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Old 03-17-09, 02:38 PM   #1
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how do you stay on the black line:?

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I am new to track cycling . The burning question i have is (on an indoor Track).How do you stay on the Black line as it is the shortest way around?. I find that when i exit a bend i seem to move outwards.cheers
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look 30-40 meters ahead, even around the turns.

(btw - which track?)
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Old 03-18-09, 10:43 AM   #3
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look 30-40 meters ahead, even around the turns.

(btw - which track?)
X2. Pick up your head--your front wheel will still be there when you are done. In a paceline, look THROUGH the butt of the rider in front of you.
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X2. Pick up your head--your front wheel will still be there when you are done. In a paceline, look THROUGH the butt of the rider in front of you.
yeah, we actually teach to look over the right shoulder of the rider in front of you in the straights and over the left shoulder in the turns. It helps smooth people out.

On paceline exchanges we also encourage the lead rider to move uptrack about 6 to 8 inches 10 to 15 meters before pulling off so the second rider can get a good view of the black line. Otherwise the second rider will tend to focus on the first rider and pop up as the first rider pulls off.
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X2. Pick up your head--your front wheel will still be there when you are done. In a paceline, look THROUGH the butt of the rider in front of you.
x3... and looking ahead also applies to driving your car. Most people don't look far enough down the road. That's why highway depts are trying to eliminate any curvy roads, because they are "unsafe."
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That's why highway depts are trying to eliminate any curvy roads, because they are "unsafe."
There's a really curvy road that leads to my neighborhood. The sight lines are actually pretty good, but the road bends a lot. At night you can always tell who lives in the area and who's visiting-- if you live here you know where to look while the road is curving and you don't have to slow way down. If you're only looking right in front of your car you have to drive slow because you're just looking at berm or houses, even though a little turn of the head would show you the whole road ahead.
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Thanks a lot for the Advice.Will try it out.
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It also helps to soft peddle into the corner and then accelerate out as long as your not going to mess up the paceline.
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look where you want to go.

also target fixation can become a bad habit...pretend you are the only one on the track. and the riders around you are invisible...
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