AQA - any questions answered - Track Edition

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  • Taster session booked for January.

    1. What is best to wear? Just dress like a summer cycle ride? Can I use my own cleats and helmet? Is baggy T-shirt a no no?
    2. Is the majority of the hour getting used to a track bike? Would I have a bit of knawledge having ridden fixed?

    Really looking forward to it. :)

  • You need bibs and a cycling jersey. You can go LS jersey but you'll soon see that cycling around a track with that banking is like cycling uphill - you will get warm. Definitely bring your own helmet. They use Look Keo pedals so unless that's what you have on your shoes you'll need to rent shoes, £6. I'm not a fan of trainers and straps.

    My taster session was the health and safety bit for 5-10 mins, then a couple of laps all together spread way out, then a few on the cote d'azure, then red line then blue line. The coach was pretty chilled though so he said if you're confident, go for it and move around the track as you see fit. So then it was basically a free-for-all for about 25-30 mins. Then we did a flying lap which was fun as they put up the times so you "compete" against the others. I'd say if you are going with friends who are also experienced get organised and take turns on the front in a paceline etc, you'll get more out of it (if you have done it before obviously! If you haven't ridden in a paceline on the track this isn't the time to experiment around other potentially total fixie n00bs). Experience riding fixed will definitely be a benefit. It's such good fun, you'll love it

  • That's useful, thanks! I'll maybe try to get some Keo cleats then.

  • The rental shoes aren't bad at all tbh. Cleats would be at least that much, but remember you won't have the pedals to fit them correctly. As it's a one-off I'd just say rent

  • The rental shoes aren't bad at all tbh

    Depends on where you're riding. Unless replaced during the refurb the Manchester ones are many years old and have seen lots of feet! The cleats are replaced frequently though.

  • Is the majority of the hour getting used to a track bike? Would I have a bit of knawledge having ridden fixed?

    Can only speak for Glasgow but this generally only takes 5-10 minutes so you’ll be at a slight advantage but not much.

    Try to explain/discuss riding Fixed and it could fill the hour easily but chuck people on bikes and get them riding around the apron and it becomes pretty natural pretty quickly (for most people anyway).

  • Baggy clothing is fine if you don’t have lycra but expect to be in the minority.

    Ie if you’re self conscious about wearing it you’ll stick out more if you don’t.

    Lots of people do bib shorts and a technical type t shirt.

  • Thanks! Watched a few Youtubes about taster sessions yesterday that helped too.

  • Taster session done. So much fun and less daunting than imagined. Would love to start the accreditation maybe in the summer. Thanks again @youramericanlover and @M_V !

  • Would love to start the accreditation maybe in the summer.

    Just beware that the track is very seasonal and this can make it harder to get the numbers to run accreditation sessions in the summer. Between about April and September a big part of my job is phoning people to tell them their accreditation session is cancelled and moving them on to the next one.

    If you can, do it while the weather's shit and everyone is thinking about being in a nice warm velodrome.

  • Thanks, good to know.

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