Just getting some thoughts out on my first experience on the boards.
It was the first of four introductory sessions to become certified to ride on the Carson Velodrome at the Velo Sports Center. The class was a mix of riders who have had some experience on the velodrome and riders who have zero experience. I am one of the riders who have absolutely zero experience on the velodrome so every single second was thrilling for me. No joke, the second I walked into the upper level that overlooks the the whole track I became quite giddy with a mix of excitement and maybe just a little bit of fear.
I should clarify. The ever so slight feeling of fear isn't such an accurate description of the emotion. It was moreso an overwhelming sense of awe at the size of the track and the bank of the curves. From my initial research about the Carson Velodrome it is described as being much taller and steeper than many of the velodromes in the country. The great thing about learning to ride on this particular velodrome is that it is built to international standards which means that if you know how to navigate and ride on this velodrome then you'll know how to handle yourself on any of the velodromes around the world that are built to the same specifications. This is important to many of the world-class athletes who train here because they need to be sure that their efforts and mindsets are repeatable while on the boards.
The first day was full of information on the riding etiquette and demystifying of the names and functions of the lines painted on the boards. Even with all of the research done beforehand the understanding of how to interpret the lines and how they function while riding is much easier understood when standing on the velodrome. After a good bit of instruction off the bike it was time to make the steady transition from the apron up to blue band then into the pole lane! The extent of the riding was done in that lower section without passing to the outside red sprinters lane. After a quick twenty laps my lesson was done for the day and I was left wanting more. I can't wait until the next session where we will be able to get some more time on the bike!