Friday Night Track
This friday will be the first track night down at the washington blvd oval. Tell your friends come on down. We are going to have some fun and put that fixed gear bike to use.
Registration Starts at 6:00 Racing at 6:30
Join Iron City Bikes Racing and Pittsburgh Masters Velo Club for an exciting summer of fixed gear track events. We will be holding a number of different events every week including Keirins, Sprints, Pursuits and more. Track racing is fast and entertaining and we aim to keep it that way! Anyone who has a track bike, or has thought about purchasing one, should come out and join in the fun, it’s only $10 to race and no licenses or previous experience is needed. Prizes and Cash awarded to points leaders at the end of the night from Magic Hat Brewing, Mad Mex, Iron City Bikes and more.
For beginners we’ll be holding educational seminars throughout the evening to help acclimate riders to the racing environment. These seminars will be focused around first time racers and will include things such as: Riding in a pack, pacelining, sprinting and bumping drills. Our hope is that this will encourage new riders to give track racing a try.
For more information please check out http://www.fridaynighttrack.com .
The proper equipment in required to participate in the Track events. If you have any questions about equipment, please contact us.
Fixed Cog and Lockring
Bars MUST be plugged
No Brakes OR Brake Parts
No Quick Releases (front/rear)
No Platform Pedals (Toe Clips/Cages or Platform Pedals)
Appropriate Clothing is required (Nothing baggy and closed toe shoes)
Hopefully I’ll make it down the 25th.
What kind of gearing do most run?
I have been wanting to come down just to watch. I am going to really have to try and make it.
I don’t understand this line:
No Platform Pedals (Toe Clips/Cages or Platform Pedals)
Are traditional clips and straps now banned, requiring clipless pedals?
Anyone want to meet up from Oakland/Shadyside area and ride down?
Raphael, I’ll ride down the 25th, but I won’t be going this week because of the MS150
CLIPS AND STRAPS ARE OK!
This is a typo! It was meant to say that you have to have some form of pedal retention system. Clipless and clips/straps are both acceptable.
Sorry for the mix up.
Sorry the toe clip part was a big typo. Sorry for the panic there.
It should read ” No Platform Pedals ( Toe Cages/Straps and Clipless pedals are OK )
I am having trouble editing the original post, as soon as I figure it out I will.
You only have a limited amount of time after you post to edit it (30 min, IIRC). Let Erok know and he can edit it.
I figured it was a typo, just wanted to get it clear for the first timers.
I’d be interested in giving this a go on the 25th, but my “track” bike is a hipster special rusty old steelie with track wheels on it. Is this geared more for actual track cyclists, or do people ride junk like mine at it too?
I will be attending the “beginner’s course” (because somehow watching Youtube doesn’t actually make you an expert). However, my track bike is currently geared for hilly streets in Pittsburgh, not the oval. Until I get my new cog, I’ll be running 46tX18t, so I’ll be redlining right there along with you…
My only fixed gear at the moment is the “bike!” bike. It’s 49×17, but I think I may throw a 16t or 15t cog on.
I’d recommend about 75-85 gear inches (say, 48-16) to start, but if you can spin you can go lower. I can bring a spare 16t cog if anyone wants to swap out for racing.
The event isn’t really “geared” toward anyone. There aren’t many “real” track racers in Pgh because there isn’t a velodrome here. Ride hard and have fun.
Tomorrow morning look for a tentative schedule to be posted.
local fast dudes interested in coming, pm me or email me at skurpiewski at gmail.
I might be down for this, depending on my plans for Saturday and Sunday, which may involve the polar opposite of a track bike.
Anyone (besides ndromb)coming from Oakland and want to ride down?
I lack a track bike, but if I don’t have anything else going on I’ll bike up from Oakland to snap some photos.
We have a nice menu of events set up for the first night! A combination of speed and endurance, individual and team events. Our goals are to make cyclists confident with the sport of track cycling regardless of experience.
Hey Nick, even though the program is cumulative, you should still be able to slot into later races and figure out what’s going on. I’d give yourself extra time to practice pacelining with other riders and get caught up on the previous itinerary.
Speaking of itineraries, racing registration starts at 6pm tonight.
Please arrive promptly (if not early), to warm up and participate in pace-lining practice. Here’s a tentative schedule of races for tonight:
First event will be a two lap time trial, followed by a multi-lap scratch race (first over the line wins). A team pursuit race where riders will form teams of at least three riders and try to beat the clock and finishing it off with a multi-lap points race. (points awarded for intermediate sprints).
Should be a long night so eat your wheaties and bring lots of water.
Its 10 dollars, no USA Cycling License necessary. Cash prizes for winners of the omnium (overall top point scorers for the night), determined by attendance. Additional swag and prizes to be awarded by our discretion.
Thanks to everyone who totally smoked me, I actually had a great time, and will be back next time! -Matt Keeny (raphael)
Thanks to everyone who came out on friday for the first track night of the season. We had a great time racing and look forward to many more as the summer goes on.
Also don’t forget this Friday is the 10 Mile TT
Yo! Tonight. 10 miles.
Also, anyone interested in bikepooling back to the city? I have to ride back to the T downtown and would like some company.
Chris, what time? I’ll be heading back home through town after FOC and all that.
7:30ish? Kinda hard to say. 30 people, one minute start intervals beginning at 6:30p, I’m usually one of the last ones to go.
If you’re around I’d love company though.
Just a reminder that this week is a fixed gear track racing night. Ted and I have planned a bunch of events that should be fun to both participate in and to spectate.
The 2 Lap 1 Mile Time Trial! See how much you can shave off your previous time! If you didn’t vomit in your mouth a little bit afterwards, you didn’t ride hard enough!!!
The Match Sprint Tournament! Many will enter, 2 from each race will proceed to the next round! Stick around for the end of the night as these races will be interspersed throughout the evening. My legs are crying in pain just thinking about it! Do you know I say to that? SHUT UP LEGS!!!
The Win ‘n’ Out! The first sprint determines the winner! After that, everyone’s racing for second place!!! Is it smarter to give it your all in the first sprint or to save it for the subsequent sprints? It’s up to YOU to DECIDE!!!
The Unknown Distance! A randomly determined number of laps will be raced and you won’t know how many until you hear the bell. At that time, it’s GAME ON!!!
Like before, each event will be scored 5 deep into the night’s omnium. We’ll have some giveaways as well during the course of the evening for the racers. So don your lycra, put on your hero gear, go as balls to the wall as jens and tell your legs to SHUT UP!!!
Jens Voigt, “shuddup legs, I can barely hear my bottom bracket motor.”
tell your friends tell your family, Any women want to race? you’ll be first in your class and probably in it for some prizes!
If I actually had a bike for it, maybe I’d come out…but I definitely don’t.
I’ll be there tomorrow night for the first time. Any recommendations on gear ratios?
after reading a few posts earlier, my question is answered.
There will also be some spare loner cogs available for use!
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