Northbrook Cycle Committee

Track Racing at Ed Rudolph Velodrome

Race descriptions


SCRATCH 

 a race over a set distance and the first rider across the finish line is the winner.

UNKNOWN DISTANCE

 a race over an unknown distance and the first rider across the finish line is the winner.

CHARIOT 

a one lap race where the first rider across the finish line is the winner.  A Chariot Race is usually run in heats with the top finishers advancing to the next round.  In the final round, the first rider across the finish line is the overall winner.

KEIRIN 

a race where the racers are ‘paced’ by a motorcycle for the first part of the race.  After the ‘pacer’ exits the track, the racers sprint the final distance to determine their placing.  The Keirin Race is usually run in heats with the top finishers advancing to the next round.  In the final round, the first rider across the finish line is the winner.

POINTS 

a race where points are awarded to racers based on order of finish on predetermined laps.

TEMPO 

a race where the first two riders across the line on every lap are awarded a fixed value of points

SNOWBALL 

similar to a Tempo Race, but every lap the value of the points awarded increases every lap!

MADISON 

the same as a points’ race; however, riders compete as ‘two rider teams’.  One team member is competing at all times, while the other team mate is riding ‘in relief’ (or resting.)  The riders do a high speed ‘hand-sling’ to exchange places.

MISS AND OUT / ELIMINATION 

races where every lap, the last rider across the finish line is called ‘out’ and must retire from the race.  In a ‘Miss and Out’ race, riders are eliminated until there are three riders left, after a neutral lap, the three remaining riders receive the bell and sprint for final placing.  In an ‘Elimination Race’ riders are eliminated until there is just one rider left and that rider is the winner.

BELGIAN WIN AND OUT 

race is started and after a designated number of neutral laps the bell is rung and the winner of the next lap is the 5th place winner and retires from the race. The bell is rung again and the winner of the next lap is the 4th place winner. This continues until the bell is rung for the final time and the winner of that lap is the 1st place winner.  This is a very strategic race, especially if there are 6 riders who have the potential to win and only 5 places.

DANISH WIN AND OUT 

similar to the Belgian Win and Out except after the neutral laps, the bell is rung and the winner of the next lap is the 1st place winner of the race.  The bell is rung again and the winner of the next lap is 2nd place.  This continues until all places have been won.

 

INDIVIDUAL PURSUIT

4000m for men/3000m for women. Riders start on either side of the track with the idea being to catch your opponent or complete the distance in the quickest time. This is where you will see some high-tech equipment. Carbon Fiber wheels, aero bars, aero helmets and skin suits are commonly used for this event.

KILO/500m

Certainly the simplest and arguable the toughest event on the track, there is often little thinking and little strategy for this event. Brute strength and speed are required for the first 900 meters and a little endurance and mental skills are needed in the last 100 meters. Many events are won and lost in the last 100 meters. Can you hold it together or come apart right before the line? Men ride 1 kilometer and women ride 500 meters.

FLYING 200

From a flying start, the clock is started when the rider crosses over the 200 meter line. Riders can use any method the desire to build up speed -- most stand up and ride down the banking to cross the start at max speed. The times for this event are also used to seed the sprints whereby the fastest riders get matched up with the slowest riders in the early rounds. The better your time the easier competition you face early.

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