A huge thanks to Thomas Moore of Examiner.com who wrote up stories on each of the beginners classes throughout the four week program. Read up to learn more about how the program goes:
Week One Class
Week Two Class
Week Three Class
Week Four Class
Learn to ride and race on the Dick Lane Velodrome!
Between April and September, the velodrome offers a four-day class series held on consecutive Thursday nights. This adult beginner program teaches the fundamentals of riding on the track, safely and progressing to more advanced handling. After the program, all riders are ready to race!
In addition to the four-series classes, the velodrome also offers a limit number of weekend two-day classes. The two-day classes are scheduled intermittently based on need and instructor schedule.
We are also able to handle special group classes and/or group party's. If you have a group wishing to come and take the class, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. What better way to celebrate a birthday or other special event than to learn to ride the velodrome?
Signup: Send email to email@example.com - include bike size or your height. Now you can also sign up online at our store.
Cost: $60.00 (includes loaner bike if you don't have a track bike)
Bring: shoes, pedals and helmet
You'll also need a signed waiver, you can print one here: ATRA Waiver
For current class schedules dates please check the current calendar. During Regular Season classes you must pick one session and attend all 4 classes in that session to pass the class. Weekend classes only require the 2 days to become certified.
2014 Spring Weekend Class Schedule
- #1 - March 1st and 2nd, 2pm-5pm both days
- #2 - March 29th and 30th, 2pm-5pm both days
2014 Regular Season Schedule
Regular Season Classes run 7:30pm till 9pm
- Session #1: Thursday, April 3nd, 10th, 17th and 24th
- Session #2: Thursday, May 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th
- Session #3: Thursday, June 12th, 19th, 26th and July 3rd
- Session #4: Thursday, July 17th, 24th, 31st and August 7th
- Session #5: Thursday, August 21st, 28th, Sept. 4th and 11th
2014 Summer Weekend Class Schedule
- July 16th and 17th, 2pm-5pm both days
2014 Fall Weekend Class Schedule
I've Completed the Beginners Class, Now What??
OK, so you just finished the DLV Track Certification Class. Congrats! Now you are eligible to train and race at one of only 22 velodromes in the country. Here are a few random things that you may want to know:
What Category Am I?
You are ATRA Category "D" or USCF Category "4" depending on who's asking. Even if you are Category 1 road or MTB racer, you will be a "D" racer until you get enough points and/or the Race Director upgrades you at his discretion.
What about races?
Beginner races are on Tuesday along with Masters and Women. You can also race Pursuit and Sprint nights: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/calendar
What about gearing?
Most racers here use a gear somewhere between 86 and 94 inches. We recommend starting small and getting bigger as you go. Generally speaking D racers would be around 86", C racers around 86-88", B racers 88-90" and A racers 90"+. This is just a general guide to get you started, you may tweak things as you move through each category.
http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/sites/default/files/DLV Gear Chart.pdf
What races will we race?
It's up to who's running the races that night. Get familiar with the names. But don't worry, there will be a brief explanation before each race and a chance for you to ask questions.
What time should I get there?
ORGANIZED warmup pacelines start promptly at 7PM. Racing starts promptly as soon as the warm-up is completed. Most people get there around 6PM to get unload the car, prep the bike, warmup, etc...
What's the atmosphere like?
Very laid back. Sort of like a pickup basketball or volleyball game at the gym.
How much does it cost?
$10 or $15/day for racers. Free for spectators. Bring your friends! It's only a 1 mile ride/walk from the MARTA station. The East Point Velodrome Association, Inc. (EPVA), is a 100% volunteer-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
What should I wear?
If you already have cycling kits, then wear those. But, don't spend lots of dough on a fancy kit if you don't have it. You can get some basic cycling shorts from Outback Bikes and a regular dri-fit type athletic shirt will do. You can race in jeans if you want, but that's between you and your behind. Only requirement is not race in "baggy" clothing.
Why don't Beginners race on Wednesday with the As, Bs, and Cs?
Because if they tried to get races in for As, Bs, Cs, Ds, Masters, and Women on the same night each category would get only 1 race in a night which is totally not worth anyone's time. So, it's split 3 and 3.
2013 Spring Weekend Class Schedule
- March 2nd and 3rd, 2pm-5pm both days
- March 16th and 17th, 2pm-5pm both days
2013 Regular Season Schedule
Regular Season Classes run 7:30pm till 9pm
- Session #1: Thursday, March 28, April 4, 11 & 18
- Session #2: Thursday, May 2, 9, 16 & 23
- Session #3: Thursday, June 6, 13, 20, 27
- Session #4: Thursday, July 11, 18, 25 & August 1
- Session #5: Thursday, August 15, 22, 29 & September 5
2013 Summer Weekend Class Schedule
- July 27th and 28th, 2pm-5pm both days
2013 Fall Weekend Class Schedule
- October 19th and 20th, 2pm-5pm both days