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Zak at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:33 pm
by The Loneys
Zak gets to ride at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome on Saturday and Sunday! A training session to prepare for the National Maddison Championship and Braveheart Youth Omnium at the end of the month. Shame I won't be there to watch!

Re: Zak at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:22 am
by Colin A
Well done Zak. Looking forward to hearing how the track rides compared to the others.

Re: Zak at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:46 am
by Chris C
If you are racing on the 28th we'll be there to cheer you on!

Re: Zak at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:47 pm
by The Loneys
Well the Velodrome has lived up to all expectations. A very impressive setup. The Emirates Stadium is huge. One side being for indoor athletics and the other the velodrome. Then rooms, halls and gyms for all sorts of sports. The stadium was open for the public on boths days and was very busy with general public, all being met by the 'meeters and greeters' just like the 'Games Makers'.

So, on to the training.
Zak travelled with Fraser Martin of Perth United, they were both invited as they are racing the madison in the Thunderdrome. We arrived early so the boys were asked if they wanted to join in with the junior squad and a few seniors as they were about to start a scratch race. The boys with a bit of intrepidation joined in (the banking is two degrees steeper than Manchester!!!!) After 10 warm up laps the race was on.The bunch was quite fluid for most of the race with both boys mixing it. With two laps to go Kyle Petrie made a great move and came high off the banking and put in a massive gap, nobody responded until a shout, "Chase him!" The race was on Zak, Tom Arnstein, Mark Stewart and a senior rider all jumped and took chase. Zak on his youth gears hung on, Tom caught Kyle, then the senior guy sat up in front of Zak, Zak made one last final effort and took third behind Arnstein and Petrie. Wow!! What a start!! After that things just got better.

The rest of the day was training and racing with just the youths with three different races following each part of specific training. James McCallum of Rapha Condor-Sharp and Matt Green of Marco Polo race teams took all of the training out on the track. What an experience for the boys. Zak went on to win the points race, the scratch race and the devil. Six hours on the track!!! He was on fire!!!!

The second day was possibly one of the best days cycling we've had. The velodrome was booked for the whole day solely for the Youth, Junior and Senior track squads. They all sat in a large circle, the pros and youths all getting equal treatment and instruction. It was super to see the Ythan kit sat in such a talented group of riders.
The first session was 40 warm up laps with two parallel lines of through and off, it was mighty impressive as it was going like a train!!

The second session was riding continuously around the top rail with riders taking it in turns to drop down to the cote d'azure to come back up and rejoin the group where they had broken out from. The session was relentless the concentration to hold the line at the very top of the banking for such an extended period must have been immense.
The third session was Madison practise followed by the final Madison Race.

The Madison was the highlight for both me and Zak. Zak got partnered with James McCallum so had to wear the Rapha Condor-Sharp strip, Fraser was partnered wth Matt Green and got to wear the Marco Polo colours. What a great photo opportunity!! The race was brutal. After the first few change overs a rider came through just as the Zak was going to sling James, they missed so Zak had to do an extra turn. It was starting to hurt!! Zak battled and rode hard, James was fast and Zak's turns were coming thick and fast. The bell rang and Zak slung McCallum into the last lap and with a blistering turn of pace he took first place on the line. They had done it, unbelievable!!! What a way to end a fantastic two days at the new velodrome. Zak did his club proud. :D

Zak's Dad well chuffed!!! :D :D

Re: Zak at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:43 pm
by Andy D
Brilliant stuff. Zak has been doing extremely well in road and track and getting a taster in riding with the 'big boys' especially the likes of McCallum who is a very very good rider can only be a good thing.

Nice to hear he had the legs to mix with Arnstein and Stewart, who are real talents in their age-group (now Juniors - Tom having won the first 'Super-Six' road race this season too).

Hopefully we will get plenty of opportunities for the track this year and into the next - sadly the 1st track league has been put in on Wednesdays :(

Great to hear of progress like this, showing the benefit of the Go-Ride set up and what the perseverence of riders and their families and supporters can do. Magic!!

Re: Zak at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:01 pm
by The Loneys
Zak has entered the first 3 track league events. This Wednesday will be an afternoon off school and a very late return home for Zak and I, but at least the next two will be in the school holidays!

We'll have to see what we can manage after that, 3.5 hours travel each way is a bit much! Wished we lived a little closer!