Herne Hill Track Day
Sunday 14th October

Our Herne Hill novice session was blessed with a bright, dry autumn day, and 13 riders took to the track, supervised by Joseph, our coach from the Velo Club de Londres.  We were quickly fitted up with our track bikes, out of a very large stock kept in containers. All except Arthur Knowler were completely new to track riding, and most were in a similar position with regard to fixed wheel riding. We started by learning how to start from the rails on the outside of track, rolling down to the lowest line and setting off for the banking, where the level of grip available on Herne Hill’s beautiful new tarmac quickly reassured us. The nerves generated by fixed wheels and the absence of brakes quickly wore off and we concentrated on riding in a sequence of different lines on the banking.

Next, in line astern, we concentrated on holding the wheel in front, and changing the lead at 200 metre intervals. Sharing the track with another group of 8 riders, we formed two large teams and conducted a team pursuit. Then we paired up, riding side by side about a third of the way up the banking, the leading pair swinging high up the banking together to let the rest through each lap. By now, we felt at home on the bikes and the track, and it was time for a race… a handicap event of 6 laps for the whole group, won by James Gander.

Everyone completed each stage of the event, and no-one fell off, though Bruce Gander had a nasty surprise when his seat stem retracted itself just as he was pursuing his son to the line… If the idea of a Wheelers’ track championship day at Herne Hill comes to fruition, I’m sure everyone who took part in this session will be back for more.

From the committee on behalf of all members:
Many thanks to Adrian for arranging this event, it is exactly the sort of thing the club needs to be doing to create opportunities for members which enhance both the cycling and social elements of club life, and we hope it encourages other members to organise special events.

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Southend Wheelers line up along the top rail at Herne Hill Velodrome

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