I thought I would share with you my experience today at the track. I was on some Madison training, arranged by the LVRC (for 'veterans' of over 40 - I easily qualify!). In case you aren't sure, Madison is the track discipline where teams of two race together against other teams on track. There can be as many as a dozen teams of two on at the same time. In each team, one of the riders is riding hard and racing, the other
The next two track dates at Derby are open for bookings; in fact the first on 21st Jan at 19:00-21:00 is already half full, with all the places in the Experienced stream already filled.
That leaves an Accreditation stream aimed at those who have Level 1 and are looking for Level 2, and those who are confident in their ability to go straight to level 2 (MUST be experienced in riding in a bunch, very used to cleats and confident). If you want to get involved, contact Steve.
The next session follows quickly afterwards, on Sat 11th Feb, 19:00-21:00. I want this to have 2 Experienced streams, as we now have enough riders at that level interested in riding. One of these streams will build race skills, the other some less competitive (but just as exhausting!) exercises. If you are Level 3 accredited or above and want to come along, again let Steve know.
After the November session was held, I realised that the quality of the session was diminished for the Experienced riders with a group of 24, so I am limiting the sessions to a max of 18 riders (16 for Accreditation Streams).
Registration for the 2017 Derby Track League is now OPEN to EXISTING RIDERS. Those with Level 4 Accreditation who want to go racing in 2017 need to apply from 16th December 2016.
Click Read More below for all league registration and riding information.
There's a extra session date been set for the more experienced track lover. On the 2nd Jan we will have an hour at 10:30 to 11:30 where we will have specific training for Team Time Trialling and for Sprinting. This will have to be limited to those who have level 3 or Level 4 accreditation (at any velodrome), as places will be limited.
Let Steve know if you are interested, using this email link.
You need to get yourself 'on the list'.
First thing is to become a member of the Derby Leisure Card system (£10 per year).
Then apply for Registration for Accreditation.
Registration consists of you entering your details onto the Derby database and signing up for a track cycling membership. Here's the link https://leisurecourses.derby.gov.uk/Memberships/
Then you are able to start the 4 levels of accreditation!
Phil has the following Track Bike for sale. It just needs a chain-ring to be complete.
Dolan Track Champion frame. Black 56cm. Almost complete bike (chain-ring required). Planet X track wheels; Campagnolo chain set.
The early 2017 dates for the Rocko Sessions have been set. All on Saturdays, usual time: 19:00 to 21:00.
In each session there will be two streams, so each stream gets an hour of actual track time. There is usually one stream for developing trackies, preparing them for and moving them through the 4-level accreditation process. The other stream would be for the more Experienced trackies (at Level 3 and above) where we should get some gentle racing in amongst specific skills exercises.
The November Rocko Session is on Saturday 26th, usual time, 19:00 to 21:00.
There will be two streams,
one for Track Newbies where decent road cyclists get the chance to jump to being Level 2 Accredited
and one for the more Experienced trackies (Level 3 and above) where we should get some gentle racing in.
For those of us over 40, there is an LVRC Track afternoon at Derby Arena. Details below.
DERBY TRACK MEET - 19th November
The first one-day LVRC track meet at Derby Velodrome will take place on Saturday 19th November from 12 noon to 5 pm. Racing will be in 4 groups: A & B, C & D,
E+, and women (age categories 40+ and 50+), with at least 4 bunch races for each group, and prizes for each age category. Entry fee £20, online entries via
RiderHQ now open at www.riderhq.com/events/70315/lvrc-derby-track-meet. Closing date Sat 29th October. Limited to 80 entries. Enquiries to Mike Amery at
Blogged by Steve Wickham. I decided that track was the ideal introduction to cycle racing for me. Indoors and traffic free; though I still managed to come off!