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Old 05-23-10, 09:30 PM
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Starting in track

Hello

I am interested in having a go at track this coming season for the first time at the same time as my kids (10 and 13) have a go too.

As a master (38) looking to have a go, what can I expect? Do I just go down and train with the local club or go down to race?

My power profile I think would be OK - perhaps best for 1km race? (10 sec 1000W, 1 minute 760W and 5 minute 350W @ 100kg or so).

I would look at trying out on a loaner to start with then purchasing a cheap track bike if I like it.

Any thoughts much appreciated.

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I'm not sure about in Melbourne, but most tracks in the US have rental bikes (of varying quality) available for people starting out. If you get hooked, track bikes aren't all that expensive.

As far as train/race/whatever-- we have lots of people who just ride for exercise and lots of people who race. There's probably a pretty good masters racing scene around there, and if you're fit you may be competitive in non-masters stuff, too. We have quite a few people who are competitive in the elites into their 40s and sometimes their 50s. There are also lots of people around here who just do time trials-- we see a lot of people who just come for the TTs and don't do mass start races. At least one of the local coaches around here lets parents do the workouts for free if they have kids in his coaching group-- it helps get the parents motivated to get the kids to come to practice.

So there's probably something you'll find that you'll have a lot of fun at.
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Tim, where in Melbourne?

A couple of clubs with a strong track focus are Blackburn CC and Brunswick CC. Which club you join is usually based on which will be closer...

Both have track bikes to loan, both will require you to do novice track sessions before starting racing to teach you the rules and how to roll around the velodrome safely.
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Thanks guys.

I am in Ashburton - Carnegie velo is closest, but Blackburn is not too far away - although it would be a PITA in peak hour traffic.

Carnegie are who I am talking with about getting the kids into a skills session.
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We are basically neighbours TMT!

I chose Blackburn over CCCC because they have a full summer track season with racing every Saturday afternoons, plus Blackburn's track actually has a camber... Blackburn in peak hour isn't too bad if you take Highbury rd and only get onto Burwood highway at Sevenoaks rd. You can also access the track from Maidestone avenue to avoid getting onto Burwood highway all together, you just need to walk around the track to the club rooms.

The risk with Carnegie is you have to cross the railway line, which is renowned for keeping the boomgates down and traffic jams. Good coaches at CCCC if that's where you do choose to go, so you won't go wrong if you and your children do learn there. I'd expect them to have bikes to loan too, best to ask.
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Thanks Dalai
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