Team AFTICA Racing & Cyclelogics Rider Training present “Take it to the Track” Days
June 2nd, 2008
Novice, Intermediate & Advanced Groups
Each group will have a “Safety Rider” (they will be the guys/girls in the bright coloured vests)
Runs Rain or Shine
BC Driving Centre, Pitt Meadows
Two options for registration:
$80 full day
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gate opens at 8:00 a.m.
$60 half day
1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Gate opens at 12:00 p.m.
$40 evening session - TBA (only if there's interest)
5:30 p.m. to about 9:00 p.m.
Close gates at about 6:30 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
- 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 May 27th, 2008 please for payment.
If there are enough people booked, committed & interested before the above date I may try and get the evening as well... run until just before sundown. 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 are welcome. I saw some guys out there last time that improved in the 2-3 hours 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 an urban area so absolutely NO stunting, racing or other similar types of activities while on your way into the site. 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 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.
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.
After tech inspection, please listen for the announcement for the rider's meeting that is a short meeting that is focused on track learning rather than theory. 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 will be on course to ensure rider safety and provide riding instruction and can be identified by their bright coloured vests. 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. 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. The structure of this group may change to more closely resemble either the Advanced or Beginner group, depending on the group's overall riding ability.
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 is run much like an open racing practice.
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 April 23rd & also hope to have a couple of events each month in May through October.
(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!