A current design project of mine is a building in DTLA (a charter school), and I am thinking about integrating a publicly accessible velodrome on the site.
I am currently doing research on velodrome design, and wanted to get a few opinions from people who ride on velodromes or any other oval-type courses.
I have never personally rode on one before, and I want to, but right now I just dont have the time for certification. Anyways, I am also involved in motorsport, and I know a bit about racing in general, but I had some questions about track cycling in specific.
1. Cornering: This question isnt really about design, just about racing strategy. First of all, would the strategy of taking a late apex through each of the 180 degree turns result in the ability to achieve a higher acceleration on the following straight? Or is it just a good idea to stick to the inside of the track on every bend and keep the widest line possible?
Also I'd like to know how much an advantage in acceleration you get from dropping from the top of the bank to the inside on each bend.
2: Track layout: Alright onto the actual design question. My site has a maxiumun horizontal area of about 120' x 160', so the track cannot really be a full size velodrome in any scale or configuration.
However, if any of you are familiar with American stock car racing tracks, a tri-oval configuration (like Talladega or Daytona) permit maximum speeds by using three corners instead of just two, making each turn shallower and faster between three individual straights. Because you change heading less degrees in each turn you can maintain a higher average speed through the course.
I posit that designing a tri-oval raceway with steep banking in the building will allow fast speeds even with the extremely small space I have to work with. This still would definitely not be like riding on a real velodrome - there would be much more intense cornering forces present, still. But I think it would still be a unique and enjoyable cycling experience, sort of a "mini-speedway" for bikes.
I wanted to get opinions about how feasible this would be and what elements are important to consider.
Gentlemen (and ladies), your opinions please.