Finally (after a few years) made my way up to the Bloomer Park velodrome in Rochester Hills, MI for their Saturday beginner's class... I gotta say: it was a BLAST.
I used to ride a fair amount years ago, but stopped when other things - like college - came up. So, my trip to the track saw me back at square one with cycling, but the volunteers and instructors made things really easy and fun. In fact (I wasn't aware of it at the time), the man coaching me was none other than Dale Hughes, designer of the Bloomer Park track plus a number of other tracks around the world. Very cool!
I'm planning on heading back next week for another intro class, but i'm already looking into getting a track bike of my own so that I have some motivation to ride more. There's a 2009 Fuji Track Pro for sale reasonably close; I might take a look at it during the holiday this weekend.
Can't wait to go back -- any tips for an enthusiastic beginner? I've been reading Dan Currell's track cycling intro booklet on the Hellyer velodrome website; it has some great info.
And to anyone in the Detroit area: go to the Bloomer Park track! The first turn is a real rush