Best Velodrome - 2011
You've done Midnight Ridazz. You watched #flightvsbike on your smartphone. And now you're wondering where to find the next frontier of cycling action. Look no further than the L.A. Velodrome, an indoor wooden track with a banked incline up to 45 degrees. It's basically about sweat and speed. Olympic-level athletes train here, so it can be a little intimidating. Fortunately, they offer classes and won't let you ride until you've taken one. Kids as young as 7 can learn. If you don't want to ride, you can watch. There are regular races, which include the fan-favorite "Madison" relays — in which teammates grab arms and hurl each other up the track. It's a better spectator experience than, say, the Tour de California. ("Was that blur Lance Armstrong?" "I don't know, let's go home.") 18400 Avalon Blvd., Carson; firstname.lastname@example.org, lavelodrome.org.