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Manchester Velodrome - February 2009

 Another session with twenty-two riders, in two groups, pounding the boards. Not much else to add - just as much fun as before - and requests for another booking .... watch this space, probably towards the end of April if we can get a slot at Newport at the weekend.

We are trying to find out about riding the open-air track at Halesowen which might be an interesting summer outing.  Picture: The group at the end of the session, a couple still with the strength to hold a bike overhead


Newport Velodrome - December 2008

 A track riding session for 15 pals from various connections - and Rob using the new Geoffrey Butler track machine (see Bicycles/Machines 1)

Our session was delayed starting as Chris Hoy and Jamie Staff were using the track for some training and filming with Sky.  (They did ask if they could join our session, but as they hadn't booked in advance we couldn't let them)  Picture : The de-brief at the end of the session - l-r: Jon's head, Andy L, Rob, Jerry, BJ, Angela, Peter, Andy G, Ian, Tim and Ben the coach's head.


Newport Velodrome - October 2008

 Change of venue this time, to Newport Velodrome with the same size (250 m) track as Manchester but in a smaller building.  A group totalling 27 riders, in two groups.  Some slightly different exercises with a flying time trial and "chase the peloton" ride where the front rider peels off and sprints to catch the back marker within (hopefully!) 2 or 3 laps.

Picture: Rob, on the right, discussing the finer points of track technique with Bill.

One of the group shot some video with a mini-camera strapped to the handlebars - it's on You Tube - CLICK HERE (opens in a new window)


Manchester Velodrome -April 2008

 Another session at the track - the weekend following the World Championships.

Fixed-wheel bikes, no brakes, steeply banked track and 14 riders (8 in MacRide jerseys) with a coached session.

Picture (l-r): Alex, Tom, Rob. Tam, Bill, Jenni, Clive, Jerry, Jon, Steve, John, Maxine, Andy, Vanessa


Manchester Velodrome - November 2007

 To celebrate Rob’s birthday, his daughters hired the Manchester Velodrome (Built in 1994 and used for the 2002 Commonwealth Games) for a private track riding session.

Fixed-wheel bikes, no brakes, steeply banked track - awesome!

Rob, daughters & partners and cycling chums spent the session, with guidance from Fred the coach, pounding the track … slowly and carefully at first, moving to considerable speed and getting well up the banking - with some timed laps to sort the men from the boys, and girls (Results withheld by request!)

Picture : (l-r) Andy, Tamsin, Olivia, Olly, Zoe, Tom, Rob, Jenni, Steve, Martin and Jon.  Mrs Rob took the picture, she didn’t ride.

 

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