Dion Beukeboom, the Dutch pursuit rider who we recently interview in Dion Beukeboom: How to Specialise in Track, has also given us some wise words for those starting out at track. Being able to average 55.6km/h across 4000m, Dion is very, very fast and the perfect man to give some pointers so that you can get the most out of your time on the track.
- Give track a fair shot before you decide about whether you like it or not. Getting on a velodrome can be getting out of your comfort zone. You can’t expect to take off as a top rider the moment you jump on one. It’s completely different to any other kind of cycling so it takes time to get used to and become comfortable before you can really start to focus on making progress.
- The pursuit is a really beautiful race in itself because it’s all up to you. It’s just you and the clock, no other variables. There’s no peloton or tactics from other riders that effect your race, it’s the true test of your riding ability.
- To ride a good pursuit, find a strategy that suits you. Some guys like Jack Bobridge suit a really fast start and then seeing how long they can last for. Other guys, as Dion suggests himself as being, suit a slower start and building on the pace.
- Find the right gear. It will take time and you will have to try a large variety of different gears until you find the right one. Once you’ve found it though, you will be set.
- See past your times. Seeing your times can be like a barrier. You put so much work in and they don’t always improve. The key is to stay motivated because significant improvement doesn’t happen overnight.
- World champions are not born the best in the world, rather they spend years training and become the best in the world.