By day two, I was sitting on the back of the team (rode behind them) doing pursuit efforts. And day three I was IN there doing the pursuit. Then, I learned to do a standing start and flying laps. Day four: heck, why not, my first ever track race: the team pursuit. (It's a 16-lap or 4 km 4-person team time trial on the track).
|Waiting for our start at the Los Angeles Grand Prix UCI track race. We raced the team pursuit.|
As the days went on we gradually hit higher and higher speeds for our 16 lap team pursuit. The coaches tracked our pace on each lap, and I got used to their system of communicating the information with us. If we were 1/10s slower than our target lap time, they would stand one step in front of the start line as we passed. - PICK IT UP! - If we were 7/10s faster than our target, they would stand 7 paces behind the start line. - STEADY - With 1 lap to go, the bell would ring, and we'd drill it to the finish.
By the end of the project, it felt like we were nailing our pursuit more often than not. Super feeling.
The track is for everyone. You don't even have to consider yourself a cyclist to give it a whirl. Most places rent bikes and have intro sessions. Forget going out to a restaurant, the movies, or BOWLING. Go try the track.
London, Ontario - Forest City Vélodrome
Burnaby, British Colombia - Burnaby Vélodrome
Los Angeles, California - Velo Sports Center LAVRA