And to your earlier point, I'd also like to underline it on what a year will do for stronger / smarter: Two days on the track or even just your first race and you'll know more than you'd figure out after years of book reading or youtube study. IMHO.
Just like any new discipline.
Don't really have a bike.
I was also bummed to hear about the closing although from some friends involved deeply in the Boulder cycling scene say that the only thing standing in the way of it staying open is paper work. Bids were thrown around as soon as the news broke and one was scooped up quickly.
BIC is the only velodrome I have ridden and I would say it feels strange to ride in. The short turns are fun and you do feel the g force pulling you into and unfortunately up the turns. I believe the top of the banks are 18 feet from the flats, that downhill made for sketchy moves by amateurs like myself but could really pay off if done correctly.
Madison races were the most fun to watch there BTW