With the USA Masters Track National Championships in full swing (Indianapolis) and those “games” currently happening in a country that rhymes with “trio”, we figured it’s the perfect time to talk about track racing. We’ll admit that we’re a bit fuzzy on this subject, so we asked one of our favorite local track racers (and avid Omnium user) Lucas Clarke to tell us a bit about it. Read below as Lucas demystifies all things track to this company of commuters, roadies, Cx racers and MTB aficionados.
- Name / Team / Years racing: Lucas Clarke / Primal-Audi Denver / 9 years racing, Cat 2 on the Road, Track, Cat 3 Cyclocross.
- Your favorite race: My favorite race on the Track is the Individual Pursuit which is a 4k time trial on the track. You vs. the clock, all out for 4000 meters.
- How do you integrate the Feedback Sports Omnium Portable Trainer into your training and racing? It’s virtually impossible to find a stretch of road anywhere near my house to do 3-5 minutes sprint efforts holding 900-1100 watts safely. Those are the bursts you need for road and track racing. With the Omnium I can do that in my basement before the sun event comes up–no cars, no stoplights. On race days at the track, you’re parking and walking, juggling your bike, your bag, all your gear, etc. The Omnium just makes it all easier.
- Top Speed on the track: My top speed at Track Nats this year was 40.3 mph.
- What’s up with those brakes? What brakes? We don’t need brakes. It makes the racing simple, fast and a bit dangerous (cue Kenny Loggins).
- How long do you have to track stand on that one race? The match sprint is notorious for the awesome track stands. You try and out fox the other sprinter to get them to lead you out and then make your JUMP.
- What are your gear ratios and how often do you changes throughout the races and why? I typically like to run smaller gears in the Points race (where the speed is often going up and down a lot) 50 x 14 (96.4 gear inches) and for more steady tempo races like the Scratch race I run a larger gear, 53 x 14 (102.2 gear inches). You want to be able to spin and get “on top” of the gear without destroying your legs.
- Do you ever get dizzy and/or have you thrown up during a race? Not really, you really get in the zone by following the black and red lines and you immerse yourself into the race.
- Track racing seems so “dignified”. Do you extend the courtesy of saying “on your left” when you pass during a race? All passing on the track should come on your right, passing on the left is only allowed if you are above the blue line. This keeps the races safe so no one is pushing you off the black line (sprinters line).
- So…no? No.
We’d like to congratulate Lucas on another solid season of track racing. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter for more fast (and slightly dangerous) bike action. Picture everything above come Fall but add a Cx bike…and brakes…and take away the track.
- Lucas on the Omnium: Pre-Race, Post-Race, Pain-cave Friendly
- How to Start Track Racing (USAC)
- Find a local Velodrome near you!
*Intentional vagueness of the intro sentence can be attributed to Rule #40 and Coca Cola.