So, I took the weekend beginner's course at Dick Lane Velodrome in East Point, GA this past weekend. A big huge THANKS to Brian and Tim for putting this on. For those of you debating about the track...STOP! This is greatest thing ever!!! I've raced cars, motorcycles, and every other form of cycling and NOTHING compares to the track.
My wife and I drove down from Huntersville, NC Saturday morning. Class was from 2-5 Sat and Sun. At the start of class we had the "classroom" portion going over track markings, rules, etiquette, and such. My guess is that lasted approx. 1/2 an hour. Then we headed down to the track. After warming up we made a few laps to get used to riding on the track. In between on-track exercises we'd stop and go over what we did and what was next. Day one consisted of learning how ride the track and banking, working on pacelines, riding side by side, passing, starting off the boards, and such. After class we headed back to the hotel. It was time to eat! One thing I did notice, having not ridden much at all over the last year or so, my legs were sore. Haha!
Couldn't wait for day 2 to start. Got to the track and got ready. Got to finally meet Carleton. Great guy with a ton of knowledge. He also hung out during the class and taught my wife a ton about track cycling. Thanks again man! So, day 2 was going to be more involved. Straight on the track. We started by warming up. First drill was more pacelining in groups of 4. Then we did a drill bumping elbows and shoulders to build some comfort on the bike. Next up...the Flying 200. Following that, we did some race simulations: 3 person match sprints, and then a couple scratch races: one we were told how many laps the race was and the other we were told how many laps to go at a random time. The weekend was incredible and I was definitely spent on the drive home.
I can't recommend enough to try and go down for the weekend class if you can. Believe me, it's well worth the drive and experience and I can guarantee I'll be going back to DLV soon enough to jump into some of the Saturday races. Today is day one of three of my on-track clinics at the Giordana Velodrome here in Rock Hill, SC. Can't wait!!!