Since the earliest events, the velodrome has picked up a few new advertisements along the rails and on the turns. Another noticeable change is a fleet of yellow warmup bikes in the infield (barely visible here, left of center).
One thing remains the same: riders still have to go down a short flight of stairs, up two long flights, go outside, navigate a dirt slope, and enter another door to use a toilet. Several points off on the “world class velodrome” scale, but other than that this is a great place.
The ADT Event Center Velodrome, December 2005. Warning: click for a really big image.
The image was constructed by merging 6 separate shots, so there are a few warped or blurred areas. The shots were taken at one end of the infield, with the front straight on the left. Note that the overhead beams are actually straight - their apparent curvature shows how warped this picture is.
The day after Christmas I took my son to the ADT Event Center for a workout. They had three things scheduled that day - Juniors Only, Accelerated Class, and Open Training. The times overlap, but it appears that the class is largely an off-track talk. The juniors had some time with the track to themselves, and then most of them continued riding as adults arrived for the open training.
A few pictures follow. As always, I didn’t get great resolution under the indoor lighting. One of these days I’ll acquire a big flash and/or a camera with a faster lens. As always, click for a larger version of any picture. Starting with this article the images will appear in a new window [thanks, Stan, for the suggestion].
Elissa Stolman warms up.
A girl at the junior session, with plenty of open track.
Catherine Fiedler, as the warmup paceline forms
The warmup paceline near its peak size.
On Sunday I wandered around the ADT Event Center while my son rode. There is a display which includes this bicycle, apparently one of Major Taylor’s. It’s interesting to compare a pro track bike of 1899 to one from today. Exactly the same components, yet with changes to almost every detail.
One of Major Taylor's bicycles, used for several championships and records.
This is part of a larger display including historical jerseys and plaques naming inductees to the “U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame”.
U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Plaques
Winter training and skills work goes on. Today we had a small turnout thanks the the impending Christmas holiday, but that just meant more efforts for the riders who were there.
Garrett Lau dropped by with his new camera and took these pictures - thanks Garrett.
Amanda Aaronson, guest mentor
Riders with Steve and Steven
If you like these, you may want to see more of Garrett Lau’s track photos.