Sunday was hpv enjoyable day at Hellyer Velodrome in San Jose. That is organized by an area couple Carol and George Leone who do it as a labor of affection. They cost a payment for taking part nevertheless it barely covers their prices. We had a wonderful late spring day for the event. The velodrome is about 15 miles from my home, so I rode my recumbent there, partly on the Coyote Creek path, and partly on roads with good bike lanes. We needed to enter through the again gate as a result of the trail from the principle entrance to Hellyer Park to the velodrome was nonetheless flooded.
I had a little bit of a tailwind so I obtained there in 53 minutes. Then we have been capable of heat up on the velodrome monitor for about half an hour. It’s amusing how intimidating that is at first- the banking appears actually excessive for these of us who expertise driving on it solely yearly. However after a few laps, your confidence comes again and it turns into actually enjoyable zooming on the monitor.
The primary occasion was a 200-meter time trial. We got a full lap to rise up to hurry then did the timed half. We might additionally benefit from the banking by staying up excessive at first then swooping all the way down to the black line on the backside of the banking for the timed run. I loved this an ideal deal. I crashed doing this occasion just a few years in the past on a folding bike, partly as a result of it had small wheels and partly as a result of the place within the aero-bar handlebar extensions on an upright will not be essentially the most steady. This time I used to be on my recumbent, and the “aero” place is with the palms with their regular grip on the handlebars. So I felt rather more safe.
There have been just a few extra group races after that. Because of my inexperience driving in a bunch on a monitor, these felt much less secure to me, and I’d promised my spouse I’d watch out, so I skipped most of them, having my lunch whereas I loved watching and filming them. My favourite was the “miss and out” race: On the finish of every lap, the final place rider is pulled from the race. This continues till there is just one rider left, who’s the winner. I uploaded a video of the tip of this race right here:
I couldn’t resist doing the “Medicare” race, nonetheless, open to individuals over 65, through which there have been 4 entrants. Two of the others have been fully-faired “velomobiles” and the opposite was a higher-performance recumbent than mine, rather more reclined and aerodynamic. So I used to be not stunned to put useless final. However it was nice enjoyable. It’s fascinating that unfaired bikes, being lighter, begin out rather more rapidly than fully-faired ones, however their aero benefit rapidly takes over so that they catch up rapidly. Being handed by one is thrilling as a result of they make a really distinct noise arising behind you after which a whooshing sound as they fly proper by.
After that race, I took off for residence, which took about 70 minutes this time because it was in opposition to a slight headwind. A most gratifying outing. Thanks, Carol and George!