Hi for those who are interested I rode Derby last night for the probationary accreditation
Please note the postcode does not take you straight there it gets you close but use the road names and you should see the building.
The car park is at the rear of the building and has a barrier and ticket system, first 3 hours free (the barrier was up when we left after 10pm) you validate your ticket inside near reception.
The building is very pleasant and the staff are enthusiastic and very helpful, the lady on reception wanted to carry my kit bag and wheels through to the riders D for me. (this may wear off in time)
The access to the riders D and the track is through auto doors (Manchester are you listening) the riders D is small so when they run open meetings or track leagues space is going to be a premium so they may have to restrict the number of riders helpers etc to keep space for the riders.
There is a water fountain in the D
Loos and changing rooms are close by (a lot closer than Manchester)
Cycling shoes are only to be worn in the riders D and track side. The floor has a rubber the covering on it.
The track is all one colour and almost featureless this is nice but no visual markers other than the 200m and finish line this should change at they get some sponsors banners up around the wall edge to the track.
Riding the track it is very grippy to the point that I would not have wanted to do the extreme lumps and bumps we did at Derby on the boards at Manchester (coach did explain that we shouldn't have needed to do them as extreme as we did but one one slipped)
The accreditation process was good with a good group of riders.
Started with riding onto the track then onto the black line then up to the red, then the blue then up a bit more then finally up to the hand rail all in a single line half a wheel off the rider in front, then reversed the process for returning to the bottom of the track.
Then riding in pairs in a line
Changing in a single line
Changing in pairs in a line
Riding 4 abreast (built up from pair to 3 then 4)
Track chain gang
Tacking half laps off a line of riders
Then a mock race 20 laps first 17 neutralised then 3 laps free
Straight forward enough we all past.
They have on order (coach said they are) boards to hold up for instructions as there is quite a bit of background noise from other sports in the lower part of the track.
The bland feature less colour is being looked into for some visual markers
It will be different to riding Manchester for racing as the centre has white nest from floor to ceiling and the glass wall (looks like 40mm laminated glass) is in your line of sight across the track, it will just take a bit of getting use to and again you are not too sure where you are on the track sounds silly but maybe I am too used to Manchester and know which end is which.
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