Riding a velodrome (Track Riding)
A velodrome is an oval closed circuit track which is usually is banked. These can be indoor or outdoor. Indoor tracks are usually 250 metres long. Outdoor tracks tend to be longer, up to 500 metres.
A fixed wheel bike with no brakes or gears is used for track riding . This means riders need different skills to ride and stop safely on the track, as the speed of the bike is controlled only by the pedals.
LVYCC track sessions
We have regular sessions at the Lee Valley Velodrome; these are on a Wednesday evening from 6pm to 8pm. The sessions are open to all LVYCC riders aged 10 and above, but numbers are limited and there is a priority system in place if the sessions are oversubscribed.
These sessions are coached by Kate, Andy and Tim. They are designed for novice rider’s right through to accredited racing riders. You get to try every track racing event and work hard on perfecting the riders track craft.
We are encouraging new riders to attend our own Track sessions at the Lee Valley Velodrome. Please register with Guy Selfe (email@example.com ) and get yourself along.
You will need the following:
- A Track Bike – You can hire a track bike from the Lee Valley Velodrome for the sessions but you need to be 145cm tall. Cost £8.
We have a small number of track bikes for hire at the club. Speak to Guy about hiring them.
- You need to have Look Keo cleats on your cycling shoes. You can hire shoes with Look cleats for £6 from the Lee Valley Velodrome.
- Track mitts must be worn.
- Club kit. You must also wear a undervest as this helps to prevent friction injuries if a rider comes of the bike.