Aussie for the winter!

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  1. ceya

    ceya New Member

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    I am looking to train in the land down under for part of the winter.where are the velodromes are located? Where are the good spots to train? I am coming back after 7 yrs off the bike.

    S/F,
    CEYA!
     
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  2. rayner

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    There are flat tracks everywhere but wooden veledromes are in:
    Victoria- 250mVodafone
    New South Wales-250m Dunc Gray
    South Austrlalia-250m Superdome
    Western Australia 250mMidvale? speed-dome
    not sure if you can privately book any of these

    Tasmania 287.14... Launceston Silverdome

    The silverdome is the only track that I can tell you about training and racing wise. You can book it any time you want for a 2-3 bucks an hour, cheaper if you're in a group. (Jame Carney and friends spent about three months down here last year training for this reason). Club racing every thursday starting at 7, training is I think on Tuesdays (might be wednesday, I'm from further up the state) check www.tas.cycling.org.au for any information, www.cycling.org.au is the australia wide version. From November onward we have track carnivals (about 11 up to the end of January and this year 4 criteriums with prize pool of $25000 for the crits, probably over $100000 for the carnivals) all over the state, with the famed Tassie Christmas Carnivals from boxing day until new years (26-1), which is six solid days of racing, being the star attraction. Many internationals come over for this. The roads are good to train on with limited traffic, and unlike most of the other states you can head one way for solid hills or go the othe way and not run into a hill once. Great variety and people and reasonably tolerant drivers.

    I don't know your ability or reasons for coming down so I think the best idea really for you would be to access the websites that are listed above, all of them have got people you can contact.

    Good luck
     
  3. runna

    runna New Member

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    Melbourne has heaps of velodromes.

    There is the Vodaphone arena velodrome that was used for the last world championships, There is a brand new indoor velodrome being built at the Darebin International Sports Centre. There are also a stack of outdoor concrete tracks - Coburg, Brunswick, Blackburn etc.

    Some of them such as Brunswick are actually public tracks which can be used by anyone so long are there aren't club training or racing underway. All the others are normally full access if you are a member of the club.
     
  4. ceya

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    Guys thanks for the info. I am going since it will be summer and get good training, meet some old friends, trackie friendly and have fun in your country.

    S/F,
    CEYA!
     
  5. rayner

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    Have you got a rough idea of where you want to go? Might be able to find out some more relevant stuff for you.
     
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    closesupport Banned

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    Why have you got a photograph of chris hoys legs. plus i recognise that GB skinsuit?
     
  7. 531Aussie

    531Aussie Well-Known Member

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    Melbourne does have heaps of velodromes. There's a good Plexipave track in Carnegie, which is about 10 miles south east of the city. It's a public track that is open all day and night, and is very shallow and long (362m), which makes it safer for motor-pace training, etc.
     
  8. VeloFlash

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    If you have been off the bike for seven years I take it you will be using our summer and track facilities just to train and not to compete. Perhaps, sporting espionage in view of our recent Olympic track success? :)

    The Australian high performance track squad use Adelaide as their base so you could do no better than to train and observe there. Although I have heard they may be relocating to Sydney.

    In Sydney the Olympic track facility (Dunc Gray) is open for training during the day from Monday to Thursday. There are two nights set aside where you can participate in derny/motor pacing. This was usually Monday and Wednesday. But Wednesday night is now competition (was Friday last year) that is open to all licence holding cyclists.

    There is an outdoor concrete 333m banked velodrome at another location. They train there Monday and Wednesday nights and former gold medallist Olympian, Lionel Cox, dispenses free training advice.

    We also have three flat tracks in the Sydney metropolitan area. These run around sporting fields and have minor banking (about 8 degrees compared to 42 degrees). Training is usually endurance based bunch 100 lappers (40kms).

    If any open track competitions are being conducted they are usually held on Saturday nights. So you can be a glutton for punishment and club road race on a Sunday :)

    Here are some links:

    http://www.nsw.cycling.org.au/index.html

    http://www.bankstownsportscycling.com/Track.htm

    http://get.to/lacc

    http://www.randwickbotanycc.com/Training Rides.htm

    http://www.stgeorge.cycling.org.au/backup/newst.html
     
  9. runna

    runna New Member

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    I thought the photograph was pretty impressive. I use that pic as inspiration for my squat sessions.

    I hope no-one thought I was trying to pass it off as me! :eek: I wish!
     
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    closesupport Banned

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    just wondering why an aussie has a pic of a GBcyclist.

    lol irronic since you aussies bread the best cyclists hey :D well heres a better one...lol
     
  11. VeloFlash

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    But I did notice the GB rider was on an Aussie bike (BT technologies)! :)
     
  12. rayner

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    British riders in 'domestic' events use Dolans and Corimas. Corimas for sprinters such as Hoy, Dolans for the pursuit/endurance riders. One of the British (think it was Hoy) cracked the seat mast just above the top tube on his Corima this year at Burnie. He's definitely on a Corima.
     
  13. runna

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    Does anyone know why Chris Hoys bike had no decals at all in the olympics? Was it a sponsorship thing?

    I also swear that I noticed that Sean Eadie was riding a LaPierre frame instead of the BTs that the Australian team ride. Anyone else know?
     
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    I will take your word for it. BT and Corima frames look very much alike from a distance with that curved top tube.

    http://www.usauzziesales.com/images/BT04-040i.jpg

    After sowing their seeds of life out in the Australian colonies you would have thought the Brits would have an allegiance towards us rather than reward their Trafalgar and Waterloo adversaries :)
     
  16. ceya

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    No no secret squirrel stuff here. I raced track for 10yrs and ridden as a messenger on a track bike for 17yrs.


    I was just burned out and just got bitten again by the bike bug. I am going to see some friends (hope they are still there) if not just enjoy your country. If I can race the more the better.


    Thanks for the links.

    Thank all of you that posted.. please let not get off topic with who legs are where and no logo (decals)..

    I hope I can see or link up with one of you guys there during my stay.

    S/F,
    CEYA!

     
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