A little over a year ago we were first in touch with VELETAGE, a one-of-a-kind bike boutique focussed on brands that are all about design and individuality - located in Vienna, and now the exclusive KATUSHA stockist in the region. After several trips for collaboration events, we have come to know the guys there pretty well! At the end of last year we brought their General Manager, Josh Hayes, on board as one of the first KATUSHA ambassadors - for his love for life on two wheels (and indeed one), passion for coffee and all round awesomeness.
His experience behind handlebars is pretty different to that of our Pro riders at Team KATUSHA ALPECIN, so we’ve asked him to write us a blog series, introducing us to his world of cycling… on the track.
Photo: instagram @cvjosh
Welcome one and welcome all to the first installation of #trackietuesdays. I have had the great privilege of helping to share the mysterious and wonders of track cycling thanks to the great people at KATUSHA Sports. I hope you find it interesting or at least entertaining.
My name is Josh Hayes and I am going on my 20th year as a cyclist. Growing up I was a BMX racer; I have a lot of fond memories spent at the BMX track for entire days or even entire weekends. As I grew up I found my way to bigger wheels than what I was used to riding as a child. Now in my late 20’s I have found my way back to spending time at a different track, one made of wood.
In Vienna around this time of year things start to get really cold. For the past 3 years or so I have been on and off the track as a way to keep motivated during the cold winter months here. A little over a year ago something clicked with me… I have always enjoyed the track but suddenly I was yearning to ride it, and every training session was more fun than the last. This new found enthusiasm for the boards helped me and two friends jump-start a “training race” series. This has now taken the need to ride the track to a whole different level. Now I am looking to every training session I can get in on the boards and enjoy the friendly community, which I have found around the track.
“A little over a year ago something clicked with me… I have always enjoyed the track but suddenly I was yearning to ride it, and every training session was more fun than the last.”
Photos: instagram @cvjosh
In the coming months I will be writing some - what I hope to be interesting - insights into the greatness of riding on the track and everything surrounding it. Maybe this will even spark your interest into finding the closest track to you and giving it a try.
Until next time #gofastturnleft