Yesterday I did a track taster session at the Lea Valley velodrome. It was velodrome used for the London 2012 Olympics. I was a little nervous at the start, I had never ridden a fixed wheel bike before. I had never been to velodrome before. I had been warned the banking was steeper than it looks on TV. They were not wrong. I wondered if I would make it to the top.
We had a great coach who guided us into the session. My main issue was slowing down, but I got the hang of it in the end. It was a lot of fun. We had about 45 minutes of free ride time. We could ride anywhere on the the track. We had been taught how to be safe.
I made it to the top. It was just a case of faith and believe in the speed. I will never be a track cyclist or racer, but to be on the same track where history was made was such a joy. If you ever have the chance to try it, I would highly recommend it.
I have done marathon, triathlons, Gran Fondo’s and now track. I was never going to be the fastest, but it brings a real insight when watching the pros and knowing how much better they are.