Track

By | 20/03/2010

FANCY RIDING THE VELODROME (AKA TRACK)

Never ridden a track bike? Heard your friends talk about it? Fancy having a go?

Here are some tips to get you started –

First you’ll need to see if you like riding on a velodrome, AKA track riding, to do this you can go along to a novice session held at one of the local outdoor tracks (Welwyn or Herne Hill, See websites below for details)

THE BASICS

  • You must have a helmet & gloves to wear
  • Wear clothing that won’t flap or get caught in your chain (whilst not a must, cycling clothing is ideal, it helps with speed and is more aerodynamic)
  • You don’t need cycling specific shoes, trainers will be fine but do ensure laces and trousers are firmly tucked in
  • Wearing 2 or 3 layers on top will help reduce any cuts and grazes should you have a fall
  • You don’t need your own track bike, they are available to hire at Welwyn & Herne Hill for a small fee
  • Track bikes have a single fixed gear, this means you have to keep pedaling, this also means you need a good level of fitness to ride on the track
  • Learning to start and stop on a track bike is a skill, this will be one of the things you learn at your novice training sessions

Once you’ve attended sessions at the velodrome you may want to try racing, the coaches will advise you on this once you’re ready.

Currently the LVYCC Track Team are working with youngsters in the club that are experienced on both indoor & outdoor Velodromes, improving their track craft & preparing them to race at Omniums & Track league this season.

These youngsters had the experience needed on an outdoor velodrome in place and were then able to progress to riding on an indoor Velodrome.

Hopefully this has encouraged you to give it a go, if you have any questions please email one of the Track Team at track@lvycc.co.uk

USEFUL LINKS

 http://www.hernehillvelodrome.com

http://www.welwynwheelers.org.uk

http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/track

If you have any questions about track, or want any advice on how to get

Started please email one of the track team at track@lvycc.co.uk

 

Justine Knight

Track Coordinator LVYCC