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MCF member clubs welcome new members of all levels. Here are just a few.
Twin Cities Spoke of the IC3
Contact:  Jeannie Scholz
Website:  www.twincitiesspoke.com
 

Category 6 Racing Squad

Contact:  Drew Ruggles
Website:  c6rs.com

 

Nomad Marketing Cycling Team

Contact:  Jason Lardy
Website:  Nomad Marketing

 

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It is fairly rare to see a track racer racing on track-specific (pista) tires.  Mostly, track racers ride road tires.  Yes, there are tiny 19mm tubulars out there being sold as track-specific tires, and I’ve even seen pista clinchers, but they are not the typical thing that track racers use.  Those tires are well-suited for sprint events on very smooth, often indoor, velodromes.  But most velodromes are not nearly that smooth.  And track racers tend to do a wide variety of events, putting a lot of miles on their tires; they aren’t just specializing in sprint events.

So – what do experienced track racers use?  Most elite riders use tubulars, and they often just use road racing tires like a Vittoria CX or Continental Sprinter or Competition.  In an ideal world, you could ride larger (22mm) track-specific tires like the Continental Sonderklasse, but those are very hard to find, and they aren’t really necessary.

Clinchers are fine for track racing too, and while all the usual advantages of tubulars still apply on the track, many track bikes come equipped with clinchers.  Mavic Ellipse track wheels are quite nice, and come with clincher rims, for example.

One tiny detail that might save you a crash if you race on wood is between rubber-carbon and rubber-silica tread.  It seems that rubber-silica tread grips less well on wood surfaces, so rubber-carbon tread is preferred.  Especially for slick indoor tracks (in the USA, the ADT Center in Carson, CA), but also for other wood tracks, the best thing is said to be a rubber-carbon tread.  (The reason rubber-carbon isn’t universally used is that it wears poorly compared to rubber-silica; you have to look for it.)



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