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Old 10-01-15, 11:39 AM
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Riding the Olympic Velodrome w/pics

On our recent trip to London I managed to sneak out to the Lee Valley Olympic Velodrome. It's about a 30 minute tube ride and 15 minute walk from central London, in a section of town that's sparkly new. I did their "taster" ride, which is the first step to be certified to race the track. Total cost was around $60, which included bike, helmet and shoe rentals.

Walking up you're greeted with these:



Architecture on the outside:



The velodrome is surrounded by wide smooth bike paths set through rolling terrain. Perfect for circuit races, accessed through an underground tunnel:





Keep off the walkways:



BMX track!



Time to go inside...



And the angels did sing...





Part 2 here.
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Hadn't planned on riding while I was in London, so I had zero cycling clothes or gear. Fortunately they rent bikes, helmets, shoes, and gloves. I did stop in the onsite shop (Cyclesurgery) and looked to see if they had any cheap bibs or shorts, but nothing in the bargain bin. Checking out the jerseys they did have a World Champion jersey in my size, but I'd only wear one of those if I earned it. Especially riding in the tracks of Hoy and Wiggans.

Jeans and street clothes it was.

You enter the track through the locker rooms/PT center after checking in with the front desk. I had left my phone with my wife so no pics of the inside. But top notch and sparkly through out. Hung around the infield and chatted with some of the locals while we waited for the session ahead of us to finish.

As they wound down I got my gear, adjusted the rental bike to fit, and got ready to go. This mostly consisted of me sticking my jeans "old school" down into my socks, and adjusting the helmet straps. The shoes were fitted out with Look Keo cleats, so I was right at home. Rental bikes were aluminum frames (forgot the brand) fitted out with high flange hubbed wheels, and pretty decent components, including nice Miche track rings.

Did a quick gear count. Sub 90. No surprise there.

Got the track briefing, an explanation of how to stop, what the funny colored lines on the track meant, then we lined up. Had 16 riders total, mix of ages and genders. Funny I still get a little nervous while waiting to go.

Spent the first 20 minutes or so low on the track working on skills. Then we moved up track and upped the speed a bit.

The last 20 minutes we were cut loose to go ride, with the instruction to pass high. Got in a couple of flying 200's. Track is stiff compared to Carson (the indoor track in the US) and transitions out of the corners a bit smoother.

Passed a bunch of folks during the session. Note: Beware a guy with a plumbers crack and jeans stuffed into his shoes



A week of eating and late night drinking on top of jet lag and no inhaler made anything much over 200m a bridge too far. But considering I only have two more sessions and I can be certified to race there...

Thanks again to Chasm's lunch date for suggesting a trip out!

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Originally Posted by Racer Ex
Part 2.
Where? I'm all agog.

Great pics so far.
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Originally Posted by chasm54
Where? I'm all agog.

Great pics so far.
Up there

Took me a few to finish the write up.
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Originally Posted by Racer Ex

Lots of rules.

Does that mean you can't ride your own bike? No cleats???

I snuck into the Portland Alpenrose track a couple of months ago. Nobody around. The one rule... NO BMX BIKES

The 43 banking just scared me. I'm working on my speed a bit, so maybe next time I'll be able to hit it at a good pace.

It looks like you had a lot of fun in London.
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I'm all tingly looking at those pics! The only thing I've seen close to that place is in SoCal (where you took me two years ago).
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Originally Posted by CliffordK
Lots of rules.

Does that mean you can't ride your own bike? No cleats???
Those rules are for the observation area. They don't want folks banging around and slipping and stacking bikes.
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Really glad you took the opportunity, Ex, and that you enjoyed it. And I hope the rest of the trip went just as well.

They've just opened a new indoor 250 track 20 miles from me. It's the fifth in the UK, and it'll host some UCI world cup events. They run the same 4-stage accreditation program as London, and if you complete it you can ride Manchester, Glasgow, London, Newport and, now, Derby. I have absolutely no aspirations to become a serious trackie, but old men need new challenges. I'm tempted...
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Originally Posted by Racer Ex
Those rules are for the observation area. They don't want folks banging around and slipping and stacking bikes.
When I'm out on the town, my only shoes I have with me have cleats. But, I could imagine needing to reign in those unruly cyclists.

Most interesting graphic on the sign.


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Originally Posted by CliffordK
Most interesting graphic on the sign.


Huh?
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Nice!
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Originally Posted by Racer Ex
Jeans and street clothes it was.

...

Passed a bunch of folks during the session. Note: Beware a guy with a plumbers crack and jeans stuffed into his shoes
Hahahahaha!
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Ex, just out of curiosity, what gearing do they run on the bikes they use for the taster sessions?
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Originally Posted by chasm54
Ex, just out of curiosity, what gearing do they run on the bikes they use for the taster sessions?
Low 80's. Hamster stuff.
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Woah! That is pretty amazing.
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