Track fun and slippage!

DSC_0039There is never a dull moment when you are cycling on a velodrome in an open roll around session. You never know who will turn up from one week to the next. There are the usuals, but there are always new faces. 

A few weeks ago it was suggested to me to try cycling round on the blue line if the train is too slow, so I tried that tonight. I will get to that in a moment though. 

This evening I heard a guy being briefed before I started, noted him as a newbie, don’t follow his wheel. Off I went. I was on my own for a while up on the blue line eventually I was caught by the group and I dropped in behind. But they were going a bit slow. So I decided to ride the blue line, and see if I could stay there and get past them all. Much to my amazement I did! I carried on at the same pace and another woman followed my wheel, we had a break away. This is a bit early, I thought! I peeled off and gave her her turn, and she while at the front, caught the back of the train again. This time I decided to rest in the group, and wait for my turn at the front. 

When it came to my turn, I bolted, and tried for another break. BUT, the group were wise to it now, and they stayed on my wheel. 

I decided to have a pit stop. When I rejoined a circulated above the blue line till they came back round, but got tired, hit the line too slow and slipped. I decided to drop back down onto the racing line. The train came past, but not all that fast. a gap had opened, and I decided to maximise on this and close it with my bike, preventing the person who had peeled off from getting into the gap. Hahaha I thought, well that is what happens in races anyway!! 

All in all, I had fun, learned a few things, practiced a few group scenarios and continue to work on my leg speed.

Small steps forward, and fun at the same time.

One Comment on “Track fun and slippage!

  1. Nice post. Sounds like a good experience and yes tactics come into play a lot when racing in a velodrome.


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