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Cat IV Gear Restrictions

Old 08-31-19, 08:32 PM
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Cat IV Gear Restrictions

at JBMV there is a 88 inch max gear restriction. The idea is to force everyone to have to ride in the pack and not just use superior Cat II road fitness and just ride off the front of the field. Some riders were getting into the Elite fields without a good understanding about how track racing works. Are there other tracks have gear restrictions for the lower categories?
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Old 08-31-19, 11:16 PM
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This is a fantastic idea. What/where is JBMV?
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I've heard of it before.

I've also seen it used to level the playing field in some scenarios. I've seen winter racing series and masters categories have gear restrictions. That way, people with elite strength can't just clean up every race.

When gears are restricted, legspeed is (generally) capped, so racing then becomes about tactics.
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Originally Posted by Baby Puke View Post
This is a fantastic idea. What/where is JBMV?
In Redmond, Washington. Also known as Marymoor Park Velodrome.
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Originally Posted by colnago62 View Post
Are there other tracks have gear restrictions for the lower categories?
The Detroit velodromes tend to limit their gear to 88". Its impressive when we get people who fly in for the prize money and can pull hard at <150rpm.
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Old 09-04-19, 03:29 PM
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Burnaby, BC also utilizes gear restrictions
Novice - 84"
C's - 86"
A's and B's unrestricted
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MTV Indy

Major Taylor in Indianapolis imposes a 86.4 gear inch restriction on Cat V and IVs. The restriction is lifted when the IVs race with IIIs.
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