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    First Certification Class for Rock Hill, SC

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    Get Ready to Ride!
    Track Certification Class
    Saturday, March 3, 2012
    Registration: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Class begins promptly at 2:00 p.m.
    Manchester Meadows Soccer Pavilion Meeting Room 337 E. Mt. Gallant Road Rock Hill, SC 29730

    This class introduces riders to the Velodrome, educates cyclists on track riding rules, track etiquette and safety considerations.

    Attending this session is the first required step in the certification process. For your safety and the safety of others, every cyclist, regardless of cycling ability, must be certified to ride on the track.

    This class is limited to 100 people. To reserve your spot, email info.velodrome@gmail.com. Please include your name, address, cell number, and if you have any track experience. Certification fee is $20 (includes this class and required “on track” clinics for certification). Payable at registration. *Cash or check only please*

    For more information on “on track” clinics, track opening, and future classes, go to www.rockhillrocks.com.

    A Special Thanks To
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    Founding Partners
    Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates Carolinas HealthCare Systems

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    Hell to the yeah. Applied last night. Ready to get down! Haha.

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    You'll be up and running in a week!

    Let us know how it goes, will ya?

    The class is capped at 100 riders. 100? That's a lot for a beginner class.

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    They should video tape this class.

    Then just play it back for new riders that want to register as needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    The class is capped at 100 riders. 100? That's a lot for a beginner class.
    Yeah, I think the most I've ever done with true beginners is a half dozen or so. For the accelerated classes on race day we sometimes had 10 or so, and occasionally a bunch of juniors before junior nats, but they all had track experience.

    For the club sessions that Roger was running, one of the local clubs once showed up with 70 people. They had to ride in shifts and swap rental bikes. I think it's the only time I heard of him saying he couldn't certify the riders at a club session, because there were just too many people to get them enough time and watch them, so he offered them all a free accelerated class if they wanted to show up on a saturday and get certified.

    They must have multiple instructors, and probably not a lot of track time...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fordfasterr View Post
    They should video tape this class.

    Then just play it back for new riders that want to register as needed.
    That was something that was always on the list of things that fell through the cracks around here. The idea was to have a video and a short test to verify that people had actually watched it. I think there's some video of me doing the class for a club kicking around online. The basic text for a typical accelerated class at HDC is online, but there was never a written test for the race-day version. Just a 10-15 minute ride on an otherwise empty track so everybody got to see you ride a straight line in various parts of the track and decide how close they'd want to get racing...
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    Awesome!!!! I just sent Gita an e-mail this morning with the very question about classes and clinics. Want to sign up and I've been shopping for a bike all morning. Really don't want to miss this! Looked at the website and not sure when the next class is. Please hold while I go into panic mode... Haha!!! Let the excitement begin!
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    Pantani98 sent you a PM

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    Thanks and replying. I needed to hit post #50 first. haha!
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    I know this has come up elsewhere, but if someone can chime in fairly quickly... I'm looking to order the Mercier Kilo TT Pro. On the road, I usually ride a 54cm frame with 54-55 tt. My inseam in stocks is 32". Mercier recommends having approx 1-1.5" standover clearance, which puts me on a 50 (53tt, 30.4so) and not the 53 (56tt, 31.5so). Does that sound about right? Thanks!
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    After reading what I wrote, it sounds like the toptube length on the 53 is going to be a bit long... Just want to be sure I'm ordering the proper size so I can get it ordered asap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pantani98 View Post
    I know this has come up elsewhere, but if someone can chime in fairly quickly... I'm looking to order the Mercier Kilo TT Pro. On the road, I usually ride a 54cm frame with 54-55 tt. My inseam in stocks is 32". Mercier recommends having approx 1-1.5" standover clearance, which puts me on a 50 (53tt, 30.4so) and not the 53 (56tt, 31.5so). Does that sound about right? Thanks!
    Please disregard standover height when sizing a bike. TT length is the most important metric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Please disregard standover height when sizing a bike. TT length is the most important metric.
    Will do. The tell tale was the long toptube. Went with the 50cm frame w/ 53cm tt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pantani98 View Post
    Will do. The tell tale was the long toptube. Went with the 50cm frame w/ 53cm tt.
    How tall are you?

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    I just found out that the class this weekend is only a lecture (hence the 100 participants). On-track classes will come at a later date.

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    Guess thats the way it has to be--but it's still a bummer. requiring 3 track sessions which have yet to be scheduled. No racing til early summer.Hope this all comes together in a positive way.

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    Cert class today... I know it was all classroom stuff but was definitely worth going to. Being a noob to the track I learned a lot and I thought everything was well put on. Gary Moore and Guy Worth did a great job discussing/explaining the material. Can't wait to learn how to ride the track. Signed up for my on-track clinics and ready to learn!

    Jon, I was tempted to just say "hey Jon" and see if you stood up. We'll have to catch up at the track.
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    Hey man glad you made it. I had a spot reserved but called last night and cancelled. I work for the postal service and at the last minute they mandated me to work. They assured me that future classes will be scheduled during the week so us working stiffs can make it. Hope your class went well. When is your on the track class scheduled? I hope I can get there and get it all done as soon as possible so I can get started. I have waited long enough. Let me know what you accomplished and what to expect. Cheers

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    If they've got 100+ people itching to get certified and they are requiring 3 classes each, then they'd better get crackin'! Otherwise, us Atlanta folks are gonna come up and ride your track for you!

    Just kidding




    Not really, I'm gonna ride the heck out of Rock Hill

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    That bites you couldn't make it. I know they want to get things rollin'. My classes are on March 28th, April 4th, and April 11th at 6:30. I'll keep you posted on everything. I will say it's amazing how much the focus is on safety - riding parallel, 'signaling' when changing lanes, getting on and off the track, what the line markings mean, etc... Oh yeah: don't stop pedaling!

    Carleton, get your arse up here! Seriously! My understanding is everyone has to take the on-track certification but how many times may be dependent on experience. Beginners will have to take 3 on-track clinics (or more if necessary). There were quite a few experienced guys at the class. There was a clinic signup for the Experienced guys. They may only have to take one clinic, depending upon actual experience and knowledge.

    The grand opening is the 17th and the track will be open to the public on the 18th but you have to be certified to ride. So load up the car and come to Rock Hill! While watching youtube vids is great, I want to see some people putting it down on the track so I can watch and learn. And don't worry, I'll be visiting DLV in due time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pantani98 View Post
    That bites you couldn't make it. I know they want to get things rollin'. My classes are on March 28th, April 4th, and April 11th at 6:30. I'll keep you posted on everything. I will say it's amazing how much the focus is on safety - riding parallel, 'signaling' when changing lanes, getting on and off the track, what the line markings mean, etc... Oh yeah: don't stop pedaling!

    Carleton, get your arse up here! Seriously! My understanding is everyone has to take the on-track certification but how many times may be dependent on experience. Beginners will have to take 3 on-track clinics (or more if necessary). There were quite a few experienced guys at the class. There was a clinic signup for the Experienced guys. They may only have to take one clinic, depending upon actual experience and knowledge.

    The grand opening is the 17th and the track will be open to the public on the 18th but you have to be certified to ride. So load up the car and come to Rock Hill! While watching youtube vids is great, I want to see some people putting it down on the track so I can watch and learn. And don't worry, I'll be visiting DLV in due time.
    That's great news.

    I've already been cleared to ride Rock Hil I've got a good bit of training and race experience from riding ADT and Superdrome 250M tracks and my USA Cycling track category is sufficiently high, too.

    I can't wait. I just got back from the track (DLV) and we were talking about your track. We are all waiting for a race schedule to be posted. Weekly racing and your big races (not just Omnium Nationals). Driving 4 hours each way just to train is really tough. Race: Yes. Train: Probably not. Not since we have a track right here.

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    Good point about the prior/current race experience. The proof of that can get you a pass on the clinics from my understanding.
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    For you Rock Hill guys curious what a local race scene looks like, here are some photos:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lacrepat/ This guy takes some nice shots.
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/dlv/pool/ DLV's Flickr Group


    You'll get to see what types of equipment that people use (and don't use) on a weekly basis.

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    I'm also signed up for one of the second set of classroom portions. Mine is this Tuesday evening, the 3rd. I'm excited. Always wanted to try track racing, and now I'll get to. I've been waiting on this velodrome for years, ever since they started talking about it.

    I can't believe how cheap it is. I'm not gonna buy a bike until I take the cert classes and maybe do a race or two to see if I like it. For $5/2 hours for a nice Pinarello it's hard to justify another bike until I'm sure I'll actually use it. Also just $5/day for a pass. You'd have to ride there A LOT to make the membership worth it, from what I can tell. Anyone who has been there, it says there are member's only changing rooms, are there public changing rooms too? The membership is $200 for a person/year. You could ride 40 days before paying for that, I doubt I'll be making it down to the track that often, since it's a 45 minute drive, but who knows.
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