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Old 05-02-08, 05:13 PM   #1
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I'll be living within easy riding distance of the LA velodrome this summer, and I'd like to ride the track at least a few times. I've been to the website and checked it out pretty extensively, including the calendar, but I still have a few questions a regular there could probably answer. So: Is it very accessible for someone who is not training to ride in olympic or professional events? It seems like most to all of the track time is devoted to training, and there is very little if any racing at the beginner to intermediate level.
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Before you can ride at ADT you will have to pass a Certification Class. If you have extensive track experience you can do this in one day, or do as I did and take the 4 session class. It is usually 4 Saturdays in one month, but check the schedule, because it doesn't happen every month. It cost about $225 for the 4 session class. After passing the class you get a 50% discount on a 10 visit pass bringing it down to $100 or $10 a session. (i think those prices are correct). There are open sessions on M/W/F evenings and Sunday afternoons. Also of note are Rogers sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, these are great interval training sessions and are accessible to a broad range of fitness levels. The only Racing I have seen on the schedule is USCF sanctioned stuff so if you have a card.....

Your other option is Encino. Its way more relaxed! You just sign a waver and pay $5 and you can ride. Check their schedule for sessions. I have done the Kierin Training on Sat. Am and it is a great workout. There is also Tuesday night race training, it is supposed to be very intense when enough people show up...

Encino is probably only 40 minutes from Adt with light traffic.....
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I'll be living within easy riding distance of the LA velodrome this summer, and I'd like to ride the track at least a few times. I've been to the website and checked it out pretty extensively, including the calendar, but I still have a few questions a regular there could probably answer. So: Is it very accessible for someone who is not training to ride in olympic or professional events? It seems like most to all of the track time is devoted to training, and there is very little if any racing at the beginner to intermediate level.
Most of the training times are very accessible to people who are not training for olympic or pro events. The tues/thurs intervals are heavily attended by people who are not likely to ever do a mass start race, and may or may not do some time trials-- some of the riders used to attend Roger's spin class (which was the same interval workout as the riders on track, but on spin bikes) and gradually switched. Check out the details for them here: http://lavelodrome.org/Training/RogerSession.htm. The people who show up range from nearly total beginners up to people with multiple national level medals (and the occasional worlds medal) and everybody leaves with a good workout that's appropriate for their level.

There are several evenings during the week with open training, and a number of clubs show up as a group at those, but individual riders are welcome and encouraged to ride as well.

Sundays are usually pretty lightly attended, but will often have pretty good attendance for the last hour or so when people show up for motorpaced madison practice.

The full calendar for the summer isn't up, but it's pretty much the same as the months that are posted now.

All of the race events have many categories for non-elite riders, all the way down to Cat 5, and pretty much all of the race days have a time-trial session in the morning and a mass start session in the afternoon-- check out the results page if you want to see the ages and experience levels of the riders, as well as some times.

The reason there isn't more racing is that there are too many racing opportunities in SoCal, including two other tracks, and we all work together to avoid splitting up the racer base too much. It's expensive to put on races (even without prize money) and low attendance makes it hard to put on more races, and there just aren't as many track racers as road racers yet, though that's been steadily improving.

If you have some decent experience riding a road bike in a pack you can probably pass the accelerated class without too much trouble. If you get some time at San Jose (you're in the bay area) a few times for their intro classes and some training you'll be way ahead of the game.
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Encino is probably only 40 minutes from Adt with light traffic.....
I've ridden both in the same day a few times.

Some time I'd like to ride San Diego, ADT, and Encino all in one day. With a little coordination I could probably do Hellyer, too.
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Hey Biting duck, See you there tonight?
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BD & Quinn: Thanks for the rundown, all that info is very helpful.

I hope I can make it to Encino and SD as well, but I'm going not going to have a car. Hopefully I can pool with some other racers once in awhile.

FWIW I'm a cat 3 on the road, and rode fixed for a couple years before I got into road racing. I'll definitely try to get a couple of saturday sessions in at Hellyer before I move.
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I'm a cat 3 on the road
If you're a road 3 you should do fine in the accelerated class.
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BD & Quinn: Thanks for the rundown, all that info is very helpful.

I hope I can make it to Encino and SD as well, but I'm going not going to have a car. Hopefully I can pool with some other racers once in awhile.
You can take your bike on the Orange Line and get off at the Balboa Station
http://www.metro.net/riding_metro/ri...l_stations.htm

It's a short distance to the velodrome

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