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Calshot velodrome trip Sunday 24th February 2019
« on: August 23, 2018, 08:04:23 pm »
Anyone interested?  It's about £280 for 90 mins' exclusive use of the velodrome (no regular trackies to sneer and swear at you) and it's a more fun track than Newport IMO - 1/7km and very steep banking.  Or could try and book a double session.  We'd need about 12 people and I can certainly get a handful from work.

Calshot is vaguely near Southampton (fast roads nearly all the way, for Londoners), opposite the poetically beautiful Fawley oil refinery.
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Re: Calshot velodrome trip
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2018, 08:12:30 pm »
I'm definitely up for this, I've done a bit of fixed wheel sruff in Portsmouth years ago and only live on the norther edge of the Forest.
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Re: Calshot velodrome trip
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2018, 08:36:45 pm »
Depends on the date but sounds interesting. I don't think I've ever ridden such a short track. I assume it has bikes for hire.

A 3 hour double session would probably kill me. There is a limit to how long I can hold the minimum speed needed to enjoy a velodrome and it is way less than 3 hours.
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Re: Calshot velodrome trip
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2018, 09:00:04 pm »
The taster sessions lose a bit of time at the start while people get used to a bike with no brakes and no freewheel.  Yes, they pretty much expect you to use one of their hire bikes, although a proper track bike* can be used if you have one.  Bring your own pedals (must be single-sided to avoid ripping up the track if you crash) as otherwise it's clips and straps.  You also need a helmet and mitts or gloves.

I'll give them a call and see what they have available.  I know the 7th October had a choice of two free 90 min slots when a colleague checked this week.

*by which I mean something with track ends, a reasonably high BB - Manchester standard is 11" but I've never seen them get a tape out - and no sticky-out braze-ons
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Re: Calshot velodrome trip
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2018, 09:27:55 pm »
I commute 50-65km on fixed most weekdays, so no freewheel isn't much of a drama. There is an old Carlton track iron with inch pitch chain in the garage that I've never ridden but I'd have to glue on new tubs. My Eddy Merckx Columbus PS track bike is in Oz unfortunately.

07 October works for me, after the Richard Ellis 200 on Saturday.
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Re: Calshot velodrome trip
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2018, 12:47:04 pm »
Could very well be interested. What sort of time?

(I've done a Newport taster session, complete with the dreaded toe-straps  :facepalm: )Might make a nice mini-tour to use up my underestimated annual leave glut  :facepalm:

(you driving down Rog? ??  :P )

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Re: Calshot velodrome trip
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2018, 12:54:52 pm »
Calshott is great fun, short track, very steep.  Everyone I went with said something along the lines of, "Feck!" when they saw the banking for the first time.

The last few miles to Calshott are a bit fiddly.

I did the taster session which meant only 2 people at a time on track so i wouldn't be worried about a 3 hour session being too much.  You get plenty of rest.  I wish I'd booked a double session tbh.

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Re: Calshot velodrome trip
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2018, 03:32:20 pm »
Calshott is great fun, short track, very steep.  Everyone I went with said something along the lines of, "Feck!" when they saw the banking for the first time.

The last few miles to Calshott are a bit fiddly.

I did the taster session which meant only 2 people at a time on track so i wouldn't be worried about a 3 hour session being too much.  You get plenty of rest.  I wish I'd booked a double session tbh.

I had a peek when I went to the climbing wall with my sister etc.  My first thoughts on looking down from the railing were exactly "Feck!"
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Re: Calshot velodrome trip
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2018, 10:12:13 pm »
I did the taster session which meant only 2 people at a time on track so i wouldn't be worried about a 3 hour session being too much.  You get plenty of rest.  I wish I'd booked a double session tbh.

Where is the fun in that? I am hoping for swapping fast turns and rubbing elbows.
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Re: Calshot velodrome trip
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2018, 07:41:03 am »
Yep Calshot is small - I've ridden Manchester and Newport (once with Chris Hoy & Jamie Staff, really!) quite a few times and they are pretty steep and tight but Calshot is like an elongated pudding basin.

The Calshot track is the old one that they used to use for the Skol 6 day events at Wembley way back when - they chopped a bit out of the straights to get it to fit in what was the old Sunderland seaplane hanger.

Rob

Re: Calshot velodrome trip
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2018, 08:30:07 am »
Yep Calshot is small - I've ridden Manchester and Newport (once with Chris Hoy & Jamie Staff, really!) quite a few times and they are pretty steep and tight but Calshot is like an elongated pudding basin.

The Calshot track is the old one that they used to use for the Skol 6 day events at Wembley way back when - they chopped a bit out of the straights to get it to fit in what was the old Sunderland seaplane hanger.

Rob

It was the Skol track (I rode on it in the 1980s, when one chap went "over the top"; pamicked, and was hanging by his hands from the netting they used to have up there).  They totally rebuilt it in the late 90s, though.
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Re: Calshot velodrome trip
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2018, 12:36:25 pm »
Could I please have Sundays you can do in Oct and Nov?  Have managed to get work to front the cash for the booking but we can take outsiders if they pay their way (we have to as well!)  Expecting £20 each or less.
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Calshot velodrome trip
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2018, 01:06:18 pm »
14 and 21 Oct, 18 Nov are out for me. Others are good so far.
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Re: Calshot velodrome trip
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2018, 06:43:09 am »
This will be Jan/Feb now.  I need the cycling club at work to front the money, hence the delay - I can't book until I can pay them in full.  The cost will be about £38 but that is for a double, 3-hour, session and exclusive coaching for 10 people.
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Re: Calshot velodrome trip
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2018, 06:45:24 pm »
No worries, I can wait.
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Re: Calshot velodrome trip
« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2018, 06:59:12 pm »
Good work 'zilla. I was a little slow in commiting as I have quite a lot on in next 2 months, and wanted to keep my options open :P

Jan/Feb are usually grim, so this should be a nice treat. I may have to depend on a lift down though ...  #fairweatherhardrider
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Re: Calshot velodrome trip
« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2018, 07:43:33 pm »
Yep Calshot is small - I've ridden Manchester and Newport (once with Chris Hoy & Jamie Staff, really!) quite a few times and they are pretty steep and tight but Calshot is like an elongated pudding basin.

The Calshot track is the old one that they used to use for the Skol 6 day events at Wembley way back when - they chopped a bit out of the straights to get it to fit in what was the old Sunderland seaplane hanger.

Rob

I’ve seen Tony Gowland ride on the vertical advertising hoarding at the top of the banking at Calshot.

If you press on a bit the g forces are interesting. I rode my ex-Skol ( not mine originally obviously) bike on Calshot, and kept hearing a strange rubbing noise as I hit the banking. The black mark on my down tube gave the game away, the forks were coming back under the force, and the front wheel was rubbing on the down tube ( it was a very tight clearance bike, and made for someone a bit lighter than me).

It was the Skol track (I rode on it in the 1980s, when one chap went "over the top"; pamicked, and was hanging by his hands from the netting they used to have up there).  They totally rebuilt it in the late 90s, though.

Re: Calshot velodrome trip Saturday 26 January 2019
« Reply #17 on: September 28, 2018, 03:13:30 pm »
The date is now January.  Two or three places left, £37.60 for three hours' exclusive use.  First come first served.
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Calshot velodrome trip Saturday 26 January 2019
« Reply #18 on: September 28, 2018, 03:22:10 pm »
Any particular date in January?
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Re: Calshot velodrome trip Saturday 26 January 2019
« Reply #19 on: September 28, 2018, 08:13:47 pm »
It's in the title!
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Re: Calshot velodrome trip Saturday 26 January 2019
« Reply #20 on: September 28, 2018, 09:22:31 pm »
Any particular start time?
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Re: Calshot velodrome trip Saturday 26 January 2019
« Reply #21 on: September 28, 2018, 10:02:28 pm »
Will check tomorrow.  It's on my work email but I did bring the laptop home.  1pm or 3pm, I think.
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Re: Calshot velodrome trip Saturday 26 January 2019
« Reply #22 on: September 28, 2018, 10:10:48 pm »
The date is now January.  Two or three places left, £37.60 for three hours' exclusive use.  First come first served.

I'd like a space please if there's one left.
Julia
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Re: Calshot velodrome trip Saturday 26 January 2019
« Reply #23 on: September 30, 2018, 07:59:59 am »
The slot is 2-5pm.  I will confirm on Monday if it's booked for us.
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Re: Calshot velodrome trip Sunday 24th February 2019
« Reply #24 on: October 02, 2018, 11:52:39 am »
We lost the January slot.  It's now Sunday 24th February at 2pm.  4 places available.  Please PM me if you want to go.
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