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How to learn better at cycling races?

Old 10-22-16, 01:27 AM
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How to learn better at cycling races?

Hello everyone. Im a new track racer here and I actually just got into it earlier this year a few times at a velodrome. I already know how to do all the time trails and such. But the one thing that im still kind of learning as I go along is all the other races in still getting used to like the scratch races, elimination, etc. I know what they pretty much all are, I just need some more proper knowledge on how to do them more basically, the general rules and so on is what im saying. So if anyone knows of anything I can watch or a book I can get hooked into that would be great. And since the velodrome will be closed here for the winter, I think its about time I need to brush up on the races better for next year anyways also.
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Zeroshift, there are a few different racing subforums, with many very experienced cyclists.
Feel free to visit them and ask questions.
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hi and welcome. Always great to have more trackies out there.

Have a look through this: https://www.uci.ch/mm/Document/News/R...-E_English.pdf
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Hi, Zero. Welcome to the sport and to the forum!

Everyone here was just like you at one time. Don't worry about it. The words are new but the concepts are simple. You'll get them.

Also, depending on where you live, most race seasons are so long that by the end of it, you are pretty tired of it (in a good way). You'll have plenty of time to get acquainted with each type of race, especially common mass start* races.



*Mass start: = Groups (bunch) races where there are 10-30 people on the track at once for 10+ minutes racing.

The "Scratch" race is the most simple. First person to complete the required distance (i.e. 10 laps) is the winner. Every other race is some twist on that because that got boring to them.

My advice:
- Save up and buy a season training and race pass to your velodrome.
- Ride, train, and race as much as your schedule permits.
- When your body is tired or you don't have time to bring your bike, just show up and watch and ask questions.
- Volunteer to do things like flip the lap counter or ring the bell. Believe it or not, you will learn A LOT doing these things. When you volunteer, they won't expect you to know what to do. They will instruct you, don't worry. "OK...ring it now."
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Join a club - some clubs offer coaching, uniforms, race fees, track time, and race support.
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Old 10-22-16, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by carleton
Hi, Zero. Welcome to the sport and to the forum!

Everyone here was just like you at one time. Don't worry about it. The words are new but the concepts are simple. You'll get them.

Also, depending on where you live, most race seasons are so long that by the end of it, you are pretty tired of it (in a good way). You'll have plenty of time to get acquainted with each type of race, especially common mass start* races.



*Mass start: = Groups (bunch) races where there are 10-30 people on the track at once for 10+ minutes racing.

The "Scratch" race is the most simple. First person to complete the required distance (i.e. 10 laps) is the winner. Every other race is some twist on that because that got boring to them.

My advice:
- Save up and buy a season training and race pass to your velodrome.
- Ride, train, and race as much as your schedule permits.
- When your body is tired or you don't have time to bring your bike, just show up and watch and ask questions.
- Volunteer to do things like flip the lap counter or ring the bell. Believe it or not, you will learn A LOT doing these things. When you volunteer, they won't expect you to know what to do. They will instruct you, don't worry. "OK...ring it now."

Oh, your talking about the "roll up". At least thats what we call it around here when everyone gets on the track. Thats something too, I have yet to be a part of as well. Everything else though im just learning as I go along, but just want to get better at the proper rules basically.
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Old 10-23-16, 05:38 PM
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Zeroshift, does your track have a learn to race or racing certification of some sort? Those are usually a good way to learn in a more controlled environment and there are usually no stupid questions to be asked either.
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