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Fun learning time at the velodome, once more.  With track racing starting on April 3, and only 1 more beginner session left to complete before being able to race, I was excited to say the least.  Rob rolled by the house with his boy Tye, and we were off to San Jose.  There weren’t as many people at the velodrome as 2 weeks ago, which was nice for a change.  Beth (I think was her name) would be our mentor for the day, and ran through a couple drills after a 40 lap warmup.  The session ended with a 6 lap keirin, which was awesome.  Pretty happy with how the session went, it was lots of fun, and the weather was perfect!

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Another early Saturday morning.  Rob came by the house and we threw the bikes in the back and on top of all this chopped wood.  Never know when you’re going to need to stab a vampire in the face with a wooden stake – boom headshot.  Anyway, we headed down to San Jose expecting clear, sunny weather, and what we got was foggy, San Francisco skies.  It eventually burned off halfway through the session.  There were still a lot of riders out, a tad less than last week, but a lot of familiar faces, all of whom I’ve forgotten their names already.  After a warmup, shoulder bumping, some pursuit drills, and pep talk, it was time for the the 9 lap mock scratch race.  No accidental misclips this time, which was a relief.  Definitely fun to get some speed out on the velodrome, but I need to get that 15t cog back on the back of my bike.

But there’s at least 1 person running a 50×15, this guy:


Sparkly, almost brand new looking Makino.  Such a big gear for such a small guy.

See you next week, Hellyer.

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I’ve been meaning to get out on the track.  Actually, I probably should’ve started out on the track rather than on the road, racing crits and road races.  There’s something very fundamental about riding around an oval on a track bike – it just makes sense and it’s not dangerous like a closed street course.  There aren’t any bot dots, cracks in the road, sidewalks, or anything really hazardous to worry about.

So when Rob called me yesterday wanting to know what was up this weekend, I knew exactly what to say.  Hellyer Saturday morning beginner session.  With Wednesday night track races starting in April, I knew I would have to get in my 3 training sessions soon.  Admittedly, I’ve been slacking off the riding a bit, which hasn’t helped too much, but I’m hoping by at least attending the sessions, it’ll keep my mind on the right track (no pun intended).  There were a couple drills and training routines which allowed all of us to get a better grasp on velodrome riding.  I found it helpful to have some racing experience, but riding the track bike on the track just seemed to feel right.  Unfortunately, I unclipped out of my non-drive side pedal at one point, which could’ve ended with me just face-planting into the asphalt, but somehow, I was able to recover and ride down into the apron.  Not sure what happen there…

1 training session under the belt.  So glad to have made it out, big thanks to Rob for driving.

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Sarah Hammer at the track world championships.

Originally from Cycling News.

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UCI Track World Championships.

Originally from Cycling News.

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464 ALP.


Cycling Australia/NSWIS Track Sprint Scholarship Coach David Willmott gets the riders ready for the U19 team sprint event.

Check out the setup on the LOOK 464 ALP – Dura-ace with thick (Hold Fast?) straps, 140mm 17* 3T stem, carbon drops, Mavic iO and Mavic Comete.

Originally from Cycling Tips.

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This is going to be good.  If you notice, some of the frames reflect the shots posted on Cycling Tips late October.

Thanks for the link, Tim.

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These guys.

Yung Marc, Tim, and Zach at the drome.  Nearly laughed after I realized it was these guys.  Local racing.

Tipped from Macaframa.

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They’ve been training people through the Keirin school since the 50′s or so. They’ve been doing it for a long time and obviously know physiology, but tradition is also very big in Japan. You gotta remember that they’re working with a genralised group at the Keirin school. Some people may have never ridden a bike before. They make the choice that instead of going to University to study business they maybe want to become a Keirin rider as a profession, and go to school to learn to ride a bike. They do have different training groups but the school keeps it pretty general. A lot of the basics are the same in Japan as in Australia, but some of the traditional things are different. They do some pretty funky stuff with stretchy bands, and walking on these little bits of wood strapped to their feet to help with their balance. They spend quite a long time warming up. For me a warm-up will take 45mins but they’ll start two hours before.

I pick up quite a few things from the Japanese. They’re very flexible because they’re always stretching. They look after their bodies really well. They’re always working on loosening up their feet with golf balls and stuff. They say it’s the second heart of the body over here.

Shane Perkins in Japan for Keirin racing – Cycling Tips.  Read the full interview!

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London Olympic velodrome, 2012.

Originally from British Cycling.

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