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    Track Orientation Classes

    Use this thread to post track orientation classes.

    We were all track newbies once. I know plenty of people that try the track at 30+, 40+, and 50+. What's keeping you?

    Also, many tracks recognize certifications from other tracks.

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    Dick Lane Velodrome, Atlanta, GA USA

    2014 Spring Weekend Beginner Classes:

    Class #1 - March 1st and 2nd, 2pm-5pm both days
    Class #2 - March 29th and 30th, 2pm-5pm both days

    http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/con...ass-dates.html
    Last edited by carleton; 01-17-14 at 10:27 AM.

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    For anyone who is in the UK (like myself), Manchester runs different types of taster sessions, skills sessions and training nights. I don't know if Newport (Wales) run these type of sessions...
    http://www.nationalcyclingcentre.com...ide-the-track/ - Different types of taster session.
    http://www.nationalcyclingcentre.com/track/timetable/ - Time table, tasters are held everyday.

    Bikes and helmets provided, but if you're a rider with your own kit I believe you can take your own pedals/shoes/helmet.
    For anyone interested, they hold MTB and BMX sessions too.
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    Penrose Par Velodrome
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    4 week long progressive training classes- April 3, 10, 17, 24 at 5:30pm each night
    One day Saturday training class- TBD
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    Hellyer Velodrome - San Jose, CA - Saturday beginner sessions... http://www.ridethetrack.com/schedule/saturday-novice/

    These occur every Saturday morning and offer rental bikes. See the link above for details. Typically, 3 beginner sessions are required before one can attend an open session or race. Many cyclists use the Saturday morning sessions as a workout and come every Saturday but do not race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Dick Lane Velodrome, Atlanta, GA USA

    2014 Spring Weekend Beginner Classes:
    http://www.groupon.com/deals/dick-lane-velodrome

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoonrobot View Post
    Nice find!

    The class is worth it. At 37 degrees, DLV is one of the steeper tracks in the USA. Getting certified there often opens one up to training/racing at other tracks.

    When Rock Hill first opened, their training classes were booked solid and also took weeks to complete. Many riders drove down to DLV for the 2 day classes and got trained. Their training was accepted by Rock Hill. It was basically a fast-track to certification.

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    I was one of those that came to DLV for my certification and since I was already signed up for the classes at Giordana I took those too. The DLV classes were great and I learned a ton. Actually thought about signing up to take the class before this season. Nice excuse to go to DLV.
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    Sir Chris Hoy velodrome in Glasgow, it is a 4 stage process to gain accreditation (which then allows you to go to track drop ins, training sessions and racing).

    http://www.emiratesarena.co.uk/velod...ew-riders.aspx

    The price includes bike, shoe and helmet hire if needed

    01 | INTRODUCTION TO TRACK CYCLING - 1 hour

    ​This is the first step for anyone who wants to ride a fixed gear bike on a banked velodrome and as such is the first part of the accreditation process. The coach will take riders through a check list of skills necessary to allow the rider to enter the track and ride on the banked surface safely. If you can peform the skills satisfactorily you will be eligible to progress to the next stage of rider accreditation. If the rider does not perform the required skills or booked only to try they can book as many introductory sessions as they wish.

    Adult £10.20 / Conc/Junior £7.15​

    02 | IMPROVE YOUR TRACK SKILLS - 1 hour

    The second of the four accreditation sessions is designed to move the rider into group riding on the track and allows them to become more independent. Again the coach will require the rider to demonstrate a series of skills including those listed in the introduction session before moving on to the next step.

    Skills covered will include accelerating in and out of the saddle and completing a track tour.​

    ​Adult £10.20 / Conc/Junior £7.15
    03 | PREPARATION FOR ACCREDITATION - 2 hours

    Advanced skills are taught in this session and the rider must demonstrate a certain level of fitness, 30 minutes riding with a group. Skills included in this session include riding in close proximity to other riders and an Italian pursuit race.​

    ​Adult £25.00 / Conc/Junior £15.00

    04 | ACCREDITATION - 2 hours

    This is the minimum required to allow riders to take part in open sessions, structured training, competition, bunch races and track leagues. The accreditation allows riders to access London, Manchester, Meadowbank and Newport velodromes. An accredited rider will receive a registered rider card.

    All skills listed in previous sessions must be demonstrated to the coach who will assess whether a rider is safe to enter the track as an accredited rider, capable of entering structured training and competition.

    ​Adult £25.00 / Conc/Junior £15.00

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    San Diego Velodrome - 2014 Schedule not yet posted (will edit post once posted)

    Adult:
    Expected to start back in March, Last year classes were once a week for 6 weeks on Monday or Wednesday evenings/nights. 6 week session was $120 and included rental bike and helmet. Classes are split into two groups for level 1 and level 2 riders.
    http://sdvelodrome.com/classes/adult-classes/

    Junior:
    Expected to start back in the spring, Last year classes were free to Junior riders. Mondays were oriented more towards beginner riders and Thursdays were more fast paced. New riders could start any Monday.
    http://sdvelodrome.com/classes/junior-classes/

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    I did my first track class at Kessina in NYC. It's very shallow and easy to get around. The staff members are excellent and made the day a blast.

    http://www.kissenavelodrome.info/
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    i checked Superdrome in Frisco Tx and there's a Women's Devo class on March 1, and open Devo on March 22. check calendar at www.Superdrome.com

    i started track racing at age 60

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    Portland Oregon area

    Track classes will be held at Alpenrose Velodrome starting in April, exact date will be determined by the weather. Classes will be held on Wed evenings, cost is $10, you will need to bring bike shoes/or tennis shoes, pedals, helmet, water, cost includes a track bike and the class. Contact Meg via email or check the link in early April for more info. I'm 60, and looking forward to this, age is no excuse.

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    Dick Lane Velodrome in Atlanta has a 2-Day Track Orientation Class this weekend (March 1 & 2)

    2014 Spring Weekend Class Schedule
    #1 - March 1st and 2nd, 2pm-5pm both days OR
    #2 - March 29th and 30th, 2pm-5pm both days

    http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/pag...erprogram.html

    If you want to be ready for the season, this is when you should go. After the season starts, the classes are 4 Thursdays in a row which take 3 calendar weeks to complete. The classes above are two days in a row (Express).

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    Dick Lane Velodrome in Atlanta has a 2-Day Track Orientation Class this weekend (March 1 & 2)

    2014 Spring Weekend Class Schedule
    #1 - March 1st and 2nd, 2pm-5pm both days OR
    #2 - March 29th and 30th, 2pm-5pm both days

    http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/pag...erprogram.html

    If you want to be ready for the season, this is when you should go. After the season starts, the classes are 4 Thursdays in a row which take 3 calendar weeks to complete. The classes above are two days in a row (Express).

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    Forest City Velodrome in London, Ontario, about 2hours from Detroit or Buffalo.

    Intro classes are every saturday and sunday through the winter. We get everything from people who can hardly ride a bike to pro/cat1 racers taking our intro classes. We also do many skills sessions throughout the week.

    http://www.forestcityvelodrome.ca/come_ride.php

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    Come and try track days - DISC - Melbourne Australia

    http://www.vic.cycling.org.au/Track/...Track-Sessions

    There are four scheduled for the year, the dates are as follows:

    March 16th
    May 25th
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    25 Trackies were born today!

    @dicklanevelo: 25 new riders getting certified today!!
    http://t.co/H9d1yiXMhk
    https://twitter.com/dicklanevelo/sta...62561568489472

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    2014 "Try the Track" at T-town

    Here's the 2014 schedule for the intro "Try the Track" class held at Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, PA (T-town).

    5/18/14, 6/22/14, 8/24/14 - all dates are Sundays - time is 9AM - 1PM

    http://www.thevelodrome.com/communit...try-the-track/

    I took the class last August and highly recommend it. A great staff on hand to bring you up to speed (both literally and figuratively!). I got hooked, and now will be doing the Sat. afternoon Rookies & Masters races this coming season.

    Mike

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    Thanks for that. I'll mark my calendar. Will I meet any of you guys there? It/they will be my first time(s).

    I see Kissena has added clinics to the calendar, too. They are on April 13 and May 4. The "Twilight Series" of races is also announced: 6:30 on Wednesdays from April 23 through August 27th. Good thing my Wednesday evenings are free.

    Does anyone use Kissena? I'm getting excited thinking about this. I never saw myself as playing this role, so it's good to step out of myself and give this a try.
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

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    I learned how to race at Kissena, and I am very fond of it - and the people.
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    i practice vagabondery.

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    queerpunk, are you still in the area?
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

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    Nope. Exiled to Minneapolis for the past ~4 years, so now I look like this:

    the hipster myth.

    i practice vagabondery.

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    My club had an orientation day at VSC today. Great turnout with close to 40 people! Probably 2/3 had never been to a track before, so very basic stuff... but hopefully it lit a few fires. Half the group:


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    I signed up for the April month-long session of Thursdays. I got a little excited a few weeks ago between ice storms and signed up. Missed the group-on..

    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    25 Trackies were born today!


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