Migrating this over because it's track season. Track racing is like NASCAR, but with siqq fixayz instead of dogecars.
Alright, so now that track season is 50 day away, and I've noticed quite a lot of question revolving the track, I figured I'd create a little FAQ.
Feel free to post any and ALL question you might have revolving Alpenrose, track racing in general, or any other track racing related question in here and I'll do my best to answer.
1) Our track is called Alpenrose. It is located at 6149 SW Shattuck, in the middle of the Alpenrose dairy. It is 268.43 meters long (exactly 1/6 of a mile) and has banking in the turns of 42° to 43°. The radius of the turns is 16.6 meters. The shape is described as an "extreme cigar". Aka it has very long straights, and very tight, short turns. It is one of the steepest in the USA. It's nationally known for being one of, if not the hardest track to ride due to its shape and rough concrete construction
2) These are all the written rules of Alpenrose:
-The velodrome is open for riding during daylight hours when there are no other scheduled sessions. Sessions are scheduled by contacting Mike Murray, 503-661-5874, firstname.lastname@example.org.
-During scheduled sessions there will be an established program that will be set by the individual or group that has scheduled the session. Riders on the track during those sessions will adhere to this program and follow the direction of the person in charge of the session. Riders that do not follow the program and/or do not follow direction will be asked to leave the velodrome until the session is completed.
-Riders must wear helmets while riding on the track.
-Riders must always ride in a counterclockwise direction.
-Track bikes will generally be used. Road bikes may be used for specific sessions but will not be ridden while track bikes are on the track. Mountain bikes, BMX bikes or other types of bicycles will not be used.
-Motorized vehicles are only to be used with prior permission for specific motor paced events.
-Skates and skateboards are not to be used on the track surface.
-Minors must always have adult supervision.
-Glass containers are forbidden.
-Climbing on the track rails or sliding down the track surface is prohibited
3) Learning to ride: Track Development Classes (TDC) is most Wednesdays at 6:00PM. Check the OBRA Schedule for confirmation. During these classes, you will be taught all the different markings on the track getting on and off the track, etiquette and safety.
You will generally have 3 goes at the track; with each go introducing you do something new. The goal for a new rider is go get them to just do a several full laps around the track. That might sound lame, but the first time you are on the straight and you see that 43° wall come at you, I PROMISE you you'll be more than a little freaked. Generally, you wont get to paceline until your 2nd or 3ed class depending on a whole shit load of things.
We also will throw mock racing in at the end of the class. This is just to give you a taste of racing. You wont win anything, so there's no point in going all out. It's just to learn how to ride in a pack.
After that is all said and done, we open the track to whoever wants to keep riding. Generally, I'll have a few people who want to go faster than what they were going in the class. I like to do what I call a drop off drill. Basically, I have everyone line up behind me in order of fastest to slowest. Then we get on the track and I gently start ramping up the speed. I keep doing this until no one can hang on. That way, everyone gets to go as fast as they want, and they have a draft to do it in.