Thanks for this info but why does HH track seem odd? In those days I worked at Lewisham, studied at Woolwich Poly and HH was the only track available. There was another at Welwyn but simply too far away especially on students cash flow. Do they still use it? Would love to go back and do a few laps.
We used to have evening criteriums at the CP circuit in the anti-clockwise direction and some good Sunday races in the clock-wise direction. What is the track used for today?
This is distant from the Don Louis question but nevertheless.....
limey - the evening crits at Palace started up again about ten years ago, and the fields are getting quite large (100 or so split into E/1/2, 3/4, and now one for the ladies). Tuesday evening at 7 between late April and September is when S London's finest mix it up in an anticlockwise fashion around the n.e. corner of the park, taking just over 2 mins for a circuit (down to the lake, along the bottom, up the hill, along the straight and then round the willow-tree hairpin). I think they were trying to get permission for Thurs also, but Bromley Council said no.
The surface itself is a slippery nightmare and is virtually unusable if it's been raining at all that day. Although the juniors are sent round first to test the track (like pit canaries). If there's a chute then the grown-ups won't ride.
Yes, I agree as a novice on the track the banking seemed very steep, I don't think they make them that steep anymore!!! Saturday morning at HH is meant to be good for the kids they provide track bikes and organise races.
There is also a mountain bike track at HH.
There is a club that runs the track the name of which escapes me right now.
the club who effectively run HH is the rather splendidly titled Velo Club de Londres (VCL), and there's also Herne Hill Youth CC. HH has become very popular in the last couple of years - probably due to the combined influence of the GB track team success, and the trendiness of riding a 'fixie'. HH run track-riding training sessions, open to all, on Saturday mornings, followed by a bit of good-natured racing.
Thank you. The origin of this thread was/is who remembers Don Louis so sorry to have taken it in an alternate direction but here I am 63 years old, living in the south of France, itching to get over next year and to ride again at both CP and HH.
The evening crits at CP sound interesting, so what are the categories, who are the organisers, how do you make an entry, will my French licence be valid, etc. When I rode in the mid 60s the events were handicapped, Juniors and 3rd cat amateurs went first, followed by 2nd cats, and finally 1st cats and any professionals/independents that happened to be there. My first races were as a junior and we always got caught. When I started as a 1st cat we went eyeballs out from the start to catch the small fry and then settle down for the sprint finish. Is it still like that?
So the track at HH hasn't changed too much, amazing. Is it still raw concrete? The banking isn't steep for a track- the real difference at HH is the width. Other tracks I've ridden have wider banking so you can go high and get a real dive to drop onto a wheel of a teammate. The facilities at HH were kind of primitive as well as far as I remember. I need to find a track bike and relive the sensations.
Just so you know I ride between 500-600 miles per month, mostly road, I compete in at least 12 cyclosportives per annum, etc. Here in France the over 60 category is extremely competitive. The winner usually averages about 23mph over 60-65miles and it is often the biggest category. Long live active retirement!