"Take it to the Track" Day - July 7th, 2008 and July 28th, 2008
Team AFTICA Racing & Cyclelogics Rider Training present “Take it to the Track” Days
July 7th, 2008 AND July 28th, 2008
Novice, Intermediate & Advanced Groups
Each group will have a “Safety Rider” (they will be the guys/girls in the orange coloured vests)
Runs Rain or Shine
BC Driving Centre, Pitt Meadows
Three options for registration:
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gate opens at 8:00 a.m.
MANDATORY RIDER'S MEETING AT 9:00 A.M. (if you miss the rider's meeting then you can help out on the track OR you can start at 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon session).
1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Gate opens at 12:00 p.m.
MANDATORY rider's meeting at 1:00 p.m.
evening session - TBA (I only had 3 people sign up for this on the 2nd of June so I might not run this unless there's some interest)
5:30 p.m. to about 9:00 p.m.
Close gates at about 6:30 p.m.
MANDATORY rider's meeting at 6:00 p.m.
Pre-registration is requested – please send your full Paypal payment to nej (at) telus.net and indicate the following in your information upon registration in Paypal:
- Your full name
- Your contact phone number
- Your email address
- Street rider or race experience
- What group you will be riding in (see the section on riding classifications for details on each group)
- Whether you plan to be attending for a full day or half day
Before midnight on Saturday July 5th, 2008 please for payment by PayPal.
Everyone who came out for the last one had a gas & enough time on the asphalt to get worn out. This time the course will be opened up a bit more for the street riders/racers. Remember, street riders & newbies are welcome. The new riders who have been at the track days have improved their skills in the short time that they were on the course.
How to get to the Track Day:
The course location is at the British Columbia Driving Centre in Pitt Meadows, BC on the north side of the Pitt Meadows Airport. Access via Harris Road and Ford Road in Pitt Meadows. Access to the session area is off Ford Road. From the Lougheed Highway, head South on Harris Road. Turn Right on Ford Road and head west to the school entrance area which is about 1100 meters past the stop sign at Baynes Rd. There is a large British Columbia Driving Centre sign on your left at the entrance to the facility.
Please be aware of the fact that we are in a residential area so absolutely NO stunting, racing or other similar types of activities while on your way into the site or going home. If I get complaints about someone’s riding then you will be banned from future events. We want to keep the neighbours and our facility owners happy and if we have this type of activity our chances will be nil to continue on.
At the Track Day:
This is not a race day. Many riders have asked whether they would be covered by ICBC in the unlikely event of a crash. You should contact your insurance adjustor and ask them that before you come out. You can let them know that there will be some basic instruction provided by safety riders and it will be in a controlled environment. Make sure you know what your coverages are before you "assume" that you're covered.
When you Arrive at the Track Day:
When you first get to the track find a spot to designate as your pit area (there is limited space so please don't bring your BIGGEST trailer). We will do a quick technical inspection. Please check in with the front "gate" as we have to get the waivers signed. If you don't have a sticker with your group on it attached to your bike then you won't be riding on the track... make sure that you register at the track, please.
I attached a safety inspection report on the last post CLICK HERE that will give you a good idea whether your bike will be suitable for a track day. Keep in mind that your bike must be in good working condition (don’t worry about mirrors, lights, signal lights or tail lights because we’ll be taping over them anyways). Preparation is key. If you go over the guide we provided and don’t leave any items in question, you will pass inspection. Keep in mind that we are not going to allow anyone running exhaust that is over 90 db's - similar to Mission Park Raceway. Basically, you need good tires with tread (ones that are not 3 years old & dry & cracked), good brakes, and no fluid leaks.
MANDATORY Rider's Meeting
I've listed the times for the Riders meetings - if you miss the meetings (without my prior approval to miss them) then consider showing up for the next session (afternoon or evening). There is information presented at these meetings that will keep everyone safe (flags, track etiquette, etc.). We will discuss information that you will need to know to be safe out on the course and any other important information.
On the Track
You can expect about six or seven 20-minute track sessions during the track day (depending on whether you are a full day or half day participant). To ensure safety and to maintain a controlled environment, all riders are categorized into riding classifications according to skill level, and the number of participants per group is limited. Some minor bike preparation is required, depending on riding group.
Safety Riders (in orange vests) will be on course to ensure rider safety and provide riding instruction. You can ask them questions and get feedback. They can tell you what you're doing right, what you're doing wrong and how you can improve.
Expect to improve your riding skills and hopefully strive for a level of expertise you may never have experienced before and have a great time doing it.
You will be assigned a riding class when you register.
I would like to make this as rider-friendly as possible as I’d like everyone to have an opportunity to try this out & feel comfortable doing so. Newbies to the track are VERY welcome. I was (and still am) a newbie to the track and would love to have more out so you can get a chance to experience a track day. Here are the group classifications that we’re suggesting:
Beginner: This group is very structured and geared toward those who have little or no experience riding on a track OR those who have little or no seat time. On the track, Safety Riders serve as instructors and set the pace. Passing is allowed anywhere except in the corners. With each session, the group is guaranteed a steady increase in speed throughout the day. Please identify yourself during pre-registration and at the track when you arrive so we can gather you all for the brief overview of what to expect (we will acquaint you with the track, basic rules, procedures, and etiquette.)
Intermediate : This group is less supervised and structured than the Beginner group. Safety Riders observe riding ability and encourage faster or slower riders to move up or down a group. Passing is allowed everywhere except the inside of corners. This group is typically for the experienced street rider or the novice or slower racer.
Advanced : This group has very little supervision. Safety Riders are present to spot unsafe riding maneuvers. Passing is allowed anywhere on the track. This group an open practice and is made up mostly of racers or very fast street riders.
If you have any questions please ask. A lot of folks have set aside their time to organize this event so I’m hoping it’s a success. I look forward to having you out at the AFTICA/Cyclelogics Track Day on July 7th.
(604) 831 2140
PS: If you have a significant other or friend that wants to come out to help, we are still looking for a few people for specific jobs. Could you please contact me if you know someone that may be able to help out?? Thanks!