Evening on the ‘drome

Giffin, Neil and I headed out to the edmonton velodrome this evening with three others guys from the University of Alberta Outdoors club. It was a great time. Everyone was on fixed gears. There were some 11 and 12 year old girls there who could teach us a thing or two. Bikes with brakes were not allowed on the track (I needed to remove mine if I wanted to ride it instead of the bikes they had for loan). A couple photos:

riding the velodrome
riding the velodrome
riding the velodrome
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I did a number of flying 200’s (200 meters with a rolling start) and my best time was 15.3 seconds. That’s 47 kilometers per hour on my fixed gear, a 48×17 ratio. That means that I averaged a cadence of 126! for the 200 my speed was certainly limited by my gear ratio but I don’t know how much quicker I could have been. I also did a kilometer standing start, time was 1:31 that’s a speed of 39.6 kilometers per hour. Cadence of 106, I don’t think that my gear ratio really limited my speed for this one, maybe the fact that I’d been horsing around all afternoon did. Lactic acid was certainly noticed after about 500-600 meters.

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