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An exceptional <a href="http://www.i-services.net/membres/forum/messages.php?uid=20910&sid=8863&idsalon=222634&idsujet=1262634&page_index=0">set of pictures </a>from an "Americaine" track race at the venerable Cipale velodrome in Paris.

Enjoy (not my pictures)
 

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tarwheel2 said:
What is American Day?

It starts in the morning when you put on your favorite "These Colors Don't Run" Stars and Stripes T-shirt and hurry the family out of the hotel to get to Louvre. After spending three of the best hours of your life and getting in trouble for taking a picture of the Mona Lisa it’s a hurry across the street to eat the McDonalds Louvre. After all, you have no time to waste on a long lunch as you have to make it to the Notre Dam, proving to your wife that the cost of the museum pass is worth it's weight in gold.

From there its a drag race down the left bank as you can see the Eiffel Tower and the you have to prove Rick Steves wrong by seeing three monuments in a day! Eiffel done the kids are exhausted and the wife is cranky, but you'll be damned not to have a dinner at a fine Parisian sidewalk cafe..."hey honey Bistro Romaine looks good" Beef Carpacio, oooh-la- la, C’est magnifique

Back at the hotel mom passes out way before the midnight soft porn comes on the telly, and dad regrets pushing mom to that third monument and 2nd glass of paint varnish...err house red at the "bistro". Oh well, at least tomorrow dad gets to see Morrisons Grave, the Arc de Triomphe and maybe, just maybe, they'll find the Starbucks on the way to the Bateaux-Mouches...
 

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the cool thing is that the one in the rear is getting slingshotted forwards by the gentleman out front who just finished his stint. Love teamwork.
 

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The garden is named after the race
You're joking, right? The original MSG was located near the actual Madison Square, which has been formally named that since a park was dedicated in 1847. It long predates bicycle racing.


The current MSG is not near Madison Square.

Philippe, what's the story on that track? Is that an optical illusion, or does it actually have a hill in it?
 

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Tracks are banked. Like in auto racing. Well, bike racing came first....
 

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JCavilia said:
You're joking, right? The original MSG was located near the actual Madison Square, which has been formally named that since a park was dedicated in 1847. It long predates bicycle racing.


The current MSG is not near Madison Square.

Philippe, what's the story on that track? Is that an optical illusion, or does it actually have a hill in it?
You are right, Madison Square Garden was originally built for indoor track racing but it got it's name from the park, not the race....although it is a common story among track riders that is the other way round

Those darn fixie riding hipsters always making up stories
 

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I know about banking,

theBreeze said:
Tracks are banked. Like in auto racing. Well, bike racing came first....

but in several of the pictures it looks like there's an actual climb on the straight. I suspect it's an illusion created by the camera angle. It looks like this track has very flat straights which transition pretty abruptly into the banking, so if you're near the outside edge you do suddenly start going uphill.

Here's an old postcard shot:


Anyway, cool pictures.
 

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bigpinkt said:
The garden is named after the race,

Madison used to be big here.....but everytime I watch it can't help but think of roller derby
Nothing wrong with roller derby. It is a lot of fun to watch.
 
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