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Riding Inside - The Track

Words & Photos by Andy White

As one half of the globe plunges into dark and damp, one side blossoms and heats up. Melbourne is blessed with two purpose built indoor board tracks, and over a dozen outdoor tracks within 30 miles of the city.

I love to ride indoors.

The night is hot. It makes for hot racing. The Club President notes it elevates testosterone levels and makes all the riders go crazy. I don’t disagree.

“Scratch race, 25 laps, everyone start on the whistle, roll away” is the call. The timber creaks softly and the thump of the leading and trailing wheels ascending the boards echoes through the stadium. Slowly the pace winds up, the whistle blows!