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Victoria Pendleton shares with us what her weekly training schedule is like. Twenty-four hours a week? That’s like three times my training on a good week. Ha ha!

Only seven days to go until the start of our Intro To Track Racing class at Encino Velodrome.  Tonight we’ll be having a little rider assessment/prep session plus a BBQ birthday party for Beaver and Henry.

Everyone is invited to come down.  It’s highly recommended (Jared says it’s mandatory) that anyone planning to do the Intro To Track Racing course and hasn’t ridden with our Wednesday-night session before attend tonight.  We’ll be riding some pacelines, running a few exercises and having some fun races.  The session will be tonight from 7:30 to 10:30.  Bring something to throw on the grill!

For more information about our 6-week Intro To Track Racing, course, click here.  Spots are already almost filled up so you better get your pre-registration on at the Encino Velodrome site.  It’s $60 pre-paid for all six weeks and it’s a great program for new riders as well as experienced riders.  Sessions are every Wednesday from 7:30pm to 10:30pm and if you happen to miss one, you can drop in and make it up the next time we run the course.  All we do is learn and practice different track racing events and have fun doing it.  So what are you waiting for?  Sign up!

[Photo taken by Sammy]
Only seven days to go until the start of our Intro To Track Racing class at Encino Velodrome.  Tonight we’ll be having a little rider assessment/prep session plus a BBQ birthday party for Beaver and Henry.

Everyone is invited to come down.  It’s highly recommended (Jared says it’s mandatory) that anyone planning to do the Intro To Track Racing course and hasn’t ridden with our Wednesday-night session before attend tonight.  We’ll be riding some pacelines, running a few exercises and having some fun races.  The session will be tonight from 7:30 to 10:30.  Bring something to throw on the grill!

For more information about our 6-week Intro To Track Racing, course, click here.  Spots are already almost filled up so you better get your pre-registration on at the Encino Velodrome site.  It’s $60 pre-paid for all six weeks and it’s a great program for new riders as well as experienced riders.  Sessions are every Wednesday from 7:30pm to 10:30pm and if you happen to miss one, you can drop in and make it up the next time we run the course.  All we do is learn and practice different track racing events and have fun doing it.  So what are you waiting for?  Sign up!

[Photo taken by Sammy]

Only seven days to go until the start of our Intro To Track Racing class at Encino Velodrome. Tonight we’ll be having a little rider assessment/prep session plus a BBQ birthday party for Beaver and Henry.

Everyone is invited to come down. It’s highly recommended (Jared says it’s mandatory) that anyone planning to do the Intro To Track Racing course and hasn’t ridden with our Wednesday-night session before attend tonight. We’ll be riding some pacelines, running a few exercises and having some fun races. The session will be tonight from 7:30 to 10:30. Bring something to throw on the grill!

For more information about our 6-week Intro To Track Racing, course, click here. Spots are already almost filled up so you better get your pre-registration on at the Encino Velodrome site. It’s $60 pre-paid for all six weeks and it’s a great program for new riders as well as experienced riders. Sessions are every Wednesday from 7:30pm to 10:30pm and if you happen to miss one, you can drop in and make it up the next time we run the course. All we do is learn and practice different track racing events and have fun doing it. So what are you waiting for? Sign up!

[Photo taken by Sammy]

J. Staff To Host FREE Sprint Camp At LA Velodrome

BREAKING NEWS! USA’s new sprint coach, Jamie Staff is hosting a free sprint camp for Elites and Juniors at LA Velodrome this September. Here’s the release from USA Cycling:

« USA Cycling is pleased to announce an opportunity for elite and junior track athletes to attend a FREE sprint camp with new Sprint Program Director, Jamie Staff, in preparation for the USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships.

The camp will take place at the ADT Event Center Velodrome in Carson, Calif., September 13-28 with the two main goals being to educate riders on race preparation and to identify up-and-coming talent on the track.

There is no cost to attend this camp. However, participation is limited to the first 12 riders and is open only to junior and elite-level sprinters. Each participant will be responsible for his or her own travel, accommodation, and food.

Following the camp, riders can race for national titles at the 2010 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships, also at the ADT Event Center Velodrome, Sept. 29 – Oct. 3.

During the sprint camp, Coach Staff will work with each individual rider to help them develop race tactics and bike riding techniques and to teach them how to approach the taper period for optimal race-day performance. In addition, participants will learn from nutritionists, bicycle mechanics, and a USADA and sports psychologist.

This is the first of several sprint camps that USA Cycling will be offering in coming months, and is a great opportunity to work with former world champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Jamie Staff.

For more information, or to register for this camp, contact Jamie directly at jstaff@usacycling.org or 719-229 3768. »

Better hurry up and reserve your spot now!

Beaver just found this great photo of our group from the June test-run of the Intro To Track Racing class at Encino Velodrome.

The class officially starts up on Aug 11th and continues for six Wednesday evenings (7:30pm-10:30pm).  Spots are already filling up pretty quickly so sign up if you want to attend.  For more info, click here.

See a few more photos at Omar’s Flickr.
Beaver just found this great photo of our group from the June test-run of the Intro To Track Racing class at Encino Velodrome.

The class officially starts up on Aug 11th and continues for six Wednesday evenings (7:30pm-10:30pm).  Spots are already filling up pretty quickly so sign up if you want to attend.  For more info, click here.

See a few more photos at Omar’s Flickr.

Beaver just found this great photo of our group from the June test-run of the Intro To Track Racing class at Encino Velodrome.

The class officially starts up on Aug 11th and continues for six Wednesday evenings (7:30pm-10:30pm). Spots are already filling up pretty quickly so sign up if you want to attend. For more info, click here.

See a few more photos at Omar’s Flickr.

Typical Summer Race Meet At Kissena

chari and co 2nd year anniversary

A great article just went up at Kissena Track Racing outlining the prep work, rituals and warm-ups involved in a typical race day at Kissena Velodrome. Everything from registration to between-race activities (hopping on the rollers after a race ensures you don’t fall asleep on the infield). A pretty helpful write-up no matter which track you race at so check it out.

Sign Up For “Intro To Track Racing” Class At Encino Velodrome

Intro To Track Racing @ Encino Velodrome

Encino Velodrome volunteer Jared Thayn has been collaborating with yours truly on creating a course to help new riders get used to the strategies and rules of different track racing events. For the past 6 months we’ve been running the program and tweaking the curriculum and now we’re finally ready to make it legit!

Intro To Track Racing" is a six-week course where each week we focus on a different type of race (pursuit, points race, match sprint, etc). The program is perfect for riders who are relatively new to the track and want to become more comfortable in racing situations as well as more experienced racers who want the practice. Most of all, it’s just fun. When we ran the program in June, we had a full field and every rider had a great time (most of them will be back for this round too).

All six sessions will be on Wednesday nights from 7:30pm to 10:30pm starting on August 11th. It’s $60 for the full course. Space is limited so please pre-register — hit the Paypal button below and bring your receipt to the first session.

New riders must complete the Encino Velodrome Beginner’s Class prior to taking this course (there’s a Beginner’s Class being held on Saturday, July 24th). If you’ve ridden on the track before, you might want to stop by on Aug 4th at 7:30pm for a little prep/evaluation session to determine rider skill levels — nothing serious, just some fun races and such.

For more info contact me or Jared Thayn. Hit the Paypal button to pre-register. For the record, all the money goes directly to Encino Velodrome and none of it goes into our pockets.

An old pro Keirin training drill called "Tire Hiki". I’ll have to give it a try.

Found on Bike Ghetto (who learned it from an 81-year old retired Japanese Keirin racer).

Tags: keirin, training,

No Training Fees At LA Velodrome!

Further to my previous post, training fees will be waived at LA Velodrome from July 17th to July 31st. This is to make up for all the closures this month. Of course riders will still need to check in for the session and will also need to be certified to ride.

Those of you who keep telling me LA Velodrome's track fees are too high (you know who you are, you cheap bastids!), here's a chance to get your tires on on the wood for free. Check the training schedule and remember not to show up on a closed day.

Also, current annual pass holders will have an additional month added to their passes to make up for the July closures. Woot!

Flying 200m TT — Gearing x Time x Cadence

This is a very useful chart to calculate how fast your legs have to spin in order to get a certain Flying 200 time (don’t worry about the highlighted rows, that’s just for personal reference from the creator of the chart).

For example, last night at Encino Velodrome, Ryan Barrett ran a 12-second Flying 200 on a 52x14 gear which means he was spinning it around 125 rpm.  What a beast!  My legs were moving about the same speed on my effort but I was a second slower on my 51x15 gear.  Time to get a 14T cog!

Found on Kissena Track Racing.  Thanks!
Flying 200m TT — Gearing x Time x Cadence

This is a very useful chart to calculate how fast your legs have to spin in order to get a certain Flying 200 time (don’t worry about the highlighted rows, that’s just for personal reference from the creator of the chart).

For example, last night at Encino Velodrome, Ryan Barrett ran a 12-second Flying 200 on a 52x14 gear which means he was spinning it around 125 rpm.  What a beast!  My legs were moving about the same speed on my effort but I was a second slower on my 51x15 gear.  Time to get a 14T cog!

Found on Kissena Track Racing.  Thanks!

Flying 200m TT — Gearing x Time x Cadence


This is a very useful chart to calculate how fast your legs have to spin in order to get a certain Flying 200 time (don’t worry about the highlighted rows, that’s just for personal reference from the creator of the chart).

For example, last night at Encino Velodrome, Ryan Barrett ran a 12-second Flying 200 on a 52x14 gear which means he was spinning it around 125 rpm. What a beast! My legs were moving about the same speed on my effort but I was a second slower on my 51x15 gear. Time to get a 14T cog!

Found on Kissena Track Racing. Thanks!


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