Track Day BRO!!!
I've always had a passion for speed. Early in life that quickly led to cars, because America. That led me to work part time changing oil, sort of build a race car, and participate in late night street racing with all the 4 cylinder Hondas trying to beat some 40 year old in his shitty Mustang.
Not gonna lie, I even went to college with the dream of designing cars. It wasn't till late college, bored on an internship, that I started racing my mountain bike. All the knowledge of cars, and racing translates directly over to racing bikes. Why is racing bikes better than cars? The culture, YOU are the motor, less expensive, and most importantly: ACCESS.
Access has always been the most important aspect of cycling to me. Even if you have all the money in the world, you just cant go race your $100,000 car right out your front door. With cycling, my neighborhood loop is my Nürburgring. Test your limits? Go for it, no one to slow you down or pull you over. Although, I'm going to frame that ticket if I ever get pulled over for speeding on a bicycle. $25 entry fees. This lets you race fender to fender with 30 other go fast dudes. A typical track day for cars is $250, and you aren't really racing. Yet, I still have this double life thing where I have my car guy friends who stereotypically "hate cyclists" and I'm always there to try and defend or draw parallels as to how cycling and car guys are similar. We are pretty similar, yet we get the +1 in the being fit department. Ill stop here, but I could talk all day about cars and bikes, cars vs bikes, ricers vs domestics, racing bikes vs racing cars, CX is to WRC as Track is to NASCAR as Road is to F1 as MTB is to...
So racing road bikes on a track, what's that all about? Super smooth asphalt and corners, no curbs, grass shoulders that are level with the asphalt, and closed course (no cars), yet of course there are expensive race cars all around...dreams of going fast all around. The track is purpose built for going fast, and going fast means being smooth. Fast and smooth, that's the quick summary. You'd think racing road bikes on a track would be the pinnacle of road bike snobbery and you're probably correct. This track is positioned like a country club for that expensive race car you don't race. Just like cocaine, race cars are a nasty habit! $$$ Just say no.
Yet, if you need that gateway drug AMP has an excellent karting program and rental fleet. I did it a few years ago and it's an absolute blast with friends. 50 mph, drifting, brake locking karts await you. 50mph that low to the ground feels like 100 in your street car, it's awesome and highly recommend:
Thanks to Dingo Race Productions, Lee Henson Photography, and Atlanta Motorsports Park, excellent race series, coverage, and venue! Links: