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You ask/You answer: Are track days too intimidating for new riders?

I want to ride on track but I'm not that experienced and I've heard it's all track bikes and tyre warmers these days. I'm nervous enough about it already, should I just give up on the idea of trying my road bike on a track? Your advice could help. Leave a comment below and we'll publish the best in MCN. Got a question?...

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yammy7r

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yammy7r says:

Try

a taster session first they are only 20 quid for about 15 to 20 mins, if you get on ok with that go for the novice session for about 50 quid there are no hero's here most are first timers like yourself, paying for a race school could be a waste off money, you might not like it, but if you do you will be back for more

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

You Will Learn

You will learn a lot from a proper track school that will apply to all riding. If it is a waste of money, it is because it is a badly run school, not because the rider will not be doing regular track days or racing.

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npcronin

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npcronin says:

Track V’s Road

Once you have been on one you will see.... Go to a race school or at least get some 1-1 tuition. All I can say is it is safer than the roads these days...

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mickgsxr

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mickgsxr says:

Not intimidating!

Echoing the comments below - go into the Novice group, relax and get progressively faster during the day / half-day.  It's a great way to learn more about you and your bike.  Do drink loads of water, don't be afraid to skip a session if you are feeling tired, try and go with a mate but don't race them!  I found Focused Events to be very well-run and their instructors are good.  I would also recommend getting the Simon Crafar Motovudu DVD and/or book as it tells you how to get the best out of a track day and has tips on how to prepare.

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vikinglenn

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vikinglenn says:

I use my road bike....

Just Do it. You will love it and wish you'd done it sooner.  You'll be too focused on what you're doing to care about anyone else or what they're riding, plus the race bikes will be in a different group.

The marshall's are there to help so ask as many questions as you like, and as previously mentioned, if they offer free guidance take them up on it, they know what they're talking about when it comes to body position, braking markers ect. Once again - You will love it.

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bigfoot68

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bigfoot68 says:

Spoilt it

Massively annoyed on my 1st track day.  The instructors decided the novice group was an unmissable ego opportunity to burn up their paying customers.  Go to tip in and there's a dickhead instructor there cutting across your line.  Difference in speed just made this an accident waiting to happen.  Ended up shoulder checking before turning so didn't get the most out of the day.  Guess I should have said something but their whole gang were a bit stroppy anyway.

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