The Rides

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The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.

The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture our collective imagination as cyclists. We spend our lifetimes searching out the best routes and rides; we pore over maps, we share with our fellow disciples, we talk to non-cycling locals all in pursuit of the Perfect Ride.

The Rides is devoted entirely to the best routes and rides around the world. Some are races or cyclosportives, others feature in the Classics and stages of The Great Races, while others still are little-known gems, discovered through careful meditation on The V. Be warned: these rides are not your average Sunday Afternoon spin; these rides are the best and most difficult rides in the word – they represent the rites of passage into La Vie Velominatus. It is to be taken for granted that these rides require loads of Rule #5, many of them Rule #10, and all of them are best enjoyed in Rule #9 conditions. They have been shared by you, the community. The Rides also features articles devoted to the greatest rides and providess a forum for sharing other rides for discussion.

If you’d like to submit a ride or an article about your own favorite ride, please feel free to send it to us and we’ll do our best to work with you to include it.

Haleakala

Category: Grimpeur / Distance: 56km / Location: Paia, Maui, Hawaii, USA

haleakala

Haleakala is simultaneously the longest paved continuous climb in the world as well as the shortest ascent from sea level to 10,000 feet in the world. Though not terribly steep, this is a long, grinding climb that will reduce a strong rider to a whimpering lump.

To put the effort in perspective, this climb is 60km long a an average of 6% with two pitches as steep as 17%. That translates to somewhere between 3 or more hours of nonstop climbing, usually in Maui’s direct heat and often into a whipping headwind that spins around into a headwind no matter which direction the switchbacks take you.

Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/50412514

Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Category: Rouleur / Distance: 265 / Location: Liege, Belgium

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Liege-Bastogne-Liege is not only La Doyenne, the oldest of the Classics, but also represents perhaps the most demanding course in cycling. The 280 km, 3000m vertical route starts with an easy ride out from Liege to Bastogne which lulls riders into a false sense of security; the hills are frequent, but none of them terribly demanding. Into Bastogne, and the story changes on the way back to Liege with 9 categorized climbs in the second half, including the fearsome Côte de la Redoute and the Côte de Saint-Nicolas.

Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/58053308/

Paris-Roubaix

Category: Hardman / Distance: 265 / Location: Compiégne, France

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L’enfur du Nord. The Hell of The North. The Queen of the Classics. This isn’t a ride over the stones from your local brick-paved roads. You think climbs are what make a ride tough? We’ve got news for you: this is the hardest ride on the planet and it boasts a maximum elevation of 55 meters. These are vicious, brutal stones; the kind that will stretch each kilometer to their full length, the kind of stones that you will feel long after the rattling of the bars has stopped. These stones will change you. Forever.

Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/58052610/

Guide: Pavé Cycling Classics

Mortirolo/Gavia Loop

Category: Grimpeur / Distance: 115km / Location: Bormio, Italy / Contributor: Joe

The Mortirolo is perhaps the most feared pass in Western Europe, and the Gavia the most storied. Given their proximity to each other, its a wonder why this isn’t the most talked-about ride in Italy. Maybe it is; its impossible to say without being Italian. The loop nature of this ride makes it feasible as a solo escapade, but any ride with the kind of stats this one bears – 3200 meters ascended in 115 kilometers including the viscously steep Mortirolo – is best enjoyed with a riding partner or support car.

Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/59027020/

200 on 100

Category: Grimpeur / Distance: 330km / Location: Vernon, VT / Contributor: cdelinks

“Dumptruck of Awesome” has become the catch-phrase associated with this brutally hard, yet strikingly beautiful 330 kilometer (200 mile) ride down Vermont Route 100.  This ride was made popular during the summer of 2011 when Ted King, Tim Johnson, and a local amateur cyclist, Ryan Kelly, documented this ride on film. The ride starts on the Canadian border and finishes on the Massachusetts border.  With over 2500 meters of climbing on this 330 kilometer ride, you will need to pack a few lunches to get through this one.  Do this ride in the Fall, and the foliage might be beautiful enough to distract you from the horrible pain you will most certainly suffer.

Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/58052808/

De Ronde Van West Portlandia

Category: Grimpeur / Distance: 76km / Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

A ride that officially “never happens” each spring, this 76 km route charts a course through Portland’s West Hills, paying homage to the European Spring Classics. Approximately 1,800 meters of paved and unpaved climbs are spread throughout the course, with several sections reaching grades of over 20%. More information can be found at Ronde PDX.

Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/15276210

Seattle Master Urban Ride

Category: Rouleur / Distance: 130km / Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

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This is perhaps the most challenging urban route in Seattle, hitting three of the big hills that define Seattle’s topography. The route starts and ends on Phinney Ridge, but hits the climbs of Interlaken and Alder Street/Lake Dell Drive on its way to Mercer Island, before coming back to hit Queen Anne and Magnolia, weaving its way up each of these hills as many times as possible via the steepest route available before the finale to the north via Golden Gardens, Blue Ridge Drive, and Carkeek Park. Panoramic views of the Cascades, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, The Olympic Penninsula and Puget Sound makes this a standout Urban ride.

Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/57732282

  1. @RobSandy

    @ChrisO

    @RobSandy

    @ChrisO

    Hey Chris, do you know a guy called Giles Hartwright? He rides for Dulwich Paragon and turned up in our 3/4 crit at Maindy last night.

    Hope he enjoyed it. He got in a 4 man break with 2 of my team-mates more or less from the gun, while I messed about being really annoying at the front of the bunch, trying to make sure the break didn’t get caught. It worked and they took a lap, and when they were back in the bunch I launched an attack myself.

    Stayed out front for a good few laps until Giles chased me down! Good fun though.

    No, don’t think so. It’s possible we’ve been on rides and I just don’t know his name – we’re a fairly big club though so it can be a changing round of faces even on regular rides.

    Sounds like he’s a handy rider though.

    He was there with a lady ride, also from Dulwich. Really nice to see diverse clubs racing on our little track.

    He was very strong – finished narrowly second to a guy who is now Cat 2.

    Yes we’ve got a pretty strong women’s contingent and the club makes a lot of effort to support them and bring in new people generally.

    We have a monthly new members ride and it’s a requirement of membership to volunteer at least twice per year at races or events, which is actually a really good way to meet people you wouldn’t otherwise come across as well as building a bit of club spirit.

    Unless something has changed in the last year I believe Dulwich is not only the largest BC club overall but also has the most women.

    We’ve got a lot of guys who race although once they get to the upper levels they tend to go with some of the trade and shop teams where they get more sponsor support and make Dulwich second claim.

  2. I just got really annoyed – I wanted to know what had happened at the Vuelta today, so I went to BBC Sport and read this:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37150184

    The report on the stage itself is 6 words ‘Belgian Gianni Meersmann won the stage’, and they utterly failed to mention that both Quintana and Valverde are on the same time on GC as ‘Olympic Bronze Medallist’ Froome and that Valverde is actually ahead.

    The BBC coverage of cycling is shameful, seems to be pitched at the level of the average 6 year old. Compared to this, about today’s stage:

    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/vuelta-a-espana/five-talking-points-from-stage-two-of-the-2016-vuelta-a-espana-276797

  3. @RobSandy

    The Beeb seem to have fleshed it out a bit now (about 9pm UK time)

  4. @RobSandy

    Try having to rely on NBC Sports. That’s why I stream all the races I can watch through Cyclinfans or steephill.

  5. @SamV

    @RobSandy

    Try having to rely on NBC Sports. That’s why I stream all the races I can watch through Cyclinfans or steephill.

    The NBC Sports Gold package offered this year is not bad at all. And priced fairly for the races that they plan to broadcast and cover. We also have Universal HD evening broadcast of the Vuelta happening here in the states. And I sure appreciated watching this w/e’s Olympic XC races later in day after they had already raced via streaming thru NBC Sports. Bad break for Peter Sagan today after a red hot start to get up front from #50 position.

  6. I’ve been meaning to write a few words about the Eroica Hispania event that I went to in early June. I’d been to both the original, in the heart of Chianti land, and the British one, in the Peak district, so when I heard of a spanish one based around the vineyards of Rioja I had to attend. It was bound to be great, wasn’t it?

    Well, no. At least, not in my opinion.

    I’ll start with the positives. That part of the world is simply beautiful (I’ll post some pictures if I can figure out how to). The weather was glorious. The food and wine in the various restaurants we found ourselves in was superb.

    BUT – the route signs were poor. So poor that we got lost, and accidentally found ourselves doing the last loop of the long route rather than the medium route we wanted. I later found out the sign I missed was a turn left sign on a 4 lane road that was on the left hand side of the road. During the ride I came across another group of riders that had made exactly the same mistake as me, and at that time none of us could work out what we’d done wrong!

    In a town towards the end a small group of us lost the signs completely, so we split up to find the way out, and just waved back to the other riders when we found the way.

    Unlike Gaiole in Chianti and Bakewell there wasn’t really a centre that all the riders could congregate. Cinicero is a large town, and the stands were spread out around it. Apparently there were close to a 1000 riders there but it didn’t feel like it. My feeling is that the event should have been based in Laguardia, a much smaller town on the route. That way the riders could have taken over the place for the weekend and really created a buzz.

    The food stops were…….poor. I’ll leave it at that. If anyone has done the Italian one and imagines that the refreshments would be similar you’d be wrong.

    So overall I’d score the event only a 5/10. Yes it is beautiful, yes some of their Strade Bianchi were great to ride on. But if the sense of occasion is missing, then there’s little reason to go back.

    Still, it was only their second year, I believe.

    David

  7. Odd, all the captions have gone.

    What I wanted to say about these pictures were:

    a) these are definitely taken in Rioja – some could be mistaken for Tuscany

    b) I loved the Strade Bianchi, alongside the railway, alongside the river

    c) it was a very quiet ride on deserted roads and empty villages for the main part

    d) I hope not too many rule violations spotted. I tried to minimise them….

  8. @davidlhill

    Interesting. The NL was a bit similar on the routes and in the town it was very low key which was a bit surprising. Mainly the marking was great but there were a couple of bits where most people seemed to get it wrong and there were people going back and forth till we found the sign we missed. Then there was the one part through a housing estate where the locals must have taken down the signs – so that doesn’t just happen in the UK ! Luckily I had the route on GPS and formed a small group with some other guys who were cycling round the estate looking for a sign.

    The food on the NL event was great though.

    Some of the Strade Bianche was a bit extreme though and better suited to a full sus mtb and I felt there was a bit too much road through housing estates. Though that may have been that they had to make some last minute route changes due to the ground conditions on the original Strade. Good fun though if a bit brutal on a vintage bike.

    The Brit event is moving from Bakewell next year so be interesting to see what they come up with as it will still be in the Peak District.

  9. @Teocalli

    the route was actually great, once we found it. Good mix of Strade Bianche, minor roads. Main road riding was kept to a minimum, so from that perspective it was similar to the Tuscany one.

    So Eroica Britannia is moving from Bakewell? I wonder why, as it seemed perfect there, Can’t believe the locals are fed up?

  10. @Teocalli

    Timely peek on the website: when I did the NL Eroica, I only had 1 spot where the signs were gone (but we saw cyclists farther away so had a hunch where we had to go) and 1 spot where I missed it because I was following a group of other riders, who apparently were no riding the Eroica. I thought that it was very well indicated. Also on dangerous crossings, there were volunteers to warn or stop us. Food indeed great, for my 100km, I had enough with me, did not expect that much sandwiches, breadrolls, soup, cake, coffee and even beer. Only 2 roadsegments that I thought were not suitable for dearly-beloved-and-well-maintained-since-new-purchase steel bike: one which was all grassed over and one descent close to the finish which was worse than PR-pave.

  11. @KogaLover

    Yeah it was on the extension part where the signs had been removed and there was an odd bit where the section was repeated where everyone round about my timing got it wrong as we all passed each other shouting “no it’s not this way the turn must be back there” in various languages.

    No complaints though, all being well I’ll be back next year.

  12. Muddy Ford crossing again — awesome hidden road — 28mm

  13. Raced on the road for the last time this season yesterday. Super hard Cat 2/3/4 race, apparently.

    I can’t comment because I got dropped before the race hit the first climb; repeated 4 times during the race as part of a 25ish km circuit. I was feeling comfortable and then there was a sudden acceleration in the bunch which I didn’t adjust to, and 20 seconds later I was on my own in the wind with no hope of catching the group again.

    I chased a lone rider about 45 seconds ahead for the whole of the next lap, but he abandoned as the race went past HQ for the 2nd time, so I pulled in too. One of my team mates was already out, another gave up after lap 3 and the other 2 finished, one coming in 3rd.

    Next year I’d like to try finishing that one.

  14. So, Peter Sagan, current World and European Champion…

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/uec-road-european-championship-2016/elite-men-road-race/results/

  15. @Teocalli

    Flatlands=Netherlands. This race took place in Belgium. But is almost funny to watch. He came out of the water like a duck with his mouth the other way around,

  16. Nice long ride up into the Welsh mountains on Saturday. On the downside, I definitely got too excited and rode the first 2 hours much too hard. On the plus side, I now know that 2-2.5 hrs is as long a I can ride tempo and the journey into the pain cave that comprised the next 2.5hrs was a lesson not to do it again.

    Also said hello the The Man With the Hammer about 20kms from home.

  17. This is the epitome meeting the Man With The Hammer.

  18. @Teocalli

    This is the epitome meeting the Man With The Hammer.

    I saw that – quite incredible. That wasn’t just the man with the hammer, but his whole crew. Brownlee wasn’t just exhausted, he was way past that.

  19. @wiscot

    @Teocalli

    This is the epitome meeting the Man With The Hammer.

    I saw that – quite incredible. That wasn’t just the man with the hammer, but his whole crew. Brownlee wasn’t just exhausted, he was way past that.

    I couldn’t get the video to open but I was going to guess it was Brownlee the younger. Alistair said that the reason he grabbed him is that he was genuinely worried for his brother’s safety if he’d collapsed where he was – where the medical attention would be much better across the finish line.

    I know we speak ill of tri-geeks on these pages, but those two are Badasses.

  20. Rode the 120km ride of this event a couple of weeks ago.

    Only 5500 of my closest friend’s came along.

    Nothing unusual or extreme about the ride or distance for that matter but the scenery made the day, particularly the forest sections in the Otway’s.

    http://amysgranfondo.org.au/video/

  21. No idea if this is the right place to post this, but I’ve just seen the UCI’s revision of the omnium and feel compelled to ask this community if it’s just me or is the UCI determined to screw up everything they touch?

    From being a 2 day event comprising 6 events ranging from a flying lap to a points race it’s now reduced to a 1 day event, 4 races, all of which seem to be basically endurance races with some sprinting. This is to ‘improve the competition narrative’. Right.

    So whilst before the omnium could be described to a non cycling fan as the cycling equivalent of the decathlon/heptathlon whereby the winner is the one who excels over many different disciplines, now how do you describe it? To a layman how will the tempo race be visually different to the ponts race? Or indeed the scratch race?

    Or have I missed something terribly obvious?

  22. @davidlhill

    No idea if this is the right place to post this, but I’ve just seen the UCI’s revision of the omnium and feel compelled to ask this community if it’s just me or is the UCI determined to screw up everything they touch?

    From being a 2 day event comprising 6 events ranging from a flying lap to a points race it’s now reduced to a 1 day event, 4 races, all of which seem to be basically endurance races with some sprinting. This is to ‘improve the competition narrative’. Right.

    So whilst before the omnium could be described to a non cycling fan as the cycling equivalent of the decathlon/heptathlon whereby the winner is the one who excels over many different disciplines, now how do you describe it? To a layman how will the tempo race be visually different to the ponts race? Or indeed the scratch race?

    Or have I missed something terribly obvious?

    I think the bit you’ve missed is the shrinking attention span in modern society. Yeah when I heard this and that it basically took out the width of ability (aka decathlon/heptathlon) I just put my head in my hands. PS I think these days when the UCI do that last part they mostly miss.

  23. @davidlhill

    The other absurd part of this and many other non cycling events is that as the arenas get to cost more an more and architects compete to add more and more grandiose stadia the sports authorities try to reduce the number and length of events held in them. Nuts.

    As for the calls to add Fishing to the Olympics………….

  24. @davidlhill, @Teocalli I really wanted Cookson to do something special at the UCI after the previous criminal mismanagement but at would seem that he’s made little difference to the ongoing farce.

    If your organisation uses a term like competition narrative, it’s time to accept that you’ve failed and step down. It’s the management equivalent of the remedy to the extension of Rule #65.

  25. So glad it’s not just me. An endurance coach commented “who wants to see the flying lap?”. Well, I do for one. And it seemed to me the fans filled the arena with noise when the riders are on one.

    And I too agree re Cookson and the ongoing farce. I’ve said this before, but they seem to be competing with FIFA to hold the title of the world’s worst governing body.

  26. @chris

    If your organisation uses a term like competition narrative, it’s time to accept that you’ve failed and step down.

    Spot on.

    I don’t think it is that difficult – sports fans can follow the heptathlon without difficulty because, despite not knowing exactly how the scoring works, the ‘competition narrative’ is pretty simple – 7 events, points per event, most points wins. The events are fairly different. The winner is the best all-rounder, fundamentally.

    The omnium was the same. Not that hard to follow, really.

    The same coach I mentioned above said that training for the omnium hindered Cav’s chances in the team pursuit, so he supports the change. What?! Didn’t seem to harm Laura Trott’s preparations…….

    Anyway – signing off now – need to prepare for the Cogal tomorrow…

  27. Dowsett goes for it.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/38011814

  28. @Teocalli

    Interesting changes for Ghent Wevelgem

    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/ghent-wevelgems-new-muddy-semi-paved-roads-could-cause-absolute-chaos-video-301631?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social

    that is really beautiful. it’s going to be a great spring for bike racing.

  29. @Cary

    @Teocalli

    Interesting changes for Ghent Wevelgem

    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/ghent-wevelgems-new-muddy-semi-paved-roads-could-cause-absolute-chaos-video-301631?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social

    that is really beautiful. it’s going to be a great spring for bike racing.

    Isn’t every spring ?! Love it. Cheers

  30. @Randy C

    @Cary

    @Teocalli

    Interesting changes for Ghent Wevelgem

    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/ghent-wevelgems-new-muddy-semi-paved-roads-could-cause-absolute-chaos-video-301631?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social

    that is really beautiful. it’s going to be a great spring for bike racing.

    Isn’t every spring ?! Love it. Cheers

    yeah i suppose it is! i hope Ghent Wevelgem experiences the same resurgence the Ronde did after it’s route alteration a few years ago. the Ronde went from being among my favorite races, to plainly being my favorite race.

  31. Free ticket for the London Velodrome tonight! No idea if this is the right place to post, but anyway – a friend of mine has let me down last minute, so I have a spare ticket for tonight’s Revolution series at the velodrome. Anybody here want it? It’s a good one, as it’s described as a Finish Line ticket.

    OK, not strictly free – I’d appreciate a beer!

  32. Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike is one of my favorite bike . I am riding this bike from last 2 years . This is super easy to ride with this awesome road bikes . I love it so much . Do you ever ride on this bike ?

  33. Interesting preparation for an allroad recon ride when you are obliged to drive out to talk to landowner about his amazing gravel section that feeds into an absolutely hidden roadbed — Google and RideWithGPS has even lost track of this section. Route crosses a creek spot { hidden } to then intersect with another known road to get back on course — 0.5 mile unknown roadbed on an incredible 53.5 mi. race route. Recon this month with race director on starting South Carolina April allroad race. Hoping to lure more experienced and willing riders in as more starts to happen with this — January.

  34. @universo

    Interesting preparation for an allroad recon ride when you are obliged to drive out to talk to landowner about his amazing gravel section that feeds into an absolutely hidden roadbed — Google and RideWithGPS has even lost track of this section. Route crosses a creek spot { hidden } to then intersect with another known road to get back on course — 0.5 mile unknown roadbed on an incredible 53.5 mi. race route. Recon this month with race director on starting South Carolina April allroad race. Hoping to lure more experienced and willing riders in as more starts to happen with this — January.

    That sounds like a good time ! Like ol’ Elvis sang, True love travels down a gravel road… Cheers

  35. Happy new year and all the best to the Velominati clan out there. Wishing you all many safe and happy miles on whatever bike(s) you have at your disposal.

    First ride of the new year yesterday. 43 kms in thick, cold Wisconsin air. Roads were clean and dry and wind minimal. Felt ok. Been riding the rollers a bit and I think I noticed a bit of a difference in the smoothness of my stroke and calm upper body. Certainly enough to warrant more roller time.

    It was truly a case of applying the Kelly theorem of winter riding: how cold is it? I don’t know. I guess I’ll just have to go out and ride for 90 minutes and find out.

  36. So I got around my 4 laps at Newport Velodrome yesterday in 1 minute 12 seconds plus small change, in the Welsh Track Championships

    Was good enough for 6th but I did mostly for the challenge of doing something completely new (I only started track cycling in November). Thanks for all here who gave me advice and encouragement.

    Riding the Team Sprint Championships next weekend, so I’ll report back!

  37. @RobSandy

    Great work!

  38. @RobSandy

    So I got around my 4 laps at Newport Velodrome yesterday in 1 minute 12 seconds plus small change, in the Welsh Track Championships

    Was good enough for 6th but I did mostly for the challenge of doing something completely new (I only started track cycling in November). Thanks for all here who gave me advice and encouragement.

    Riding the Team Sprint Championships next weekend, so I’ll report back!

    AWESOME picture! Reminds me to bring someone with me when I hit the tracks for the first time… Still 3.5months to go. How long is your track? The Zurich one is 333.33m and in open air. I like the Dutch colours you wear. You have an aero shaped helmet too?

    PS: stay closer to the black line, that’s the shortest…

  39. @wiscot

    Wishing you all many safe and happy miles on whatever bike(s) you have at your disposal.

    Already forgetting Rule #24 in the New Year?

  40. @KogaLover

    @RobSandy

    So I got around my 4 laps at Newport Velodrome yesterday in 1 minute 12 seconds plus small change, in the Welsh Track Championships

    Was good enough for 6th but I did mostly for the challenge of doing something completely new (I only started track cycling in November). Thanks for all here who gave me advice and encouragement.

    Riding the Team Sprint Championships next weekend, so I’ll report back!

    AWESOME picture! Reminds me to bring someone with me when I hit the tracks for the first time… Still 3.5months to go. How long is your track? The Zurich one is 333.33m and in open air. I like the Dutch colours you wear. You have an aero shaped helmet too?

    250m – standard indoor velodrome. My club is called Ajax, too – don’t know if that it why we chose those colours. It’s an old club.

    I’ve got a Catlike Chrono Plus – bought it for road TT’s but it’s all the same.

    PS: stay closer to the black line, that’s the shortest…

    Yes, thanks! I’m expecting my coach to give me a roasting about this when I see him. It’s actually quite hard to do, especially at 55kph when you’re totally boxed…

  41. @RobSandy

    Chapeau Butt

  42. @KogaLover

    @RobSandy

    So I got around my 4 laps at Newport Velodrome yesterday in 1 minute 12 seconds plus small change, in the Welsh Track Championships

    Was good enough for 6th but I did mostly for the challenge of doing something completely new (I only started track cycling in November). Thanks for all here who gave me advice and encouragement.

    Riding the Team Sprint Championships next weekend, so I’ll report back!

    AWESOME picture! Reminds me to bring someone with me when I hit the tracks for the first time… Still 3.5months to go. How long is your track? The Zurich one is 333.33m and in open air. I like the Dutch colours you wear. You have an aero shaped helmet too?

    PS: stay closer to the black line, that’s the shortest…

    Congrats! 6th at the first shot is not too shabby at all. Keep us posted on your progress. Podium next year?

  43. @wiscot

    @KogaLover

    @RobSandy

    So I got around my 4 laps at Newport Velodrome yesterday in 1 minute 12 seconds plus small change, in the Welsh Track Championships

    Was good enough for 6th but I did mostly for the challenge of doing something completely new (I only started track cycling in November). Thanks for all here who gave me advice and encouragement.

    Riding the Team Sprint Championships next weekend, so I’ll report back!

    AWESOME picture! Reminds me to bring someone with me when I hit the tracks for the first time… Still 3.5months to go. How long is your track? The Zurich one is 333.33m and in open air. I like the Dutch colours you wear. You have an aero shaped helmet too?

    PS: stay closer to the black line, that’s the shortest…

    Congrats! 6th at the first shot is not too shabby at all. Keep us posted on your progress. Podium next year?

    Chapeau Rob, great result regardless of when you started. Even sweeter as a relative newcomer.

    My Christmas present from @Mrs Chris included accreditation sessions for LVVP with a view to racing next winter. This is inspiring.

  44. @RobSandy

    So I got around my 4 laps at Newport Velodrome yesterday in 1 minute 12 seconds plus small change, in the Welsh Track Championships

    Was good enough for 6th but I did mostly for the challenge of doing something completely new (I only started track cycling in November). Thanks for all here who gave me advice and encouragement.

    Riding the Team Sprint Championships next weekend, so I’ll report back!

    Nicely done!! What spot are you riding for the Team Sprint?

  45. @RobSandy

    Very cool ! Much respect. Cheers

  46. @chris

    I don’t even have a track accreditation yet! My first ever bunch race was Sunday morning in the kierin. Where I managed to get myself DQ’d. Oh well.

    @Haldy

    Nicely done!! What spot are you riding for the Team Sprint?

    I’m man 2. I’m more confident on my ability to really smash it for that length of time. And man 3 rode a 1:10 in the Kilo on Sunday.

  47. @RobSandy

    Well done, and congrats on a very respectable kilo time. Fair play too for even attempting the keirin. I’d imagine that was slightly scary, or did the red mist descend and it was all a blur?

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