I am a racer and I have heard that the ABA will be going with the random start cadence for all classes in a year or something like that. Does his mean I am going to have to relearn my gates? Why should I have to change, I am not a Pro nor am I going to the Olympics. I am 28 and could use one less headache in life.
Jobber, we could all use less headaches in life, but trust us; this shouldn’t be one of them. Usually when you flip the gate you land on your hands and hip, not your head, so headache averted. Not sure if you have been to the track as of late, but as of January 1st, all ABA tracks are running the random gate-start cadence exclusively. So yes, you will have to relearn your gate starts, but every time we flip the gate we are reassured by the nine-year-olds who don’t seem to have any problem with it, that it is in fact easier. If you had any of those obnoxious gate jumpers in your class who would start going into motion as soon as they heard “Okay rider…” then this will help level the playing field. The best advice we can share it to go into motion at the second tone if you go by ear, or if you time your gate visually, watch for the light. Keep in mind, everyone’s timing is different, but these are tips from the pros, which we have found very helpful. Have fun flipping the gate Jobber, but don’t worry, you will be back at full speed in no time.