I am not innately competitive, confident with new people, young or fit. So, naturally, a trip to the velodrome with a bunch of people I never met is a perfect idea, right?
Luckily, the Southsea Fixed Gear Fight Club boys are super friendly and made me feel really welcome (even though I nearly caused an accident at the start. Enough about that, though).
The trip confirmed that I'm not competitive, but I do love riding my bike as fast as I can. I don't think I prefer riding on the velodrome to the road–it's far too much pressure for me–but I'd happily go back again. The lack of cars and wind makes riding really easy and pleasurable. Typing that makes me feel like such an old man.