all of use have been to a race track that doesn't utilize
the traditional backward falling starting gate. They may
use a rubber band start, or a flag, and I even raced at a track
that used a traffic signal light to start the race. I
think it's a proven face that the backward falling gate is the
fairest starting gate that's been designed so far. While
they're not exactly cheap, they can help to hold on to those
racers that are not impressed with a starting method other than
backward falling starting gate. They pay for for
themselves over time. There are two type of backward
falling starting gates, the manual reset gate and the hydraulic
restart gate. Obviously the hydraulic gate is much easier
to reset, and will probably be your only option if you have 25
to 40+ gates.
you will have to make before installing gates is whether or not
you want a concrete starting pad. Many tracks us a
concrete starting pad, but the majority do not. It
obviously saves a lot of time in grooming the starting pad area,
but some riders would rather start on a dirt surface, and
depending on the make-up of the dirt, they will probably get
more traction on dirt.
Of course, you
will have to construct a starter hut to hide the starter from
the racers, so the racers can not see the starter trip the
gates. This can be as simple as a couple of 4 x 8 sheets
of plywood, or you can build a small starters shack with a roof
to protect the starter from the elements. I would suggest
is one other decision that needs to be made, and that is to
construct a roof over the starting gate area. This is
another expense, but it's relatively simple to construct, and
can save the riders from over heating in hot weather. To
me, sitting in staging and on the starting line can have a
devastating effect on my performance on the track. Yes,
you want to be warmed up, but you don't want to be on the verge
of heat stroke.
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