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A Day On The Velodrome

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Back in October my wife got me a track session to the Lee Valley velodrome for my birthday present, so today I went to the track for the first time ever. I was scared and excited at the same time, the only thing I had on my mind was I hope I’ll stick to the corners and not slip!

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It was funny hearing people say “ah, it feels funny riding a fixed bike, it will take some time to get use to it”. See I would say that when I’m on a free wheel bike. So the coach explained some rules and how to be safe on the track. This is the safest place to ride a bike, but that depends on how you ride on it!

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After a few laps around the safe side of the track, we got onto the track itself. I didn’t hit the corners right way I wanted to see how it felt at the bottom, then each lap I started to go higher and faster till I felt right and natural. Going down the corner from that height gives you that ‘damn that was fast’ feeling.. It felt I was in a roller coaster ride. Got told off for over taking and not looking back, but I guess that’s the street side of me? Maybe or just having too much fun and forgetting there’s other people on the track.
It was a fun experience but I can’t see this for me on the long run, first I can’t ride as fast as I can, second I’m so use on having cars and other stuff in front of me and I like that feeling..
But I’m glad I did it!
Thanks Goldie for getting me this for my birthday.

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Written by Mikey Ramirez

December 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm

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