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Start of construction at the Queensland State Velodrome

As I approached Chandler Velodrome this afternoon on the way to a Repsych Sunday afternoon training session, I noticed a Watpac construction sign. Ahhh, construction on the Queensland State Velodrome must have started!

After the Repsych training session I investigated. Sure enough, the old car park shade structures had been demolished and earthworks had begun.

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Watpac construction traffic sign

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Construction site entrance gate

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Construction site entrance gate

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There appears to be an excavation up there, most likely for the velodrome foundations

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Behind the trees there are several earthmoving trucks, with excavators behind the site office

To see other photos of the Queensland State Velodrome construction, follow this tag.

Repsych Cycling Development Winter Track Racing Series Round 6 at Chandler Velodrome

Following are a few photos from the Repsych Cycling Development Winter Track Racing Series Round 6 at Chandler Velodrome. Anna Meares set a new State Record for the Elite Women’s Flying 200 metres at this event — 11.44 seconds.

A great turnout for the Repsych Cycling Development Winter Track Racing Series Round 6 at Chandler Velodrome

A great turnout for the Repsych Cycling Development Winter Track Racing Series Round 6 at Chandler Velodrome

Penny-farthings racing during the meal break

Penny-farthings racing during the meal break

Chandler Velodrome banking is apparently 31 degrees -- it doesn't look steep ... until you are riding around the top!

Chandler Velodrome banking is apparently 31 degrees — it doesn’t look steep … until you are riding around the top!

Kieran racing, with a motorbike setting the pace

Kieran racing, with a motorbike setting the pace

Kieran racing, with a motorbike setting the pace

Kieran racing, with a motorbike setting the pace

Sprinting for the finish line

Sprinting for the finish line

The start/finish straight towards the end of the night with few people left in the stands

The start/finish straight towards the end of the night with few people left in the stands

Chandler Velodrome hire bike — Fuji Track 54 cm

I hired a Chandler Velodrome 54 cm track bike through Cycling Queensland for the Sunday training session with Repsych Cycling Development last weekend.

All my bikes are 56 cm frames. A while back, I had a bike fit done and they recommended a 55 cm frame. That left me wondering whether 56 cm was really the right frame size for me, or whether I was better off on a 54 cm frame. This is particularly so for track frames, where a size smaller than used on a road frame is often recommended because the steeper seat tube angle lengthens the effective top tube length.

I therefore took the opportunity to hire a 54 cm track bike. I was given this 54 cm Fuji Track bike for the training session. The bike was running 48/15 gearing. Even though the Fuji Track was a steel frame, it was quite acceptable for a beginner bike.

I noticed that the wheel axel bolts had not be cut so that they did not protrude through the nuts; nor had the bottle cage bolts been removed or taped over. I was expecting to have to do these two things to get my own bike on the track.

Photos of the 56 cm and 58 cm Chandler Velodrome hire bikes are here.

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Chandler Velodrome hire bikes

I had my first ride on a velodrome today (apart from a few laps around Launceston Velodrome 25 years ago). I rode with the Repsych Cycling Development Sunday afternoon training session at Chandler Velodrome. Awesome fun and it was great being coached by a world class cycling athlete — thanks Kerrie Meares.

While I have several fixie bikes, they are road-oriented hipster-style bikes, rather than proper track bikes. What is the difference? Simply put, my bike frames have lower bottom brackets (less pedal clearance on the steep velodrome banking) and more relaxed seat tube and head tube angles (slower steering).

I decided to hire one of the Chandler Velodrome track bikes through Cycling Queensland, rather than risk taking my own bike and finding that it was unsuitable and then not being able to ride.

I usually ride a 56 cm frame. My bike for the Repsych training session was a Geoffrey Butler (front of the photos). It has obviously been well used over the years, but did the job of getting me around the track safely. The other beginner rider for the session was riding the 58 cm frame at the rear of the photos. Both bikes were steel framed and were quite acceptable for the session. The 56 cm track bike was running 48/15 gearing; the 58 cm bike had 49/15 gearing.

Photos of the Chandler Velodrome 54 cm Fuji Track hire bike are here.

The first two uses of the Chandler Velodrome track hire bikes are free. After that, Cycling Queensland charges $7.00 per day. Bargain! You will need to bring your own pedals. You should also bring your own tools so that you can make any adjustments yourself without having to borrow tools. A set of allan keys, pedal spanner, a 15 mm spanner for the wheel axel nuts and a track pump with a gauge should cover most things.

Cycling Queensland Chandler Velodrome track hire bikes

Cycling Queensland Chandler Velodrome track hire bikes

Cycling Queensland Chandler Velodrome track hire bikes

Cycling Queensland Chandler Velodrome track hire bikes