for where to find group rides here in PDX?
Any events you would suggest? My plan is really to do the first track intro thing on Wed the first time it is offered. Then do one of the banana belt series (road) and then just do weekly PIR and then the Tabor series when it comes around (because I work right near it and I could easily make it every week). What are the big track events a rookie should be eying/training towards? This is my first year I will be racing and so I will be in Cat5, I plan on doing a combo of road and track. I dont have any specific training plan because I dont know which events I will be better at.
The major track events in the area that are good for beginners are the Erik K Track Race (5/3), and then the OBRA Championships (7/11-7/13).
Fast Twitch Fridays have Novice omnium events between sprint rounds. They're shorter than the Thursday omnium events, but the atmosphere is not as serious. The Alpenrose Thursday Series has madison and long points the first Thursday of every month. If you want to get into riding madison, that's the best place to learn and find a partner.