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Originally Posted by carleton
A lot of great coaches coach at local tracks. Being that there aren't many tracks, every track I've been to has a few national or world-class coaches.
Lehigh Valley Veldorome (aka "Trexlertown" or "TTown") definitely has some world-class coaching and racing going on. The summer race series is amazing. World class racers from other countries live there for the summer to race every week. Not to mention guys like Matt Baranoski and many others.
You can find some great coaches there.
- Don't buy a bike yet.
- Contact the velodrome and tell them that you are an athlete looking to switch sports to track racing and you'd like to find out your options for local coaching: http://www.thevelodrome.com/contact-us/
- Attend the beginners class (using the rental bikes)
- Buy the bike your coach suggests
Hopefully, your coach can get you on the track before the beginner's class.
Coaching ranges from $100-$700+ / month. It's hard to say what level coach a person needs. I've seen elite athletes find an elite coach and dive right into the elite scene. So, it's possible. But, it really depends on how fit and strong you are right now. If you don't need much "sculpting", then you could probably do it.
I do suggest that you find a local coach as opposed to one that coaches remotely. Remote coaching works for people who just need training programs. New racers usually need tactical and fit coaching which have to be done by a coach on site.
Originally Posted by gtrob
Roadies can run tempo all year as that's what humans were designed for. If you want to be a cheetah, lay around and lick your paws more.
Last edited by carleton; 01-13-14 at 03:04 PM.