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Colchester Rovers Youth on track…Grass Track. 29/06/2011

Posted by Alex Wise in Colchester.

Recently I have been going to see Colchester Rovers at their Monday evening Grass Track sessions, held at the back of the Sports Centre on Boadicea way. I was amazed by the number of young people racing around the grass 400m Running Track.

The Grass Track is a brilliant sport to introduce the younger cyclist too. All you need for a ‘Blue Peter’ Style make your own Grass Track Club is one Grass Running Track, a collection of willing participants and some bikes. It really is that simple. Grass Track is just racing around a standard running track something that nearly every school has access too. Some Tracks like the one that Colchester rovers use are 400m long others are much shorter it doesn’t matter! It is one of cycling’s purist forms.

Grass Track Racing is often ridden with a ‘Fixed-Wheel’ Bike, but, any bike can be used to start off with. A ‘fixed-wheel’ Bike is similar to the sort that Sir Chris Hoy would use, but with tyres that look more like a Mountain Bikes, with tread, enabling the rider to achieve grip on the grass. Colchester Rovers have a collection of these bikes in a range of sizes so that anyone can have a go. They have no gears, no brakes and you cannot stop pedalling them but they are great ‘pure’ fun when your master them.

It was great to go along this Monday evening and watch all the excited young people racing around and around until they were dizzy. Full credit must go to Colchester Rovers for their excellent management and running of their training sessions; enthusiastic coaches and lovely tea in the club room afterwards!

Go along and give it a go, have an enjoyable and active time, meet new friends and get involved with a fantastic sport.

I look forward to seeing you there, if you want to find out how your School can start Grass track racing phone me on 07825 908 336 or e-mail me on alex.wise@virginmedia.com



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