Thanks! I'm stoked for next week.
Thanks! I'm stoked for next week.
def. cheaper and safer too. seems like most of the time it will be just as fun (more fun?) as well.
with my time commitment (or lack thereof :D) I will likely never upgrade to the 2's on the road anyway so fortune isn't really an option for me regardless :lol:
- Lower entry fees (I have a season pass. $300 bought me unlimited training and entry to any race for a full year.)
- Track bikes are relatively less expensive. For a given class of bike (entry, mid, advanced, world-class), track bikes are around 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of a road bike.
- Maintenance costs are lower for those who don't do their own bike maintenance or upgrades.
There are other advantages, but those above are just from a financial perspective.
Also, some track races pay cash. DLV has 3 events per season that pay. Other tracks do as well.
Track racing, for some reason, has a rep as being dangerous. But this is not true.
The number of incidents per race is significantly lower than that of road or crit racing.
There is an emphasis on safety at most tracks in the country. Plus, the race director can see the entire race and immediately correct bad behavior, not just wait to hear reports of it after the fact.
There's also no corners, which makes things safer. It's far safer at the track than on the road. The only crashes I've seen on the track are from people going too slow and clipping a pedal in the corner.
Last night was the last points race of the season, last night of racing for the season.
I tried my damnedest to finally beat my rival, this time by countering the second sprint and going away with a really capable rider. We were out there for a long time, two and maybe three sprints (my brain turns to mush fast in these races) before getting reeled back in. The field was looking pretty wasted by the time things got back together. I think I went for another sprint or two. I really don't know. My rival won the final sprint by riding me right off his wheel - again. And I wound up losing by 2 points - as close as I've ever gotten. Encouraging and disappointing all in one. And I've got a day of residual track hack from sucking down cool autumn air to remind me of it.
I guess I've just got another offseason of improvement to look forward to.
My season is over officially. The state champs are tomorrow but I have something else to do. Last night was my last attempt and it was match sprint night. I haven't gotten to match sprint yet, so I was excited.
Warming up and I get a call from my fiance. She got t-boned. She's fine, but I had to rush home. Disappointing end to the season, but looking forward to next.
there's always next year. hope the fiance is OK.
night 2/3 of friday night racing for me. There are exactly enough race weeks left in Sept for me to upgrade to tuesdays before the season is over! haha.
I (mis) interpreted the statement: "ramp it up with 5 to go" to mean that it would be a scratch race at 5 to go. Wound up off the front for a bit, and got scolded afterwards. My bad. Didn't know that these really aren't races.
I think it ended up being somewhere in the 9-11 lap range. A strong rider (I think Lee?) was off the front with a good gap when he rang the bell. I hit the gas hard and tried to go under a rider who kind of left the sprinters lane, but he swerved back into it a little bit and I had to back pedal pretty hard to not run into him. That was all she wrote.
8 lap snowball:
Took laps 2,3 and 4 by just pulling super hard but leaving some gas for an acceleration out of turn 4. I think I was on the front for these laps the entire time. Lee took off with two to go and easily took lap 7. I flew out of the pack on the last lap and caught him before he left the last turn to snag the last lap points and the race. After the race he confessed that he though the race was one lap shorter! He certainly soft-pedaled for x seconds before he realized that we were chasing hard. Had he known there was one lap left I may have not caught him and he might have won.
18 lap points:
These are quickly becoming my favorite event. I think I crossed first on 2 of the 3 points laps by doing my thing: surfing wheels towards the front and taking off from about 3/4 lap out. I made sure to take a few hard pulls in between points laps just to keep it fast. I had a huge gap after my flyer for points lap 2 (6 to go?) and sort of dangled by myself out there for a couple laps but decided to roll up track and save something for the final sprint. On the last lap I had to make up a bunch of ground (I re-joined the group on the back) but still managed to get second. Won this one too.
If you do it, PLEASE make sure that you shout to let the rider you are going under know that you are there ASAP. He/She can easily take your wheel out and leave unscathed.
+1. Going under is dangerous. While technically it may be legal, in races that do not have people with lots of experience, people pop out of the sprinter's lane because they are not paying attention or can't stay in the lane.
Heck, even in the Olympics people missed gold because they did not stay in their lane.
Most important thing in track racing: Ride safe and don't cause an accident!
Yeah. And to elaborate a bit more - I've raced at velodromes where that rule is in place in the final 200m of any sprint. But I've also been in conversations with some riders and officials who insist that it can be from however far from the line, as long as people are sprinting - which can include the last 625m of a keirin, for example.
I think it's worth playing it safe. If you're in, stay in, and if you go out, stay out. If somebody else goes out, give 'em a second or two before taking the lane from them... and don't forget that they should be relegated, so you don't need to take dangerous moves to beat 'em.
track racing tonight was kewl. first night in the "B's." last week was first night in the "C's."
Win - N - Out:
Format was 8 -laps followed immediately by a Win - N - Out. Some bigger sprinter dudes with better positioning started mobilizing in front of me for lap 1 (lap 9) and I knew it would be a crapshoot trying to beat them so I just used it as a ride to/off the front. I had no problem taking lap 10 for 2nd place.
30 lap points:
Tonight the points went 4 deep every 5 laps. I think its something like 5,3,2,1 points for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th across the line each lap, respectively. I scored 22 points and took the win, spending much of it off the front with another rider trading 1st/2nd across a couple points laps.
Man, I'm riding like crap. The last two Tuesday nights my back seized up on the last races. I need to get a massage and adjustment or something. It sucks, my legs and lungs feel fine. My spine is terrible. Blugh.
If you saw a guy in an Adams ave bikes kit on a Bianchi looking blue in the A's, 'twas me.
oh i think i know u, u ride a concept???
my name is david. i have a black dolan and wear a Spy kit for now. Until my Adams Ave kit comes in (just placed an order), I get to pretend that I'm still a sponsored road rider :)
I do the sat morning Chilis ride from time to time to. Ill say hi next time.
good luck w ur back.