After reading a handful of 'new to track posts' , finding a 'new' velodrome within a few hours drive, I stopped putting it off and signed up for a cert. class at Giordana Velodrome. I have never raced in any organized format on bike, so this will be a new experience for me. I've been riding my steel khs flite 100 for a good 10 yrs in chi-town and now in the green's of Durham NC, usually just racing cars and myself, but finally found a limit of what I can do in the hilly area for sprinting. I do not know the etiquitte of track racing and am interested in jumping into racing but being on a family man's budget, will not be upgrading any of my equipment in the foreseeable future.
Does anybody here have experience racing at Giordana? What should I make sure I have available as far as hardware for the first or few races? Since 100% of my riding was on the street, i've managed over the years to upgrade all rolling components to phil wood, except the front wheel which got bashed in and is now stock. I suffer from that middle school paranoia of showing up on the track with this street looking setup, and all the track geared-up racers pointing and laughing. Is this a viable paranoia
If I did want to look into occasional coaching, at most 1/month as the drive is about 5 hours round trip, does anybody have knowledge of coaches either in the giordana velodrome area, or even in Durham, NC area?
As far as training for the track on the road, would road bike exercises / training routines cross over to track training well? This may depend on the type of racing I want to do on the track, which I do not know off hand other than the "I like going fast" answer, so this may need to be tabled after I have some track time under my belt.
Thanks for all the info. many of you have posted on this forum over the years as it has pointed me in allot of great directions for more information on this 'fixation'.