Forest City Velodrome in London is a plywood oval track with high banked turns. The track is built in an old hockey arena where the London Knights played when I was a little kid.  Bikes are included in the course cost. ($30 for 3 hrs)

Wow, that was fun!  If you don't believe me, look at the smiles on everyone.

It was a great way to spend a Saturday.  Being a first timer, I was in the learn to ride group.  Dave the instructor, took us through some drills, riding the fixies in the infield to get balanced and learn to unclip, stop, pickup water bottles and set down, then onto the blue zone at the bottom edge of the track for a few laps. 

Next we were able to move up onto the track and ride the black line and do some more exercises to make us comfortable.  Eventually the speed increased and we were doing laps between the red and blue lines, almost like pros!

Rob, one of the founders was on the side of the track calling out instructions while Dave, or another instructor Ives? were pulling the line of us around.  Shifting hands from up on the bars down to the drops, and alternating, standing drills, and lots of laps!  3 standing laps in a row makes the quads do some work! 

The second timers got to do some higher speed stuff, higher up the track, next time for me!

 

Instructors were great, Rob the coach did a great job converting us from roadies to the trackies.

Thanks to Jon Spira for arranging the day, I'll go back!

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Comment by Kerri on November 14, 2011 at 10:54am

SO. MUCH. FUN!  Jeff summed it all up nicely - it is worth the drive to check it out for sure.  Thanks again to Jon for organizing - great way to change things up in the off season! 

Comment by Jon Spira on November 14, 2011 at 1:37pm

Glad everybody had a good time.  The fixie and the banking both take a bit of an adjustment when you're used to the road; all the first-timers shook off the initial jitters quickly and picked it up really well.  Jeff and Paul were sporting especially huge grins when they came off the track after their first set of laps.  

Toughest drill of the day: at the whistle sprint off the front of the paceline riding up at the blue, drop down to the black, lap the group, and re-join the back of the paceline.  A couple of rotations of that really hurt!

I can't wait to see all of Paul's photos and the HD video Dan shot from his helmet camera.

Thanks to everybody who came out for making it a superb day!

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Comment by Paul van Dongen on November 18, 2011 at 10:56pm

That was so effing fun last weekend! I found it a little strange getting used to the fixed gear and no free spinning. Gotta make this a regular occasion. There was this eight-year-old young man named Aidan there having a riot on a bike that seemed just a little too big for him. I interviewed him. Finally got a chance to get my pics and vids onto the computer and now to Picasa and he is featured. Good stuff. Some pix are a little blurry but I like them that way… gives a good indication of just how damn fast we were going! ;) But seriously, what a great time. Thanks so much Jon for organizing.

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